​The Restaurant Association of Maryland and its Foundation exist to promote, protect and improve the foodservice and hospitality industry in Maryland. Through their distinct but complementary missions, RAM & RAMEF work side-by-side to lead and support the industry.




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About RAM


The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) exists to promote, protect and improve Maryland's foodservice and hospitality industry.

​RAM leads by showcasing member restaurants, offering programs that reduce operating costs and advocating for the interests of foodservice businesses.



About Our Members

RAM members are foodservice and hospitality businesses including restaurants, bars & taverns, food trucks, grocery stores, private clubs, caterers, hotels and other businesses that serve food. RAM also welcomes Allied Members, which are companies that work alongside the foodservice industry by providing goods and services. RAM members are dedicated to their employees by offering careers with advancement opportunities, their customers by providing exceptional dining options and service, and their community by supporting local charities, sports teams and events.



In 1927, a small group of Baltimore area restaurateurs met to deal with some of the challenges facing the economy and the foodservice industry. They believed that, once united, they could accomplish more for the industry and their businesses than if each wrestled with the problems alone. These individuals put up their own money to get the Association started and offered prospective members a “money back” guarantee of satisfaction. A few years later, in 1936, the group was chartered as the Restaurant Association of Maryland.





The Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) is dedicated to enhancing the foodservice and hospitality industry's training and education, career development and community engagement.

​The Foundation provides training and certifications in ServSafe® food safety, responsible alcohol service and HACCP writing. The Foundation also manages the restaurant industry Apprenticeship program and also Maryland ProStart®, a nationwide program that teaches high school students culinary arts and hospitality management.