The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Celebrating Food, Beverage & Hospitality Leaders from Across the Commonwealth with Hall of Fame Dinner
on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Announces 2018 Hall of Fame InducteesThe Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is proud to announce four 2018 honorees that will be inducted into its legendary Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hall of Fame. Made up of experienced and exceedingly deserving food and beverage leaders, the Hall of Fame is a way to recognize those who have exhibited extraordinary dedication to the hospitality industry.



This year’s four honorees include:

  • Nancy Matheson-Burns, President & CEO of Dole & Bailey based in Woburn, MA, a full-service supplier who has been providing chefs throughout the northeast with high quality foods for 150 years, with a strong focus on local, sustainable products.
  • Ron Emma, Owner/Operator of three Emma’s Pub & Pizza locations in southeastern MA, Angelo’s Beachside in Ogunquit, ME, and a wholesale pizza business sold at supermarkets across the region.
  • Judy Herrell, Owner/Operator of the iconic Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton, MA, which revolutionized the ice cream industry many years ago by making high quality, small batch ice cream, and was the first to use crumbled ”mix in’s” to create a gourmet product.
  • Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau in Boston, MA, who has led the organization for the past 28 years and has been a significant driver in the soaring tourism industry throughout the greater Boston and MA region.  Pat has worked closely with the hotel, restaurant and associated tourism-related businesses in accommodating a record number of tourists.

To commemorate the achievements of these veteran industry professionals, the MRA will host its bi-annual Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA where the inductees will be celebrated with a cocktail reception and multi-course dinner. Tickets are $125 per person or a table of 10 for $1,100 and can be purchased here.

For more information on the MRA, please visit

WHAT:                MRA 2018 Hall of Fame Dinner
WHERE:              Royal Sonesta Hotel | 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142
WHEN:                Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 5:30PM – 10:00PM
COST:                  Tickets are $125 per person or a table of 10 for $1,100 and can be purchased here. 

About Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA)

Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of the foodservice industry in the state of Massachusetts. The MRA exists to help food and beverage providers succeed through education, cost-savings programs, networking, and government advocacy. Together with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the MRA works to promote current and future industry leaders. Learn more at