The goal of the Restaurant Giving Circle is to help people that are working in the restaurant industry.


The Restaurant Giving Circle gives financial support to non-profit groups that help the restaurant industry with financial, health and economic needs.


The RGC was formed by individuals that have been in and around the restaurant industry as a vehicle to give to organizations that help industry people in need. Each member commits to donate at least $10,000 annually to fund a significant grant to a non-profit benefiting restaurant employees.

The Grant

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→ 2020 Donation:

The grant is awarded to one tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable agency or organization each year. The grant shall be used to support infrastructure, capital improvement and capital expenditures and/or salary or other annual expenses at the discretion of the membership. The funds granted can be used for special projects or capital improvements that can be sustained by the recipient organization.

Grant Recipient

Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit that helps food service workers in crisis. GK provides stability through referrals to a network of low-or no-cost community resources. Food service workers who have experienced an injury, illness, housing disaster, or death of a family member can also receive financial assistance to cover living expenses.

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Michael J. Hufler, President

President, MJH Consulting. Graduate Culinary Institute of America. Restaurant consultant, investor and operator.

Robert Wagner, Vice President

President (retired), Robert Wagner & Company and NetFinancials, Inc.

Ron San Martin, Board Member

Managing Partner, Canoe, Aria and Taqueria del Sol (Tennessee).

Douglas Benn, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer (retired), The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Philip Hickey, Board Member

Chairman, Miller’s Ale House Restaurants. Past Chairman, National Restaurant Association.

W.E. (Chris) Lowe, Board Member

President, Lowe & Associates. President (retired), Coca-Cola FoodService.