There are so many benefits to joining the GGRA. For 81 years we’ve grown and evolved alongside the Bay Area’s restaurant community. We are a trusted partner to our members, a first call when there are questions or support is needed. We invite you to join our community.

If you are a restaurant owner or stakeholder, membership benefits for your restaurant (or restaurant group) include but are not limited to:

  • A free employee manual updated annually specifically for restaurants ($3,000-$10,000 cost to have prepared by a lawyer). Active members can download here using their member login.
  • Discounts from preferred vendors, if you are looking for new vendor services we can help you find a trusted service provider and good pricing. We provide members with a vendor guide, updated annually, that shows discounts and service provider listings. We also have special partnerships with Commercial Energy and WorldPay and Heartland (payment processing) with extremely preferred rates for our members.
  • GGRA members can sign up their employees for our own HCSO option health care plan administered through our partner at GoHealth Urgent Care.
  • Representation at City Hall and with local governments, and through our GGRA Political Action Committee (PAC). Opportunities to have direct access via GGRA’s Lobby Day in January to meet with the Mayor and Members of the Board of Supervisors, meetings with elected officials through our Better Know a District Supervisor program and political fundraisers.
  • The GGRA is a tireless advocate on behalf of restaurants. We make sure that restaurants’ unique perspectives are being considered relative to proposed regulations. Learn more about our advocacy work here.
  • Regular updates on news and events that help you stay in compliance.
  • Discounts on numerous education and training programs including our best-in-class Food Safety training program in partnership with the San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (this is statewide certification).
    • $95 per employee per class for GGRA members
    • $165 non-member price per employee
  • No cost participation in Restaurant Week and eligibility to participate at no cost in Eat Drink SF, our signature event in August with more than 8,000 consumers, as well as Eat Drink SF 365, our year-round brand extension that organizes culinary experiences and events.
  • Deeply discounted registration to GGRA’s two-day Industry Conference.
  • Invitations to educational programming and training year-round. Check out the GGRA calendar to see what’s going on.
  • If you are hiring, GGRA members get a free post on the Culinary Agents job board on ggra.org (for first-time users) .
  • Have your HR lead join the GGRA’s HR working group that connects monthly to review HR issues in the industry.
  • The opportunity to market your restaurant’s dishes on our consumer-facing social media channels including Eat Drink SF Instagram that has 71,000 and growing followers.
  • Individual casework, if you are having any issues with the city/permitting/really anything, we can help you resolve it.
  • GGRA members also get to nominate and vote for the winners of The Saucy Awards, our industry-driven awards gala in November.

Annual membership dues are based on a restaurant’s or restaurant group’s combined annual revenue. Dues range from $300 – $2,000 annually:

  • Restaurant (< $750K annual revenue): $300
  • Restaurant ($750K – $1.99M annual revenue): $425
  • Restaurant ( $2M – $4.99M annual revenue): $675
  • Restaurant ($5M-$9.99M annual revenue): $1,100
  • Restaurant (>$10M annual revenue): $2,000

If you are a high-value industry service provider, there is a place for you in our community as well.

Basic Associate Membership – $1,000:

  • Listing in GGRA vendor guide (shared with all members annually, includes your company name and logo, value proposition and special offers/discounts for GGRA members).
  • Discounts from preferred vendors, if you are looking for new vendor services we can help you find a trusted service provider and good pricing.
  • Invitations to all-member events (educational programming, social mixers, the GGRA holiday party, and annual all-member reception).
  • Access to half price tickets to the Annual Industry Conference every April.
  • Inclusion in our calendar and newsletter of any seminars/webinars/educational programming you offer.

Magnum Membership – $3,000:

  • Rotating Banner Ad (artwork provided by sponsor) on GGRA home page for the duration of annual membership
  • Listing in the GGRA vendor guide
  • Invitations to all-member events
  • Inclusion in our calendar and newsletter of any seminars/webinars/educational programming you offer
  • Two complimentary 2-day Industry Conference tickets 
  • Complete list of all Industry Conference attendees  
  • Opportunity to include an item in the attendee gift bag (within event guidelines) for Industry Conference

Primat Membership – $5,000:

  • Listing in GGRA vendor guide
  • Invitations to all-member events
  • Inclusion in our calendar and newsletter of any seminars/webinars/educational programming you offer.
  • Four 2-day complimentary Industry Conference tickets
  • Logo in the Industry Conference program
  • Complete list of all Industry Conference attendees
  • Logo on the bottom of the ggra.org homepage
  • Logo on the bottom of every newsletter (sent bi-weekly)
  • Opportunity to write an article for the blog and be featured in the bi-weekly newsletter.

Become a GGRA member today to start taking advantage of these great membership benefits and more!

For inquiries about sponsoring individual events and opportunities to partner more significantly, please contact the Events and Sponsorship Manager, Scott Tashjian scott@ggra.org.