The James Beard Foundation has a host of free online events to support and educate industry professionals.
Here's what to look out for in May 2021, with a number of events in support of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Thursday, 13 May
“Did You Eat?”: Unspoken Ways Love Shows Up in Asian Communities
7:00 P.M. ET
Featuring: Irene Li, Commonwealth Kitchen and Mei Mei, Boston; Moonlynn Tsai and Yin Chang, Heart of Dinner, NYC; and moderated by Ben Hon and Arnold Byun, With Warm Welcome
A panel of chefs and industry workers will discuss the significance of Asian food.
Wednesday, 19 May
Know Your Black History: The Power of Food
7:00 P.M. ET
Featuring: JBF Leadership Award Winner Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm, Petersburg, NY; Kurt Evans and Stephanie Willis, Everybody Eats Philly, Philadelphia; and moderated by Casandra Rosario, Food Before Love, NYC
The latest instalment of our 'Know Your Black History' series features a conversation exploring how different groups are addressing food apartheid in their own communities.
Thursday, 20 May
Feeding the Soul: Grief, Loss, and Healing in a Pandemic
In Partnership with Reimagine
2:00 P.M. ET
Featuring: Brittney Doyle, MPH, Wise Health, San Francisco; Emanuel Brown, Executive Director and Steward, Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom; Sharon Ka’iulani Odom, Program Director, Roots Kokua Kalihi Valley, Kalihi, HI; Wilfred Labiosa, Executive Director, Waves Ahead, San Juan, PR; and moderated by Andy Ingall, Senior Programmer, Reimagine
Join the panel as they reflect on the illness and death arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways that planting, harvesting, eating, and sharing food can give strength in navigating loss.
Friday, 21 May
Rescheduled: Know Your Black History: Breaking the Business Model Mold
7:00 P.M. ET
Featuring Omar Tate and Cybille St. Aude—Tate, Honeysuckle Projects, Philadelphia; Kristi Brown, Communion, Seattle; and Moderated by Elle Simone Scott, America’s Test Kitchen and SheChef, Inc
The next series in the Know Your Black History features a panel of Black innovators and entrepreneurs discussing counter-cultural, imaginative ways of running a business that are more rooted in community and creativity.
Wednesday, 26 May
Industry Support Panel: The Dark Side of the Plate: Mental Health and Substance-Use Challenges in the Hospitality Industry
In Partnership with Not 9 to 5
Hosted on Clubhouse
Featuring: Nariba Shepherd and Justin E. Arnett-Graham, Terms of Service; and moderated by Hassel Aviles, Executive Director, Not 9 to 5, and Principal Consultant, Reunion/Ovare Group, Toronto
An honest conversation about substance use and mental health featuring chef Nariba Shepherd and Justin E. Arnett-Graham from the Terms of Service podcast.