Washington Restaurant Weekly: Vote for restaurants!

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Vote for restaurants!

In November, your vote is more important than ever. You may be thinking political types are always talking about the importance of elections. But here is why it’s important to you and everyone! The recently concluded primary election in Washington is a prime example of what happens when few people vote. The outcomes become predictable and the checks and the voice of the moderate voter are drowned out. Read more…

2014 edition of WRA Marketplace to be launched this fall

The Washington Restaurant Association has again partnered with Overland Park, Kan.-based Strategic Value Media—a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions for national, state and local trade and membership associations—to produce the 2014 edition of WRA Marketplace—the premier resource of relevant products and services for restaurant professionals. This will be the second year that the Marketplace will be produced. Read more…

Action NEEDED! The Liquor Control Board needs to hear from you!

Without your help the Liquor Control Board (LCB) will continue to restrict your ability to negotiate discounts and pricing on wine and spirits. You can change this by completing a six question survey here. By law, the LCB must examine potential impacts of proposed rules on small businesses. This means they have to listen to you! Read more…

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: State’s foodservice industry gains more than 11,000 jobs since May 2013

There are many positive indicators in Washington’s foodservice industry. Employment numbers show a positive trend. Where 209, 200 people were employed in Washington’s foodservices and drinking places job category, in June 2013, there were 220, 700 people in this same category one year later. Read more…

Expert gives tips on effective employee meetings on this week’s DineNW radio show

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. First, host Paul Schlienz talks with Renée Safrata, owner and founder of Vivo Team Consulting (www.vivoteam.com/wra-partner-page/www.vivoteamplatform.com), who explains how you can have effective staff meetings at your workplace. Paul then wraps up the show with a conversation with Aaron Studen, owner of the Twisp River Pub (www.methowbrewing.com), which is still open for business despite all you may have heard about the fires in North Central Washington.

Here’s how overtime changes could hurt restaurant employees

The National Restaurant Association and other business groups aren’t waiting for the Department of Labor to release its proposed changes to overtime regulations to make sure the regulators who are rewriting the rules fully understand the impact changes could have on opportunities for career advancement within restaurants and other industries. The NRA is co-leading the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity to educate policymakers about how changes to overtime regulations will affect businesses at the ground level. Read more…

FDA says restaurants should ensure gluten-free claims are consistent with federal definition

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated this week that a new federal standard for “gluten-free” labeling is not technically binding on restaurants (except for items that restaurants sell in pre-packaged form), but that restaurants should ensure any gluten-free claims they make are consistent with the new federal definition. The FDA’s final rule on gluten-free labeling took effect August 5, and largely applies to manufacturers that make “gluten-free” claims about packaged food and beverage items. The FDA published the final rule a year ago, and gave companies a year to comply. Read more…

Food safety alert: Perdue recalls Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets

Perdue, a Georgia-based firm, is recalling Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The products were shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Local health jurisdictions in Washington state are not being asked to participate in any formal recall verification activities at this time, but appropriate staff should be aware of the recall. We will notify you if we receive additional information related to this recall.