SOCIAL ADVOCACY/NONPROFIT/COVID-19 RELIEF
Chick-Fil-A donates $10 million to University of Georgia leadership program (Red and Black) The University of Georgia’s Institute for Leadership Advancement, a skill development program in the Terry College of Business, has been gifted $10 million by the Georgia based fast-food chain.
Clayton County continues to keep children fed through December (CBS 46) In partnership with the Atlanta Food Bank, the Clayton County School District will keep students fed through December 18. Curbside pickup meals at bus routes are offered to all children in the district on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Decatur Kroger customers receive a surprise from Atlanta entrepreneurs (CNN) A group of local entrepreneurs paid over $40,000 in groceries last week at a Kroger in Decatur. The act of giving and combatting food insecurity has been at the forefront of community efforts this year amid the pandemic.
Whole Foods partners with Atlanta based non-profit (WSBTV) Second Helpings Atlanta has been gifted a delivery van from grocery store chain Whole Foods. The van will be used to distribute food and spread awareness about food insecurity.
Hillels to host virtual Hanukkah event (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Join Hillels of Georgia for HAHAnukkah, a virtual candle lighting and live comedy entertainment via zoom on December 17, 2020, at 7:00 pm.
HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE
Week-long food fest to support women-led businesses (Atlanta InTown) In partnership with Taste of Atlanta & the James Beard Foundation, a group of female restaurateurs has launched a week-long Georgia Women's Food Fest from Dec 1-7. The public is encouraged to support some of the 23 participating establishments this week.
Emory Hospital executive chef releases cookbook (Emory News) Mike Bacha, the hospital chef passionate about incorporating sustainable, healthy meals into hospital menus, has launched his book, Full Plate Living Healthy Holiday Cookbook, full of clean and plant-based emphasized recipes.
New expresso cart, delivery service campaigns, and waffle experiences (Atlanta InTown) West Midtown Firelight Coffee Roasters has opened a new expresso cart in Buckhead Village; First Waffle Experience coming to the Works are among the exciting food news from this week.
McDonalds McRib makes a return (Business Insider) For weeks, the fast-food chain has been hyping the return of their McRib sandwich and on Monday announced that beginning December 2, the item will be available across menus in the US.
Atlanta business community shares this year’s positives (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Challenging is one way to describe this year. In the last 12 months, businesses have faced financial strains, unrest, forced layoffs, and more, but business leaders from around the area came together to share what they’re thankful for this holiday season.
SEC Championship continues at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with limited capacity (Atlanta Business-Chronicle) The SEC announced 25% attendance is allowed at the SEC championship on Saturday, December 19 this year. This means that 17,5000 expected fans will be in attendance, making that the largest crowd inside the stadium since March.
Apples opens new Buckhead store (What Now Atlanta) Friday, November 20, Apple opened its shiny-new Lenox Square storefront just in time for the holidays. The store cost almost $8 million and featured multiple entrances and interactive areas for customers to enjoy.
How did Black Friday and Cyber Monday go this year? (Vogue Business) Record sales and a longer period of discounting allowed the years' biggest sales weekend to succeed, even during an unsettling economic period. Boston Consulting Group says the weekend from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday will account for 20-25% of total holiday revenue for most retailers.
Local socially distanced art and culture activities this holiday season (Atlanta InTown) Atlanta’s culture scene is continuing to adapt to the ongoing pandemic and has filled the Holiday calendar with live and virtual events to enjoy this season.
Jewish Day Schools implementing art into academics to serve as form of therapy (Atlanta Jewish Times) Jewish Atlanta art teachers discuss using art and creative practice to help students deal with stress and the unknown during this unprecedented time. Creative expression is a powerful tool in handling high-stress academics and situations.
Meet the ‘The Art Brothers,’ who open doors for more Black art collectors (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Brothers, Onaje, Omari, and Troy Taylor, are all engineers and co-owners of the ZuCot Gallery in Downtown Atlanta. The gallery specializes in Black art from around the diaspora, and their mission is to expose more Black consumers to the world of art collecting.