In July, The Nevada Restaurant Association held an edible experience that made it easy for the community to dine out for a cause. Held in conjunction with National Culinary Arts Month, the inaugural Nevada Breakfast Week turned dining experiences into philanthropic ones. This event offered the community a wealth of feasting opportunities and the chance to explore restaurants outside of their neighborhood and try new cuisines. Diners were able to choose from sizzling breakfast, elegant brunch and a variety of lunch options.

Breakfast Week raises funds for the ProStart Program sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation, which has been providing scholarships for more than 20 years. ProStart is a two-year program that develops high school students’ restaurant management and culinary skills to give them a head start in the industry. More than 2,500 students in 40 schools across Nevada participate in the program.

One participant and local entrepreneur, Chef Mark Estee, said, “The Culinary Industry is always changing and developing at breakneck speed. ProStart is a vital tool to keep the new culinarians in touch with the basic building blocks that are the foundation of every great idea, dish, service and concept!”

This event is made possible with the support of the local community and our generous sponsors, notably Sysco Corporation as the Title Breakfast Week Sponsor, Hash House A Go Go, Davidson’s Organics and Heartland Payment Systems.

“We are thrilled to host the first annual Nevada Breakfast Week in Northern Nevada during Culinary Arts Month as we help fund the educational dreams of high school students interested in pursuing a career in the restaurant industry. From Midtown Reno to Carson City, to the communities of Northern Nevada, the event will showcase a wonderful blend of dining experiences... and all for a good cause!” said NvRA President and CEO Katherine Jacobi.