What is Open for Good?

Community-focused and independent restaurants are at the heart of every city, town, and village across America, and the world. For over 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has celebrated the best of those restaurants, showcased culinary excellence, and pushed chefs and restaurateurs to use their voices for positive change. Open for Good is the James Beard Foundation’s campaign to help independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term. Open for Good programs provide critical resources to help independent restaurants build the capacity to come back stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient.

Is this site replacing jamesbeard.org?

Nope! This site is an industry-facing resource that will also feature content from outside the James Beard Foundation. OpenForGood.com also includes Mentorship presented by KitchenAid as well as a public forum. Jamesbeard.org is still operating as the James Beard Foundation’s main site. Information on awards, consumer events, or the James Beard House can all be found there.


How do I become a mentor?

You can become a mentor by opting-in when you create your account. Please be sure to carefully read the Code of Conduct and privacy policy before opting-in.

How do I find a mentor?

To find a mentor, head to the Mentorship page. You can filter by skill or just browse available mentors. Please be sure to carefully read our Code of Conduct and privacy policy before requesting a mentor.