GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Chef Jenna, of Amore Trattoria Italiana, never let a global pandemic slow her down. She and her well known restaurant not only made changes to continue to serve their customers throughout 2020, but also continued to give back to the West Michigan community in a big way. And she's not slowing down any time soon.
Along with providing takeout orders for her customers, she and her staff provided meals to frontline workers, especially those who work at local hospitals.
Chef Jenna also established FOOD HUGS as a way to further embrace the community, especially since Zoom calls and social distancing became a part of everyday life for all of us.
She's on a mission to give back and recognize local food service workers with Tip Back Thursday. We recently caught up with her during a special edition of Give Back Tuesday at Billy K. Catering in Grand Rapids. She surprised them with $1,000 in tips as a thank you for their efforts.
The catering company has been working providing meals to local seniors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two businesses offer a glimmer of hope during uncertain times as many are trying to navigate a new normal way of life.