Well-Known Restaurateurs Form Nonprofit FEED THE FUTURE to Help Employees and Suppliers Deal with Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 28, 2020) – With the restaurant industry facing historic disruptions that have damaged employees and suppliers alike, well-known restaurateurs Michael and Lindsay Tusk have founded FEED THE FUTURE, a not-for-profit charitable foundation aimed at helping their San Francisco employees at three of their restaurants and local farming communities in the supply chain impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEED THE FUTURE launched an online auction of dinners, cooking classes, wine and spirits tastings, and other interactive activities from across the family of restaurants to support the effort. The three Tusk restaurants involved are Quince (a three Michelin star recipient), Cotogna, and Verjus.

"With more than 150 of our employees and several of our suppliers impacted by the pandemic, we want to appeal to our loyal diners to purchase items from the auction in order to contribute to the welfare, financial security, and well-being of so many during this very difficult time," said Michael Tusk.

Venable LLP helped formed the new not-for-profit, working on a pro bono basis. San Francisco-based partner Jill Rowe has led the Venable team, with assistance from associates Audrey Cubizolles and Russell Whitman.