Bay Area

Bay Area

Welcome to ROC The Bay!


Who we are:

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (ROC-the Bay) is a membership-based worker center and advocacy organization that organizes and trains hundreds of restaurant workers. They also advocate for improved labor standards and higher wages and actively work with high-road employers to implement equitable and dignified workplace practices in restaurants.

What we do:


ROC-the Bay offers and operates CHOW, an educational program that provides in-depth training for the development of restaurant skills at no cost for employees and employers. ROC offers five FREE classes – Service 101 and Bartending 101, for those new to the industry. Our advanced courses, Serving & Wine 201 and Bartending 201 teach technicalities of service and advanced spirit and mixology. The classes are hands-on and provide opportunities for students to learn on site, in restaurants and bars.

Link of classes offered here: CHOW_GENERAL Flyer

Racial Equity Toolkit

In an effort to equip management with the skills and tools needed to support restaurants in taking a stand on racial equity and better industry standards, ROC has created a Racial Equity Toolkit that is a simple and straightforward resource for assessing, planning, and implementing steps toward racial equity at your business.

There is no small step: Identifying your implicit biases, hiring and promoting immigrants and people of color through our CHOW classes, becoming an official RAISE or High Road Employer, and every action you take helps your business thrive and fosters stronger local relationships with your workers and consumers.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that restaurants fully utilize and reward the skills that all workers bring to their workplace, as well as bolster the success of the business for both owners and patrons.

Restore Oakland and COLORS

ROC and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights are opening Restore Oakland in Fruitvale in 2019. Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will equip Bay Area residents with the tools they need to make a secure economic future possible for themselves. The building will also be home to our restaurant, COLORS, which will offer hands-on job training for CHOW students and access to livable wage jobs in the restaurant industry for communities of color. COLORS will be an innovative restaurant that will serve our workers, our customers and our community by offering dignified jobs along with delicious food and quality service.



Learn free restaurant skills at our CHOW classes 

Learn Bartending in our Bartending 201 classes

Learn English in our classes




ROC the Bay and Legal Aid at Work (LAW) invite you to participate in the following campaigns: Sexual Harassment, Sanctuary Restaurant Trainings (Know Your Rights and ICE prep), & Racial Equity Toolkit offering.



Contact: Esperanza Fonseca
For CHOW classes: 510-761-7622
For all other inquiries: 510-288-0095