Colorado Restaurant Foundation

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation and COVID-19

All of us at the Colorado Restaurant Foundation want to express our concern for the situation faced by so many in our restaurant and hospitality community. We are committed to working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In addition to providing resources for employees and restaurateurs, the Angel Relief Fund is making grants to hospitality employees who are:
(1) diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19).
(2) who have been quarantined under doctor’s care.
(3) unable to receive government assistance and have been out of work for more than a month.

Learn more on our Angel Relief Fund page.

If you have anything extra to spare during this time, please donate to the Angel Relief Fund at Angel Relief Fund COVID-19 Support. Your contribution is tax deductible. 100% of your donation goes directly to industry employees in need. Any amount you can donate, no matter how small, will help. 

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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.

Take a look at our 2018 Year in Review

Colorado Restaurant Foundation Contacts

Mary Mino

Mary Mino


(303) 830-2972 ext. 127

State Director of Colorado ProStart, Scholarship program, fundraising, mentoring and special events.

First Job: McDonald's, Pueblo, CO

Shelby Bowen

Shelby Bowen

Program Manager

Colorado ProStart Coordinator

(303) 830-2972 ext. 149

Coordinates activities associated with ProStart, and administers ServSafe.

Courtney Baylie

Courtney Baylie

Grant & Scholarship Coordinator

(303) 830-2972 ext. 151

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

First Job: Trail Dust Steakhouse

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