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How to Support The Hospitality Community

by The Culinistas

The quarantine in place across the country will alter the hospitality industry in ways that will re-shape how we dine. In efforts to support organizations we love within the culinary community, we’ve compiled a list of ways to engage from home.

Sign A Petition

Consider signing a ROAR petition to show your support. ROAR stands for Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants, and is made up of some of the top restaurants in NYC (like Momofuku Group, Eataly, NoHo Hospitality Group, Jean-Georges Restaurants, Matter House, etc.) They’ve come up with an actionable plan that we all can advocate for while relief bills are being formulated and approved. 

Call A State Representative

The Independent Restaurant Coalition (founded by chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Camila Marcus, and Sean Brock) have drafted revisions to the CARES Act that will provide relief to restaurants nationwide. They’ve put together a tool to search your representatives numbers and a script with talking points on what these revisions entail which can be found here.

Sign Up For Produce Delivery

Farms are still growing produce, but due to restaurant closures, have far less demand. Get farm fresh produce delivered right to your door with Natoora, Misfits Market, and Upstate Farms.

Shop At Your Local Farmers Market

If you’re able, farmers markets are another great way to support local growers. They’ve been far less crowded than your average chain grocery store, and many have put measures in place to facilitate social distancing.

Support Culinary Schools

The Institute for Culinary Education is highlighting ReThink food this week, an organization that takes excess food from restaurants and repurposes it for those in need. More on the relief efforts and how to contribute here. The Culinary Institute of America is promoting its scholarship program to ensure that admitted students will be able to attend their programs after the crisis, more info on that can be found here.

Purchase Art

Ceramicist Jono Pandolfi is offering 15% off his entire online shop. Jono supplies ceramics to some of the top restaurants in the country including The NoMad Hotel and Jean-Georges. Many food stylists and photographers are offering discounts on prints due to the pause in their photoshoot schedule, check out Culinista photographer Sylvie Rosokoff’s work here

A special thanks to Jill Donenfeld for the beautiful photo