Coronavirus Inspiring Initiatives

Coronavirus Inspiring Initiatives
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Born in a Pandemic: the Restaurants that Opened Against all Odds
The coronavirus crisis has hit the hospitality industry hard, forcing many restaurants to close. But others, such as former 108 chef Kristian Baumann, have taken the opportunity to open new and innovative concepts in the middle of the pandemic.
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Julia Colagreco: "We Must Rethink The Way We Consume."
The director of Mirazur and wife of Mauro Colagreco reflects on how lockdown changed their thinking, and how it should change consumer thinking globally.
Dominique Crenn
Dominique Crenn: "I’m Going to Redefine Luxury."
The three-Michelin-starred activist chef shares her idea of "smart luxury", a new farm-to-table concept, where local produce comes first.
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Camari Mick: A Pioneer in Pastry
Meet Camari Mick, the pastry chef who's making things sweet at the Maison Yaki pop up series until 11 October 2020.
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RESTAURANTS Act Could Provide $120 Billion for Businesses
The RESTAURANTS Act has passed the House, and if passed by the Senate it could provide a lifeline to the hospitality industry with $120 billion in funding.
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S.Pellegrino Food Meets Hope: See the Chef Line-up
Check out the incredible line-up of international chefs and experts taking part in this inspiring free online session on 13 October, as they talk recovery in a post-pandemic world.
Destination Dining by S.Pellegrino
S.Pellegrino Launches 'Destination Dining': an East Coast, West Coast Signature Dish Swap
Eight New York City restaurants will be swapping delicious signature dishes with eight Los Angeles restaurants for one month, beginning October 15. Find out more about this East coast West coast culinary adventure.
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A Clucking Great Guide to Keeping Backyard Chickens
With all the financial uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, people who still want to eat good food are looking to low-cost, ethically-sourced and sustainable sources. Are backyard chickens the answer?
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Joe Smalls & Kilolo Strobert: A Pairing Without Limits
Meet the Brooklyn duo pairing braised dishes with wine from black producers at the Maison Yaki pop up series, until 27 September.
Sicily Johnson and Mavis-Jay Sanders​:​​​​​​ "We're Just Good at What We Do"
Meet the culinary duo from Food People Plus coming in "hot, fast and black" during their Maison Yaki Pop-Up Series, until 13 September.
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Cook-Along Dinner with Thomas Keller
Join iconic US chef Thomas Keller for an online cook along on 10 September, and help raise funds for local US farmers.
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South Africa: Restaurants Fight Back with #JobsSavesLives
Under the #JobsSaveLives hastag, chefs in South Africa are protesting against anti-Covid-19 measures imposed by their government, which they say are harming the restaurant business.
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Wages a Priority for James Beard Fund Recipients The Yolk
Chef Greg Collier and his wife, owners of The Yolk and Uptown Yolk in Charlotte
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Chefs go Local as Gastro-Tourism Slows
The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted everything, not least gastro-tourism, leading to empty tables in restaurants great and small. But now chefs are turning to local customers to get their businesses back on track post-lockdwn.
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Pappas Sweet Shop Determined to Make it a Century
Pappas Sweet Shop in Raton New Mexico has been open since 1923, now owner Ann Marie is determined to weather the storm of cornavirus and make it to 100 years in biusiness.
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Morgan Freeman Joins Battle to Save Restaurants
The Independent Restaurant Coalition has released a powerful new video campaign to save restaurants with the help of Morgan Freeman.
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Makeaways go National with UK-wide Delivery
Makeaways - the restaurant food kits you make at home - are taking off, and a group of UK chefs have launched a nationwide delivery service to make them available to all.
Alinea Summer Take Out Grill
Alinea's Summer Grill Kit is the Best New Makeaway
Grant Achatz takes us through Alinea's new quintessential summer BBQ kit, capturing those seasonal flavours of outdoor cooking.
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams: Food so Good you'll Want to Lick your Fingers and Dance
Meet Michelle Williams, from Brooklyn caterer Good IV the Soul, cooking comfort food from the heart at the Maison Yaki pop up series from 5 to 16 August.
