The Heirloom Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is combating the prevalence of issues like suicide, substance abuse, and the emotional impact of long hours in a perfection obsessed industry. We bring culinary professionals together to increase awareness about the repercussions of the high-stakes, high-pressure lives of chefs through public outreach, networking, and benefit events. Heirloom advocates for healthier work environments though our network of chefs, restaurateurs and other industry stakeholders who commit to providing a healthy, supportive restaurant culture. We reinvest in our communities through direct service grants to nonprofit organizations that address mental health, stress management, work-life balance, substance abuse prevention, life skills, and other relevant issues.
The Heirloom Foundation advocates for supportive, healthy work environments, which are key to a thriving food and beverage industry.
We actively engage stakeholders throughout the industry in our cause, creating a network of support.
By providing grants to local nonprofits, The Heirloom Foundation is investing in the next generation of culinary professionals and citizens.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sean Brock is the Chef /Partner of Husk, McCrady’s and Minero. In 2008 and 2009 he was a finalist for the James Beard “Rising Star Chef” award and in 2010 he took home the James Beard award for “Best Chef Southeast”. Most recently, he was a finalist for the James Beard “Outstanding Chef” award for 2013, 2014, and 2015. His first cookbook, Heritage (Artisan Books), was released in October 2014, and is a New York Times bestseller and recipient of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Book Award for “American Cooking”.
Jonathan Ory is the Chef/Owner of acclaimed Bad Wolf Coffee. An experienced fine dining chef, Jonathan has most recently worked at Momofuku Ko in NYC, Schwa in Chicago, and Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta. As a long time advocate for a healthy, thriving culinary industry, Jonathan is proud of his involvement with The Heirloom Foundation.
Curtis Duffy is the Chef/Owner of Grace Restaurant which, among its many accolades, received Three Michelin Stars in the 2015 Chicago Red Guide. Before opening Grace he had a distinguished career in Chicago's top restaurants, including Charlie Trotter's, Trio, Alinea, and Avenues, for which he was recognized with a James Beard Award for "Best Chef: Great Lakes". In his free time Curtis is a champion for many deserving causes, and The Heirloom Foundation is honored to be one of them.
Jennifer Berzinis MNM is a development professional with experience working in healthcare, higher education and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA. In addition to a deep seeded appreciation for the culinary arts, Jen has a zest for networking and connecting individuals to meaningful philanthropic causes. She is pleased to be involved with The Heirloom Foundation.
Joyce Nicholas PhD has spent her career developing healthier, more engaged communities. She works with several universities, hospitals, and international nonprofit organizations providing healthcare to at-risk populations. In her free time Joyce can be found backpacking and volunteering her expertise to The Heirloom Foundation.
Executive Director, Sarah Ory MNM has worked with nonprofit organizations in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charleston. Sarah holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and has extensive experience in fundraising, administration, program development and evaluation. She is married to Chef Jonathan Ory, and together they own Bad Wolf Coffee.