Weekend Update | May 23 - 24


Happy Tuesday, everyone!


We sincerely hope you and your family had a safe, wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


As we move into this last, short week of May, it sure seems like things are changing a lot! We are seeing more businesses re-open, more people out and about, and more people returning to a "new normal." While we know there is still a lot of uncertainty, there is also a lot of hope for the future. We have been speaking with a number of local businesses and organizations in our community, and have created a framework and course to help businesses rebuild after this pandemic. Our four week Restaurant Recovery Course is set to start SOON, so if you think you may be able to benefit, please check out some more information, as well as how to apply here! (P.S. - You don't have to be in Chattanooga for this! So click away!!!)

Here are the upcoming seminars we found for the week that you might find helpful!

UPCOMING SEMINARS + OFFICE HOURS:

  • US FOODS webinars:

CARES ACT Q&A

Questions about the forgiveness application for the PPP? Join our live CARES Act Q&A Tuesday at 4:00PM CST. We have a special guest this week, Robert Scott, Great Lakes Regional Administrator from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Along with our resident expert, Brian Kerby, we’ll answer all of your questions about PPP loan forgiveness.

Tuesday, May 26, 4:00 PM CST

REGISTER

REOPENING SAFELY: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE

As some states are releasing plans to reopen, our Restaurant Operations Consultants will review tips to help you prepare to reopen your restaurant accordingly. This will include guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Restaurant Association.

Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 PM CST

REGISTER

PREPARING TO REOPEN: RUN A PROFITABLE KITCHEN

From receiving to storage, from prep to plating, your kitchen is where a profitable operation starts. Our Food Fanatics® Chefs will show you how to reopen with a profitable kitchen in the new normal. We'll discuss the keys to kitchen efficiency, streamlining your menu and how to stand out from your competitors to give diners what they want now.

Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 AM CST

REGISTER

ENGINEERING A MORE PROFITABLE MENU

Our Food Fanatics Chefs and Restaurant Operations Consultants will show you how to crunch the numbers to create a more profitable menu that works for your business in the new normal.

Thursday, May 28, 10:00 AM CST

REGISTER

BOOSTED: A SOCIAL MEDIA HOW-TO FOR RESTAURANTS

Our Restaurant Operations Consultants will walk you through the essentials of successful social media messaging, including how to boost posts, create an Instagram Story, set up a Facebook menu and more.

Friday, May 29, 10:00 AM CST


ACCELERATING TAKEOUT

Learn from our Restaurant Operations Consultants and Food Fanatics® Chefs how to quickly ramp up your takeout and delivery program.

Thursday, May 28, 2:00 PM CST

  • James Beard Foundation Industry Webinars:

Tuesday, May 26: Inspiring Incubators–Lessons From Community Frontlines      Even before COVID-19, incubators and feeding kitchens had long been entrenched in distressed communities. Join us as the James Beard Foundations director of culinary community initiatives Colleen Vincent convenes a group of frontline advocates to discuss the lessons, solutions, and opportunities for the present and post-pandemic world. Register here. Thursday, May 28: The Community Meals Fund—Valuing Restaurant/Nonprofit Partnerships During COVID-19

A growing number of restaurants across the country are working with non-profit organizations to help those in need the way many chefs know best – through food. The Community Meals Fund, introduced by Congresswoman Velázquez (D-NY), would provide resources for public-private partnerships to supply needed meals to children and other vulnerable populations. We’ll be joined by Monica Garay from Rep. Velázquez’s office, Jenny Dirksen of Share Our Strength, and chef Alex Raij for a conversation of the bill, food programs, and why supporting these partnerships is vital during the pandemic. Register here.


And as always, our local favorites:

Monday - Attractions

Tuesday - Food and Beverage

Wednesday - Accommodations

Thursday - Culture, Heritage and Arts

Friday - All Partners

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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