How pandemic bento boxes became their own care package and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

Kenzo Napa Head Chef Kenji Miayishi.Bob McClenahan

Bento boxes can be traced back to the Kamakura period in 12th century Japan, and this year — with restaurants relying on takeout and delivery — they’ve become a relevant and culturally authentic way for kaiseki chefs across the country to stay in business.

And some chefs say, at a time of uncertainty, the boxes have also come to symbolize nurturing and comfort.

“Bento is usually made by a mother for her children

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Stimulus Package: Pelosi Rejects $1.8 Trillion Proposal


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Will there be a second COVID-19 stimulus relief plan? The chances for it diminished on October 10, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected a $1.8 trillion counter offer from the White House, and Senate Republicans sharply criticized the proposal.

Millions of Americans could use a second COVID-19 stimulus check, which is just one of the provisions being held up by the failure of Republicans and Democrats to reach agreement on an overall plan. Many other things are included in the plan, such as small business grants, extended unemployment checks, and aid to state and local governments.

President Donald Trump tweeted this on Oct. 7: “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” Pelosi didn’t embrace that approach either. The White

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Covid: Northern leaders say jobs package ‘only a start’

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Political leaders from the North of England have warned the chancellor’s latest Covid rescue package may “not be enough” to save jobs and businesses.

Rishi Sunak earlier announced the state will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff whose employers are legally forced to close over the coming months.

He said he wanted to work with regional chiefs to help them through the winter.

But the mayors of Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield said they still feared widespread “hardship”.

And a group of North-East council leaders are set to oppose any plans to close pubs or other hospitality venues in the worse-affected areas, which could be announced as early as next week.

The government is poised to introduce a new three-tiered framework of restrictions for England after coming under pressure to simplify the patchwork of different restrictions in force across much of the North.

Ahead of

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Tinley Park Couple Creates Business Package For COVID-19 Support

TINLEY PARK, IL — Many small and local businesses amid COVID-19 have become victims of the pandemic as well. A Tinley Park couple is trying to help businesses around the area bounce back and grow during these uncertain times.

Geoffrey and Stephanie Pyrzynski created Geoffresh, an online marketing and SEO web design site, designed to help businesses grow online. Geoffrey specializes in technical and mechanical areas, while Stephanie specializes in public relations strategy and design, according to the website. Together, they make a team that can successfully help businesses grow online.

Some packages the couple offer online include:

  • Basic: A $1,000 a month package that includes basic search engine optimization (SEO), up to 10 pages of creation, graphic designs and more.

  • Pro: A $1,000 a month package that includes advanced SEO, active SEO, up to 10 pages of creation, graphic design and more.

  • Executive: A $4,ooo a month package that

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