Restaurant Ready

Starting People on a Path to Employment and Independence

Restaurant Ready is a national program dedicated to helping people acquire the basic job and life skills necessary to pursue jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and jumpstart a pathway to independence.

How it Works

Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) partner with NRAEF and their State Restaurant Association (SRAs) to provide training in six work-ready competency areas defined by the hospitality industry.

These competencies are designed to help participants acquire the skills, discipline, and confidence to start a job and stay employed.

The State Restaurant Association links individuals to local employers and community-based organizations provide wrap-around services to eliminate any barriers to success.

Restaurant Ready Program Goals

  • Establish the hospitality industry as a suitable place for first jobs, and as a model of employment, development and advancement.
  • Foster collaboration between community organizations, state restaurant associations, and employers.
  • Secure additional resources to support people not currently connected to school or work.
  • Provide a national standard assessment for job-readiness skills.

Hospitality Pathways Project

With funding from the Kessler Foundation, this project aims to expand access for people with disabilities to Restaurant Ready work-readiness resources, as well as job and career opportunities.

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Get Your Organization Involved!

Connect with a member of our team or submit an inquiry to learn more about how you can get involved with Restaurant Ready.

Restaurant Ready Community Partners


Alaska Addiction Rehabilitation Services Wasilla AK
Alvis, Inc Columbus OH
AMI Kids White Pines Jonesville SC
Boston ABCD Boston MA
Boys and Girls Club of Delaware Wilmington DE
Café Hope New Orleans LA
Cafe Momentum (Dallas) Dallas TX
Cafe Momentum (Nashville) Nashville TN
Cafe Momentum (Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh PA
Café Reconcile New Orleans LA
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unite (CSIU) Lewisburg PA
CHEF (Culinarians Helping Entrepreneurial Folks)  Denver CO
Chester County Food Bank/ Fresh Start Kitchen Exton PA
Clubhouse Atlanta Atlanta GA
Community Teamwork (Lowell YouthBuild) Lowell MA
Community Work Services Boston MA
Community Works Denver CO
Connected Lane County Eugene OR
Connecting Kids Inside Out Columbus OH
Crop and Kettle New Brighton PA
Culinary Boot Camp for Veterans Denver CO
DC Central Kitchen Washington DC
Education and Training Connection Midland MI
EntreNous Youth Empowerment Services Compton CA
Food Bank of Delaware Newark DE
Forge City Works Hartford CT
Fork Real Cafe Rapid City SD
Fossil Ridge High School Fort Collins CO
Frankie Mae Kitchen Social Fort Washington MD
Gateway Mission Holland MI
Goodwill Houston Houston TX
Housed Working and Healthy Denver CO
Hugs Cafe McKinney TX
Impact Culinary (Industrial Council) Chicago IL
Knoxville Leadership Foundation Knoxville TN
Lawrence Hall Chicago IL
Liberty’s Kitchen New Orleans LA
LOC Family Services Farmville VA
Manna – The Durango Soup Kitchen Durango CO
Mosaic Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Benton Harbor MI
New Haven Adult Education Center New Haven CT
New Orleans Job Corps Center New Orleans LA
NH DOC Concord NH
Noble High School North Berwick ME
OAR Richmond VA
Ohio University Athens OH
Old Colony YMCA/ YouthBuild Fall River Fall River MA
Operation Able/Spectrum Human Services Detroit MI
Osage Cafe Denver CO
Paving Great Futures San Diego CA
Peckham Human Services Flint & Lansing MI
Potomac Job Corps Center Washington, DC MD
Project New Start Wilmington DE
Rafael’s Village/ DragonFly Cafe New Orleans LA
Rancho Cielo Salinas CA
Rise Above The Ordinary Chicago IL
Safer Foundation Chicago IL
San Antonio Food Bank San Antonio TX
Santa Fe YouthWorks Santa Fe NM
SEAT Center Schenectady NY
Service Workers Training and Education Partnership Silver Spring MD
Shreveport Job Corps Center Shreveport LA
Skills Academy Vocational Center Colorado Springs CO
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury Waterbury CT
Stark Fresh Canton OH
Stomping Grounds Cafe Philadelphia PA
Sunflower Bakery Rockville MD
Teen Warehouse Wilmington DE
The Light House Bistro Annapolis MD
Tri County Council of Southern Maryland Hughesville MD
Wilmington Job Corps Center Wilmington DE
Woodland Job Corps Center Woodland MD
Work Options for Women Denver CO
Zero Day Delton MI

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