Companies keeping employees on salary to help out with meals and more

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Irish eyes are smiling

Coping with Covid19

The hospitality industry around the world is working to give back to their communities.  Many are  preparing and delivering meals. Others are offering their services.

Here are some of  the unsung heroes showing  global generosity.

Irish hotels feeding the community

Dromoland Castle in Ireland is using its kitchens to prepare meals for nearby elderly residents who are vulnerable and sheltering in place.  The chefs prepare a hot meal, a quarter loaf of bread and a choice of soup they deliver to doorsteps each weekday. Two extra cold dishes are delivered on Fridays for the weekend.

California’s Napa Valley steps up to the plate

Napa Valley giving back during Covid19

Napa Valley wineries and restaurants are donating food to a variety of community causes. Round Pond Estate is giving produce from winery gardens that would have been used in tasting room experiences to staff and local food banks.

Napa Valley Distillery’s  is donating  hand sanitizers  to the local community and law enforcement.

The Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards will be donating $50 for every wine club signup to the Community Restaurant Foundation and the Napa Valley Food Bank through the end of May.

Other wineries on the bandwagon

 Heitz Cellars has partnered with Adobe Service Napa, The Table Napa and The Salvation Army to donate 500 pounds of beef from the Angus Cattle on their biodynamic farm to local families in need.

Compline Wine Bar is preparing and delivering complimentary meals for healthcare workers at Queen of the Valley hospital.  Ken Frank’s Michelin-starred La Toque is cooking hot meals five days a week for the Napa County Homeless Shelter.

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Giving back during coronavirus

andBeyond’s charitable partner, the Africa Foundation, are distributing masks and much-needed medical supplies to the communities surrounding andBeyond’s lodges. This includes a  a large donation to the Mayoka Clinic near andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania. The clinic serves the Moya and Mayoke communities, which accounts for roughly 5,500 people.

London hotel  donates percentage of proceeds from gift cards

The Beaumont in London is donating 20 percent of the value of any gift cards to the National Health Service. This  applies to any gift card purchased from the hotel’s website and Colony Grill Room restaurant (with the exception of ‘A Year in Books’). There is a minimum order of £30 for Spa Vouchers and £50 for Hotel Vouchers and they must be purchased between April 14, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Community Donations

The Prisoner Wine Company, along with other Constellation Brand partners, committed over $2.5 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. Additionally, Beckstoffer Vineyards is donating $100,000.

While we won’t be visiting any of these places for awhile we should remember their generosity when planning future trips.  And speaking of future trips, remember Pavlus agents are on hand to help with all your arrangements.





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