On Tuesday, September 28, Eater will host a conversation with restaurant workers, owners, and charity operators from across the country to discuss the path forward for the industry as we look toward emerging from the pandemic. It’s part of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation’s third anniversary party, “A Celebration of Workers,” and a fundraiser for the charity that mobilized to offer aid, support, and guidance to workers in need during the last year-and-a-half.
Eater’s editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt will moderate the conversation with Hunky Dory’s Claire Sprouse, restaurateur and Giving Kitchen co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick, pastry chef and global bake sale organizer Paola Velez, and writer, ex-pastor, and charity founder Kevin Finch to discuss how we take the energy and intention going into crisis relief and translate it into fixing underlying structural issues plaguing the industry and its workers.
After the conversation, RWCF will host a tasting event with wine and cocktails and dishes from an impressive array of restaurants (including Soothr, Hunky Dory, and Llama Inn), a drag show, a keynote from Devita Davison, and a silent auction. All funds raised will support the nonprofit’s core grant-making, community-building, and advocacy work.
The event takes place, indoors and outdoors, at the Foundry in Long Island City from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and tickets (starting at $75) can be found here.
To read more about the work of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, check out Eater staff writer Elazar Sontag’s interview with founder John deBary and Steve Ali and read more on the nonprofit’s website.