Primary Election is Five Days Away!

Have you voted in this year’s primary election? Do you know who your Washington Hospitality Association endorsed candidates are? Click here to find out. Remember: Postage is paid on the ballots, so turn yours in today! (Ballots must be post-marked by Aug. 7.)


We Need You! Submit Your Comments About the Food Code

The Washington State Department of Health is now collecting public comments about the Food Code. The Food Code is updated about every seven years and will take around 18 months to complete. Click here to go over the proposed updates and changes to the Food Code. Also, you may submit a comment about the Food Code; public comments will be accepted until Aug. 17. Samantha Louderback, Government Affairs Manager, sits on the Food Safety Advisory Council as the hospitality representative and may help answer any questions you may have about the Food Code or the process.


New Video: ADA Counter, Waiting Line Standards in Online Guide

The federal U.S. Access Board just released a video on accessible sales and service counters as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act. The video explains requirements for different types of counters, tray slides, food and beverage dispensers, waiting lines and foodservice lines.


Learn About Industry Trends at Next Spokane Chapter Meeting

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association will hold its next meeting Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. at Food Services of America, 3520 E. Francis Ave. Mike Maguire and Chef Alexa Wilson will discuss developing industry trends. This is a general membership meeting, so everyone is invited. The Spokane Chapter would also like to invite any members of the Spokane Hotel Motel Association who would like to attend. For more information, visit


Seattle Hotels: Sign up for Golf Tournament Today!

What could be better than an afternoon in the sun, meeting local industry friends for a day of fun and networking? The Seattle Hotel Association will hold its annual golf tournament and fundraiser for the Chief Sealth International High School of Academy & Tourism, in association with Seattle Academies Foundation.

  • When: Aug. 29
  • Where: The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Ln.
  • Cost: $400 per twosome, $800 per foursome

Hotel managers, executive staff, Seattle Hotel Association board members, hospitality and tourism industry members, and destination and city organizers are invited to attend. Registration is open now: click here! For more information or sponsorship inquiries, email Chris Tudor.


Mark Your Calendars: Golf Fore Education, Sept. 11

You won’t want to miss this year’s Golf Fore Education tournament. It’s a great day of golf at the Washington National Golf Course in Auburn from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It helps fund the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation.

  • $175 for single golfer
  • $700 for foursome
  • $50 for awards dinner only

Register and learn more at



Connect Lounge and Scully Agency on This Week’s DineNW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Iulia Bejan, owner of Seattle’s Connect Lounge. Andy and Paul then interview John Scully, owner of the Scully Agency, affiliated with Farmers Insurance and specializing in coverage for bars and restaurants.


Eye on Hospitality: Making Your Website ADA Compliant

Wheelchair ramps near building entrances, handicapped parking spaces and the use of Braille on signs and placards – these are the fruits of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. And increasingly, this law is reaching into cyberspace. Read more…