Weekly Update: Marketing your restaurant, Stars award winners, GAC: Legislative priorities

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New in the HUB: Five ways to get the most out of your restaurant marketing budget

You need to spend money on marketing. The question is – how much? And what’s the best investment? Washington restaurant experts give you smart ways to put your dollars to use and give you revenue-boosting marketing tips, just in time for the holidays.

Click here for more.

National Restaurant Association’s 2030 report is here

The National Restaurant Association has been at work consulting industry experts, conducting research and compiling the drivers that will shape the restaurant industry in the next 10 years. The free report is a big-picture outlook for the next 10 years on the economy, the workforce and consumer of the future; share a series of probable scenarios for 13 business attributes and identify 10 disruptors that could shake things up.

Download here!

Seattle hospitality groups line up to support Mary’s Place campaign

The Seattle Hotel Association and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance have both stepped up to support the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign. The campaign by Mary’s Place hopes to raise $2 million to bring 1,000 homeless families inside next year. Last year the fund helped over 700 families.

Read more and donate at No Child Sleeps Outside.

Decide the 2020 legislative priorities at annual GAC meeting, Dec. 10

The Government Affairs Committee is calling you to attend its annual meeting from 1:30-4 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Elliott Room at the Hilton Seattle Airport, 17620 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA 98188.

During this meeting, members will review and adopt the proposed 2019-2020 legislative priorities issues matrix. The document guides the State Government Affairs team during the legislative session. The Government Affairs Committee is open to all interested active association members.

Click here to RSVP or contact Katie Doyle, grassroots manager.

Hill Climb 2020 registration now open

Registration for the largest grassroots events of the year is now open! Spend Jan. 27 with us in Olympia, share your hospitality story with lawmakers and build relationships with them. In the evening, join us at the Taste Our Best reception to celebrate the finest the industry has to offer.

Register today at hospitalityhillclimb.org.

Tip pooling: Don’t forget to tell DOL what you want

The federal Department of Labor is in the rulemaking phase of the proposed tip pool rule and members are welcome to submit comments until Dec. 9.

For Washington state, DOL’s proposed tip pool rule simply reaffirms what Congress already decided, that you can tip pool with back-of-house staff. The proposed rule would make it hard for a future administration to change it, according to Angelo Amador, senior vice president, legal advocacy and regulatory counsel with the National Restaurant Association.

Congratulations to the Stars of Hospitality

Seven outstanding professionals were recognized at the 2019 Washington Hospitality Convention. The winners were:


Employee of the Year: Brian Holdbrook, Account Clerk/HR Coordinator, Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport

General Manager of the Year: Pamela Estes, General Manager, Candlewood Suites Oak Harbor

Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year: Austin Dudley, General Manager, Best Western Plus Arlington (Hotel Services Group)

Paving the Way Award (co-winners): Jessica Horton, Director of People Support, Pan Pacific Seattle and Denise Vickerman, General Manager, Ramada by Wyndham Spokane Airport


Employee of the Year: Myrinn Jagim-Kern, Line Cook, Bene’s

Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year: Tyler Alden, Wine Director, Willows Lodge

Paving the Way Award: Kasey Berglund, Server, Bene’s

Click here to see photos from the event.

Webinar replay available:

Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Missed the Commuter Benefits Ordinance webinar this week? Click here for the replay and learn how to make this ordinance a cost-saving tool for your employees and your business.

Seattle closed captioning enforcement starts Nov. 15

Enforcement of Seattle’s new closed captioning law begins on Nov. 15. The new law passed earlier this spring requires bars, restaurants, hotels and other places of public accommodation to activate captions on their television sets and receivers during business hours.

For more information, and proposed rules on enforcement, click here.

Health care shopping starts here

Looking for new health insurance options for your team? We have plans for businesses of all sizes. Check them out here.

Two Minute Video: How to raise menu prices, ProStart mentors sought

Human Trafficking Prevention Training

Use these codes to get your free training at the BEST website.

Individual Staff Training Course (English): WAHospitality-staff

Individual Staff Training Course (Spanish): WAHospitality-span

Individual Manager Training Course and Group Training Course (English or Spanish): WAHospitality


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

These are the last ServSafe Manager classes for 2019!

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Dec. 9 at US Foods (Previously known as Food Services of America Everett)

Registration Deadline: Nov. 25

Fife: Dec. 11 at US Foods

Registration Deadline: Nov. 27

Kent: Dec. 17 at Harbor Food Service (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Dec. 3

Seattle (SODO): Dec. 3 at Bargreen

Registration Deadline: Nov. 19

Spokane (Post Falls): Dec. 19 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Dec. 5

Tacoma: Dec. 10 at Bargreen

Registration Deadline: Nov. 26

Rectangle: Rounded Corners: Register your employees

Additional Training Available

MAST Permit

Food Allergies

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Restaurant Certifications

First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention


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The 12 best luxury hotels in New York, from sumptuous spas to Michelin stars (Telegraph)

San Francisco restaurant utilizes rare Japanese beef, wagyu (WSJ)

Inside Disney’s heroic hotel plans for Paris (Forbes)

Faster check-in at Singapore hotels with new automated facial recognition system (Straights Times)

Chipotle says its popular carne asada will be available into early 2020 (CNBC)