The future of the hospitality industry in Texas is bright if the 2022 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) is any indication. Outshining 80 other culinary and restaurant management teams from across the country, Ben Barber Innovation Academy of Mansfield earned a first place at the invitational, which is hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The Mansfield academy won the restaurant management competition with its “The Herb’N Table” concept that featured a farm-to-table, contemporary-casual dining experience.

Held in Washington, D.C., in May, this was the first in-person conference for NPSI since 2019. Sponsors of the three-day event included Ecolab, Nestlé Professional, The Coca-Cola Co., and Golden Corral. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which included nearly 400 ProStart participants and 68 judges.

The competition awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to winning teams to support their future careers. Past NPSI winners have gone on to work at some of the best restaurants in the world.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.


Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.