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In March 2020, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Grants were provided to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars that had to temporarily cease operations, lay off employees, or whose businesses were severely diminished due to locally mandated closure orders. Financial support enabled those owners to provide continuity of compensation and other benefits to employees who have been furloughed, laid off or whose incomes were significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund initially supported the hundreds of restaurants and bars that have participated at SOBEWFF® within the past five years. After that community was served and as the Fund continued to collect donations to finance local relief efforts, it opened up support to any independently owned and operated restaurant or bar in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county that was negatively impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns.

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The recipient of funds hereby certifies that any and all funds received from the FIU Foundation shall be used in all respects for the specific purposes set forth herein, and that no such funds shall be used by the recipient for any other purpose whatsoever.  Recipient must maintain complete and accurate accounts and records in accordance with nationally accepted industry standards, and must promptly deliver any such accounts and records, or allow access to such, to the Foundation and/or the University immediately upon request.

$1,596,600+

FAQ

Who is eligible to receive financial support from this Fund?

The Fund will provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by COVID-19 in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The Fund will initially support the hundreds of restaurants and bars that have participated in the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) anytime during the past five years. After that community has been served and as the Fund continues to collect donations to finance local relief efforts, it will open up support to any independently owned and operated restaurant or bar in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns.

Is the Fund only designated for restaurants/bars in certain areas?

At present, we are limiting our funding to Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

I am a restaurant/bar owner of several local establishments. Can I apply on behalf of each of them?

Yes. Each eligible restaurant or bar will be considered. Restaurant/bar owners are required to submit one (1) application per establishment.

I am an employee of a restaurant/bar that meets the requirements outlined above. Can I still apply to receive financial support?

Only restaurant and bar owners applying on behalf of their establishments, which meet the requirements outlined above, will be considered. We encourage employees to contact the owner/operator of their establishment to apply for financial support on behalf of their team.

How much funding are you able to provide?

We have received an overwhelming response to our Fund and in an effort to impact as many members of the local hospitality community as possible (while also remaining as equitable as possible), we are distributing up to $500 per laid-off or furloughed employee, with a maximum of up to $15,000 per restaurant/bar owner or restaurant/hospitality group. With that in mind, business owners of multiple establishments and/or outlets of the same establishment are strongly encouraged to disperse the Fund’s grant money to employees based on overall need, regardless of which establishment(s) has/have employed the individuals benefiting from the grant. These parameters may change in the future, and if they do, we will be sure to update our website accordingly.

As a restaurant/bar owner, am I able to use this money to pay my establishment’s rent and/or insurance?

No. Financial support from this Fund should be distributed directly to employees who have been furloughed, laid off, or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each business owner (applicant) must provide the appropriate documentation of payout to employees (i.e. copies of pay stubs, bank account information, or any other documentation acceptable to FIU at its discretion).

How will the funds be distributed to individual employees?

Once an approved restaurant or bar receives the requisite funding, it is the restaurant or bar owner’s responsibility to ensure that the money gets distributed amongst his/her employees who have been furloughed, laid off, or whose incomes have been significantly reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

My restaurant/bar owner has distributed money to me from this Fund. Is the money taxable?

Generally, no. IRS section 139 provides that qualified disaster relief payments from any sources in connection with qualified disasters are not taxable as income and are not subject to employment taxes or withholding (The COVID-19 pandemic is a qualified disaster). Please consult with your tax advisor for a final determination, as your individual situation may be different.

Am I able to make a donation via check? If so, how?

Yes. All checks should be made payable to FIU Foundation and mailed to: FIU Foundation 11200 S.W. 8th Street MARC 5th Floor Miami, FL 33199 Please include “Shivani Joshi c/o SOBEWFF®/FIU Hospitality Industry Relief Fund” in the memo line.

Will my donation be tax deductible?

Yes, all donations are tax deductible and will be administered by FIU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. All transaction fees will be waived as well.

I would like to speak with someone regarding my donation. Whom should I contact?

For all donation-related inquiries, please call one of the following members of the Development Department at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University: Shivani Joshi P: 305.753.8940 Kasey Lohn P: 786.457.0272 Natalie Osorio P: 305.919.4505 For organizational and/or sponsor-related donations or questions, please email industryrelief@sobewff.org.

