Industry Support Webinars

To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation is hosting webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality industry and to better stay connected throughout difficult times. 

Webinar Schedule

Tuesday, June 2: The Art of the Pivot

Challenging situations require inventive solutions. Join the James Beard Foundation’s director of culinary community initiatives Colleen Vincent and a panel of innovative culinary professionals as they discuss their business transformations in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

Register here.

Thursday, June 4: Maximize Your Brand

Our digital presence matters more than ever before. For this webinar, Colleen Vincent will chat with a team of experts about how to get the most out of your personal and professional brands in the COVID-19 era.

Register here. 

Information and Advocacy Toolkit

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For more information on what the James Beard Foundation is doing to support the hospitality industry during the COVID-19 crisis, click here.

We have also developed resources to support chef advocacy in response to the closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak. State and federal funding is necessary to support the many restaurants across the country that have been forced to close and their employees, and it will be needed to support reopening when the time comes.
With the support and feedback from chefs and culinary organizations across the country, the James Beard Foundation has created this advocacy toolkit to help the restaurant community advocate for the relief necessary for these small businesses to survive. 


Past Open for Good Webinar Recordings

The Community Meals Fund—Valuing Restaurant/Nonprofit Partnerships During COVID-19 (May 28, 2020)

Inspiring Incubators: Lessons from Community Frontlines (May 26, 2020)

A Baker's Dozen Guidelines to Shape Restaurant Re-Openings (May 21, 2020)

Global Considerations for Re-Opening Restaurants (May 19, 2020)

Food Producers in the Pandemic (May 14, 2020)

Ask the Experts about PPP (May 12, 2020)

Spirited Conversation—African/American: Making America's Table (May 1, 2020)

Restaurants to Relief Kitchens (April 30, 2020)

Food, Farms, and COVID-19: A Conversation with Rep. Chellie Pingree and Chef Abra Berens (April 29, 2020)

Off Premise, Online (April 28, 2020)

Updated Food Safety and Sanitation Guidelines (April 27, 2020)

Spirited Conversation—Red, White, and Quarantined (April 24, 2020)

HR Roadmap and Employee Welfare during COVID-19 (April 23, 2020)

Building a Path to Reopening (April 22, 2020)

The State of Food Journalism (April 21, 2020)

Culinary Cannabis (April 20, 2020)

Spirited Conversation: Tasting Rooms to Retail Shops (April 17, 2020)

Exploring the State of the Seafood Industry (April 16, 2020)

Motivation in Times of Crisis (April 15, 2020)

Cash Management and SBA Loans (April 14, 2020)

So You Want to Write a Cookbook? (April 13, 2020)

TikTok and Content Cooking for Chefs (April 9, 2020)

The Facts on SNAP and Food Access (April 8, 2020)

Understanding the CARES Act (April 7, 2020)

Retail Leases and Tenant Rights (April 6, 2020)

Spirited Conversation: At-Home Mixology (April 3, 2020)

Demystifying Government Relief (April 2, 2020)

Social Media during COVID-19 (April 1, 2020)

Intro to Sobriety Resources (March 31, 2020)

Insurance: The Facts for Restaurants (March 30, 2020)

Food industry responses to COVID-19. (March 17, 2020)