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Kitchen Sage Partner Advisory Council

The most valuable contribution of the Kitchen Sage Partner Advisory Council is expertise, knowledge and passion for the industry. The Kitchen Sage Partner Advisory Council is a non-fiduciary volunteer committee which advises Kitchen Sage.

The organizational guiding principles – purpose, membership, and responsibilities – are set forth below.


Kitchen Sage will provide a forum for employers and Kitchen Sage stakeholders to engage in relevant discussions regarding a variety of career, employment and industry issues. Information gathered from these discussions will strengthen the services offered by Kitchen Sage to both participants and employers, contributing to the quality and impact of services.

Partner Advisory Council meeting topics shall include:
• Current economic and business trends and how they relate to the recruitment process;
• Employer perspectives and how Kitchen Sage can meet employer needs;
• How to best prepare students to succeed during their internship/externship and the hiring process; expectations for success once they are hired;
• Review of training curriculum and supplemental matierals;
• New ideas for program development and enhanced program design.

The Advisory Council should, where available, provide opportunities for program participants, including paid internships/externships and job placement.


Any industry partner that signs the Kitchen Sage Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can participate on the Partner Advisory Council. No person shall be denied membership because of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or other protected status.

It is the responsibility of the Director of Kitchen Sage to call all meetings and to prepare reports with the concurrence of the Advisory Council. Staff members in Kitchen Sage, designated by the Director, shall serve as liaisons for the Council, shall handle arrangements for the meetings, and shall be available to assist the members during program visits.

Service on the Partner Advisory Council is voluntary.

Partner Advisory Council Responsibilities

After the Partner Advisory Council is constituted, Council members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the Council meetings which will take place twice a year.

Advisory Council members should be available for on-site visits and meetings with the Kitchen Sage Director.

Advisory Council members should be willing to host recruits on field trips, discuss career paths and notify Kitchen Sage of internships/externships and jobs at their organization throughout the year.

Advisory Council members should represent their organization or arrange for other representation at least at one designated meeting a year to remain as an active partner.

Benefits to Employer Advisory Council Members

Discover: Learn about Kitchen Sage and its unique place in the market; develop knowledge about programs which may be of interest to your organization.

Connect: Expand your network by building relationships with other employers to discuss recruiting trends and best practices; enrich your brand.

Influence: Shape future services and programs within Kitchen Sage; positively impact work of Kitchen Sage through sharing knowledge and experience.

Recruitment: Enhance profile and image with potential employees and within the community and strengthen your brand as an employer of choice; develop contacts for accessing talent for internships and employment opportunities.

Promotion: Receive acknowledgement on Kitchen Sage digital/social platforms including website, in reports to funders and government agencies and also at designated events.

Learn: Access to Kitchen Sage research regarding current information and trends in the hospitality and food service industry to reduce turnover and increase employee tenure.

Support: Instruction that will lead to ServSafe Manager certification.

Reimbursement of Expenses

It is assumed that the members of the Council will usually be in a position to cover their own expenses. However, members may declare non-reimbursed expenses as a gift to Kitchen Sage. In this case they should submit a brief statement with receipts attached to Kitchen Sage, who will issue appropriate documentation.