Weekly Update: Get the recognition you deserve! Faces of Diversity, Restaurant Neighbor and Ambassador of Hospitality awards. Deadline: October 30

Weekly Update: Get the recognition you deserve! Faces of Diversity, Restaurant Neighbor and Ambassador of Hospitality awards. Deadline: October 30 https://wahospitality.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/WashingtonRestaurantWeekly_WebsiteBanner-467x198.jpg

Time is running out. The deadline is October 30 for you to apply for the National Restaurant Association’s industry awards. You can either nominate yourself or someone else for these awards. Restaurants do great things and are full of great people. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive the recognition you deserve. The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream. Founded in partnership with American Express, the Restaurant Neighbor Award celebrates and highlights the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. The Ambassador of Hospitality Award is the premiere award bestowed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For more information or to apply, contact the WRA’s Paul Schlienz.

Tacoma economic development board supports $12 minimum wage initiative

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, representing nearly all major business in Pierce County, has voted to support Initiative 1B, the WRA-supported $12 minimum wage ballot measure in Tacoma. In addition to endorsing Initiative 1B, it opposes Initiative 1, the $15 supported measure. Both initiatives will appear on the November 3 ballot. The Economic Development Board supports Initiative 1B because its $12 increase over 24 months gives businesses time to plan for the increase and avoid possible layoffs. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber also has endorsed Initiative 1B.

Eastern Washington will feel effects of Western Washington minimum wage increases

If you think that the push for increasing the minimum wage, on a city-by-city basis, in Western Washington, will simply stop at the Cascades, you are sadly mistaken. Already there has been union activity, in Yakima, to push for a higher minimum wage. It’s time for restaurants to get informed and get active. Read more…

WRA President & CEO Anthony Anton discusses fundamental changes in hospitality industry at Food Services of America trade show

Yesterday, in Seattle, WRA President & CEO Anthony Anton spoke at the Food Services of America trade show. He discussed the birth of a new business model in Washington’s hospitality industry. With big changes, like health care mandates, minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and a tighter labor pool, changes are coming, but restaurants will also be able to adapt if they remain flexible and innovate. Read more about the changes in the hospitality industry in the current issue of Washington Restaurant & Lodging Magazine.

Make your voice heard at GAC meetings – next week in Clark and Skagit counties

The WRA has been holding regional Government Affairs Committee meetings throughout the state. A vibrant gathering of hospitality members and lawmakers have attended to discuss the legislative agenda for next year as well as the successes of the 2015 legislative session. Members have also been able to weigh-in on the association’s policy goals explained in the WRA’s issue matrix. The matrix is a document that outlines the expected political agenda of state lawmakers by subject, the level of priority for the subject (high, medium, low), the WRA objective, current status, next steps and who from the WRA team will be working on the issue. The feedback from members on this document is critical. The WRA will hold two more meetings. We are your voice in Olympia and we hope to hear from you. We encourage you to attend any of the following meetings:

  • Battle Ground (October 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mill Creek Pub, 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Ste. 101)
  • Burlington (October 28, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Flyer’s Restaurant, 15400 Airport Dr.)

For more information you can contact the WRA at 360.956.7279 or email JuliaG@warestaurant.org.

Couzin’s Café and Gyros House on DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show by interviewing Greg Waham, owner of Couzin’s Cafe, in Kirkland. Andy and Paul then chat with Moussa El Moussa, owner of Gyros House, in Covington and Renton.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: What you need to know about federal menu-labeling rules

In December 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its menu-labeling regulations. While these rules were initially set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2015, the FDA delayed implementation by one year to Dec. 1, 2016, due to a great deal of bipartisan pressure from Congress. Since the delay, in July, the FDA has been providing guidance to restaurants on how it will enforce these rules when they eventually take effect. The agency’s emphasis is clearly on informing the foodservice industry on how the rules will ultimately work, and getting restaurants up to speed on what will be required of them. Read more…