63%

Hospitality Professionals Suffer From Depression

84%

Hospitality Workers Feel Stress From Their Job

40%

Hospitality Professionals Never Speak To Anyone About Their Mental Health

53%

Hospitality Workers Feel They’ve Been Pushed To Their Breaking Point

Let’s Talk About It

We are Culinary Hospitality Outreach and Wellness – You can call us CHOW.

CHOW hosts virtual and in-person meetings that are open to all – chef, servers, bussers, bartenders, owners, suppliers, farmers, writers, dishwashers, and industry veterans.

Our meetings have a topic or theme to consider and discuss. They begin with an ice breaker question, so we can get to know each other better, and move into a conversation about shared experiences. We have an “EXPO” (who is a person who has walked the path of recovery from mental illness/substance use disorder and is trained to assist others in their recovery) in each meeting who can guide the conversation. Sharing is VOLUNTARY and sobriety is NOT required. 

Come to a CHOW meeting if…

You’re feeling something you can’t share with coworkers, friends or family. 
To meet with industry folks and talk about what’s working and what isn’t in your life. 
You’re feeling lonely. 

We all have a state of mental health, whether it’s good or bad, let’s talk about it.

Events Today

Everyone has something to bring to the table.
You belong here.

Mental Health Amuse’ Course

CHOW offers a FREE skills-based course created by an industry professional for folks in the hospitality/restaurant industry. It was created so industry workers can support each other where they are, in kitchens and dining rooms across the states.

Wellness Partners

CHOW has a partnership with Khesed Wellness: 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, MI and TX.

Resources

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.

Join Us For Music, Fun And A Great Cause!

Join CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness) for our first annual Fundraising Concert at Levitt Pavilion. It’s a night of food, drink, friends + fun as we fundraise to support CHOW’s mission with Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, the popular New Orleans brass band.

Stand up for Mental Health

Stand up for Mental Health

Stand Up for Mental Health: VIP concert access at Levitt Pavilion with proceeds benefiting CHOWRead More »
CHOW Harvest Festival

CHOW Harvest Festival

Join CHOW for a Harvest Festival!Read More »

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.

What are you waiting for? Join Us!

Media Mentions and Audio Links

Denver 7 Everyday Hero Award
Signature Dish Award

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.

Our Sponsors

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.

CHOW is Hiring!

We are growing and always looking for talented individuals that are passionate about mental health in the hospitality industry. For more information on current open positions, use the links below.