As the snow blankets our surroundings (on its way out 🤞🏼), we hope this message finds you well. In the midst of winter’s chill, we want to extend warm wishes to each of you for a safe and cozy week ahead. The beauty of snowfall may have brought its own set of challenges, but we hope it also created a serene atmosphere for reflection and resilience. May your team find comfort and camaraderie in facing the elements together. Here’s to a week filled with productivity, warmth, and the shared joy of overcoming winter’s embrace.
The Memphis Restaurant Association
In the face of challenges this past week, our restaurant community has demonstrated remarkable resilience. Confronted with a power grid scare and a boil water advisory, each day presented new obstacles. Despite these adversities, we want to extend our gratitude to everyone who has reached out to the Association with questions or concerns. This week has tested us, but we hope it has also brought us closer together as a united business community. It’s heartening to witness the support and encouragement on social media from Memphians, reminding each other to rally behind small businesses as we look forward to a return to normalcy in the coming week. Wishing everyone a smoother conclusion to January, and let’s continue to support each other in the face of challenges.
Quick digest of our newsletter:
Food Festival info – LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY! BUY TICKETS!
Food Festival sponsors
Submit your remarks for each award winner
Day on the Hill – Nashville Next Week
Save the dates for upcoming events in 2024
Less than 2 weeks away!
Tickets and sponsorships still available!
We’re gearing up for the ultimate feast at the Food Festival and Awards on February 4 at the stunning Kent venue, and we want YOU to be a part of the gastronomic magic!
If you’re passionate about supporting community events and crave the opportunity to showcase your brand to a diverse audience, we have sponsorship opportunities waiting for you! Elevate your presence and be a key player in making this festival unforgettable.
If we inadvertently left you off this list please accept our apologies and let us know!
Your Food Festival 2024 Award Winners
It is with immense excitement and pride that we announce the distinguished winners of the 2024 Memphis Restaurant Association Awards. This year, our culinary community witnessed exceptional talent and unwavering dedication, making the task of selecting honorees truly inspiring. These awards represent a celebration of the outstanding contributions made by individuals and establishments that have elevated the Memphis restaurant community. Join us in applauding the excellence and innovation demonstrated by our three deserving award winners.
Es con inmensa emoción y orgullo que anunciamos a los distinguidos ganadores de los Premios de la Asociación de Restaurantes de Memphis 2024. Este año, nuestra comunidad culinaria fue testigo de un talento excepcional y una dedicación inquebrantable, haciendo que la tarea de seleccionar a los homenajeados sea verdaderamente inspiradora. Estos premios representan una celebración de las destacadas contribuciones realizadas por individuos y establecimientos que han elevado la comunidad de restaurantes de Memphis. Únanse a nosotros para aplaudir la excelencia e innovación demostradas por nuestros tres merecidos ganadores.
We will be releasing a full bio on our winners shortly.
Marco Puerto – Restaurateur of the Year To record a message about Marco click here.
AJ Jones – Associate of the Year To record a message about AJ click here.
Jennifer Biggs – Lifetime Achievement To record a memory of Jennifer click here.
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Join representatives from our board for Tennessee Day on the Hill in Nashville next week! Engage in discussions on legislative topics crucial to our industry and business. Connect with elected officials and fellow restaurateurs from across the state. Don’t miss out – sign up now at the link below!.
Patrick Accounting Podcast in Partnership With MRA
The Restaurant Grind Podcast
We love the restauranteur story – each one is different, but they have one thing in common: that grit & grind attitude to push through when things get tough. Join JD & Matt as they here a new story each week and tackle modern day struggles faced by restaurant owners today.
As we approach the new year, we would like to remind you to ensure the continued success of our Association by renewing your membership for the year 2024. To make the process seamless, kindly log in to your account and settle your membership dues at your earliest convenience. (Thank you if you have already done so!) Your support is crucial in sustaining the vibrant community we’ve built together. Thank you for your ongoing commitment, and we look forward to another year of shared experiences and opportunities.
Join us April 15-17, 2024, in Washington, D.C., for our Public Affairs Conference and be part of the industry’s largest grassroots advocacy event. In addition to meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, conference attendees will hear from top political speakers and celebrate the industry at networking events.