Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA overhauls website, optimized as your primary source of information

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WRA recently unveiled its new website, including improved search capabilities and mobile optimization. The goal for the updates is to make it easy for members to find what they are looking for as quickly as possible. As a result, menu items have been reorganized to include full service, quick service and lodging categories. Now, members can simply click on one of the categories to quickly filter content. The new site also features a bolder visual approach that allows the association to present more descriptive graphics and labels. “We wanted to make it as easy as finding information on Google,” said Lex Nepomuceno, WRA’s director of communications and technology. “We made search features prominent on almost every page of our site and are making greater use of descriptive keywords and labels – terms that every member will understand.” To check out the new site, go to www.warestaurant.org.

Hill Climb coming on January 25 – register now, don’t miss this great event!

Please plan to join us for Hill Climb and Taste Our Best, on January 25, for our annual day on the Hill. This event is free and is the perfect way to ensure your legislator knows the issues important to you. In the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers and legislators for a night of the industry’s most superb food, finest beers and wines and hospitality at its best. This relaxed environment gives industry leaders a chance to socialize and visit with the state’s elected leaders. Register here. If you would like more information, contact the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org. And remember – the WRA/WLA Events Application is your guide to a great 2016 Hill Climb! We encourage all of our members to download it from theApple Itunes Store or from the Google Play Store. This mobile application features everything our hospitality members will need to have a stress free day at the Capitol. From a full day’s agenda, a Capitol Campus map, a list of legislators and their districts, talking points and a social wall to share your experience with your family and friends, it’s all there. Download it at https://events.crowdcompass.com/cuol1msjg0.

How will tax changes provide more certainty for restaurants?

Congress and the President have finally agreed on something: a series of tax changes that give restaurateurs a lot more certainty as they make business decisions. Legislation signed into law at the end of 2015 makes important NRA-supported tax credits and deductions permanent or extends them for longer periods. The changes provide billions of dollars in tax relief for restaurants. What it means for your restaurants: You can make business decisions with more certainty. Read more…

Spokane Chapter Annual Awards Gala, February 2 – mark your calendars!

The WRA’s Spokane Chapter Annual Awards Gala will take place on February 2. The “Celebrating the Community” Gala will take place at the Lincoln Center (1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane) from 5-9 p.m. and tickets are $55 per person. The evening will include a silent auction, awards, music and mingling. Visit the hyperlink http://warestaurant.org/wra-events/spokanegala/ to purchase tickets or email Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com for information on sponsorship opportunities or silent auction donations. Also, save the date for the Annual Golf Outing at Wandermere Golf Course, in Spokane, June 7! More information on the 2016 Golf Tournament will be available in the spring of 2016.

Frasers Gourmet Hideaway and Hill Climb on DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Scott Fraser, owner of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor. Andy then chats with the WRA’s Stephanie Davenport about the upcoming Hill Climb and Taste Our Best reception.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Mark your calendars for Farm 2 Table Trade Workshop February 25

Farm-to-table is one of the biggest trends in the restaurant industry today. As consumers become more conscious about their choices of food, restaurateurs are busy meeting their expectations through buying directly from local farmers whose practices they know and approve. Typical of restaurant operators who have embraced the farm-to-table concept is Jeremy Wildhaber, owner of Jeremy’s Farm to Table Restaurant in Chehalis.

“It makes me happy to know who I’m buying from,” Wildhaber said in a DineNW radio interview. “When I know exactly who I’m buying from, I also know their farming practices.”

If you’re wondering how to get in on the farm-to-table trend for your own restaurant, wonder no more. Read more…