About RAMEF

RAMEF Professional development, training and education


RAMEF's mission is providing superior education & training to Maryland's hospitality industry.

RAMEF pursues its mission three ways:

  - Professional Development
  - Workforce Development
  - Scholarship Programs

Professional Development

RAMEF works to raise the level of education of those currently working in the industry through training programs and classes.

Professional Development Programs include:
ServSafe® Food Manager’s certification
 -  Maryland’s BEST Alcohol Awareness Certification & ServSafe Alcohol®
Professional Server Training
Train the Trainer Workshops
HACCP plan workshops and assistance


Workforce Development

RAMEF provides opportunities for young people to pursue careers in hospitality.

Workforce Development programs include:
ProStart® – ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice leaders. The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) is a state-wide team culinary and hospitality management competition where students compete for scholarships and the right to represent the state of Maryland at the National ProStart Invitational.
 -  Mentor and Guest Speaker programs – Industry professionals and employees work with high schools students and teachers to give them the “real world” perspective of the hospitality industry.
Educator Awareness – Educating parents, teachers and other school administrators about the opportunities in the hospitality industry and how it is a legitimate career option.


Scholarship Programs

RAMEF helps people meet the financial needs of higher education and their ongoing professional development. Scholarships include:

• Marcia S Harris Legacy Fund
• Letitia B Carter Scholarship Fund
• Applebee's/The Rose Group Hospitality Scholarship
• Eddie Dopkin First Course Award, Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality
• Chef Mimmo Cricchio ProStart Student of the Year Scholarship
• Maryland ProStart Student Invitational Scholarship Pool