Industry News: BizBash's Virtual Discussion on COVID-19 and Los Angeles, Miami's Wine by the Bay Launches 'Chat with the Winemakers' Virtual Event, An Update on Toronto Events, and More

BOSTON: Big Night Big Heart, the charitable foundation created by Big Night Entertainment Group, has started a new effort to incentivize both Big Night employees and Big Night followers/fans to donate blood amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as blood reserves are extremely limited. Big Night fans and friends will receive a $100 gift card for Big Night Entertainment Group venues if they post a photo of themselves donating blood and tag #bignightbigheart. Additionally, Big Night employees will receive $100 if they give blood.

LOS ANGELES: Through the Help Feed the Front Line L.A. fund-raiser, a collection of local restaurants is now supplying two meals a day to nearly 450 workers at six medical facilities. Funds for the meals are being collected through a Go Fund Me, which has already raised almost $300,000.

On Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and West Coast editor Claire Hoffman will co-host a virtual discussion, dubbed "Conversations from the Inside: Ideas, Insights, and Resources for Los Angeles Amid COVID-19." Adler and Hoffman will chat with industry leaders—including Dominic Venn-Lever of Blueprint Studios, Stephanie Edens of Wolfgang Puck Catering, Rolando Espinoza of Champagne Creative Group, Wayne Fernandez of Magic Box, and Vinnie Balistreri of Glisser—about the impact of coronavirus in the Los Angeles market, new strategies moving forward, and more. Register here

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: For the wine connoisseurs practicing social distancing, Wine by the Bay is launching a virtual series titled "Chat with the Winemakers," which will take place over Instagram live and be hosted by Stefano Campanini, a Vinitaly-certified Italian wine ambassador. The first one in the series will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m. with featured guest Silvia Vanucci, owner of Piaggia Carmignano in Italy. 

TORONTO: Toronto mayor John Tory has canceled all major events and festivals through June 30, including the annual Pride Parade.

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Michele Laufik in New York.

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