One Of LA’s Biggest Restaurant Industry Events Of The Year


Over 400 restaurateurs from across the United States will gather at the Ritz-Carlton/ J.W. Marriott L.A. Live on May 9, 2014 for Restaurant High 2014:  Rock the Obstacles, the annual restaurant industry summit produced by law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. This not-for-profit business summit attracts an “A list” of restaurant leaders from around the country, and all proceeds will be donated to The Kitchen Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating “community through food” by building Learning Gardens in schools across America, which is led by Kimbal Musk.  Fieri is appearing on behalf of his Cooking with Kids Foundation (“CWK”).

Restaurant High 2014 will feature over 60 expert-led sessions in one day covering the topics of greatest importance to restaurant companies and the industry as a whole. The conference will close with a spirited marquee session with Guy Fieri, Kimbal Musk, and special rock star guest Mark McGrath.  This session will feature an appearance by local restaurateur Bill Chait and a question and answer session with local school children. “Our tagline is ‘clearing a path for a better tomorrow.’ These kids are the real rock stars at Restaurant High,” says Riley Lagesen, event founder and chair of the National Restaurant Industry Practice Group at Davis Wright Tremaine.

“Restaurant High is the one time every year that restaurant industry leaders convene to learn, connect, and collaboratively effect positive change throughout the restaurant industry,” says Lagesen. “We are thrilled at the participation and collaboration of Kimbal and Guy on behalf of The Kitchen Community and CWK. Both Kimbal and Guy bring enormous strengths to the table and their potential to positively impact food culture across America is exciting and inspiring.”

“We are honored that Riley and his team at Davis Wright Tremaine have selected The Kitchen Community as their non-profit partner for Restaurant High, and to align with Guy and CWK for this impeccable event,” said Musk. “Together as an industry, I believe we have the power to change food culture for the better by creating community through food and it all starts with the right minds coming together for the same cause.”


“At CWK we are working to harness some of this energy and direct it towards kids, teaching them how to cook for their friends and their families. It’s also a great way to bring people together and to spend time with your children in the kitchen,” stated Guy Fieri.  He went on to say “Cooking is about responsibility and ownership. We are teaching kids a skill, but at the same time we’re boosting self-esteem and confidence.”

The Kitchen Community is hosting an after-party fundraiser at The Edison, located at 108 W. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles, to celebrate with conference attendees and private donors and sponsors. Click here to purchase tickets:

For a complete schedule of the day’s activities and sessions, please click here for more information.


Mario is the CEO of Mendocino Farms will be a featured speaker in the panel: Dancing with Myself: How to Rock with “Generation Me.” Mendocino Farms will also be hosting the Rock The Obstacles lunch.

Mario is the CEO of Mendocino Farms will be a featured speaker in the panel: Dancing with Myself: How to Rock with “Generation Me.” Mendocino Farms will also be hosting the Rock The Obstacles lunch.


Davis Wright Tremaine is a full-service law firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. The firm’s restaurant industry practice is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, consisting of over 50 attorneys practicing in more than 15 areas of law that intersect with the restaurant business. Practice specialties include corporate finance, securities (public and private) mergers and acquisitions, strategic development counseling, franchising, non-traditional development and alternative transactional structures, real estate, employment, employment disputes, food regulation and disclosure, trademarks and other intellectual property, alcoholic beverage licensing, tax, immigration, employee benefits and executive compensation, bankruptcy and restructuring, government affairs and lobbying, risk management, healthcare, energy, mobile payments, and social and digital media.



The Kitchen Community was established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of The Kitchen family of restaurants to create “community through food” by building Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across America. Learning Gardens are hands-on learning environments and experiential play-spaces with vegetables that help reverse trends in childhood obesity, improve academic performance, and strengthen communities.

Learning Gardens are catalysts for community-wide behavioral improvements in childhood nutrition, socialization, and student achievement in underserved neighborhoods across the country. They are designed to be a place in which kids want to learn and teachers want to teach, thereby creating a long-term, positive investment for the school and the community. For more information, visit http://thekitchencommunity.orgor follow on Twitter @TheKitchenComm.


Founded by Guy Fieri in 2010, CWK is dedicated to getting kids in the kitchen so they can learn to cook for themselves, their friends, and their family. CWK wants to show you how food can be a fun way to bring people together. CWK provides funding for programs that get kids into the kitchen and teach them to cook.


For highlights from the seminars, photos, and recipes for success, you can follow:


@DWTLaw,  @TheKitchenComm, and #2014RH

For a complete schedule of the day’s activities and sessions, please click here for more information.