Partners and Programs

American Express’ Programs for Restaurateurs and Partnerships with the Restaurant Industry

For over 35 years, American Express has worked closely with restaurants across the country to help them meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace. As a result of an ongoing dialogue with its restaurant partners, American Express has invested in a variety of programs and initiatives that support its restaurant merchants.

American Express Programs

American Express Restaurant Trade Program at the Food & Wine 2013 Classic in Aspen

For more than twenty years, as a stakeholder in the restaurant industry American Express has offered the professionals who shape the world of hospitality a unique educational and networking opportunity at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

American Express proudly continues to host a series of informative seminars featuring restaurant trailblazers and influencers at Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome. These panels will provide attendees with insights on the latest trends and best practices to advance their business.

In addition, American Express is pleased to host Trade-only networking events — opportunities for attendees to mingle with fellow executives and exchange views “off the record” with peers. To learn more and to register, visit

National Restaurant Association – 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award

The National Restaurant Association and American Express created the Restaurant Neighbor Award in 1998 to honor restaurant and foodservice operators for their commitment to community service. This program annually recognizes the positive impact restaurants have on their local neighborhoods and motivates restaurateurs to continue their community efforts. Winners in three categories (small, mid-size and large businesses) and a special humanitarian award each receive $5,000 to continue their charitable works. Applications for 2013 award are due in January. To learn more and apply, visit

Share Our Strength’s 2013 Taste of the Nation®

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry and American Express is proud to be a sponsor for the 22nd consecutive year. In the Spring of 2013, events in more than 35 cities across the U.S. will host Taste of the Nation events. To find out more about the Taste of the Nation event in your community, visit

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry®

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is a national campaign that mobilizes thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to dine out and help fight childhood hunger. American Express helped found this event in 2008 and is now the presenting sponsor. Join us in the fight against childhood hunger by participating in September 2013. To learn more or to sign up, visit

American Express Partners

Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA)

American Express is a supporter of CSRA and its mission to foster goodwill and promote the success of state restaurant associations and their members. For more information, visit

National Restaurant Association (NRA)

The NRA supports industry growth, education, advocacy and innovation nationwide. American Express is a strategic partner of the NRA and also the founding sponsor of the NRA’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, which honors restaurant companies that give back to their communities. For more information, visit

Nation’s Restaurant News – Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators (MUFSO) Conference

American Express sponsors Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Golden Chain Roundtable and MUFSO Awards Banquet to honor the country’s outstanding operators in the chain restaurant segment. The Awards dinner honors the Golden Chain Award Winners, the Pioneer of the Year Award Winner, and the Operator of the Year Award winner. For more information, visit

Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF)

American Express is a proud sponsor of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and its efforts to develop gender-diverse leadership talent for all segments of the foodservice industry – operators, manufacturers/suppliers and distributors. For more information, visit