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5 for Friday: July 31, 2020

We’re focusing on platforms that can help operators and hospitality professionals stay sharp. Webinars and podcasts are resources we can all tap into safely during the pandemic. Industry events may have been cancelled, paused or moved online but we can still learn.

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) is making the move to online education. BCB’s Infused 365 digital hub is live now with the first session of their “Law & Libations” series, which the Villains watched and wrote up here.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has made a library of webinars available. All it takes to stream an NRA webinar on demand is a quick registration. The most recent addresses Covid-19-related litigation.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is offering webinars. Some require membership to stream, some are open to non-members. Topics range from the impact of Covid-19 on consumer behavior, industry threats such as tariffs, and much more.

Restaurant Impossible is an incredible podcast hosted by Eric Cacciatore. The deep catalogue of episodes can provide operators with insight, ideas and inspiration.

Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC) has undergone several changes in recent years. We’ll find out their plan for 2020 in September, but we imagine TOTC will go at least partially digital.


While we have you here…please go tell Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act. Senator Mitch McConnell’s proposed HEALS Act won’t save the industry—it won’t even come close. It takes less than a minute to make an impact. Save this industry, save thousands of jobs across several other industries. Act now!

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David Klemt View All

I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.

After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.

A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.

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