Dear Ambassadors,
The last Friday the 13th we experienced I vividly recall having an all staff meeting amidst tremendous uncertainty and fear telling them we knew adversity was knocking on the door but we had no idea to what extent. UNDERSTATEMENT OF MY LIFETIME!   244 days later, uncertainty has become our roommate, not helping to pay the rent and continues to leave the door open to more adversity. But, we have been able to maintain a positive and optimistic mindset that has been and continues to be fueled by your incredible support of our restaurants during the pandemic. We already felt fortunate and grateful for you pre-pandemic, but it has expanded to levels off the charts. Your support and encouragement does not fall short with any of our team members.
As we enter a holiday season with the Masters in the background (really?) I was hoping to interrupt you to share some ideas for you to consider on how we can assist with what I imagine will be the most surreal holiday season of our lives.
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Holiday Event Ideas with M&T, MTH or Local Three.
  • Bagged lunches with M&T Sandwiches ready for pick up or delivery.
  • Socially distanced lunch time pizza party at MTH.
  • Prepared Meals for folks to pick up.
  • Virtual wine tasting (6 to 12ppl) with Giving Kitchen wines  hosted by yours truly.
  • Virtual craft beer tasting with M&T Beverage Manager Lindsay Ferdinand
  • Virtual wine tasting (6 to 12ppl) with dear friend of Chris Hall, Cabell Coursey of Coursey Graves with his boutique wines shipped direct from California to anywhere in the U.S.
  • Virtual wine tasting (6 to 12ppl) with Silverado Vineyards hosted by our dear friends and fellow Ambassadors, Hank & Kathy Bremer.
  • Virtual mixology classes with Lindsay, Trish or Chops.
    *All virtual tastings can be accompanied by cheese & charcuterie and a prepared meal to warm up at home. 
Let me know if you want to brainstorm ideas.
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Thanksgiving
We are smoking Bell & Evans whole turkeys as well as hams and offering apps, sides and desserts a la carte.  We also have a family feast that can serve 12-18.
Gift Thanksgiving to Someone in Need or Deserves a Break
The other day we had a guest step up and purchase 20 Thanksgiving Feasts to be given away to families in need. So generous, right? He said, “that it is not about me but about helping others.” 2020 has certainly presented many opportunities to help others. His hope is that his act will be contagious.  I thought I’d share this because some of you may be in a position and willing to do something like this. You could give it to a Giving Kitchen client or maybe as a gift for your child’s or grandchild’s teacher or for local first responders.  If interested in doing something like this, please contact Holly Otto holly@unsukay.com
Win a bottle of WhistlePig Boss Hog Samurai Scientist
Help us Promote Thanksgiving on facebook and enter to win a bottle of WhistlePig Boss Hog Samurai Scientist. Not sure how many of you speak whiskey, but uh, this is a big deal.
The Boss Hog Samurai Scientist is the sixth installment of the Boss Hog series. It’s also the series’ first release after the passing of WhistlePig Master Distiller, and our dear friend, Dave Pickerell. The very first American whiskey ever finished in Japanese Umeshu barrels, this 16-year-old barrel proof bottle will blow you away. It retails at over $500.
 
Here’s how you enter to win:
 
1.) Show us a little love over on Facebook by helping us spread the word about our Thanksgiving menu. We’re doing whole turkeys this year! We’re offering a full family feast, sides, desserts — the works! You can help spread the good word by sharing our recent Thanksgiving post.
 
2.) THIS PART IS IMPORTANT: Make sure to comment “shared” on the Thanksgiving post so we don’t miss you.
 
That’s all!
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Want A Daily Family Meal Reminder? Click below.
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Brunch for Your Belly
We are now offering a supplemental brunch menu along with our regular menu on Sundays.
Available 11:30am – 3pm online, call in or for dine in guests.
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Bread for The Head
Thanks to fellow Ambassador Adam Herndon for sharing this insightful and helpful article just post by McKinsey & Co.
“When will the COVID-19 pandemic end”?  Normalcy by spring, and herd immunity by fall? We assess the prospects for an end in 2021.
Have a wonderful weekend!
With gratitude,
Ryan

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