The IRC was founded on the simple belief that our small businesses have the power to affect legislative change if we unite our voices. Our purpose is to build a sustainable future for independent restaurateurs, their employees, and the communities they support. 

As consumers and politicians see busier dining rooms and reservations are harder to come by, most people assume that restaurants are thriving and do not need help. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many of these businesses in our community are still struggling and are depending on the IRC for leadership and guidance in navigating the ongoing challenges and uncertainties ahead. 

In order to continue doing this work, the IRC needs support from every corner of our community. We hope that you will consider adding a donation to the IRC to your end-of-year plans, Giving Tuesday or holiday wish list. We have several gifting options as part of our Centerpiece campaign, including:

The IRC’s Second Annual Recipe Collection 

When you make a donation of $25 or more, you’ll receive a digital collection featuring recipes from acclaimed chefs including Jacques Pepin, Kwame Onwuachi, Amanda Cohen, Sarah Grueneberg, Christina Tosi, Paul Reilly and JJ Johnson, among others.  The collection will be delivered to your inbox in December. 

Pasta Making Class with Tom Colicchio

Give the food lover in your life an unforgettable experience with a hands-on virtual pasta-making class with acclaimed James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and Top Chef star Tom Colicchio. This one-hour experience will add tips and tricks to the arsenal of both novice and experienced cooks and provide the opportunity to engage with and ask questions of Tom during the class. The class will be held in February 2023. Secure your spot for this intimate engagement with a one-time donation of $500. 

Friuli Wine Tasting with Caroline Styne and Bobby Stuckey at a.o.c in Los Angeles

Join iconic James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateurs and wine professionals Caroline Styne and Bobby Stuckey, Master Sommelier​, for an exclusive tasting of wines from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy.  This two-hour experience for up to 10 guests will be held for two hours on a mutually agreed upon date and time (Sunday - Wednesday only) at Caroline’s restaurant, a.o.c West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.  

You and your guests will taste six extraordinary wines while enjoying snacks from acclaimed chef Suzanne Goin.  Each guest will also receive an autographed copy of Bobby's book, Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy's Mountains, Vineyards, and SeasideThis intimate experience is available for a donation of $10,000.

Family Meal with Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen

Invite your loved ones to an intimate once-in-a-lifetime virtual Family Meal with long-time friends and James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen, who will lead your group through a multi-course at-home meal that includes hors d'eouvres, handmade pasta, a show-stopping main dish, sauce and side ideas, and a mind-blowing dessert made easy. Whether it's a gathering of friends or a family affair, this class for up to 15 of your favorite people will make 2023 a more delicious year for everyone.

This extraordinary evening can be yours with a donation of $20,000 and will be held on a mutually agreed-upon date in February/March 2023.

One-time or recurring donations of any amount are always welcome and appreciated. We are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support.