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On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we chat with the executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Jennifer Kelley. We discuss the economic and cultural importance of the hospitality industry to the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Among other things, we also discuss the effects of covid-19 on the industry.

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we chat with the executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Jennifer Kelly. We discuss the economic and cultural importance of the hospitality industry to the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Among other things, we also discuss the effects of covid-19 on the industry.

Pictured above from left – Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

NOLADrinks Show – Louisiana Hospitality Foundation – Jun20Ep1

We start things off letting you know about this week’s show and a message from The NOLADrinks Show about how we stand as allies and, ideally, advocates for those suffering from racial injustice.

Then, we head over to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for our featured interview with Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

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We discuss the importance, both economically and culturally, of the hospitality industry in New Orleans and Louisiana. This includes the numbers of people working directly in the industry, thinking about the connected industries that depend on it, and much more.

NOLADrinks Show – Louisiana Hospitality Industry – Jun20Ep1 – Jennifer Kelly, executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation at The Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Pictured above from left – Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation at The Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Also, we discuss some of the aspects and ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic on the hospitality industry. We discuss how this hard-hit sector will take some time to bounce back and what that means. Jennifer shares with us some of the work the foundation does to support the industry and those working in it.

On “Another Shot with NOLADrinks,” our podcast-only segment, Jennifer sticks around to chat further. We touch on her background, learn more about the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and its programs, and further discuss the hospitality landscape in the region in the wake of the pandemic.

Jennifer wanted to let everyone know that you can support the organization by visiting their website. Also, Neat Wines (a local distributor) is donating $1 per bottle that is sold out of their portfolio to the foundation.

Lastly, the LHF has a program called the “South Louisiana Bar Owner Relief Fund” that is designed to assist small bars hurt by the pandemic. They are still accepting applications, but funds and the timeline are limited. See more here.

Thanks to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum for hosting us. The map below shows their location. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias podcast using the links and player at the top of the post.

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan