Welcome to MRLA Educational Foundation


To serve as a philanthropic foundation of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association to enhance the restaurant and foodservice industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement, and promotion of career opportunities.
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Improve hospitality workforce and life skill development. Improve the image of industry jobs and careers.

Developing tomorrow’s leaders…today!

  • Upcoming Events

    ProStart Competition Each spring, ProStart students from across Michigan compete in the Michigan ProStart® Competition – a two day event with culinary, management/entrepreneurship,…

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    Get Involved The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help develop the future of the restaurant…

  • Contribute to support the future workforce of tomorrow

Upcoming Events

Each spring, ProStart students from across Michigan compete in the Michigan ProStart® Competition – a two day event with culinary, management/entrepreneurship, ServSafe knowledge bowl, and nutrition/marketing components. Industry professionals, as well as leading college and university instructors, judge the different components. The winning team in culinary and management/entrepreneurship are sent to the National ProStart® Invitational to compete against other teams from across the country. Thousands of dollars in scholarship money is awarded at both the state and national level.   

The Michigan ProStart® Competition is the highlight of the year for many students across Michigan. Teams will meet in Lansing on March 18-19, 2018, for this annual culinary and management competition, hosted by the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Support Foundation (MRA ESF).  The Michigan ProStart Competition will take place at the Lansing Center, Lansing.

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Join the Michigan Restaurant Association Education Support Foundation (MRA ESF) to celebrate the Michigan ProStart Delegation with a dinner in their honor on April 22, 2019. Attendees will dine in the ambiance of the Michigan ProStart Competition winning management team’s restaurant concept and enjoy the winning culinary team’s meal. Winners of the annual Michigan Restaurant Industry Champion Awards will be announced.  And the Michigan Restaurant Neighbor Award winners will also be honored. 

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Join us for a Professional Skill Development Day for ProStart Students and Hiring Event for Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Employers. 

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Register Now for the upcoming ProStart Symposium

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Be part of the ProStart Summer Camp and learn about restaurant leadership and culinary arts from Industry all while exploring one of Michigan’s top summer camp locations. 


Culinary Competition Winners


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