The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 and is governed by a board of directors made up of restaurants, industry experts and educators in the hospitality industry. The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation exists to enhance the industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
The LRAEF offers: ProStart® - High School Culinary and Restaurant Management Program, and the Scholarship Fund.
LRAEF Board of Directors
Alan Guilbeau, PJ's Coffee, Chair
Craig Dennison, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Vice Chair
Jason Jones, Sysco, Secretary/Treasurer
Matt Massey, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Immediate Past Chair
Bruce Attinger, Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
Forrest Bethay III, Triple B's Cajun Corner
Michael Carmouche, Ecolab
Scot Craig, Katie’s Restaurant & Francesca by Katie's
Tony D'Angelo, MMI Culinary
John Eastman, Auto-Chlor System
Octavio Mantilla, BRG Hospitality
Greg Reggio, Taste Buds Management
Tammy Smitherman, Heartland Payment Systems
Matt Massey, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Michael Eastman, Auto-Chlor System
Dr. Yvette Green, UNO Kabacoff School of HRT
Stan Harris, LRA President & CEO
Keith Bond, LRA Chair
Click here to see past LRAEF Chairs.
LRAEF Articulation Agreements
The LRA Education Foundation is proud to partner with these educational institutions through articulation agreements, which provides a smooth transition of credits from the completion of ProStart I and II. We are grateful to these schools for their commitment to the foodservice and hospitality industry.