Foodservice Heroes on the Frontlines
Photo Credit: Honey Salt
There is little doubt that during this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic with its broadening challenges to our country and the entire world, the food and beverage industry continues to be one of the hardest hit, and yet the outpouring of love and support coming from them to our community couldn't be more generous and heartfelt.
The list I'm about to share by no means represents all of the charitable contributions that have been made, and in fact it could be said that almost every food and beverage business has either participated or donated in one form or another. Las Vegas has long been a restaurant and tavern haven for both locals and tourists alike. There are few places on the planet that could boast the same. For this reason, I wish to extend a tribute to their spirit of generosity and love for our community with a special thank you and salute the charitable organizations they have either launched and/or donated to as a result of our current crisis. There is so much to commend and so much to be thankful for.
The following is just a small cross section of some of the love being shared:
Sahara Las Vegas teamed up with World Central Kitchen to provide meals to healthcare workers across the Las Vegas Valley, serving 300 meals per day over an initial five-day period to feed more than 1,500 essential medical workers as they continue to combat COVID-19. And quite frankly if I may add, to our most essential workers who need it the most.
“Healthcare workers around the world and right here in our community have been working under unprecedented and difficult conditions. We have an incredible partnership with Chef Jose Andres and his Think Food Group and we are excited to be collaborating with Chef Andres’ nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, to deliver fresh, hot meals to those on the front lines,” said Anthony Olheiser, Vice President of food and beverage for Sahara
The team also includes Executive Chef Alex Pitts from Bazaar Meat and delivers to more than ten OptumCare Nevada locations with medical offices, home health and hospice facilities which include Southwest Medical Healthcare Centers across the Las Vegas Valley. Hats off!
Titan Brands Hospitality Group in partnership with Sysco Foods and Central Christian Church launched their “Nobody Goes Hungry” campaign to feed Las Vegas employees of local restaurants during the pandemic and as of this writing, have benefitted the employees of Burger Bar, Minus 5 Ice Lounge, Carson Kitchen, Hussong’s Cantina Mandalay Place and Boca Park and Slice of Pizza Kitchen
“Nobody knows how this will all come to an end, but we all know it will be a long road to ‘normal,’” said Scott Frost, President of Titan Brands Hospitality Group and organizer of the ‘Nobody Goes Hungry’ campaign. “It’s crucial now that during the crisis AND its recovery that we donate to those that are going to need the help until we get back on our feet.”
The campaign’s goal is to sustain the ability to feed 500 plus service industry households a week with 30-40 lbs. of groceries with each “pop up” drive-through.
The Nobody Goes Hungry campaign needs food donations and monetary donations to keep feeding service industry families. The goal is to raise $100,000 and the group is confident the generous Las Vegas community will step up to contribute. If you would like to help, please visit the Go Fund Me page at Nobody Goes Hungry Las Vegas. You can even donate food or volunteer to be a helper! Restaurants looking to help feed their employees can send an email to info@NobodyGoesHungry.com.
Golden Entertainment Inc.’s Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder and Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, donated to the Food for Families food bank items such as dairy products, eggs, cheese and potatoes, all of which will help families in need. Food for Families distributes more than 1.7 million pounds of food to families in need themselves and throughout 30 plus other charitable organizations in Nevada, Arizona and California.
The list is far from over. So many of our most revered and favorite restaurants have without hesitation offered assistance and sustenance, something they do quite well in fact, to the many medical workers on the frontlines and families of the community who are in need and it’s not just because there’s a pandemic. Many of the chosen charitable organizations are here for us the year round for families that need them the most.
With limited space, I will try to mention as many of the generous contributors as possible:
Delivering with Dignity continues to help feed those in need here in Las Vegas. Elizabeth Blau, co-founder and renowned restaurateur, is proud her restaurants Honey Salt and Buddy V’s along with other local eateries have also joined to provide meals.
Hash House A Go Go for their #freefoodfriday donations to feed displaced locals.
Jainine Jaffer (chef/owner of Shiraz) for the delivery of meals, clothes and shoes to the families of Richard J Rundle Elementary.
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Nevada was instrumental in helping to organize the Food Pantry: a food bank for their staff members to minimize risk of exposure while shopping for groceries.
UnCommons donated dinners to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center.
To all the other generous contributors of our community not mentioned here, thank you!