Keep an eye on this growing list of resources. Newest information will pop to the top of this list. Read my open letter to the catering industry here. Please also follow me on Twitter @cs_editor for other quick bursts of information. Stay strong and do not lose hope. —Kathleeen Stoehr
07.13.20 11:52 a.m. CST
COVID-19 Best Practices for Personal Chefs, Private Chefs, Independent Chefs & Their Clients
Holly Powers Verbeck has released a reference guide, titled COVID-19 Best Practices for Independent Chefs, Personal Chefs, Private Chefs, and Their Clients. The guide and its 3 training sheets to safeguard the health of the chef and their clients is available for free here.
05.15.20 11:08 a.m. CST
The Centers for Disease Control has released a checklist of what to consider when thinking about events and gatherings. Find out more here.
EcoLab has released resources how to safely reopen. Access them here.
05.14.20 9:45 a.m. CST
05.13.20 3:51p.m. CST
The National Restaurant Association releases coronavirus reopening guide for industry. See them here.
04.10.20 9:52 a.m. CST
American Culinary Federation has compiled a list of resources for chefs related to COVID-19 and the economic effects of it. See it here.
04.09.20 2:13 p.m. CST
Reminder: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCA) went into effect on April 1, 2020.
The FFCRA, signed into law on March 18, created two temporary leave programs (Emergency Paid Sick Leave, EPSL; and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion, EFMLE) that require private sector employers with less than 500 employees to provide leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Under the law, covered employers qualify for 100 percent (full costs of both leave programs) reimbursement through refundable tax credits.
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is responsible for implementing and enforcing new leave mandates enacted as part of the Phase II COVID-19 response bill.
04.08.20 2:14 p.m. CST
The ICA is making all COVID-19 resources available to the catering industry. Check back often as new documents are added daily. Click here to view.
03.30.20 11:45 CST
Aaron Kaufman of Fifth Element Group has started an initiative to reach out to people who have been laid off: a list to make those people visible to companies who can hire, or will be hiring in the future. He says, "absolutely no gain in this for me, either personal or business, just some good will." The link (below) is to a sortable form. Let's get some traction and get people working again! Click here: https://bit.ly/2xtOfMU
03.30.20 11:20 a.m. CST
The James Beard Foundation has launched a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. Learn More here.
03.26.20 9:30 a.m. CST
May 15 is the targeted date for when things should begin to resemble some sort for normalcy. Read Jen Perna's tips for what you should be doing until then.
03.25.20 10:21 a.m. CST
If you are continuing to operate, whether thats through a drop-off/pick-up business or through donated meals, make sure you keep your kitchens safe. Here are some tips from We Are Chefs for keeping your kitchen clean.
03.24.20 3:22 p.m. CST
Facebook will soon be accepting applications for its new Small Business Grarnts Program, which will be giving away $100M in cash grants and ad credits. Learn how to apply here.
03.23.20 10:21 a.m. CST
Many caterers are moving to a delivery business in thet wake of COVID-19. Nuophoriq has created templates for setting up a delivery website. Here are a few examples of templates they've created so far. Learn more here.
03.22.20 10:03 a.m. CST
Suggestions for how to survive COVID-19 from Michael Rosman of the Corporate Caterer. Click here to learn more.
03.21.20 6:00 a.m. CST
Some quick advice on how to shutter your bars for the next month. This is also something to put into account if you are switching to just Food Only while your bar stays still. Learn More.
03.22.20 12:26 pm CST
A Facebook group has been set up to discuss the latest on COVID-19 for caterers and restaurant employees. Request to join it now.
03.20.20 9:42 a.m. CST
There is currently a petition circulating in supporting the need for a Federal Aid Package for the Events Industry. Sign it Now.
Great information from ACF (American Culinary Federation):
San Francisco, CA- COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY FUND
Charlottesville, VA- Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund
Georgia- Giving Kitchen
Resources for restaurants:
Safety & sanitation information: