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The MRA Honors Leaders in the Restaurant Industry at Annual Awards Dinner

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On Monday, February 27th, 2017, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is holding its 2017 Annual Awards Dinner at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center where it will celebrate five leaders in the industry.

The annual dinner is the highlight of the New England Food Show (NEFS), New England’s largest trade-only event for the region’s foodservice and retail buyers. At this reception and dinner, the MRA recognizes individuals and organizations that have exemplified leadership and excellence in the restaurant industry including: Restaurateur of the Year: Frank DePasquale, DePasquale Ventures, Boston MA Limited Service Restaurateur of the Year: Ayr Muir, Clover Food Lab, Cambridge MA Executive Chef of The Year: Kevin Long, Big Night Entertainment, Boston MA Business Partner of the Year: Charlie Perkins, Boston Restaurant Group, Boxford, MA Business Partner Associate of the Year: Rob Cotton, Retail Control Solutions, Needham, MA

“This year’s award winners have been selected from a long list of deserving nominees from across the state of Massachusetts, and the MRA is thrilled to acknowledge the recipients’ hard work and personal success, as well as their contributions to the broader restaurant industry,” said MRA President, Bob Luz.

The Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210. For more information on the MRA, visit About Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA).

Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of the food service industry in the state of Massachusetts. The MRA exists to help food and beverage providers succeed through education, cost-savings programs, networking, and government advocacy. Together with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the MRA works to promote current and future industry leaders. Learn more at