Over 200,000 meals served by 19 chef partner restaurants in cities across the US


To support our ongoing relief efforts through the following programs and more:

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As restaurants around the country look towards reopening, The LEE Initiative is committed to helping reset the supply chains for farmers and restaurant operators who are committed to sustainable food. The LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program is committing at least $1 million to purchasing food from sustainable farmers in 16 regions and giving that food directly to restaurants in those areas. The restaurants that have hosted relief centers in those areas will be receiving the food and helping to select which other restaurants will be receiving the food as well.

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LEE Initiative Restaurant Reboot Relief Program


Due to the closure of restaurants across America, thousands of restaurant workers have an urgent need for assistance. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America.  Restaurant workers need your help more than ever.  It is vital that we offer relief to those in need, so after this crisis restaurants can return to their full vibrancy.

In partnership with @makersmark, we have turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  We are offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home.

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To aid Silver Sands, one of the most beloved restaurants in Nashville, City House and the LEE Initiative are raising funds to help Sophia Vaughn get back to her stove. If you live in Nashville, buy a Memorial Day Picnic Basket (with Sophia-inspired fried chicken) for pickup at CityHouse on May 23. If you live out of town, or just want to help, make a donation through the Lee Initiative. We will match funds up to 10k to support this loved institution.

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We believe there is a pressing need for more women to be in higher ranking positions in the restaurant industry. Only then, will a more balanced space exist for creativity, equality, ability and positivity. 

One of the ways the LEE Initiative hopes to address this void in leadership is through our eight-month program called the Women Chefs Program. By shining a spotlight on unsung women in the culinary industry, we intend to elevate their presence as well as their capability. 

As we enter our third year of the program, the LEE Initiative will once again award five chefs from Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Cincinnati the opportunity to learn from successful culinary leaders, hands on experience and leadership skill building opportunities.

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