In 2020, the James Beard Foundation launched the Open for Good campaign to help the restaurant ecosystem survive the unprecedented crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 
As part of the Open for Good campaign, JBF’s Industry Support work aims to help the restaurant and hospitality industry rebuild better and thrive for the long term.  
 
These emerging projects and programs include educational resources, research, and tool kits to help chefs, restaurant owners, and other culinary leaders meet the many challenges in the industry today. 
 
Sign up for our Industry Support Newsletter here.
 
Sixty percent of respondents from the James Beard Foundation winter survey reported that financial assistance, such as the replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, would help them make it through the winter. Call your local Congressperson today and ask them to refile the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act. Visit this website and enter your zip code to find out who your representative is.  #OpenForGood
 
 
 

Open for Good:
Compensation, Benefits, and Growth

The James Beard Foundation began its Industry Support work with national surveys, small-group Zoom sessions, and other efforts to understand the changing needs of the industry and how we could help meet them. Over the course of three months, the Foundation interviewed chefs across the country about their business compensation practices, developing a roadmap of the many ways in which employers renumerate their staff—financial or otherwise. Beyond wages, this includes health insurance, paid time off, flexible scheduling, and clear paths to career growth.  

The Open for Good: Compensation, Benefits, and Growth Guide features voices across the industry and how they pivoted their business models in this new era.  

Along with these stories and best practices from business owners, we’ve included insights from business experts on lease negotiations, health insurance, and 401(k) retirement plans—which are top areas of concern for many businesses we consulted.

Access Open for Good: Compensation, Benefits, and Growth here.

Watch our Open for Good: Compensation, Benefits, and Growth webinar here.

Oyster Sunday Benefits Program provides direct access to preventative care for underinsured or uninsured members of your team—plus discounted access to a well-rounded package of lifestyle benefits designed to fit the specific needs of food and hospitality teams. The JBF community receives a 10% discount, learn more here.

 

 

Open for Good:
Business Model Innovations

In collaboration with Deloitte Consulting 

In the fall of 2021, JBF worked with Deloitte Consulting in a project to learn from chefs and restaurateurs across the nation as to how they adapted their business models over the course of the pandemic and how they plan on adjusting their business models looking into the future. The project aims to uncover the business models that restaurants can implement to become more financially resilient and, in turn, enable them to make purposeful sustainability and equity investments.  

Access the Business Model Innovations project here.

Looking for more information on the Business Model Innovations? Watch our webinar with Deloitte here.

 

JBF Winter Restaurant Survival Survey

The Foundation regularly surveys our network of chefs and culinary professionals as part of our regular industry consultations. Our Winter 2021 survey focused on self-reported projected business viability over the coming months. Survey findings are available here.
 

2022 Industry Benchmark Survey

JBF has conducted the Food & Beverage Industry Benchmark Study to better understand the career paths of foodservice industry employers, employees, and operators. 

With this first-of-its-kind research, we hope to set the benchmark from which the broader independent food and beverage industry can progress. The findings from this study will help identify the root causes and underlying challenges that culinary professionals face in advancing their careers and allow for the design of programs that support employers and employees throughout their career. 

Full report will be released in early 2022.
 

Virtual Education 

JBF is hosting webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality industry and to better stay connected. You can find a library of these resources, categorized by subject matter, on our virtual education page here.


Questions or ideas? Email impact@jamesbeard.org