President’s Welcome

Welcome to the NJRHA – home to the Garden State’s greatest kitchens!

MarilouThe members of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association celebrate the heritage of some of America’s most legendary restaurants and neighborhood eateries. Under constant threat of shifting economic winds and super storm weather emergencies, the people who own, operate and serve New Jersey’s celebrated eating and drinking destinations generate nearly $12 billion in annual economic activity. For over seven decades, the NJRHA has been their essential ingredient.

As the voice of the state’s largest private sector employer, the NJRHA makes available the highest quality education and training resources for New Jersey’s 300,000 restaurant professionals. It is also a direct link to the elected officials and policy leaders whose decisions impact every restaurant owner’s opportunity for success. Our full-time experts track all the action in the State Capitol so our members know exactly how and when to act to keep their restaurant viable and open for business!

In addition to restaurants, it’s also our privilege to invite food service vendors, non-profit organizations, schools, and students to become full-fledged members of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association. Help us write the next, great chapter of New Jersey’s culinary story!

Marilou Halvorsen, President