Weekly Update: Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

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Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

Crunch time is here. If you’re not prepared for the new federal menu labeling regulations, you need to get prepared now. After many delays, the federal government will begin enforcing these rules on May 7. If you are affected by the rules, starting on May 7, you must clearly and prominently display calories on menus, menu boards and drive-thru displays for standard menu items. Learn more…

 

Front Page: Spotlight on Tip Pooling in Washington

The new tip pooling law allowing cooks and dishwashers to benefit from mandatory tip pools is front page news. Servers, an owner, a cook and our CEO weigh in on the change and how it will bridge the pay gap between front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house. Click here to read the news story.

 

Just Say No to Seattle Jobs Tax!

The Seattle City Council is quickly moving forward with plans to establish a tax on jobs to raise another $75 million to spend on its response to homelessness. Here are two ways to let council members know that taxing jobs is simply a bad idea:

  • Attend the Town Hall Meeting on May 2, 6 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard. RSVP here.
  • Use this letter-writing toolto tell the mayor and council members why the jobs tax is such a bad idea

Please email teddim@wahospitality.org if have any questions or would like to get further involved.

 

Spokane Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Combine Forces

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association and the Spokane Hotel Motel Association are combining forces in 2018: each quarter, both groups will have a collective meeting. This will offer the opportunity to combine resources, avoid duplication of speakers and strengthen the voice of our members. The first combined meeting will be Tuesday, May 15 at the Quality Inn Oakwood Hotel, 7919 N. Division. Board members will meet at 2:30 prior to the general session that begins at 3 p.m.  Speakers will conduct a panel discussion on the Department of Labor and Industries’ Return to Work Program.  More information is coming soon at the Spokane Hospitality website and the Washington Hospitality Spokane Chapter page.

 

Tacoma Planning Commission Open Seats Mean Opportunity

Three open positions on the Planning Commission in Tacoma offer opportunities for members to get involved with city government and planning. Applications for the positions are due Tuesday, May 8 to the City Clerk’s Office. Visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication to apply. For more information about the Planning Commission, visit the commission’s website.

 

Spokane Valley Needs New Member for Hotel/Motel Commission: Apply by May 1

The City of Spokane Valley is looking for a new member of the Hotel/Motel (Tourism Promotion Area-TPA) Commission. Contact Toni Hansen, executive director of the Spokane Hotel/Motel Association, to apply, 509.869.0619, or email thansenSHMA@msn.com. Applications are due by May 1.

 

Register Now for Bellingham and Tacoma Hospitality Summits

It’s spring and it’s time for Washington Hospitality Summits! There are two Hospitality Summits for you to attend – in Bellingham (May 8) and Tacoma (May 14). Visit the landing pages for each summit by starting at www.hospitalitysummit.org. The summits are where hospitality minds meet, discuss and identify ideas that move the industry forward. Don’t miss out on these great events. Read more…

 

ASSOCIATION EXCLUSIVES

Boat Shed, Spokane Regional Sportsplex on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW show, now online. Co-hosts Paul Schlienz and Nicole Vukonich talk with Kathy Davis-Hayfield, owner of Bremerton’s Boat Shed Restaurant, 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award winner. Andy Cook then joins with Paul to chat with Eric Sawyer, president and CEO of the Spokane Sports Commission, who discusses the exciting new Spokane Regional Sportsplex project.

 

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