Events


SummerMix (and Mixology Competition)

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On Monday, June 26th at Bar Anticipation in Belmar, NJ, the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) will simultaneously honor industry employees and host the organization’s 2017 “Mixologist of the Year” competition. The mixologist winner will take home $1,000 in cash. All contestants will score a VIP pass to Bar A for the 2017 summer season.

Approximately 20 bartenders will compete by creating their own unique drink using Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, this year’s official liquor for the competition.  Judging the competition, are four of the industry’s finest: Johnathan Echavarria (last year’s winner), Stephen Fette, Warren Bobrow and Christopher James. Drinks will be scored based upon taste, novelty, appearance, garnishment, and cocktail name. Francis Schott , owner of Stage Left Steak in New Brunswick, NJ will MC the competition. Spectators of legal drinking age can also sample each cocktail and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Besides the mixology competition, SummerMix will include a delicious barbecue lunch buffet, drink specials, a DJ, volleyball, and yard games and activities, all in Bar A’s grotto beach and VIP cabana area. Restaurant owners and operators, as well as their staff are encouraged to come and celebrate the restaurant and hospitality industries.

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door

NJREF Golf Classic

Monday, July 31st (rescheduled from May 22nd)

Come support the NJ Restaurant Educational Foundation at our golf outing! Sponsorships are available.

Tee sign – $350

Individual ticket – $295

Foursome – $1,100

Nine & Wine

Monday, September 25th at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ (Suggested arrival is Sunday in order to make the most of your time at the resort! Special NJRHA room rates are available.)

Come and enjoy the luxurious amenities at Crystal Springs Resort (we recommend the four-star Restaurant Latour!), and support the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant PAC. Monday will consist of nine holes of golf, followed by a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. If you aren’t a golfer, there are plenty of other things to do at the resort, such as the Clay & Oak shooting range, the award-winning wine cellar, the Biosphere Pool, and much more. Come Sunday and stay overnight to make a getaway out of it!

37th Annual Awards Gala

Monday, November 27th at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City

Our biggest and grandest event of the year, the Gala is when the NJRHA comes together to celebrate some of the industry’s greatest. Sponsorships are available.

Installation Dinner (2018)

Date and location are TBD in January.

International Food Festival (2018)

Date and location are TBD in spring.

Come celebrate the diversity of our industry and enjoy fabulous cuisine from around the world with local restaurants and our ProStart schools! All proceeds of the evening will benefit the NJ Restaurant Educational Foundation. Sponsorships are available.

12th Annual NJ ProStart Invitational Competition (2018)

Details TBD.

NJREF Golf Classic (2018)

Details TBD.

Come support the NJ Restaurant Educational Foundation at our golf outing! Sponsorships are available.

Tee sign – $350

Individual ticket – $295

Foursome – $1,100


*All dates are subject to change