Let’s Talk About It
Everyone has something to bring to the table.
You belong here.
A Few Words About Us
Culinary Hospitality Outreach and Wellness – You can call us CHOW.
Peer Group Discussions: CHOW hosts virtual and in-person meetings that are open to all – chef, servers, bussers, bartenders, owners, suppliers, farmers, writers, dishwashers, and industry veterans. Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling something you can’t share with coworkers, friends or family. Come to a CHOW meeting to meet with industry folks and talk about what’s working and what isn’t in your life. Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling lonely. We all have a state of mental health, whether it’s good or bad, let’s talk about it.
Research shows that Group Discussions have a transformative effect on both individuals and systems. They:
- Improve quality of life.
- Improve whole health.
- Empower people to make the best decisions.
- Help them strive towards their goals.. Check out our Meetings info.
Mental Health and Substance Use training: CHOW offers a skills-based training so industry workers can support each other where they are, in kitchens and dining rooms across the states. Link to training
CHOW has a partnership with Khesed Wellness: https://www.khesedwellness.com/
Khesed launched their Hospitality Pro Bono Program in 2021 to make free sessions available to all workers in the hospitality industry. They also launched their Corporate Benefit Program to provide an affordable solution to restaurant owners who want to cover mental health for their employees.
*only available in CO and TX.
Need motivation? CHOW offers wellness rewards for participants.
CHOW wants to support you becoming your best you. We are going to reward your good efforts. You get prizes for taking care of yourself. Go on a walk, go to a CHOW meeting, or start therapy, they’re all worth points. You are in charge of reporting through our website and once a month, CHOW will tally the points and send out prizes.
We know it’s hard to ask for help. In addition to our group discussions, we have curated a list of many resources. Creating better mental health is just like any new habit. There are a lot of ways to get there and there is no thing that’s right for everyone. Perhaps you need to brain dump in a group discussion or maybe you need to find sober people to hang out with.
This list should give you plenty of options to find what works for you.
Hospitality Professionals Suffer From Depression
Hospitality Workers Feel Stress From Their Job
Hospitality Professionals Never Speak To Anyone about Their Mental Health
Hospitality Workers feel they’ve been pushed to their breaking point
Let’s Talk about it!
Listen to John and Erin Discuss the heart and soul of CHOW!
Your Donations Matter
To keep our meetings and discussion groups free and accessible to all, we rely on grants and individual donations.
Please give whatever you can and support mental wellness in the hospitality industry.
By Supporting CHOW you support the hospitality industry. Our folks are the bartenders and chefs and hoteliers that purchase for their businesses. Show your support and our members will see that you value their health and wellbeing.