The GGRA partners with local educational programs and community organizations that provide training opportunities and support for people aspiring to work in the restaurant and foodservice industry. We participate on advisory boards and act as a bridge connecting students and trainees to the business community. The GGRA advocates for internship and job shadow placements, assists with program curriculum development and provides support for school sponsored events. Our partnerships with schools and work based learning programs are core components of our engagement in the hospitality community.

Community Engagement:

Workforce Investment Hospitality Initiative

New! Hospitality Boot Camp – In October 2015, Office of Economic and Workforce Development contacted City College Culinary & Hospitality Studies dept and GGRA to discuss creating a two week training program focused on Front of House skills. This conversation led to the launch in February of the first Hospitality Boot Camp. Western Addition Success Center (a neighborhood access point nonprofit funded in part by OEWD) identified clients with an interest in hospitality training and 1300 Fillmore agreed to act as classroom for the two week training. There have been two Boot Camps this year – the first graduated at the end of February and the second Boot Camp graduated at the end of June – a total of 20 people who completed the trainings with 14 currently employed. Watch this video of the latest Hospitality Boot Camp Graduation. More to come!

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Hospitality Initiative recently launched a video highlighting how their sector programs address the needs of both local employers and job seekers.

GGRA, in partnership with CCSF and other community based organizations, has supported the overall success of the Hospitality Initiative, which to-date has placed over 1,400 local residents in industry employment; through proving employment or volunteer opportunities for the training graduates, attended employer round tables, culinary showcases and visited training cohorts.

Support and Service for Restaurant Staff:

Earn Starter Savings Program – The Golden Gate Restaurant Association is proud to announce a partnership with Earn. Earn Starter Savings Program is a free and easy to use program that helps people save for what’s most important. Saving starts in minutes, helping our members extend financial security and prosperity to their staff.

The EARN Starter Savings Program is an online tool that will helps people start saving immediately! Savers can just go online to or or, link a savings account to EARN’s platform, and start putting money away. Money will always kept in your own savings account.

Savers deposit just $20 a month into a savings account and EARN will give cash rewards. Plus, they’ll have access to videos and tips about how to save even more money. At the end of just six-months savers will be well on the way to $500! Encourage your staff to start saving for what matters most with the EARN Starter Savings Program.

Use these fliers to encourage your staff to begin saving today!

English Versions – Earn Marketing Flier – Three Step, Earn One-Pager Five Step

Spanish Versions – EARN Marketing Flyer: Spanish Three StepEARN Marketing Flyer: Spanish Five Step

MEDA – MEDA offers free services in English and Spanish to low and moderate income families in San Francisco. GGRA encourages our members to provide information about MEDA’s services to their employees. Services include: Free tax preparation services for Spanish speakers (SpanishTax Flyer and Taxes Plus Postcard_v7); and a list of all of MEDA’s free programs MEDA FREE Programs Flyer.

Old Skool Café – Ongoing CA Food Handler Card Exams

Advisory Boards:

City College of San Francisco (CCSF) – Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies Department Advisory Board

Learn more about the work being done by the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies students at CCSF, check out this great video:  Campus Heat, The Culinary Arts Dept at CCSF.

CCSF – Worker Training Program at North Beach Chinatown Annex

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board

GGRA’s support of the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism in the news! SF Examiner article

San Francisco State University (SFSU) – Hospitality & Tourism Management Advisory Board

For more information about our engagement with the hospitality community and support of educational programs and community organizations, please contact Chhavi Sahni