Colorado Restaurant Foundation

Educating Tomorrow's Industry Leaders Today

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 post-secondary 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.
  • Workforce Development - Providing resources to educate and train industry employees.
  • Angel Relief Fund - Providing emergency assistance grants to 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.

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Colorado Restaurant Foundation Contacts:

Laura Shunk


(303) 830-2972 ext. 147

First Job: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Courtney Baylie

Courtney Meneghin

Grant & Scholarship Coordinator

(303) 830-2972 ext. 151

Administering grant requirements for CRF and ProStart, and administers ServSafe.

First Job: Trail Dust Steakhouse

Mark Antonation 

Mark Antonation

Communication Manager

303-830-2972 ext. 117

Public relations, marketing, and communications activities for the CRF.

First Restaurant Job: Panhandler's Pizza

Paula Thomas 

Paula Thomas

Program Manager

(303) 830-2972 ext. 149

Coordinates activities associated with ProStart and administers ServSafe.

First Restaurant Job: Deno’s Mountain Bistro

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