The Louisiana Restaurant Association is led by people actively involved in our industry. The men and women who are elected as officers of the Association have not only successfully run their own businesses, but have volunteered countless hours in effective leadership within the Association. The officers of the LRA are elected by their peers to represent the foodservice industry in Louisiana.

Dear LRA Members,                      
The heat of the summer signals that the Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO is quickly approaching- August 2-4- at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center! Themed "Opportunities Abound," the EXPO will be filled with numerous chances to increase your profitability, gain valuable knowledge and meet with your peers. Aisles and aisles of companies that supply the foodservice industry will be there waiting to dazzle you with the latest in technological advances, equipment, services, food products and beverage options.

It really doesn't get much easier to gather industry intel than during the three days of the EXPO. If you had to research all of these companies on your own, it'd surely take you months, even years, and who has time for that? That's the reason the Louisiana Restaurant Association offers this benefit to the industry.

Now in its third year, the IDEA ZONE offers express presentations right on the show floor. Designed to provide you with valuable information to help you become more profitable, successful and inspired, the IDEA ZONE offers topics such as: top tax benefits that exists for restaurant owners, promoting profits and preventing loss behind the bar, what you can really charge your employees, how to price a menu for off-site catering and many others. On Monday, the LRA SIF will host its annual Safety Seminar for those workers' compensation program participants to meet their annual safety dividend criteria.

On Saturday evening, August 2, the LRA Education Foundation will host its Five Star Futures Gala at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Special guest NRA Chair Ken Conrad and this year's Restaurateurs of the Year will join attendees in honoring this year's deserving recipients of $61,000 in culinary and restaurant management scholarships.

I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans the first weekend of August!

Bruce Attinger
Partner, Outback Steakhouse
Louisiana and Arkansas


2014 LRA Chair 
Bruce Attinger

Outback Steakhouse
Baton Rouge, LA


Vice Chair

Tony Abadie
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans          


Katy Casbarian
Arnaud's Restaurant, New Orleans

Fabian Castillo
La Casa Del Sol, Houma & Thibodaux

At Large
Greg Reggio
Taste Buds Management, New Orleans