Pebble Beach, California | POSTPONED - New dates coming soon

Benefiting the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Important Information:

March 13, 2020

We regret to inform you that the 2020 Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic (TJB) has been postponed. Due to the numerous COVID-19 health and safety risks that have recently developed and new guidance from the CDC and State of California for group events, we have decided to postpone TJB at this time. We are working to reschedule the event for later in the year and will communicate updates to you as they become available.
We feel this is in the best interest of safeguarding you, our valued NRAEF partners and supporters. Please be assured that you are at the very top of our minds and that we will inform you as soon as we have new dates and additional details to share.
Your commitment to the TJB Leadership Classic and your long-standing support of the Foundation is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times and please let Mary Kate Thayer or Mallory Domingue on our team know if you have any questions.

Mary Kate Thayer,
Mallory Domingue,
Thank you for joining us in keeping our guests, our employees and America safe.
Rob Gifford
President – National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Stan Harris
Chair – National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Ted Balestreri
Host – TJB Leadership Classic
Marvin Irby
Interim President & CEO, National Restaurant Association
Interim CEO, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation


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.


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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