Hospitality Relief Fund
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. https://sobewff.org/industry-relief/
SBDC at FIU Business Disaster Loan Applications
The Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU, hosted by the College of Business, is working to support local small businesses. Consultants are available to offer confidential, no-cost advising to business owners impacted by COVID-19. Florida SBDC at FIU has also set up a special email list for businesses that would like to receive regular updates. To join, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The SBCD has two good webinars on disaster loans and business information and resources.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association are proud to support the hundreds of thousands of airline, cruise line and travel and tourism employees that are the lifeblood of Miami’s hospitality industry and our economy. We are committed to getting the travel and hospitality industry help as quickly as possible. https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/help
USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
This is a fantastic resource for bartenders and servers here in Miami Beach, and something employers should make them aware of to help them get through unpaid time off. https://www.usbgfoundation.org/covid-19-response
FREE Restaurant/Bar Advertising in Miami Beach from The Beach Channel Great news for our service industry members! The Beach Channel is stepping up to help get the word out about your take-out and delivery during this mandatory shutdown. The Beach Channel will be offering free advertisement to any restaurants in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe county area that are offering delivery or take-out. All restaurants in one of these three counties that offers delivery or pick-up are eligible. The advertisement will be run on the new Beach Channel app. It will also be featured on The Beach Channel livestream, which can be watched on the app or online at http://thebeachchannel.tv All you have to do is send images, menus and information to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will create an advertisement for you. Let your customers know you’re still open and keep them updated on any specials or deals you may be running. With things constantly changing, keeping your audience informed has never been more crucial.
Feeding South Florida Benefits & Emergency Resources
Feeding South Florida’s new COVID-19 Response Fund has been launched to help support those in need. Serves Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe County. Includes benefit application assistance, access to food pantry and home delivery for qualified individuals, etc.Visit: Feeding South Florida to apply. https://feedingsouthflorida.org/benefits-emergency-services/
Southern Smoke Foundation Emergency Relief Fund
Provides funding to individuals in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis https://southernsmoke.org/fund/
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. https://rocunited.org/relief/
The DDA maintains a list of all restaurants open within our district that are open for business. We also have a program that offers discounts of 10% or more on delivery orders placed directly over the phone.
Currently we have 25 restaurants participating and growing. If you know a DDA establishment that’s interested please email email@example.com
The discount incentivizes consumers, but also allows businesses to avoid paying substantial fulfillment fees to third party delivery services (20-30% of each order)
Allows some establishments to convert wait staff to delivery drivers
Help Main Street
Help your local business by ordering online, buying gift cards, or donating directly to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis
4/18: United at Home w/ David Guetta
$700,000 Raised over for the World Health Organization, Feeding South Florida, Feeding America, and the French Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris.
Feeding South Florida received $131K+ which will feed ~1.7M families
Over 12M viewers globally
Friday Night Vibes
Virtual happy Hour every Friday from 6PM-7PM on our Instagram page @downtownmia
Assistance for Students
To request emergency assistance, complete the aid request form and a representative will contact you to discuss your needs. Assistance offered through this process may also be in the form of referrals or non-financial assistance. Assistance is subject to availability of funds and student eligibility. https://fiu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6AkAbyt6VfU3jeZ
Student mental and physical health Counseling and Psychological Services is operating remotely and have staff ready to assist by appointment or during afterhours crisis situations. Please visit the CAPS website or call 305-348-2277.
CARES Act: Unpacking the Largest Recovery Bill in U.S. History
Join FIU in DC on Zoom for a timely discussion on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020. The $2.2 trillion bill is the largest economic relief law passed in the history of the country. Understanding how it was crafted and passed will provide you with unparalled insight into the legislative and public policy processes that drive our democracy. https://calendar.fiu.edu/event/cares_act_unpacking_the_largest_recovery_bill_in_us_history#.XozOmHJ7kuV
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida’s restaurant and hospitality business is one of the most financially devastated by the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But South Florida’s biggest food event is stepping up to help out.
FIU’s Chaplain School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is partnering with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to create a Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. The relief fund will provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
It has raised more than one million dollars through earnings from the festival itself and private donations such as the Estefan’s, Pitbull and others.
The festival’s founder, Lee Schrager said the money there now will be distributed to the restaurants who qualify within 72 hours. It will go directly to employees.
“The money we raised, every penny over a million dollars, is staying in South Florida. The first criteria for the hundreds of restaurants is that they have participated in the festival. the next round will go to everyone else. We want to make sure the money gets into the hands of the hospitality locally.”
Grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to help owners pay their employees and provide other benefits to employees who have been furloughed, laid off or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the pandemic.
HAUTE LIVING/HAUTE CUISINE/CITY GUIDE: SOBEWFF Launches Industry Relief Fund With $1 Mil Initial Donation (March 27, 2020) – by Paige Mastrandrea https://hauteliving.com/2020/03/sobewff-launches-industry-relief-fund-with-1-mil-initial-donation/685293/ In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic causing temporary restaurant and bar closures throughout the country, Miami’s hospitality industry is getting hit hard forcing many to lay off employees or temporarily cease operations. To alleviate the struggling industry during this tough time, many organizations are stepping up to offer support and most recently, The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One has launched the SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality Industry Relief Fund.
Through this fund, which they launched with an initial donation of $1 million, they will provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The initiative was announced by Lee Brian Schrager, Founder and Director of SOBEWFF, with the tagline “Serving Those Who Have Served Us.”
FLORIDA POLITICS: “SOBEWFF, FIU, and Miami chefs provide relief to the hospitality community” via Laine Doss of the Miami New Times (3/27/20) — https://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/miami-chefs-organize-relief-funds-for-hospitality-workers-11607666 A group of Miami chefs led by Felix Bendersky of F+B Hospitality Leasing has set up the Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund on gofundme.com. That effort — backed by Brad Kilgore of the Kilgore Culinary Group, Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine, Michelle Bernstein of La Trova, Michael Beltran of Ariete, and Zak H. Stern of Zak the Baker — has raised nearly $60,000 over the past week to aid Miami’s restaurant and bar staffs. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality threw a lifeline to displaced employees with a relief fund promising immediate financial support for workers at independently owned restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival launched the SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.The fund will provide grants to food establishments that had to temporarily cease operations, lay off employees, or found its business severely diminished when they complied with locally mandated closure orders. “Financial support will enable those owners to provide continuity of compensation and other benefits to employees who have been furloughed, laid off or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers said on the SOBEWFF website. The funds, held and raised by the FIU Foundation, will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply online at https://sobewff.org/industry-relief-form/
GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU: Tourism Industry Help (4/2/20) – SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund: To provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties: https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/help
WINE SPECTATOR: From boutique operations to major conglomerates, wine and spirits producers are raising big bucks for coronavirus victims, often in creative ways—with help from some famous friends by Ben O’Donnell and Suzanne Mustacich (4/3/20) – https://www.winespectator.com/articles/wineries-pull-out-all-the-stops-for-covid-19-relief-unfilteredSouthern’s first effort is channeling proceeds from its South Beach Wine & Food Festival, in partnership with Florida International University, producers like Bacardi and Jägermeister, and even Miami hitmakers like Pitbull, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan, into the SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. “About two weeks ago we had a call with 20 chefs from south Florida, talked with them about what would be the most important thing,” said Schrager. “And they all were concerned about taking care of their employees—before their rents, before their vendors, before their own bills, they wanted to care of their employees. We’ve already given out almost $900,000 since last Friday.” A similar effort is in the works for New York, and Schrager reported he’s been in discussions with potential partners like Microsoft and Zoom.
EDIBLE SOUTH FLORIDA: Relief for Out-of-Work Hospitality Employees (4/4/20): https://ediblesouthflorida.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/relief-out-work-hospitality-employees
SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund Independently owned and operated restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties that have participated in SOBEWFF within the past five years are eligible to apply for relief money. Each approved restaurant or bar will receive $500 per employee, with a maximum grant of $15,000 in total (up to 30 employees). Restaurant and bar owners apply for the grants and it’s their responsibility to distribute them to their employees. https://sobewff.org/industry-relief/#faq
50 EGGS HOSPITALITY GROUP: SUPPORT LOCAL – Purchasing a gift card to any of our 50 Eggs concepts directly supports the Hospitality industry. 50% of all proceeds go to the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. (4/4/20):https://www.50eggsinc.com/
Faculty Member: Imran Ahmad COVID-19 Guidance for food manufacturer (#1) I am receiving requests regarding COVID-19
Guidelines for mfg. So briefly, follow the GMPs- restricting ill persons, personnel cleanliness, use gloves, avoid cross-contamination (from foods, and non-foods; no phone, jewelry, keys in the production area), no eating and drinking during production. Follow 21 CFR 117 Subpart B or contact us if you have a specific question. #foodsafety #COVID19 #supportlocal #eathealthy Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management @fiu @fspca @fsma
Help Support Local
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.