Innovators in Culinary, Hospitality, and Well-Being

We pride ourselves on our culinary heritage of "firsts", our dedication to quality, our passion for hospitality excellence, and our culture of CARE.

Please look out for celebrations throughout the year recognizing past, present and future leaders, momentous accomplishments, and future commitments.

In the meantime, here's a look at our history.


About RA

Restaurant Associates: Innovators in Culinary, Hospitality, and Well-Being for over 75 Years.

Restaurant Associates (RA), a member of Compass Group, is recognized as the nation's premier on-site dining management company. RA delivers hospitality excellence to guests at corporate workplaces, cultural and entertainment centers, professional schools, and catered events in metro New York City, Washington DC, Boston, and Atlanta. Our catered events are led by CxRA.

At RA, Food is Inspiration

Since the 1950's, we've delivered culinary excellence and unparalleled hospitality to some of the most recognizable institutions and brands in the world.

Our reputation is built on our ability to continuously evolve and innovate. Our work goes beyond the excellence of our food and hospitality. It extends to industry-best wellness and sustainability practices and a commitment to integrating human-centered technology throughout our company.

In all that we do, people matter. We value our guests, our communities, and most importantly, our own.

History & Heritage

RA has a rich history of restaurant and hospitality heritage with culinary luminaries such as James Beard, Julia Child and Joe Baum, the iconic restaurateur and innovator who created the country's first themed restaurants and defined our DNA. At the heart of RA is:

  • A commitment to fresh, seasonal and responsible sourcing.
  • Honest, scratch cooking with wellness at the foundation.
  • Simple, unfussy styling and presentation.
  • A diverse and hospitable team of chefs and managers with the talent and expertise to customize an experience unique to each client. All with decades of experience from our dedicated support team.

  • Sustainability


    At Restaurant Associates, we see food as an agent to make a difference in the lives of our guests, the health of our planet, and the well-being of our communities. We have long-standing commitment to responsible sourcing, fair food, and outreach.
  • Wellness


    Our new and holistic wellbeing platform, ForLife, was designed by our team of Registered Dietitians with the goal to empower our guests and associates to make informed decisions for personal and environmental health while cultivating wellbeing practices for life.
  • A Culture of Care

    A Culture of Care

    CARE is Restaurant Associates' hospitality vision. It is all about consistently delivering an unparalleled culinary and hospitality experience for each other, our guests and our community.
  • Awards & Recognition

    Awards & Recognition

    RA is proud to be the recipient of many awards and accolades. Click on the button below to view just some of our achievements from 2012-present.
  • Senior Management

    Senior Management

    Our commitment to offering the best food and hospitality excellence begins "from the top down".

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