“Karen, what is the best way to support my favorite wineries and restaurants right now?" –Allen M. (Boston, MA)
Allen, I’m so glad you asked. In addition to countless local fundraisers to be found on gofundme.com, there are several ways consumers can help the U.S. hospitality industry. Consider purchasing wine directly from your favorite producers as well as online retailers. Many restaurants are offering take-out and delivery, as well as selling gift cards/certificates. Some are even extending Dining Bonds: like a savings bond that you purchase at a discounted rate and redeem for face value at a future date. If you prefer making charitable donations, here are several we recommend:
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund – Providing micro-grants to independent businesses in need.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Crisis Relief Fund -Offering zero-interest loans for businesses to maintain payroll, and to individuals who have lost their jobs.
The United Sommeliers Foundation – In a financial crisis, professional sommeliers are often the first staff let go and the last hired back.
United States Bartenders Guild Foundation – While some restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery, many bars have been forced to close entirely.