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UK's 'Eat Out to Help Out' Scheme Gets a Boost with New Free App
The UK government's discount dining-out scheme, which lands in August, just got easier to navigate with a new free app available to download.
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Black Swan Chef Boxes Clever with National Delivery
Chef Tommy Banks of the Michelin-starred Black Swan in Yorkshire, England, has come up with a novel plan to save his restaurant - nationwide food box deliveries.
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Chef Samuelsson's Project Bento - a New Platform for Food Non-Profits
Chef Marcus Samuelsson partners with Sage Digital on Project Bento, a platform designed to help food non-profits raise funds and manage campaigns.
Omi's Coffee Shop James Beard Relief Fund
Coffee Shop Keeps it Local with James Beard Relief Fund
In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Omi's Coffee Shop in Maine, USA, is supporting a local network of suppliers, vendors and customers with the help of the James Beard Foundation Relief Fund.
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Chefs use Coronavirus Relief Fund for Healthcare Insurance
Megan and Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Kansas City used a grant from the James Beard Foundation's Restaurant Relief Fund to pay for staff healthcare insurance when their restaurants were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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London Chef Scraps Optional Service Charge
A London restaurant commits to ending service charges as part of the new ‘normal’ in the post-lockdown world in a bid to improve the security of staff wages.
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James Beard Relief Fund Saves Restaurants in Crisis
The James Beard Foundation's Relief Fund provided much-need assistance to restaurants facing the coronavirus crisis.
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50 Best's Bid For Recovery Goes Live
The World's 50 Best Restaurants launches its Bid For Recovery, an online auction of unique gastronomic experiences donated by some of the world's best restaurants, in aid of the hospitality industry.
Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund
Eat Out Relief Fund helps Restaurants feed Communities in South Africa
The South African relief fund supports restaurants feeding those most in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out some of the inspiring stories coming out of the initiative.
Bid for Recovery
World's 50 Best's Bid to Save Restaurants
As part of the 50 Best Recovery Programme, the 'Bid for Recovery' is an online auction of gastronomic experiences in some of the world's best restaurants in aid of restaurants.
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Will the Restaurant Recovery Play Out on the Streets?
The streets could be the safest place for restaurants to reconnect with their customers post coronavirus. It could also create a boom in street food culture.
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Post Coronavirus, Chefs Could Be Paid More
San Francisco restaurant Sons & Daughters to open post Coronavirus with new business model that pays employees properly and provides benefits.
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Instagram Rolls Out New Features to Help Restaurants
Social Media platform Instagram has rolled out food order and fundraiser features to help restaurants through the coronavirus and economic crisis.
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The Future of Food Halls After the Pandemic
Nidal Barake of Gluttonomy, a food marketing agency, ponders the future of food halls as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.
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Chef Greg Baxtrom Offers Restaurant to Aspiring Black Entrepreneurs
Chef Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted in Brooklyn has offered his Maison Yaki restaurant to aspiring black entrepreneurs to springboard their career.
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Only in Tokyo - Mannequins and Cheerleaders Create Unique Atmosphere
Tokyo restaurant uses mannequins and cheerleaders to aid social distancing. Thank you, Tokyo.
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Bee Wilson: "We suddenly see the true value of food."
If lockdown has been good for anything, it has reconnected us with our food, says food writer and historian Bee Wilson, and the more people cook at home, the more they discover the true value of food.
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Grant Achatz Shares Plating Videos Online
With more of us enjoying fine dining at home, because of the lockdown, we're all going to have to up our plating game.
NYC Chef Vikas Khanna Serves 8 Million meals to India’s Needy
New York-Indian based Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna has so far fed over 8 million Indians during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Turning The Tables: Watch the Full Talks on the Future of Gastronomy
Watch the Turning The Tables talks in full for measured insight, shared knowledge and practical solutions from some of the sharpest minds in global gastronomy.
10 Alternative social distancing measures in restaurants
10 Novel Social Distancing Ideas from Restaurants
Restaurants around the world are responding to social distancing mandates in weird and wonderful ways. Here's a selection of the best.
