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We Are Your Voice

Founded in 1933, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is the leading trade organization for the state’s dynamic foodservice industry, which is a driving force for the Colorado economy. Our sole purpose is to protect restaurant businesses and help them succeed. The CRA is run by restaurateurs, for restaurants.

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) was established in 1987. As the philanthropic foundation of the CRA, the CRF’s mission of service is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s workforce training and education, career development, and the overall well-being of the industry and its employees.

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Why You Should Join

Your voice is integral to the success of our community and the industry as a whole. By investing in CRA membership, you will have a platform to share your political priorities, gain access to business-building tools, and develop meaningful relationships with your peers.

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What We Do

The CRA Strategic Plan outlines the five goals we’ve set as an organization through 2024 to help us achieve our mission:

  1. Advocacy and Government Affairs: Protect and advance the foodservice industry in Colorado
  2. Awareness and Promotion: Convey the positive impact of the industry throughout Colorado
  3. Member Value: Establish the CRA as the best resource to deliver industry benefits, services, and solutions
  4. Education and Expertise: Serve as the preferred knowledge resource for members, legislators, and the media
  5. Association Excellence: Position the CRA as the leading trade association in Colorado


We listen to you and represent your business at every level of government. Our Government Affairs team and lobbying partners work hard to influence the legislative decisions that ultimately determine your success.

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Restaurant Resources

Restaurant Resources

We offer our members free legal and professional advice, compliance guidance and resources, newsletters, vendor listings, and more.

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Industry Training & Education

We provide essential operational trainings, certifications, and educational programming to keep you and your team in compliance and on the cutting edge.

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Colorado Restaurant Foundation

Workforce Development & Support

We foster the next generation of hospitality leaders through training and wellness programs and emergency support.

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Community & Networking

There are chapters across Colorado that host meetings, events, seminars, and webinars year-round.

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Member Discounts

Discounted Products & Services

We negotiate valuable discounts, programs, and services on behalf of our members.

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Industry Statistics

Get the data behind the dining scene, including an interactive dashboard created with our partners at CU Leeds School of Business

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Industry News

The issues and events impacting Colorado restaurants

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Event Calendar

Connect with our community at annual events, meetings, trainings, and more

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Advertise With Us

Get your brand in front of our members and partners

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