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WWRC Virtual Panel Discussion: Navigating the New Normal

October 19, 2020 9:16 PM | Sara Bloms (Administrator)

Thank you to everyone you joined our first virtual panel discussion! We came together virtually to discuss how local MN food businesses are coping amid the new daily challenges related to the pandemic as the latest offering from Women Who Really Cook held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event was moderated by James Beard Award-winning food reporter and WWRC founder, Sue Zelickson, and panelists included Ann Ahmed, Owner and Executive Chef of Lat14 Asian Eatery and Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine; Sara Hayden, Owner of Sara's Tipsy Pies; and Stephanie Hansen, Podcaster, Radio Host, and Social Media Manager.

The diverse group of industry experts shared thoughts on what they’ve been doing to survive and navigate the new normal as a result of the pandemic and where they see themselves and the industry going into 2021. The conversation was really insightful and gave us a glimpse into how the panelists are navigating this time, members' concerns, and how fast everything is moving in order to flex to the ever-changing safety requirements, patron safety concerns, weather, etc. 

Co-directors of WWRC, Kelly and Sara, have already started discussing what we can do as an organization to move quickly and help facilitate member conversations in real-time. Expect to see updates on that within the next couple of weeks as we build that out.

There were a few unanswered questions in the chat area that were to specific panelists that we will get answers to and shared out with all of you. As Stephanie said, we are all "doers" and often balance many things at once so we don't take lightly the time you all gave to us that night, especially the panelists. You rock!

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