Eye on Hospitality: Embracing Diversity is Good for Your Business

Hospitality is the industry that brings people together. Diversity and inclusion are a natural extension of the very nature of what we do, and it can also be very good for your bottom line. Eye On Hospitality features this and more with Gerry Fernandez, president and founder of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance. Click here to read more.

2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

The James Beard Award Semifinalists were announced on Feb. 27. Congratulations to the following Washington Hospitality Association members who made the list:

  • No Anchor, Seattle (Outstanding Bar Program)
  • Renee Erickson, Bateau, Seattle (Outstanding Chef)
  • Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle (Outstanding Restaurant)
  • Canlis, Seattle (Outstanding Service)
  • Shota Nakajima, Adana, Seattle (Rising Star Chef of the Year)
  • Logan Cox, Homer, Seattle (Best Chef – Northwest)

Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Seattle (Best Chef – Northwest)

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Spokane Chapter Quarterly Membership Meeting is Tuesday

Don’t forget! The Spokane Chapter’s quarterly membership meeting is at 2 p.m., March 12, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct.

Speakers include:

  • Spokane Mayor David Condon will give an abbreviated State of the City address.
  • Meg Winchester, Visit Spokane will update us on the local tourism industry and what we can expect in 2019.
  • Labor attorney Kim Kamel will talk about Paid Family & Medical Leave.
  • Chef Miles Boggio from FSA will demonstrate packaging for third-party delivery.

Come and meet Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton and Local Government Affairs Director John Lane. A no-host happy hour will follow the meeting. Email Tobby Hatley to reserve your seat – seats are still available.

Exhibitor Registration is Now Open

The Hospitality Summits are now accepting exhibitor registrations. This is an opportunity to interface directly with owners and managers in the hospitality industry. The summits will take place in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia and will feature educational speakers and discussion about challenges hospitality businesses are facing. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your new product or service. Space is limited so act quickly!

Register today!


The People Side of Analytics

Analytics can be misleading, and if not interpreted properly, can wind up promising much but delivering little. In health and human services especially, unless the power of analytics is connected to actions that help improve the quality of lives of the people we serve, then the promise of analytics will remain unfulfilled. Read more about how analytics integrate in health and human services.

Seattle: What’s Next Washington Needs You

Restaurant and hospitality employers in Seattle are invited to attend a meeting for What’s Next Washington, a nonprofit organization of formerly incarcerated individuals working to change the barriers of re-entry into society. The goals of this event are to create a safe space for participants to voice their concerns, examine data regarding the risks of hiring and more. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 26, at the Davis, Wright, Tremaine Seattle Office, 920 Fifth Ave., Suite 3300, Seattle. For more information and to register, click here.


  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., March 28, Spokane (Post Falls), Registration Deadline: March 14
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 2, Bargreen, Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: March 19
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 9, Bargreen, Tacoma, Registration Deadline: March 26
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 16, Sysco, Kent, Registration Deadline: April 2
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., April 29, FSA, Everett, Registration Deadline: April 15