Our Story

Our Team


Our team is made up of Business and Hospitality Professionals committed to helping those in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry here in Buffalo NY. Our Board is made up of people that have been there in the Industry and truly understand the challenges that exist.  We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!

Our History


In 2018, after the death of Chef Anthony Bourdain, Buffalo’s food & beverage community came together to grieve by doing what we do best, eating, drinking, celebrating life. All proceeds went to a local charity. Afterwards, we realized there were gaps within our close-knit community. Mental And physical health effected tremendously by those in the Restaurant Industry. Many suffer from substance abuse that is a large issue, money & time management are not taught in culinary school. Health insurance is not a common term used in salary packages in our world. Wait, what’s a salary package? Fast forward to today, Family Meal Hospitality

Trust was born to champion for our comrades in the trenches.

Our Focus


A Cook’s Tour Buffalo has transitioned into The Family Meal Hospitality Trust. A nonprofit Charity organization designed to help Hospitality Industry workers in need. The hard work the long hours and dedication it takes to be a part of the service Industry can have lasting effects on both a person’s physical and emotional well-being. We are working to try to help change that. We are hoping to provide community resources to the Hospitality industry that might otherwise seem unattainable. Our goal is to host fundraising events or "Family Meals" at partner Restaurants throughout the year to raise money so we can hopefully someday offer things like health insurance, rehabilitation, money management or assist in paid leave when there is a catastrophic event. 


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Our Brigade

Jill Gedra Co-Founder - Executive Director

Ross Warhol Co-Founder - Chef Network

Hank Williams III Co-Founder - Donor Relations

Steve Ambrose Co-Founder- Marketing Director

Jake Strawser Co-Founder-Treasurer

Rachel Herman Gross Co-Founder-Beverage Network

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