Turning The Tables | An Industry on Pause
Turning The Tables: An Industry on Pause
Education, tipping, the importance of community and different ways of running restaurants.
When the Lockdowns are Lifted
Turning The Tables: When the Lockdowns are Lifted
Three-Star Michelin take-out, making ice cream to support a food chain, economic advice, consumer trends, business strategy and more.
Grant Achatz
Grant Achatz on Why Take-Out Will Never Be The Same Again
The three-star Michelin chef talks about what it was like to pivot his world-famous Alinea restaurant in Chicago to offer take out.
Mitchell Davis
Mitchell Davis on Relief, Reopening and Rebuilding
The chief strategy officer at the James Beard Foundation has been on the ground since day one of lockdowns.
Mitsuharu Tsumura
Mitsuharu Tsumura on Ghost Kitchens, New Concepts and Cooking for Community
Mitsuharu Tsumura from the Maido restaurant in Peru, Lima, talks about his newest plans to open more local, community and democratic models of dinning in his
Massimo Bottura and Alexa Bottura
Massimo Bottura’s Advice to Young Chefs
The great Italian chef, Massimo Bottura, offers up advice to a young chef asking about transitioning from a learning role to a leading role, making the jump
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Ana Roš on Preserving Food Chains
The Slovenian chef Ana Roš talks about how her and her entire team lived on lockdown inside their restaurant during quarantine.
Turning The Tables | Thoughtful Lockdown Lessons
Thoughtful Lockdown Lessons
Introspection isn’t common in the restaurant industry, but many have found time to reflect on their relationships, both professional and personal, whether it
Rodrigo Oliveira
Rodrigo Oliveira on Why Cooking for Community is Key
The chef from Mocotó in Brazil speaks about his unique democratic dining model and how this has rooted the restaurant in its local community.
Turning The Tables | Community Lockdown Lessons
Community Lockdown Lessons
During the period of lockdowns, closures and reopenings, the one thing that has remained evident across the world is the strength of the restaurant community
Mitch Lienhard
Mitch Lienhard on Quitting a Three-Star Job to Learn Leadership
Mitch Lienhard had it all, top job at one of the best restaurants in the U.S, accolades, he was the winner of the San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and h
Turning The Tables | Reflective Lockdown Lessons
Reflective Lockdown Lessons
This time of pause has given us all time to reconnect, to reconnect with nature, with family and as Lara Gilmore says in this inspirational collection of loc
Nidal Barake
Nidal Barake: Run Your Restaurant as a Business, Not as a Restaurant
Nidal Barake is the owner of the Gluttonomy food agency based in Miami.
Matteo Figura
Trend Expert Matteo Figura On What People Want from Restaurants
Matteo Figura is the food service director for Italy at the NPD market research group.
Turning The Tables | Pivotal Lockdown Lessons
Pivotal Lockdown Lessons| Turning The Tables
The industry has moved, shifted, evolved and as Brian Canlis says in this inspirational collection of lockdown lessons: they learned to break the box and bui
Sasha Correa
Sasha Correa Asks If Our New Habits Will Last After Coronavirus
Sasha Correa of the Basque Culinary Center wonders whether people can keep up their new food habits as we emerge from lockdown.
Vaughn Tan
Vaughn Tan: When All The Rules Change, It’s Time To Get Creative
When it comes to uncertainty, Professor Vaughn Tan has written the book. Now he is imploring restaurants to get creative and turn the opportunities arising from the coronavirus crisis into success.
Amanda Cohen
Amanda Cohen: We Need to Fix Our Restaurant Industry
In Fine Dining Lovers’ Turning The Tables, a series of talks by restaurant industry leaders, Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy speaks about how the coronavirus crisis heighted issues in the industry and how it needs to change.
Nick Kokonas
Nick Kokonas: Building a Revenue Bridge Out of Covid-19 Towards Future Restaurant Success
Nick Kokonas takes stock of Tock and the Alinea Group during the Covid-19 crisis, and emerges with a plan to beat the challenges of lockdown.
