Weekly Update: Washington restaurateurs win Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards for 2013

Weekly Update: Washington restaurateurs win Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards for 2013

WRA Members El Gaucho Hospitality and Monique Trudnowski of Adriatic Grill took top honors respectively for the national 2013 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. The awards were presented at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 17.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award, which was founded in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, the Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors members of the restaurant industry who, through hard work and perseverance, have achieved the American dream.

“The recipients of the 2013 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream Awards exemplify a level of spirit for service and giving that is so uniquely prevalent in the restaurant industry,” said Rob Gifford, the NRAEF’s executive vice president of philanthropic initiatives. “These awards shine the spotlight on the important role the industry plays helping others achieve success and fulfill their dreams. Their stories are inspiring and highlight the very best of what the industry has to offer. We applaud their commitment and are proud to recognize their achievements.”

For the full press release of El Gaucho receiving the national Restaurant Neighbor Award, click here.

For the full press release of Monique Trudnowski of Adriatic Grill receiving the national Faces of Diversity Award, click here.

It’s not too late! Join us Sunday/Monday at the Northwest Foodservice Show

We’re only a few days away from the 51st Annual Northwest Foodservice Show! If you’re part of the industry, this show is a must-attend event for you and members of your team. This year’s show features product and cooking demos, seminars, educational opportunities, and more than 300 vendor booths. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with your peers in the industry, and establish new partnerships with people who can help your business thrive. Online registration is now closed, however you can still join us on-site Sunday and/or Monday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Admission is just $25. Be sure to stop by the WRA booth #627 on the show floor. We look forward to meeting you! For more information, go to http://www.nwfoodserviceshow.com/.

House votes to stop NLRB

The House voted 219-209 last week to stop the National Labor Relations Board from enforcing any board decision issued since early 2012 and from taking any action that requires a quorum of the 5-person board until the Senate confirms a quorum or the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case regarding the constitutionality of recent appointments to the board. We do not expect the bill to move in the Senate. Day-to-day NLRB operations, like monitoring union elections, would not be affected.

Stand Up to Cancer Kick-Off 2013 “Dine and Be Generous” Program

The Washington Restaurant Association is working with MasterCard® to support Stand Up To Cancer by offering the restaurant community and their patrons an opportunity to help raise money in support of cancer research. Dine and Be Generous is a national marketing campaign designed to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer, a charitable initiative that raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational cancer research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

From July 16th to September 28, 2013, when U.S. MasterCard cardholders use their card to pay for their bill of $10 or more, MasterCard will make a one-cent donation to Stand Up To Cancer – up to a total of $4 million.*

*Restaurateurs can join this effort by simply supporting and promoting the program in their establishments using MasterCard-developed tools. Go to www.mastercard.com/supportSU2C to learn more. We’ve proven that we can make a difference, one precious cent at a time.