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About the Educational Foundation

The NYS Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NYSRAEF) was developed to support the National Restaurant Association’s Education efforts at the state level. The Foundation’s primary focus is to strengthen the restaurant industry in New York State by developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders. The Foundation’s educational initiatives provide culinary, management, food safety and employability skills training to build a pipeline of talent for the growing industry.


The Foundation’s cornerstone program - ProStart- is a two year, nationwide program that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. Additionally, the NYSRAEF manages other educational services such as the ServSafe curriculum which educates students and restaurant employees on food safety, alcohol and allergens.

The NYSRAEF awards scholarships to students and educators to provide continued industry education.

Contributions to the NYSRAEF ensure the continued growth of our industry by directly supporting future chefs, managers, operators and suppliers. Whether it's through your support of the ProStart® Program, NYSRAEF scholarships, special events, or your philanthropic gifts, your donations are essential to our success.


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For more information on the Foundation and how you can be involved, contact Elizabeth Soscia, Educational Coordinator, at 800.452.5212 or




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