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
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!
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.
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.
Following artistic values, ethical behavior, professionalialism, honesty & transparency in our communication, relationships & actions
FMHT is committed to making the Hospitality industry a better place by holding ourselves accountable for the quality of work we do & the commitment we have made to our industry, partners, donors & each other
We value & admire the talents, experiences & opinions of everyone & treat our industry, partners, donors & each other with respect