ARAEF Events

Arizona ProStart Invitational

Each year, high school teams from across the sate convene for the Arizona ProStart Invitational.  Teams battle for the title of Champion in culinary and management competitive events.  Arizona 1st place winners advance to the National ProStart Invitational with a chance to compete for scholarships.  The Southwest Gas Arizona ProStart Invitational was held January 14, 2017 at Southwest Gas in Phoenix.

 National ProStart Invitational

The National ProStart Invitational is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. The 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational will be held in Charleston, North Carolina from April 28 – April 30, 2017.

Top ProStart students from across the globe compete in the event. This talented group of students showcased their passion and skills in front of nearly 1,000 friends and family, educators and industry leaders.

Watch footage from the 2015 National ProStart Invitational

Chip in for Education Golf Classic & Gala

Be a part of the second annual “Chip in for Education Golf Classic.” This event will benefit the Arizona Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ARAEF), which supports the ProStart program. ProStart is a nationally accredited, industry-driven culinary arts and restaurant management program that provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

Spend the day mingling with restaurants, industry partners and friends of the restaurant community. Unique food, wine and beverage stations along with interactive foodservice vendors are positioned throughout the course. The tournament concludes with a helicopter ball drop dinner and an awards ceremony.

Sysco and Arizona Restaurant Association Education Foundation will be hosting the golf outing May 15, 2017 at McDowell Mountain Golf Club.

Find a sponsorship package that is perfect for you! Whether on a hole or creating an interactive game, this sponsorship will give you the ability to showcase your products and services to golfers.

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AZ ProStart Invitational How To’s

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