What We Do

Our three main goals are to support, educate, and advocate.

Support

We are New Jersey’s one-stop resource shop for owners and operators of restaurants, lodging establishments, and entertainment destinations throughout the Garden State. We pride ourselves on creating accessibility to useful resources for our members through our vendor partnerships, including exclusive health care pricing and solutions through our collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, and free ServSafe training. Our job is to take some things off your plate, so you can keep putting great food on ours.

Education

The New Jersey Restaurant Educational Foundation provides aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs with scholarships, fueling future industry leaders to persue their passion. Our ProStart curriculum, a nationally recognized two-year program for high school students teaches both culinary techniques and important management skills. Graduates of the program are prepared to continue their education at prestigious schools, such as Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales University, or to be hired immediately by culinary experts.

Advocacy

The Association is constantly advocating for the industry, creating dialogue with policymakers on both a local and a national level. We understand the difficulties of operating a business and aim to produce bipartisan solutions that will help everyone.