This is a post by Chefs Collaborative’s Board Chair, Matthew Weingarten.

America’s favorite food holiday is just four days away. As Chefs Collaborative’s Board Chair and a chef committed to changing the way America eats, I know that cooking delicious food is a year-round commitment. As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how thankful I am to be a part of the Chefs Collaborative community in order to connect with like-minded chefs and culinary professionals across the country who share my commitment to sourcing, cooking and serving better food.

Plus, this week only, the first 25 people that join or renew their Membership will receive a COMPLIMENTARY family meal* for 25 thanks to the generosity of Chipotle. Chipotle’s Executive Chef Nate Appleman offered this gift with the hope that chefs and culinary professionals will use this special family meal to gather their teams and talk about about what each of us can do to uphold food’s integrity in the coming year. As Nate says, “just like good food, ideas are best when shared… together we can plant seeds across the country and cultivate a better world.”

I don’t just want to tell you why you should become a Member of Chefs Collaborative, here’s what a few of our Members have to say:“As a young chef, Chefs Collaborative is leading the way for me… It’s also maintaining hope that there’s enough people out there that care, that we will accomplish the bigger mission that we have.” – Member chef, Los Angeles. “Chefs Collaborative is about doing the right thing, not just the easy thing.” – Member chef, New York. 

“[Chefs Collaborative] is a great source of inspiration – I see so many folks committed to the same cause that I am.” – Member, Chicago. 

Every chef and culinary professional has an important voice in the conversation around food – and there’s strength and power in numbers. Chefs Collaborative needs your support more than ever so that we can continue to inspire, educate and amplify the voices of chefs and culinary professionals like you who truly care about sourcing, cooking, and serving better food. Together, we can revolutionize the way America eats, and create a better food system.

Thank you for becoming a Member!

Chef Matthew Weingarten
Executive Chef, Culinary Director, Sodexo
Board Chair, Chefs Collaborative

* The family meal is a generous Burrito Party from Chipotle that includes burritos, burrito bowls, salads, or orders of tacos for 25 – plus chips and guac and drinks. Approx. $300 value. This must be used on or before Dec. 31.