OpenTable’s In it Together is a webinar series discussing the state of the industry with restaurant leaders. It’s a place to create community while we seek advice and inspiration during these uncertain times. You can learn more about our COVID Preparedness Center and Open Door Pricing Plan here.

Email us at inittogether@opentable.com if you have questions or discussion topics that you’d like to see in future webinars.

Register for future webinars in the series here

November 10, 2020: OpenTable’s Senior Vice President of Global Field Sales, Jenna Swigert, is joined by Reem Assil, a chef and restaurateur from Oakland, and Sam Chapple-Sokol of World Central Kitchen for an inspiring conversation. They’ll explore what it means to give back and the gratification that comes from helping others and building community through food. 

 

October 27, 2020: OpenTable’s CMO, Jessica Jensen, is joined by Food & Wine Best New Chef 2020 Douglass Williams, and Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, Hunter Lewis. Together, they dive into what the holiday season holds this year and how best to deliver the comfort and hospitality we crave.

 

October 14, 2020: OpenTable’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion Anika Balkan, Kutina Ruhumbika, VP of Human Resources at Major Food Group in NY, and Sheilina Henry, Group Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomin’​ Brands, Inc. These diversity and inclusion leaders discuss how they are making change and championing equality in their companies. Learn important lessons about how to create space for listening, lead with values, and transform your workplace culture to be more inclusive for all. 

This webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to Women in Hospitality United and Ladies of Virtue.

 

August 26, 2020: OpenTable’s CMO, Jessica Jensen, for a raw conversation on making the difficult decision to close a restaurant. She talks with restaurateurs Lien Ta of L.A. and Shehzad Roopani of Houston on the tough calls they’ve made during the pandemic and what led them ultimately to decide on closure.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to the El Nido Family Centers.

 

August 12, 2020: OpenTable’s SVP of Global Field Sales Jenna Swigert (who also owns two restaurants in Oregon) is joined by Naomi Pomeroy, the chef and restaurateur behind Portland’s Beast, and her San Francisco Bay Area-based attorney Robert J. Nelson of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLC. They’ll discuss Naomi’s class action lawsuit and the steps she’s taken against her insurance company, your rights as a restaurateur, and what “business interruption” really means.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to the NAACP legal defense fund.

 

July 29, 2020: Andrea is joined by Charleston-based Mickey Bakst, GM of Charleston Grill and Chef and Restaurateur Philip Speer of Comedor in Austin.  Together, they lead Ben’s Friends, a food and beverage industry support group for professionals struggling with addiction and mental health.  They cover the importance of taking time to reset, how to work on improving mental health, and how to provide support to your staff.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support — this week we are donating to Ben’s Friends.

July 15, 2020: Andrea is in conversation with James Beard award-winning chef, TV host, and social justice advocate Andrew Zimmern along with restaurateur, James Beard Foundation Trustee, and women’s advocate Rohini Dey, PhD.  They dive into the future of the restaurant industry and share ideas on how we can take this moment to reflect and re-emerge stronger than before.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support — this week we are donating to Andrew Zimmern “Second Chances” Scholarship Fund.

June 17, 2020: Andrea is joined by Brand Bureau’s COO, Lynn Juang, and the New York restaurateur behind Llama Inn and Llama San, Juan Correa. They dive into Brand Bureau’s Reopening Guide, designed to help businesses tackle the reopening process while keeping brand, design, and hospitality best practices in mind.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to Rethink Food NYC.

May 27, 2020: Andrea sits down with Elizabeth Blau, renowned Las Vegas-based restaurateur, and Becca Parrish, public relations expert and founder of Becca PR. Together they will dive into the importance of communications in crisis and how best to curate and adjust your approach to messaging, marketing, and PR.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to Delivering with Dignity.

May 20, 2020: Andrea is in conversation with BOKA Restaurant Group Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Kevin Boehm, and Chef & Restaurateur Naomi Pomeroy. Together they discuss leadership in a time of crisis and how the Independent Restaurant Coalition is gaining momentum.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to James Beard Foundation Open For Good campaign to help save independent restaurants.

May 13, 2020: Andrea is in conversation with James Beard Foundation CEO, Clare Reichenbach, and Chef Kwame Onwuachi, a renowned writer and owner of Kith | Kin in Washington, DC. Together they address the foundation’s efforts and how it’s navigating industry advocacy, fundraising, relief funds, and more on behalf of restaurants during this trying time.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to James Beard Foundation Open For Good campaign to help save independent restaurants.

May 6, 2020: Andrea connects with chefs Edward Lee and Jessica Koslow to share how they’re feeding and caring for hospitality workers in this trying time.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to The LEE Initiative.

April 29, 2020: Andrea spoke with Dan Simons, co-owner of Founding Farmers Restaurant Group, and his accountant Brad Mendelson about how they reevaluated their P&L when COVID-19 first hit.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to Martha’s Table.

April 22, 2020: Andrea sits down with restaurateur Bill Chait, Tartine Group of Los Angeles,  and Chef/Owner Renee Erickson, Sea Creatures Concepts of Seattle, to provide helpful insight into how to run your new COVID business model.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

 

April 15, 2020: See Andrea in conversation with hospitality heavyweights entrepreneur Anthony Rudolf and NYC restaurateur Will Guidara to learn how they stay inspired in today’s climate.

Each webinar is in support of an industry-adjacent charitable organization or company in need of support—this week we are donating to Rethink Food NYC.