Weekly Update: Washington state revised food code is close to the finish line

Weekly Update: Washington state revised food code is close to the finish line

After two and a half years of work among all impacted stakeholders, Washington state’s revised food code is moving forward for final comment and approval. The State Board of Health will be accepting written comments between now and September 25, and the official public hearing to adopt the new food code takes place October 12. You can find the information on where to submit testimony as well as the details of the public meeting here. The WRA was a vocal member of every stakeholder meeting and put several operators on subcommittees to make sure our voice was heard throughout the revision process. The WRA plans to submit comments by the 25 and we hope you take some time to review the revised code and submit comments as well. To view proposed changes to the revised food code, please go here.

Meet the new WRA website– warestaurant.org

This week, the Washington Restaurant Association officially launched its newly redesigned website under the web address warestaurant.org. The old wrahome.com address will still continue to work, but will automatically redirect users to the new site. All of the content from the original site has been completely migrated over to the new site, which features a more robust and scalable user management system that allows for WRA members to use the same login to access different shopping carts and web assets. The new warestaurant.org website will make it easier for members to find and use industry news and information. The site uses “responsive design” coding techniques to provide optimum experiences for mobile, desktop and tablet users. For more information, contact lex@wrahome.com. To check out the new site, go to www.warestaurant.org.

WRA kids’ menu program grabs media attention

On the heels of last week’s successful launch of the Healthy Meals Happy Kids program in four Lakewood-area restaurant, The Puget Sound Business Journal published an article on the effort, highlighting the objectives of the new nutrition-focused menu. Learn more about the program, and check out the article here.

Stay at Work update: $5.5 million to over 1,200 businesses state-wide

Stay at Work, the new L&I program that reimburses employers who keep injured workers at work on light-duty, is gaining speed state-wide. L&I has now reimbursed more than 1,200 businesses with $5.5 million, keeping more than 2,500 injured workers on a job.  Please take a moment to watch this video explaining the program.

Farrelli’s Golf Classic Annual Tournament & Awards Banquet is one week away

Please join us for Farrelli’s Golf Classic Annual Tournament & Awards Banquet. Shotgun start at 1:30 on September 9th, 2012 at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, WA.  Sign up at your nearest Farrelli’s or McNamara’s located in Lacey, DuPont, Sumner, Tacoma or Parkland. Or you can register online at http://www.farrellispizza.com/golfclassic2012. This event benefits the Washington Restaurant Education Foundation. The WRA Education Foundation is the leading solutions resource for training, education and career development for Washington state’s hospitality community.