Home-bound hospitality workers get to work behind the camera

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Coronavirus business closures stopped the hospitality industry in its tracks. The consequence is millions of workers without a job. But just because they don’t have a brick-and-mortar establishment to commute to doesn’t mean they can’t still share their talent. In fact, out-of-work hospitality talent is taking their skills to the internet.

Backbar shares specialty cocktail recipes with a Harry Potter theme

A Boston bar with a mission to tribute world-renowned authors is taking to the interweb to showcase unique cocktail recipes. Backbar located in Somerville has a mixological take on libations that is deliciously entertaining.

Owner and bartender of Backbay Sam Treadway performing a cocktail demo on YouTube.

Dumbledore’s Office is the aptly named drink once featured on the Backbar cocktail menu created by bartender Kelsey Chase. Garnished with magical dustings of “lemon ash” and purple orange bitters, this demonstration is sure to enchant and inspire even the most seasoned mixologists. Tune into Treadway’s YouTube page to see more and support his efforts to find relief for his out-of-work staff in other ways.

Soux it up with Sean Brock

East Nashville chef Sean Brock is offering customized virtual cooking classes via FaceTime where every cent of the proceeds financially supports his teams at his two restaurants Joyland and Audrey.

Anyone can inquire about the classes, what they want to cook, and when. This way, customers can learn a thing or two about food, preparation, and cooking, while supporting a talented restaurant team at the same time.

Erasing all signs of gloom with homecare kits

Many salons are coming up with unique ways to reach their clients now that they can’t keep in-person appointments. Erase Salon in New York is supporting their clientele by shipping skincare kits directly to their customers’ homes.


Inspired by some of the outstanding and talented hospitality professionals who are making the best of a bad situation? Call up your industry friends and see if there’s another way that you can give back or generate revenue. Already doing something positive? We want to know about it.

You can also highlight your skills and talents here on Grit. Our hospitality staffing service is giving professionals a platform to showcase their strengths and endeavors. The Grit Initiative was created to give bartenders and chefs an opportunity to write eBooks of their recipes--and publish them for donations and support. Home-bound guests can donate, download, and drink and eat up thanks to our talented hospitality professionals. So feel free to work with us on an eBook if you have that extra time on your hands!

And of course, if you don’t have a talent profile set up yet, we encourage you to do so. Set yourself up for success, so when hospitality businesses re-open, you can hit the ground running.