Restaurants are the Heart & Soul of the Community

BOOST Your Culinary Business.

JANUARY 22 – 23, 2024   |   HOUSTON, TX.

Restaurant Business Development Program

We established a fund valued at $15,000, used for any culinary development support for businesses. These businesses understand and are committed to the economic growth in their communities. We selected 25 historical entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Project NXT

The 2021 ProjectNXT scholarship allows culinary businesses to thrive while impacting their communities’ next generation of economic growth. 

Emergency Fund

The Emergency Relief Assistance fund assists applicants that need access to resources to support their businesses.

We are excited for our 2023 Cohort! Meet a few of the recipients.  READ MORE


Helping culinary businesses thrive in marginalized communities

Feed the Soul Foundation’s mission is to provide a pathway of growth and sustainability to marginalized culinary businesses and students, through business development, education, grants, and scholarships.

We support business growth for underrepresented small culinary businesses. 

Our Business Development Program provides $25,000 for culinary business development.

2021 Cohort member: Bushwick Grind and 67 Orange Street (l-r) | Credit:

Making Change

How to Support Us

Take Action

Help connect businesses around the nation with access to funds, experts, and countless other business-related resources.

Join the Movement

Join the Restaurant Business Development Program, an accelerator program for business support and on-hand training.

Become a Consultant

We need your support, advocacy, and expertise to prepare our program winners for the culinary industry. Nominate someone, or apply today!

Our Impact

Building economic sustainability for the culinary community

 We support and advocate for culinary entrepreneurs striving to establish economic sustainability and progress in their communities. Our initiatives educate and equip culinary businesses and professionals for success.


Since COVID-19, approximately 90,000 restaurants and bars have closed during the pandemic. (Source: Independent Restaurant Coalition)


The COVID-19 pandemic has cost restaurants and bars over $280 billion in sales. (Source: Independent Restaurant Coalition)

2021 Cohort member: Caribbean Feast | Credit:

Building sustainable businesses

The Feed the Soul Foundation supports marginalized and underrepresented entrepreneurs in the culinary industry through business development, financial support, and mentorship opportunities.

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