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VANCOUVER, BC (March 13, 2020) — Members of Vancouver’s hospitality community are uniting in solidarity to urge the public’s support of the local independent restaurant and service industry as well as those whose livelihoods rely on them, by offering myriad ways to show support during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.

Comprising 23 local restaurants and counting, this newly formed collective wants to reassure the public that they remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their guests and staff. They will continue to implement all guidelines set out by such regulatory bodies as Vancouver Coastal Health, the World Health Organization and Centres for Disease Control.

If people are not able to dine in person at their local restaurants, a few ways in which they can show their support are as follows:

  • Order delivery from local restaurants
  • Pick-up your order via take-out
  • Purchase gift cards

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  • Engage on social media
  • Share photos on social media
  • Write a positive online review

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For those who remain healthy and are comfortable with dining out, the group of restaurants is showing appreciation to guests for their support by extending a limited-time-only Breaking Bread Menu available from March 14 to 31 at special price points of $20, $30 and $40. Some of the restaurants have also pledged to dedicate funds from the proceeds of these menus towards internal financial initiatives to support their staff.

Ask For Luigi
Beetbox
Belgard Kitchen
Bells and Whistles
Bufala Kerrisdale
Bufala Edgemont
Café Medina
Di Beppe
Farina a Legna
Havana
Heritage Asian Eatery (Broadway)
Heritage Asian Eatery (Pender)

Juke Fried Chicken
L’Abattoir
Lucky Taco
Nuba Kitsilano
Nuba Gastown
Nuba Mt. Pleasant
Nuba Yaletown
Origo Club
Pourhouse
Tuc
Wildebeest

"We are continuing to take all necessary precautions and urge people to show their support for small business as much as they’re able to right now,” says James Iranzad, Co-Owner of Gooseneck Hospitality, which owns and operates Wildebeest, Bells and Whistles, Bufala (Kerrisdale and Edgemont) and Lucky Taco. “We want people to understand that by supporting their favourite restaurants, they also support the people who depend on them — from chefs, cooks and servers to suppliers, farmers and delivery people. We’re all in it together.”

As this is a developing initiative, all details, including participating restaurants and menus, will be updated on an ongoing basis at www.breakingbreadvan.com and #breakingbreadvan. Restaurants interested in joining this initiative are invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As the news is changing rapidly, the group of restaurants have committed to monitor and reassess the situation as it unfolds, and make any adjustments if necessary.

 
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DEERFIELD, IL, March 17, 2020 - BNP Media, organizers of the Food Safety Summit, announced today that in response to the serious outbreak of Coronavirus, they have postponed the May Summit to October 19-22, 2020 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The 22nd Annual Food Safety Summit event was scheduled to take place May 4-7, 2020.

"The safety and the well-being of everyone who attends the Summit is paramount and with this unprecedented situation unfolding, we have a responsibility to our customers, our guests and our colleagues to provide a safe place for our exhibitors, attendees, and speakers to interact and communicate face-to-face," said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Officer, BNP Media.   "We have a large number of attendees and exhibitors who committed to participate for the May event and look forward to a successful gathering from October 19-22, in Rosemont, IL. Please visit our website at www.foodsafetysummit.com for the new and updated schedule which will be live in a few weeks."

BNP Media will continue to monitor the recommendations of the U.S and state public health guidelines as they develop with regards to the COVID-19 virus and provide further updates at www.foodsafetysummit.com.   Exhibitors and attendees will be contacted directly from BNP staff about details of the move. For exhibitors who have questions about the new dates and space contact Kim Hansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. For attendees who have questions, contact our Registration Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Our thoughts are with all of those currently impacted by Coronavirus. The Food Safety Summit annual conference and expo is an important event for the food safety industry, and on behalf of the Educational Advisory Board, we are pleased BNP Media is able to reschedule," added Gary Ades, Chair of the Summit Educational Advisory Board and President of G&L Consulting. "We look forward to bringing our world class education and speaking faculty to Rosemont, IL in October, and share the latest information on effective food safety solutions."


The Food Safety Summit is designed to meet the educational and informational needs of the entire food industry and is produced by BNP Media (www.bnpmedia.com), one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving industry professionals across 60+ industries through magazines, custom media, e-newsletters, webinars, events and market research.

 
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VANCOUVER, March 17, 2020 /CNW/ - In response to the rapidly-evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, White Spot Hospitality has taken the proactive role of temporarily suspending its dine-in service at both White Spot and Triple O's to help protect its valued guests and staff.

Effective today, meals will only be available for take-out by phone and online orders, or third-party delivery services, such as SkipTheDishes. The temporary policy also applies to Triple O's, including Chevron locations, where drive-thru and counter service will continue to be offered in lieu of dine-in seating.

"As a trusted neighbourhood brand that has proudly served multi-generational guests since 1928, we're taking a leadership role during these challenging times," said White Spot President Warren Erhart. "The great taste of White Spot and Triple O's is still available via several convenient pick-up and delivery options, and we look forward to greeting everyone at our restaurants again once government health agencies give the all-clear. Right now, our priority is keeping British Columbians safe."

Guests craving White Spot's Car Hop experience can still enjoy a Legendary Burger and other iconic favourites at their local drive-in, with packaged meals being provided instead of the usual dining tray as an added precaution.

The move is aligned with the provincial government's directive to limit large gatherings – an important social distancing tool in the fight to limit virus transmission. In the meantime, White Spot is closely monitoring the situation, and ensuring its already-rigorous health and sanitization procedures and protocols are being strictly followed.

"As Canada's longest-running restaurant chain, our top priority has always been our guests and employees," added Erhart. "We thank everyone for their trust and continued loyalty, and look forward to welcoming you back to dine in our restaurants soon."

 
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March 17, 2020

Manitoba's Health Protection Unit has shared information with the MRFA that they feel all food service establishments and similar businesses should be made aware of. Please click on the button below to view their information, and feel free to share this information with any other person or business you feel may benefit from it. 

The MRFA prides itself on keeping our members informed about upcoming legislation, news, and opportunities, and information such as this. If you have any information you feel we should know about, please contact us at 204-783-9955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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