Industry Resources

  • New Weekly Dining-at-Home Recommendations From Eater Miami, Eater Miami
  • Miami Food Porn’s Takeout & Delivery Guide, Miami Food Porn
  • Delivery & Takeout Options in Miami During COVID-19, Yelp Miami
  • Who’s Doing Takeout/Delivery in South Florida and Farmers Markets Closed? Buy Local Produce Here, edible South Florida
  • 15 Miami Places Selling Cocktails To-Go Right Now, Eater Miami
  • Watch Free Online Lessons From Miami’s Best Chefs and Bartenders, Miami New Times
  • The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched MIAMI EATS – a new program to help our restaurants and their employees during this crisis. To search restaurants and learn more, click HERE.
  • The Miami Downtown Development Authority’s “Go Local, Go Direct” campaign offers discounts of 10% or more on delivery orders placed directly from dozens of DWNTWN eateries. Diners may redeem their discount by ordering directly from restaurants by phone – helping restaurants to avoid paying substantial fees to third-party delivery services. Click HERE for participating eateries.
  • Flavour Gallery has launched RestaurantMerch.com, a ZERO cost and ZERO risk fundraising platform to support relief efforts brought on by to the COVID-19 crisis. All net proceeds will be distributed directly to restaurant owners quickly after each sale ends. They will be hosting weekly campaigns for various restaurant beneficiaries and all they require to get started is your logo.
  • Here’s where restaurant workers can find some coronavirus help, Sun-Sentinel
  • Updated: These Organizations are Helping Unemployed Hospitality Workers, plate
  • Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
  • A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers, Eater
  • Relief for Out-of-Work Hospitality Employees, edible South Florida
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  • The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
  • Lee Brian Schrager discusses the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show
  • #AskChefsAnything, Lee Schrager’s Last Bake Sale, and Other Food Events This Weekend, Miami New Times
  • Weekly Dining-at-Home Recs: Virtual Wine Tastings, Bake Sale Finale, and More, Eater Miami
  • Check out these Memorial Day restaurant specials and foodie events, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • 9 Miami Things We Can’t Wait to Do When Quarantine is Over, Thrillist
  • Rum Cake “Croughnut,” Memorial Day, and Other Food Events This Weekend, Miami New Times
  • With eateries about to reopen, we look back at local initiatives to help the restaurant industry, The Miami Herald
  • Bake sale held on Mother’s Day to benefit South Beach WFF, FIU hospitality fund, WSVN 7News
  • Steph Sez, Happy Mom’s Day, The Miami Herald
  • Steph Sez, Cookies for a Cause, The Miami Herald 
  • The Mother of All Bake Sales, Mother’s Day, and Other Virtual Food Events This Weekend, Miami New Times
  • Bake sale held in Coral Gables to benefit restaurant, hospitality workers, WSVN 7News
  • Hospitality Help, Local 10 News
  • Cookie Bake Sale in Coral Gables Seeks to Raise Funds for Coronavirus Relief, NBC6 South Florida
  • SOBEWFF’s Lee Schrager Sells Night Owl Cookies From His Front Yard for Charity, Miami New Times
  • Night Owl Cookies, Burger Beast Burgers, and Other Food Events This Weekend, Miami New Times
  • Bake sale in Coral Gables for hospitality relief fund brings in big bucks, Local 10 News
  • SOBE Wine and Food Founder Aims to Save Restaurants, NBC6 South Florida
  • Wine and Food founder hosts bake sale for laid off workers. It’s a sellout in minutes, The Miami Herald
  • It’s Time to Serve Those Who Have Served Us, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The Edit by Brett Graff; Our editor scoured the scene and found some stories worth sharing, Social Miami
  • A Feel-Good Story for the Food Industry, Ocean Drive
  • Coronavirus Help: FIU Helping Restaurants Get Through Crisis, CBS4 News Miami
  • Coral Gables Bake Sale, CBS4 News Miami
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Restaurant Relief, WSVN 7News
  • Restaurants receive more than $1 million from Miami hospitality fund. More is needed, Miami Herald
  • ‘Serving those who serve us.’ This organization raised $1M to help Miami restaurants, Miami Herald
  • SOBEWFF, FIU, and Miami Chefs Provide Relief to the Hospitality Community, Miami New Times
  • SOBEWFF Launches Industry Relief Fund With $1 Mil Initial Donation, Haute Living
  • 6 Ways You Can Support Health Care Workers & the Whole Miami Community Right Now, PureWow
  • FIU, South Beach Wine & Food Festival Giving Back to Restaurants, FSR Magazine
  • Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has launched an online hub for trade customers, providing timely updates and important resources to help businesses in the hospitality industry navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The website, available at www.sgwscustomercare.com, includes the latest COVID-19 related industry news developments, updates on Southern Glazer’s operations, frequently asked questions, and a curated list of trusted sources related to financial relief, health and wellness, and federal and state-specific guidance for employers and employees in the hospitality industry.
  • The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call the Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517). Trained counselors are available to talk with you 24/7.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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