Many resources and information developing more specificity for Arizona. Compiling that information and sharing them within this post.[Read more…]
Organizations offering relief fund for the hospitality industry are growing in numbers, many stepping up to help our industry. Will add to the list as information develops.[Read more…]
Information and resources to support our foodservice industry. Here is a link to the Industry Relief Funds list.[Read more…]
Our industry is reacting and responding to the challenges of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and I’m following, gathering, and sharing resources when I find them on the Facebook page. The past 24 hours have been wild.
The top three main resources for information are:
National Restaurant Association Focused on our industry, great Q & A information and resources here.
OpenTable shared a GoogleDoc with restaurant data between February 18 through March 13 and it’s gutwrenching. Data from almost 60,000 restaurants compiled in this spreadsheet and shows the severity of what this is doing our industry. As of March 15, OpenTable accounts in Arizona are down 37%.
Then I saw this from Eater – Restaurants Are Fucked — Unless They Get a Bailout. One piece from this article that really stood out for me is David Chang’s comment about restaurants turning into “ghost kitchens”. I posted an article last week to the Facebook page about the rise of ghost kitchens and felt it was a reflection of consumer demands. A week later, response to the virus is causing just that.
Hanging in there as long as they could, the 2020 Cactus IFT Suppliers’ Night has been canceled.
Details TBA Soon
It’s all over the news and we can’t avoid it if we tried, everyone is talking about it. The Coronavirus disease, (COVID-19). Painful to watch how this is affecting our economy, uncertain at this point how long or how much impact this will have, and to be honest with you, I’m not sure how much of this I want to take on either.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
While doing research, I discovered many aspects of our industry are addressing the issue so rather than me giving you my uneducated opinion and researching this for hours, below is information shared by the different segments within our focus.
American Culinary Federation
Cactus IFT update for Suppliers’ Night Tuesday, March 31st.
Food Safety News
- Coronavirus stops FDA from conducting foreign food safety inspections
- Some food safety event producers in holding patterns as concerns about coronavirus spread
Institute of Food Technologists
National Restaurant Association
Stay informed, wash your hands, reduce the spread of germs, and continue to support local business.
Drum roll, please….. The James Beard Foundation published the list of the 2020 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists and here’s the list for Arizona. Many new categories, many new faces, and many familiar ones too.
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
Outstanding Hospitality (Presented by American Airlines)
Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
Country Velador, Super Chunk Sweets & Treats, Scottsdale, AZ
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)
Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
Stephen Paul, Hamilton Distillers, Tucson, AZ
Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
Best Chefs (Presented by Capital One)
Stephen Jones, The Larder + The Delta, Phoenix
Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House, Scottsdale, AZ
Shinji Kurita, Shinbay Omakase Room, Scottsdale, AZ
Danielle Leoni, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Phoenix
Maria Mazon, BOCA Tacos y Tequila, Tucson, AZ
Chrysa Robertson, Rancho Pinot, Scottsdale, AZ
Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café Gran Reserva, Phoenix
Samantha Sanz, Talavera, Scottsdale, AZ
Jeff Smedstad, Elote Cafe, Sedona, AZ
Ryan Swanson, Kai, Gila River Indian Community, Chandler, AZ
The 2020 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 4, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The 2020 Leadership Awards will be held on Sunday, May 3 in Chicago, and the 2020 Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 24, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
For more information and tickets, jamesbeard.org/awards.
A line from When Harry Met Sally, it’s something that plays in my head when someone says I need to write more content for the site. I agree, so here I am.
Part of my writing goals is launching two newsletters. Yes, not one, but two. One for the American Culinary Federation Chef’s Association of Arizona and one for the Arizona Food Service Network.
The ACFAZ newsletter is being refreshed and at the next board meeting, that structure will be confirmed. There’s an email blast that goes out to share information but the feedback from members and meeting attendees is, they would like to see a newsletter.
For the AZFSNetwork newsletter, that’s a little more involved as that’s directly tied with the website which we’re working on the finishing details there as well. Pricing and structure are the main focus, something easier said than done.
I’d show you the template for the AZFSNetwork but I want to work on that some more so I’ll wait for now. They both have similar formats but have different goals and the same applies to the audience. Part of the AZFSNetwork Newsletter will include a link to the ACFAZ Newsletter.
For the ACFAZ, my goal has always been for members of the association to talk about their “why’s” for ACF Certification and getting involved with their local chef’s association. I’ll have more to add to this next week in preparation for the March 9th meeting and then, of course, the follow up from the meeting.
WordCamp Phoenix was February 7-9 and I’m still following up from that conference too. Great networking and information about the WordPress platform, online marketing, and small business tips, I always enjoy WordCamp, I highly recommend this to marketing managers and especially those using the WordPress platform for their website.
Here are a few of the slides from presenters from this year’s event. Still filtering through this information as we make changes. Always something to do or fix in the digital space. As for writing, my confidence level has increased with my subscription to Grammarly Pro. Woohoo, that helps.
Some of the presenter’s slides are below, would like to list them all when I find them.
Kimberly Lipari – Understanding Website Health
Aaron D. Campbell – Why WordPress in a World with Options?
Rich Tabor – Designing & Building Gutenberg Blocks
Bet Hannon – The Business Case for Accessibility
Francesca Marano – The Art of Networking
As for writing, yes, I know what I’ve gotten myself into and that makes me laugh a bit when I think about it. “What the hell was I thinking?
As for writing styles, Anthony Bourdain became the voice in my head for writing, even with all his arrogance and disdain for vegetarians, it was his voice that helped me write and encouraged me to develop a writing style.
Surprisingly, remembering how much Anthony has influenced me, reminds me of how much of a loss his passing means to me. My two favorite episodes of his are from Part Unknown, they are of are Punjab, India and Lyon, France, and I may have to revisit them soon. Shout out to Anthony, you are missed, my friend.
Onwards and upwards, keep moving forward, and that I am.
On March 9th, ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona welcomes Culinary Love, a local collective of chefs promoting wellness in the hospitality industry.
Culinary Love believes we are “an industry in need” of supporting the individuals who give so much of themselves in kitchens and dining rooms across all venues of foodservice.
The meeting will feature a panel discussion with ACF and Culinary Love members.
ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona is Walking to End Homelessness on April 18th at the Phoenix Zoo. Participants get a free pass to the Zoo that day!
Walk the Walk to support UMOM New Day Centers as we fight to end homelessness in our community.
Wear a chef coat, toque, or apron, to show your chef pride! If you cannot join us or the walk, please consider a donation in support.
Find our team page here:
Click “Join Team” and follow directions to register for $5 or Click “Donate” if you cannot join the walk, but would like to donate in support.