Starbucks will offer free coffees to front-line workers including doctors, nurses, paramedics and firefighters during December. The coffee chain, which said it has given out 300,000 care packages and more than 2 million cups of coffee during the pandemic, will also contribute $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
School nutrition professionals across the country are redesigning meal-distribution logistics to continue providing access to food during the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, schools are using buses to deliver meals, while Katy Headwell, foodservice director at New York's Shenendehowa Central School District, has adopted a Google spreadsheet to gather orders for students learning in person and coordinated with school custodial staff to clean and sanitize the appropriate areas after mealtime.
Recognizing a dearth of high-end Korean soju offerings at fine dining restaurants in New York City, master sommelier Kyungmoon Kim opened KMS Imports earlier this year to bring premium soju and other traditional drinks from Korean distillers to the US. "I just decided to take on this mission, to import premium products and break the paradigm of soju being watered-down vodka," said Kim, who hopes to expand to other states and make Korea's traditional alcoholic beverages part of sommeliers' standard training.
A $908 billion federal stimulus bill unveiled by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday includes another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, but doesn't call for direct aid to struggling restaurants. An earlier House bill included the $120 billion RESTAURANTS Act, which would have created a grant program for small and midsized restaurants.
Pasadena, Calif., is one of two cities in Los Angeles County with its own health department, which allows the city's restaurants to stay open for outdoor dining despite the county's ban. The city has issued an order limiting outdoor seating at outdoor tables to people from the same households.
Fox Restaurant Concepts' launch of new takeout-only concept Fly Bye To Go followed the familiar collaborative path the group takes each time it develops a new concept, founder Sam Fox says. "We have this 'circle of learning,' where everyone within all of our brands learns from each other. With that, we always borrow or learn or educate ourselves on the history of things that we've done," he said.
Shake Shack has put premium burgers made with black truffle sauce on the menu at locations in New York City and Southern California. The sauce for the limited-time menu items is made with a black truffle oil from luxury importer Regalis Foods.
A spike in coronavirus cases has prompted Indiana's Buchanan Community Schools to close to in-person learning, and school nutrition professionals are making adjustments to continue meal service. The district is providing meals through daily deliveries via school buses, which students have been really excited to receive, said Becky Kaltenbach, foodservice supervisor.
Seeking other people's insights, weighing options, being direct and forthright and looking into the future are skills needed to manage a school district effectively during the pandemic, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green and Guilford County, N.C., Schools Superintendent Sharon Contrera tell ThirdWay Solutions founder Cami Anderson in this piece. These education leaders share how they've grown as leaders and the challenges they've encountered, and all say the crisis has helped them become even more focused on helping the most vulnerable students.
Chef Christopher Kostow will reunite the staff of his Napa Valley, Calif., Restaurant at Meadowood for a pop-up version at the Ojai Valley Inn that will blend the restaurant's Northern California cuisine with Southern California influences. "It will give me this opportunity to keep cooking, keep the team together, connect with our audience and connect with a new LA-based audience as well," Kostow said of the residency, which was in the works before Meadowood was destroyed by wildfire in September.
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