Communal Table Podcast: How to Use Your Voice and Ask for Help

Restaurant workers help everyone, all the time, but they're the last to ask for help themselves. Now is the time to get over that and get loud.

Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul. Is there a topic you'd like to know more about or a guest you'd love to hear from? Tell us at or tweet to Kat @kittenwithawhip, and subscribe to the weekly Food & Wine Pro newsletter. Subscribe to the new Communal Table YouTube page and never miss an episode. Catch up on previous episodes here.

Episode 58: How to Use Your Voice and Ask for Help

Restaurant workers are usually the last people to ask for help because they're too busy serving others. On today's Communal Table podcast, as COVID-19 spreads across the country, Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman shares resources and coping strategies for chefs, servers, bartenders, and other hospitality people who are fighting for their lives and the industry they love and rely on, and some sage words from Matt Jennings.

Note: Because the podcast had to be recorded in a less than ideal setup, the sound quality may not be as crisp as usual. We're all doing our best.

Links and Resources

Matt Jennings: It's Time to Demand Government Action to Save the Restaurant Industry

Now What: Business Ops Guide for Restaurants

The F&W Pro Guide to Coronavirus: What Restaurants Should Know

Industry United

Gig Workers Collective: Resources state-by-state

Unemployment Benefits and Sites by State

Unemployment Office Locations

Tenant Protection During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Feeding America Find Your Local Food Bank

Bar Methods—The Plan

National Relief Funds

One Fair Wage: Emergency fund for coronavirus affected tipped workers and service workers

RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

United Way Community Response and Recovery Fund

Bartender Emergency Assistance Fund

Children of Restaurant Employees

Another Round Another Rally

Mental Health and Recovery Resources

Ben's Friends

Chefs With Issues

In The Rooms

Crisis Text Line: Text #741741 any time for quick and free crisis counseling.

Headspace Meditation App

Calm Meditation App

Insight Timer App

How to Find and Contact Your Government Officials has this tool to look up your officials by zip code.

Resistbot is a free text, Facebook messenger, iMessage, Twitter, and Telegram service that helps you locate and contact your elected officials.

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