World Eats, Co., dba The Eatery, and Cash-Wa Distributing Co. received the Nebraska Restaurant Association hospitality awards at the association's annual banquet, Taste of Nebraska. This year's event was held Monday, April 9, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln. Winners of the award are selected for the contributions they make to both the hospitality industry and the communities in which they do business.
Doug and Michelle Daize accepted the 2016 Restaurateur of the Year Award for The Eatery. Allied Member of the Year was presented to the Henning family of Cash-Wa Distributing Company and Dale Bean. Al Gomez, The Core Group, was acknowledged as Volunteer of the Year for his significant time commitment and dedication to the board of the Hospitality Education Foundation. All eyes were locked and focused on Dr. Tom Osborne as he gave the keynote address.
Money raised at Taste of Nebraska supports the mission of the Nebraska Restaurant Association to represent, educate and promote the hospitality industry across the state. Additionally, money is used to support Nebraska ProStart, a two-year high school curriculum to get students interested in the hospitality industry.