True Food Kitchen Chicago, a health-driven restaurant co-founded by restaurateur Sam Fox and integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in November with a menu rooted in anti-inflammatory foods and seasonal dishes. Each has simple preparation with recognizable, nutrient-rich ingredients that support health and well-being—which is becoming more and more important in meetings and events with the increase in health-conscious attendees.

The 7,625-square-foot restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner (and brunch on the weekends), and features menu options like shiitake lettuce cups, beet bruschetta, sustainable sea bass, as well as a range of kombuchas, tonics and teas. Though catering is not available at this time, takeout is still an option. 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.