Fresno Chapter


Fresno, the fifth-largest city in California, is nestled in the agricultural center of the state. Fresno’s diverse population has nurtured many unique styles of food preparation and sourcing in an area where farm-to-table can take on a direct meaning.

The Fresno chapter gives area members the opportunity to learn, network with other industry professionals, develop relationships with local government and unify to take action on the issues that affect them most . 


Chapter Event

Join the chapter for quarterly R.I.P.E. (Restaurant Industry People Eat) Luncheons, Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards dinner, Annual Golf Tournament and more!

Check out our upcoming events!

Fresno Restaurant Week


Board of Directors

Richard D. Braden
Jem Management Corporation
Chapter President

Chuck Van Fleet
Vino Grille & Spirits 
2nd Vice President

Donna Ewy
Cal-Valley Insurance Services

Haley Wagner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Fresno
Immediate Past President







Board Members

Clint Dow Wedgewood Weddings
Mark Ford
JD Food
Layla Forstedt
Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Raul Gutierrez
Papi’s Mex Grill
Robert Harper Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
Gary Honeycutt
BJ’S Kountry Kitchen, Inc.


Chad Hurst
Lyons Magnus
Kevin Lisitsin
Rocket Dog
Ali Nekumanesh
Deli Delicious Franchising Inc
Jeremy Rocha
SYSCO Central California

Lorraine Salazar
Sal’s Mexican Restaurant – Fresno
Eric Santos
Benchmark Intelligence
Jeff Shepherd
Yosemite Linen Supply Inc.




​David Borunda
Plaza Ventana

Roman Cota
Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center – Fresno
1st Vice President

Tom Ferdinandi
Milano Restaurants Int’l.

Bob Papazian
Sysco Food Service

John Pardini
Parco Holdings LP Stripes
Restaurants Inc.