WIN: Pierce County program to deliver trained workforce

A $1.75 million poverty reduction grant has been awarded to the Workforce Development Council in Pierce County. The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation is the only employer representative to be written into the grant. Together, we provide job seekers industry-specific training before they get to the employer. This is another way to hire trained employees, saving thousands in training costs. Read more.

First overtime rule public hearings are next week

The western Washington public hearings on the Department of Labor & Industries’ start on Monday, July 15, in Tumwater. Do you have an opinion that you would like on record to the department? Will a salary overtime threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026 impact your business? The eastern Washington public hearings will be the week of Aug. 5. Click here for the list of dates and locations.

Research and development survey on PFAS food packaging alternatives assessment

In 2018, Washington’s Legislature passed a law to prohibit PFAS (polyfluorinated chemicals) in food packaging. Part of the law requires an alternatives assessment, which must consider chemical hazard, performance, cost, availability and exposure. SRC, Inc., a research and development firm, has created a 30-minute survey with open-ended questions to assess the product/market sector for food packaging that results in a scientifically justifiable assessment to meet the goal of the project and the intent of the law.

Take the survey now.

Deadline for responses: July 31

Draft Food Code: You’ve clicked the link, now email Samantha

We know you’ve been clicking the link to read about the nine most important draft food code revisions, but now we need you to email your comments to Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager. As a member-driven organization, we need your feedback to help form our comments to the Department of Health.

Member Spotlight: Azteca and Aqua by El Gaucho partner with Union Gospel Mission to feed Seattle’s homeless

The hospitality industry is working hard to better the lives of Seattle’s vulnerable homeless population. In partnership with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, Azteca Mexican Restaurants and Aqua by El Gaucho provide monthly lunches for hundreds of people at the mission’s kitchen in Seattle’s  Pioneer Square neighborhood. This effort is through a program called Bring a Meal (BAM). Read more.

Nominate your stars and recognize the best in hospitality

The annual Stars of Hospitality awards nominations are now open. These awards, hosted by Sysco, are an opportunity to recognize the truly exceptional professionals and properties that exemplify the very best of Washington hospitality. The nomination deadline is Sept. 8.

Submit your nominations today!

Spokane election recommendations online now

Compete with your team in a foursome or two at the Golf FORE! Education tournament on Aug. 27. Registration includes a full day at the Washington National Golf Club, including lunch, dinner, prizes, drinks and more.

Register now.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 6, Bargreen Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: July 23

Aug. 13, Bargreen Tacoma, Registration Deadline: July 30

Aug. 20, Sysco, Kent, Registration Deadline: Aug. 6

Aug. 22, Sysco, Spokane, Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

Aug. 26, Food Services of America, Everett. Registration Deadline: Aug. 12

Register your employees!

Additional Training Available


First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


It’s all in the image: Pump up the power of QSR social media pictures (QSRweb)

Restaurants take back customer data with native delivery (Nation’s Restaurant News)

AHLA launches industry wide ‘No Room for Trafficking’ campaign (Lodging)

2019 Top 200: Limited service chains face ‘endless shakeout’ (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hoteliers turn to revenue management to cut F&B costs (Hotel News Now)

2019 Top 200: Pizza chains adapt to the delivery age (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hotels face increasing risk of security breach by cyber hackers (Skift)

Is Panera just beginning to reach its potential? (QSR)

Independent hotels thriving in secondary markets, strong YoY growth in demand and ADR (Hospitality Net)