California Restaurant Association To Host 4th Annual Culinary Clash: Battle Los Angeles At 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo

Los Angeles, CA August 17, 2015 - Several California restaurants have signed on to participate in the 4th annual Culinary Clash: Battle LA, presented by Coca Cola, at the 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. The annual fundraising event benefits the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF), and features restaurant company teams that will battle in this interactive cooking competition, slated to commence at 3 p.m. Monday, August 24th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.

“The Culinary Clash is a great outlet to raise money for a worthwhile industry cause, bringing leading corporate chefs and executives to team with ProStart students in an exciting competition,” said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President of Urban Expositions, producers of the event. “This exciting and interactive cooking competition among restaurant teams raises money for high school culinary arts education while providing a fun and unique experience to our show for attendees.”

The Culinary Clash includes restaurant company corporate chefs and executives who team up with a ProStart student to prepare an amuse bouche and an entrée in 45 minutes using only two butane burners.

The 2015 Culinary Clash teams include:

1. BJ’s Restaurants Foundation
2. Hard Rock Café
3. Black Bear Diner
4. Dos Coyotes Border Café
5. FreshPoint
6. Specialty Restaurants Corporation
7. Chart House
8. Red Robin
9. Pacifica Hotels - The Belmar Hotel
10. Karl Strauss Brewing Company
11. Yard House

“The Culinary Clash is a fun and interactive showcase that is lucky enough to convene some of the top brands in the industry to battle it out,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to raise support and awareness about the Foundation at the show, while providing our ProStart® students a once in a lifetime experience to work alongside an industry leader.”

Sponsors include Title sponsor Coca-Cola, Gold sponsors Heartland, Sysco, DART, Cargill and Mercer, Silver sponsors United Healthcare and ECOLAB, Equipment sponsors KitchenAid Commercial and safeTstep, Game sponsor Sage Beverages, and venue host Urban Expositions / WFHE

In addition to the cooking competition, the event includes an online fundraising campaign at www.calrest.org/culinary-clash-battle-los-angeles, where restaurant fans can make a small donation in the name of  their favorite participating restaurant. The company that attracts the most donations will take home the top Purse award at the event. Be sure to designate your favorite restaurant in the comments section. Fans can also go to the CRAEF Facebook page to support their favorite Culinary Clash challenger and donate to CRAEF. Small donations can make a big difference for the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s efforts in providing high-quality education, mentoring, scholarships, life skills training and support to more than 8,500 dedicated students across California enrolled in ProStart programs.

The 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is the largest showcase of foodservice products in the Western United States. Other special events at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo include the New Product Showcase, The Solutions Center, Food Trends Experience, Culinary Demonstration Theater, Latino Foods Pavilion, Healthier Choices Pavilion the CA Craft Brewers Association Pavilion, International Showcase, and the Key Buyer Alliance.

About The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo - The 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be held Sunday, August 23 - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Show is produced and managed by Urban Expositions, and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (www.calrest.org). For more information on exhibiting or attending visit the official Show website at www.thefoodshows.com.

About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) - CRAEF has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice. For more information, visit craef.org . 

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