How Restaurants Can Support Their Employees In The Wake of Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide

Within a one-week span, we lost an icon of the fashion world and another from the food world – both from suicide. The deceased, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, are reminders that even those who appear to have it all – success, fame, money and fans – may suffer from depression too.

The organization I lead, the New York City Hospitality Alliance, recently hosted a panel discussion about supporting chefs, cooks and restaurant employees with mental illness, and those who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse. Among the panelists was the writer, Kat Kinsman, who tapped the desire of the restaurant community to vent their feelings, share their stories and lend support to each other when she launched her website, Chefs with Issues. Others have created initiatives to support people in our industry too, such as Ben’s Friends, an organization formed in honor of Chef Ben Murray, who took his own life after struggling with alcohol.

Read @ Forbes

‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ Will Make A Regular, But Brief, Return To The Travel Channel

Since the sad news of Anthony Bourdain’s death broke last week, the world has continued to grapple with the insurmountable loss. Many, like his CNN colleague Anderson Cooper, have turned to the the time they spent on — and off — camera together, while the rest of us have turned to the chef-turned-writer-turned-TV personality’s massive canon of work. Thankfully, the Travel Channel — where Bourdain’s popular series No Reservations aired from 2005 to 2012 — has decided to make this easier by re-airing the show’s most significant episodes through the beginning of July. The move follows the outlet’s recent 12-hour marathon broadcast this past Sunday.


Bartenders at local restaurant to donate tips in honor of Anthony Bourdain

Kru Restaurant's bartending staff are donating their tips on Friday and Saturdays to suicide prevention in tribute to Chef Anthony Bourdain, who died Friday, June 8, 2018.

Bartending staff from Kru Restaurant in Sacramento are donating their tips to suicide prevention in tribute to Chef Anthony Bourdain.

On Fridays and Saturdays, tips given to Kru’s bar staff from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the restaurant’s Ngo Reservations late-night service will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, according to a post on Kru’s Facebook page.

The restaurant at 3135 Folsom Blvd. is also placing donation jars throughout the bar for people to give money directly, said Kimio Bazett, one of Kru’s owners. He said Kru would then match all donations collected dollar for dollar.

The fundraiser is set to run through the end of June, but Bazett said it could end up being extended depending on how things go and if people keep giving.

Read @ Sacramento Bee


I am devastated. Condolences to all his family & friends. So heartbreaking.

Our modern society is suffering from an epidemic. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone for help. If you don’t find the help with them, keep reaching out until you find someone who will listen and is able to help.

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