Dan Barber
Replanting a Movement: Dan Barber’s Kitchen Farming Project
As the coronavirus lockdown continues to hit the food and restaurant industries hard, The Kitchen Farming Project is Blue Hill chef Dan Barber's latest initiative to keep the farm-to-table movement alive and kicking.
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City of Vienna to Give Away €40 million in Gastronomy Vouchers
The City of Vienna is to stimulate the restaurant industry by giving residents €50 vouchers to spend in cafés and restaurants.
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José Andrés Backed Bill Would Fund Restaurants 100% to Feed Needy
Jose Andres backed bill introduced that would allow governments to fund restaurants to feed vulnerable 100%.
World's 50 Best Recovery Fund
World's 50 Best Restaurants Launches Recovery Fund
The organisation behind the prestigious restaurant list has today launched a three-pronged approach to support, inform and connect the restaurant industry around the globe in the coming months, including offering financial relief.
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How Cities are Planning to Manage Restaurants Reopening
As cities prepare to relax coronavirus restrictions and return to economic activity, how will it affect the hospitality industry?
Noma Secures Funding to Help Former Employees
Chef René Redzepi has secured the funding to secure the future of his Noma restaurant, at least for the year 2020 and has some leftover to help former employees.
David Kinch
David Kinch Raises Funds for Workers with New Restaurant Documentary
The US chef from three Michelin starred Manresa is raising funds for a workers relief programme by charging a rental fee for his new documentary, A Chef’s Voyage.
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Adrià, Berasategui and Roca unmask to call for action to save Spain’s restaurants
Adrià, Berasategui and Roca join Spain's top chefs to call for action to save the countries collapsing hospitality industry.
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Noma Launches Restaurant Vouchers
Always wanted to eat at Noma but never managed to snag a table? With Noma's new prepayment vouchers you can secure a table for season ahead before reservations open to the general public. Find out how.
Doomsday Dinner Party
A Doomsday Dinner Party for The Strangest of Times
A Doomsday Dinner Party gives guests the chance to make the most of their takeout from Ardyn restaurant in New York, during the coronavirus crisis.
Save America Restaurant Letter
Sign the Letter to Help Save America's Restaurants
The Independent Restaurant Coalition is petitioning the US Congress to save the country's restaurant industry.
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Leonardo di Caprio Launches America's Food Fund
As chefs like José Andrés man the front line feeding those most in need during the coronavirus pandemic, their plight has been heard by some
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Álvaro Clavijo Cooks Up an Idea to Help People, Producers and His Team
The Colombian chef from El Chato in Bogota has worked out how to help people and make money to support his staff. Find out how.
Jose Andres
Spanish Chefs Join Jose Andres to Feed People in Need
Humanitarian chef Jose Andres's relief efforts are gathering momentum in Spain, one of the countries currently hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, as more Spanish chefs join his cause.
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Chef Gavin Kaysen Launches a New Foundation to Take Care of his Team
US chef Gavin Kaysen is raising funds for his team and their families with a new non-profit "Heart of the House Foundation."
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Rasmus Munk Serves up JunkFood Initiative for Copenhagen's Homeless
Alchemists's chef Rasmus Munk is serving food to the homeless of Copenhagen through the JunkFood organisation
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Galvanizing the Industry: Olmsted Opens as Community Food Bank
The New York Hospitality Coalition is forming a community from the fractured service industry to try and chart a way out of the coronavirus crisis together.
Join the New York Coalition Campaigning for Disaster Relief for Restaurants
Sign the petition by New York Hospitality Coalition for NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo to suspend sales tax until the State of Emergency ends.
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Chef José Andrés Pivots with Community Kitchens
Once again the humanitarian chef steps up with food relief for those who need it most, seconding his own restaurant in NYC and Washington DC. See the details.
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Milan Keeps on Cooking as over 40 Italian Chefs Share Video Recipes Online
Italian chefs and pizza makers launch a campaign to keep cooking alive in the city of Milan sharing video recipes online as their restaurants and pizzerias are forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic.