Established in 1987, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors made up of restaurants, industry experts, K-12 and postsecondary hospitality educators. As the philanthropic foundation of the Colorado Restaurant Association, the CRF's mission is the training of all individuals in the foodservice industry and those individuals entering the industry.

We do this through:
  • ProStart® - Providing education in the foodservice and hospitality industry to high school and higher education students.
  • Scholarships - Awarding scholarships to encourage professional development with students and educators.
  • ServSafe - Providing industry education and training to current industry employees.
Building up a skilled and educated workforce is crucial to the future of the industry's growth. The Foundation's Colorado ProStart® Program, Scholarships, and ServSafe® programs bridge the gap for the employment needs of the industry, fostering talented students who are passionate about pursuing meaningful foodservice and hospitality careers.

Colorado Restaurant Foundation Contacts

Colorado Restaurant Association Mary Mino Mary Mino
(303) 830-2972 ext. 127
State Director of Colorado ProStart, Scholarship program, fundraising, mentoring and special events.

Colorado Restaurant Association Emily ZajicekEmily Zajicek
Program Manager

(303) 830-2972 ext. 149
Coordinates activities and relationships associated with ProStart, and administers ServSafe.

Colorado Restaurant Association Courtney Baylie Courtney Baylie
Grant & Scholarship Coordinator
(303) 830-2972 ext. 151
Administering grant requirements for CRF and ProStart, and administers ServSafe.

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Network with fellow business owners, stay up to date on legislative issues important to our industry, connect with your peers, take advantage of significant savings opportunities and stay informed. Join the Colorado Restaurant Association!

Restaurant Owners – The CRA is a full-service solution for every type and size of restaurant. We are powerful advocates for the industry, an information hub and a catalyst for networking. And we’re committed to offering meaningful benefits and resources you need to run a profitable business.

Service Providers - Companies that serve restaurants have a strong ally in the CRA. Our restaurant members look to the CRA members first when seeking products and services, they also make the real connections with service providers at local and state events.

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