Supporting local restaurants and businesses has become a high priority for many of us. The ever-growing lists of restaurants and shops that have closed this year is heartbreaking and at times we can certainly feel helpless or like one meal from a local restaurant will not have a major impact. However, this year has been a lesson in looking at how the little things can impact the big picture.
With the holidays upon us, what better way to support our communities than by supporting a local restaurant by enjoying a meal for two - on Trust20! Tell us what your favorite restaurant is, and who you wish you could share a meal with, and be entered to win a $100 gift card from that restaurant. We’ll announce one lucky winner THIS Friday, Dec 18th.
To enter to win:
1.) Like the post below
2.) Follow Trust20 Instagram
3.) Comment on the post, tagging the friend you’d want to share a meal with, AND tagging the restaurant you'd want to order from.
Enter as many times as you’d like - each comment that includes a restaurant tag AND a friend tag is considered one entry. Good luck!
There are many ways you can safely support restaurants at this time. Our friends at Back of House have put together a resource for diners to check state-by-state COVID-19 rules and regulations - and they are updating it weekly! If restaurants are open for on-premise dining, make sure you sign the Trust20 Diner Pledge and practice the five actions of being a 5-Star Diner. Being a 5-Star Diner means:
⭐️ Reading the rules ahead of time.
Most restaurants have posted their health and safety protocols on their website and social media handles, so know what you’re walking into before you head out the door. Confirm that any of your peers joining you for a meal are willing to follow the safety solutions the restaurant has implemented.
⭐️ Respecting the reservation table time limits.
Updated cleaning procedures mean you may have to wait a couple more minutes for added health and safety. Restaurant workers are carrying even more responsibility than they have in the past. Servers are attending to the needs of your dining experience as well as your health and safety. Food handlers are monitoring ingredients and dishes to keep them out of the temperature danger zone and implementing additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Hosts may be welcoming diners and operating an entirely new off-premise system. These additional health and safety measures take time - show some empathy and patience!
⭐️ Keeping your distance.
Maintain at least a six feet distance when not seated at your table and follow social distancing floor markers. Being aware of your surroundings will help ensure that restaurant operations continue to run smoothly and protect your health when enjoying your meal.
⭐️ Wearing your mask.
Be prepared to have your temperature checked at the door, to wash your hands before entering, to use touch-less menus, and to wear your mask when you're not seated at your table or in accordance with local regulations. If you are not eating or drinking, keep your mask on and be prepared to put your mask back on if a restaurant employee approaches your table.
⭐️ Giving a little more whenever you can.
If everyone gave a little extra, it would go a long way. Small restaurants in particular have been hard hit throughout this crisis and their employees are often a close-knit community. While operators are concerned about creating safer dining experiences, they are also bearing the concern for their employee's safety and well-being. Support your local favorites by tipping generously, or donating to restaurant funds. It also never hurts to say "thank you" loudly and often.
If you'd rather stick to socially distanced support, many restaurants have optimized their off-premise dining options. When in doubt, you can always purchase a gift certificate to your favorite restaurants to use at a later date. A little bit truly goes a long way and you never know what small act can make or break a business or individual. Share the love with your favorite businesses this holiday season!
Trust20 is the new standard of restaurant safety and diner comfort, based on 20 tactics by health and safety experts. Supported by Gordon Food Service and General Mills, Trust20 provides an independently verified certification of restaurant practices, training, and other resources to help restaurants create safe, healthy, and welcome spaces for diners.