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Who's News for February 26, 2021

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club has appointed Christian Clair as its new director of food and beverage. In this role, Clair will oversee the historic resort’s robust food and beverage program, which includes catering for meetings + events and four on-property restaurants: the waterfront Paul’s LandingThe Vinoy Club Grill, the Promenade Bar & Lounge, and the Veranda Café.


The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) is partnering with the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) to offer a new program that empowers food business owners to grow and thrive in this challenging economy. “Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry” provides free online business training that focuses on challenges native to the food, beverage, and agricultural markets. The program also offers one-on-one business counseling and technical assistance for food business owners, and a “Pandemic Pivot” speaker series that addresses the specific challenges of managing a food business during the COVID–19 pandemic.


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced today the appointment of Lulu Dangerfield as the new executive chef of Hotel Effie Sandestin. Dangerfield will work alongside James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson, who will lead and curate all food and beverage offerings on property. 


Liz Neumark, the founder and chair of New York City’s highly acclaimed catering and events company Great Performance, has been honored with the Empire Whole Health Heroes Award as one of the New Yorkers who went to exceptional lengths during the Covid -19 pandemic to help The City of York and its citizens.   Presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield   in partnership with Crain’s New York Business, the awards honored 50 people hailing from  the healthcare,  business and the nonprofit sectors who have “displayed extraordinary leadership, dedication, empathy and remarkable compassion to help ensure the safety and wellness of all New Yorkers during this unprecedented crisis.” Neumark is one of four honorees from the food service industry.  The full list the Empire Whole Health Heroes with a synopsis of their individual efforts can be seen here Crain's Content Studio: Empire Anthem | Crain's New York Business

Within days of the mid-March 2020 shuttering of the city in the face of the pandemic, Neumark retooled Great Performances’ kitchen to produce and deliver 40,000 meals a week, under the auspices of the city’s Department for the Aging, to housebound elderly unable to go to their local senior centers for meals.  Subsequently, Great Performances began working with the Mayor’s Office for Food Policy and Office of Emergency Management to help meet the unprecedented demand for packaged meals by hospitals, day care centers, food panties and community centers.

In response to the enormous need for the nourishment of the health care workers fighting the pandemic on the front lines, Neumark partnered with nonprofit The Sylvia Center, which teaches young people the connection between food and health, in the establishment of a fund to provide them with fresh, healthy meals.   Over a four-month period, the fund raised $600,000 for the preparation and delivery of 120,000 meals to health professionals at 22 hospitals throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

For Great Performances’ Bronx neighborhood, particularly hard hit by the pandemic, the company worked with two community groups to donate meals for families and seniors, while supporting food delivery to three Bronx New York City Housing Authority buildings under the aegis of Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez of the 80th District. In addition, Great Performances provided 100 boxed meals daily to the South Bronx through its community partner led by York Studios.



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