Monday, April 19, 2010

NRAEF's 2010 Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic benefits scholarship program

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) raised more than $115,000 at its 18th annual Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic to benefit the NRAEF Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for more than 800 students each year. At this year's sold-out event, held on the Monterey Peninsula in California, March 10 to 13, 125 leading restaurant and foodservice operators and suppliers came together for golf and a live wine and lifestyles auction, which was hosted by the Monterey Wine Educational Foundation.

Chef David Duron (second from right) from The Inn at Spanish Bay gets help from Pacific Grove high school ProStart students in preparing a meal for attendees of the NRAEF Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic

Among the event highlights, four ProStart students from Pacific Grove High School, Pacific Grove, Calif., joined the executive chef team of The Inn at Spanish Bay Pebble Beach resort to prepare a three-course meal that was served during the event's live auction.