Pebble Beach, California | 2020 Event Cancelled

Benefiting the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Important Information:

June 26, 2020

Dear TJB Leadership Classic Guest: 
After many weeks of monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and evaluating the feedback from you, our attendees and sponsors, it is with great regret that we are cancelling this year’s Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic (TJB). 
We know that this will come as a disappointment to those who had planned for months to attend. The Leadership Classic is the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) single largest fundraising event each year and the decision to cancel was made with utmost care. TJB raises vital funds for our programs that support our industry’s current and future workforce; and with the COVID crisis our need for funds has never been greater. We hope that you will apply this year’s sponsorship obligation to support the work of the NRAEF at this critical time in our industry’s history.
Though it is not the outcome we wanted, we must acknowledge the important work at hand and the role the NRAEF can play in helping this great industry get back on its feet. The Foundation’s team remains focused on supporting the industry’s workforce and uplifting communities – our work has never been so important.
As always, thank you for your support and please contact team members, Mary Kate Thayer,, and/or Mallory Domingue,, if you have any questions.
Rob Gifford
President – National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Ted Balestreri
Host – TJB Leadership Classic

The Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic is the NRAEF’s premier executive experience and annual fundraiser. The three-day exclusive event includes the opportunity to network with top industry leaders, support the work of the Foundation and play golf at some of the world’s most magnificent courses – Pebble Beach Golf Links, Poppy Hills Golf Course, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. All proceeds go to the NRAEF and its programs.

Save the Date for 2021 - March 3-6, 2021

For more information on how to reserve your spot, please click here to set up a phone call with our team.

See you there!




Thank You To Our 2020 Leadership Classic Sponsors

(Confirmations To Date)

2020 Course Sponsor

2020 Eagle Sponsors

2020 Birdie Sponsors

2020 Par Sponsors

2020 Hole Sponsors

BJ’s Restaurants
B&G Enterprises
Coffee Filters Direct
Dawn Foods
Ed & Brenda Evans
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Foodtec Solutions
Franchise Times
Galatoires Restaurant
Household & Commercial Products Association
Linder Global Events
Louisiana Restaurant Association
Metz Culinary
Missouri Restaurant Association
PhaseNext Hospitality
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Sardine Factory/Cannery Row Company
Specialty Restaurants
Sterling Hospitality Management
Dawn & Tim Sweeney
Thomas Keller Restaurant Group



Our 27th Annual Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic was a SOLD OUT event.  A special thanks to all of our attendees, and especially our incredible sponsors, who raised a record $1.6 million that will allow us to continue to attract, empower and advance the next generation of leaders in the foodservice and hospitality industry. A few highlights from the event include: 

  • More than one-million American Express Membership Rewards® points pledged towards donations to the Foundation
  • The Pebble Beach Company gifted $25,000 in honor of Ted Balestreri, to celebrate the joint centennials of the Association and Pebble Beach
  • A hole in one for Stephen Joost with Firehouse Subs!


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