Food, Beverage and Hospitality Professionals Suffer From Depression


Food, Beverage And Hospitality Workers Feel Stress From Their Job


Food, Beverage And Hospitality Workers Report Using Substances At Work


Food, Beverage And 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.

How Can We Help?

Mental Health Assessment

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.


If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Our list of curated resources should give you plenty of options to find what works for you.

CHOW Discussion Meetings

CHOW group discussions are open to all – chefs, servers, bussers, bartenders, owners, suppliers, farmers, writers, dishwashers, and industry veterans. Virtual meetings can be accessed from any location, please be aware of the time zones listed.

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.

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.

Mental Health Amuse’ Course

Through 2024, CHOW is offering a unique Mental Health Amuse’ Course. This four-hour training course is backed by scientific research and offers tangible tools for self-assessment. It is accredited by COPA (https://coprovidersassociation.org/), providing validation of its quality and effectiveness, for 4 continuing education credit hours.

This course is created for food, beverage and hospitality workers BY food, beverage and hospitality workers. 

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.

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Upcoming Events With CHOW

Spanish July Event With CHOW
Steamboat Volunteer Host
Fort Collins Meeting Host and ExPOS Job Listing
July Amuse' Mental Health Training With CHOW
August Amuse' Mental Health Training Course

Research shows that Group Discussions have a transformative effect on both individuals and systems. They:

What are you waiting for? Join Us!

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

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.