Industry Support Webinars from the JBF

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation has launched a series of timely and informative spring webinars designed for industry folk navigating these uncharted waters. Topics on the agenda include insurance, sobriety resources, social media during the pandemic and understanding the government relief programs. Each interactive webinar is about 50 minutes long with a clear, straightforward presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Consult the schedule below – you can register online (they’re free!) for the ones that are coming up or listen to ones that are already available online. If you’ve got suggestions for upcoming topics drop the JBF team an email at

Insurance, the Facts for Restaurants
Feeling unsteady of how to navigate the possibilities of your insurance plan? Evan Dash of Dash/Love Insurance, who works with chefs such as Judy Ni of Baology in Philadelphia, will review universal rules about insurance; what a standard hospitality or food business contracts typically covers; suggestions how to file a rightful claim; and most importantly, a checklist of asks you can make to your insurance companies during COVID-19 disruptions.
Register here to listen.

Intro to Sobriety Resources
JBF Director of Community, Colleen Vincent, will be leading an information session on free resources available to folks who may wonder whether Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Ben’s Friends are right for them. This session will provide a peek into the programs, what the first meeting will be like, and aims to take the uncertainty out of getting help. If you’ve never gone this route before, or don’t consider yourself “an addict” but are struggling right now and need a sobriety resource, this session is for you. Also great for folks who know or care for someone struggling with addiction and want to pass on clear information.
Register here to listen.

Social Media During COVID-19
Rosalyn Mahashin and Cynthia Jorgensen, part of the Strategic Partnerships team at Facebook, will guide you through tips and tricks to staying relevant during the shutdowns, engaging your staff and community online, creating active social networks, running effective Facebook fundraisers, and other community-based options for businesses.
Register here to listen.

Demystifying Government Relief Programs
David Candor and James Joseph of the Law Office of Arnold Porter will break down unemployment, SNAP, and other government-based resources available to the hospitality community in layman’s terms that make filing, accessing, and even informing your staff about the relief available to them a breeze. This webinar will focus on federal options, and will provide a contact sheet for state-based options available at the end of the presentation.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00pm. Register here.

Spirited Conversation; At-Home Mixology
Gina Cheversani (Buffalo & Bergen, WEL 2019), and Monica Pierce (Tenth Ward Distillery & Owning It: D.C.) will talk at-home mixology, and what the bar and bottle business is doing to cope with ever-changing mandates and opportunities. Expect a spirited conversation on how you can survive and stay relevant during the shutdowns, followed by raising a Quarantini toast to taking a moment to breathe, having a laugh, and commiserating.
Scheduled for Friday, April 3rd at 2:00pm. Register here.

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