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Next Week's James Beard Foundation Industry Support Webinars

April 3, 2020

To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation has been hosting industry support webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality community and to better stay connected throughout difficult times by sharing advice on a range of topics from business and unemployment insurance to marketing in the time of COVID-19 to mental health resources.

You can find recordings of last week’s webinars here.

Next week’s topics and speakers include:

Monday, April 6: Retail Leases and Tenant Rights
Cindy McLoughlin (JBF Trustee) and Richard Mirliss of CohnReznick will review universal rules about common retail leases for restaurants; what hospitality or food business tenant rights you may be able to invoke during this period of interruption; suggestions on how to negotiate with your landlord; and most importantly, ideas on how to restart operations post-COVID. Register here

Tuesday, April 7: HR Roadmap and Employee Welfare during COVID-19
Sarah Diehl, founder and principal of Empowered Hospitality, will discuss human resources best practices in the wake of COVID-19 from both an employer and employee perspective. Topics will include: staff and compensation reductions, benefits, unemployment, resources and relief funds for employees, and communication best practices. Register here

Wednesday, April 8: The Facts on SNAP and Food Access Programs
Ellen Vollinger of the Food Research & Action Center will provide a clear overview of, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply for, food assistance programs. Even if you’ve never qualified before, you or someone you know may be eligible now. We will cover SNAP, the Restaurant Meal Program, USDA-FNS waivers, and where to find more information on state-based resources. We will also discuss how restaurants are winning paid contracts to feed those in need. Register here

Thursday, April 9: TikTok and Content Cooking for Chefs
Chef Monti Carlo, co-founder of, and chef Matt Broussard (@acooknamedmatt) will dish on all things TikTok and cooking for content. In this webinar you will learn: what is TikTok and what makes it unique; strategies for building your culinary media brand; equipment you need to get started making high-quality cooking videos; a breakdown of buzzwords like “hashtag challenge” and “brand takeover”; and much more. Register here

Friday, April 10: Spirited Conversation — Tasting Rooms to Retail Shops
Ann Marshall (WEL 2018) and Scott Blackwell of Highwire Distilling will discuss pivoting tasting rooms to retail sites, and best practices on bottle distribution as home delivery services like Drizly and Bevvie soar. Expect a spirited conversation on how you can survive and stay relevant during the shutdowns, followed by a Quarantini toast to craft distilleries. Register here

Remember, you must pre-register for each webinar but they are FREE to attend. All sessions are held on the GoToWebinar platform and your registration link will include instructions on how to access each session. Please email with your suggestions on speakers and topics you would like to see in the future!

Register here and tune in each day at 2:00PM ET to join the conversation.

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