Communal Table Podcast: Ming Tsai on Fear and Action in Uncertain Times

Ming Tsai talks about the fears restaurant workers face and actions to take in the time of a pandemic.

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Episode 59: Ming Tsai Talks About the Fears Restaurant Workers Face and Actions to Take

Ming Tsai is one of the best-known chefs in America, but that doesn't insulate him from the onslaught of challenges and unknowns that the restaurant industry is facing right now due to the spread of the coronavirus. Rather, he's had to take quick action to take care of his employees and community—especially the most vulnerable people—and knows he can't do it alone. Tsai spoke with Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman over the phone to talk about the actions we all need to take, the importance of lobbying our elected officials, and how to keep our physical and emotional health in check.

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

Restaurant Strong Fund

Ming Tsai

Advice from My Therapist on Breaking Down and Staying Balanced During a Pandemic

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

Now What: Business Ops Guide for Restaurants

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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