[HUB] How training helps you cut costs

With new training regulations passing year after year, the Education Foundation is committed to helping you stay in compliance. Find out how when you read more here.

[Breaking news] New barrier requirements adopted by LCB

The Liquor and Cannabis Board has officially adopted new, more flexible requirements for defining areas where minors are not allowed. This new rule will replace the 42-inch barrier requirement. This is a major member win and will allow restaurants the ability to use their spaces more efficiently. Thank you to the members that testified during the hearing and sent in comments! #win

See you Monday at Hill Climb!

It’s the day we have all waited for – the association’s largest member-focused day in Olympia. We will see you between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Heritage Room, 604 Water Street SW, Olympia, where we will gather for a briefing before having lunch and heading to the capitol campus for a full day of meetings. In the evening, the Taste Our Best Legislative Reception will delight with the best food and beverages the industry has to offer. See you there!

Take part in minimum wage impact survey

Washington State University is conducting an anonymous survey on the impact of recent minimum wage increases on profitability and employment levels in Washington restaurants. There are conflicting reports on how the minimum wage increases have impacted Washington restaurants, and we need your input so that we can better inform the industry and government about those impacts. This survey is for restaurants with a lodging survey to come soon.

Employers: Do your workers want to keep their flexible schedules?

We are gathering comments from workers who want to tell their legislators they do not want a restrictive scheduling law in Washington.

We have created this one-pager for you to help explain the impacts of this law to your workers. If they want to respond to our worker-only action alert and tell lawmakers they want to opt out of the law, they can text “opt out” to 52886.

Again, this campaign is only for workers at this time. We thank you for sharing this information with your employees if you choose.

Do you want to get the exclusive legislative updates?

Please email Nicole Vukonich to get the updates if you don’t already receive them. Also, Government Affairs Committee weekly session calls are 10 a.m., Wednesdays. The calls are open to all active association members.

ProStart Invitational, March 14

Mark your calendars and prepare to come down to Hotel RL, Olympia on March 14 for the ProStart Invitational. High school students from around the state compete on culinary and management teams. Winners move on to represent Washington state in Washington, D.C., at the National ProStart Invitational. Register to attend and cheer on your local schools.

Download your copy of 2020’s top menu trends

The National Restaurant Association, working with the American Culinary Federation and Technomic Inc., just released the “What’s Hot Culinary Forecast 2020” report. Plant-based proteins are the hot ticket this year, along with eco-friendly packaging as the delivery boom continues. Download your free copy to see this year’s top menu trends.

How do I get sexual harassment prevention training for my business?

The Education Foundation provides lodging- and foodservice-specific sexual harassment prevention training for both employees and managers. The course is available for $22 and $30 respectively and meets all requirements of the Isolated Workers’ Safety law. Email training@wahospitality.org to get your staff certified.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

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

Centralia: Feb. 12 at Providence Hospital
Registration Deadline: Jan. 29

Everett: Feb. 10 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: Jan. 27

Fife: March 4 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Kent: Feb. 18 at Kent Commons (Mill Creek room)
Registration Deadline: Feb. 4

Port Angeles: Feb. 3 at Michael’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24

Spokane: Mar. 26 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: March 12

Seattle: March 3 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 18

Tacoma: March 19 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Register your employees

First Aid Classes

Tacoma: Jan. 25 at Alma Mater
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24

Register Now
Group classes

Additional Training Available

MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Restaurant Certifications


Spokane hotel offers ‘luxury igloos’ for rent (The Spokesman-Review)

Ruby Tuesday dips into the plant-based burger game (NRN)

Restaurateurs rethink their menus in light of rising costs (Restaurant Hospitality)

What this Minor vs Marriott lawsuit reveals about the hotel biz (Skift)

Piggyback NYC brings street food from across Asia to Manhattan (Robb Report)

Curry Up now plots expansion with latest cash infusion (Restaurant Business)

Are hotels ready for wellness certification? (Skift)