Friday, June 25, 2010

Piantedosi Baking co-owner wins MRAEF Leadership Award

At the annual Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF) Making the Future Bright Scholarship Awards Gala in May, MRAEF gave the MRAEF Leadership Award to Joseph "Joe" Piantedosi Jr. of Piantedosi Baking Co. Inc. Each year, MRAEF scholarship recipients are honored at the annual Making the Future Bright Scholarship Awards Gala. During the event, the MRAEF also gives out the Leadership Award to a person who has provided the foundation with longstanding support.

Piantedosi is the executive vice president of marketing and business development, as well as co-owner with his two cousins of Piantedosi Baking Co. He is an active member of the MRA, having been a past president of the MRAEF and current board member. He was this year's MRA Trade Show committee chairman, past chairman of the associate member committee, and has been a member of various additional committees for the organization.

"I was honored and humbled to receive this award," Piantedosi said in a statement. "This is such a great thing, to raise money for these kids. They are the future of our industry. This really wasn't about me, it was about them. It’s always such a feel-good night."

Since 2001, the MRAEF has awarded scholarships to qualified students who are embarking on futures in the foodservice industry. For more information, visit