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;
Apprenticeships - an earn while you learn training model, and the LRA Scholars Fund.
LRAEF Board of Directors
Craig Dennison, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Chair
Jason Jones, Sysco, Vice Chair
Tammy Smitherman, Heartland Payment Systems, Secretary/Treasurer
Alan Guilbeau, PJ's Coffee, Immediate Past Chair
Bruce Attinger, Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux & Bar
Forrest Bethay III, Triple B's Cajun Corner
Michael Carmouche, Ecolab
Scot Craig, Katie’s Restaurant & Francesca by Katie's
Octavio Mantilla, BRG Hospitality
Greg Reggio, Taste Buds Management
Michael Eastman, Auto-Chlor Services
Emery Whalen, QED Hospitality
Stan Harris, LRA President & CEO
Michael Boudreaux, LRA Chair
Dr. Yvette Green, UNO Kabacoff School of HRT
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.