Deadline extended: Nominate your stars and recognize the best in hospitality
The annual Stars of Hospitality awards nominations are about to close. 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 now Sept. 15. Submit your nominations today!

Big changes coming to FSA Kent location

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Harbor Wholesale Foods announced Sept. 11 it has acquired the Food Services of America (FSA) Seattle business, including FSA’s facility in Kent. According to a release from the company, Harbor Wholesale Foods (headquartered in Lacey) will take on a portion of the customer base, including roughly 1,700 independent restaurant operators throughout 10 counties in Western Washington. Read more here.

Tacoma, Vancouver, Seattle, Edmonds, Bellevue!
The Government Affairs Committee Regional Meetings are headed your way:
• Tacoma – 9-11 a.m., Oct. 8, Narrows Plaza Bowl, 2200 Mildred St. W, University Place
• Vancouver – 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 10, Hampton Inn & Suites, 312 SE Olympia, Dr. Vancouver
• Seattle – 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 15, Ray’s Boathouse, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle
• Edmonds – 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 22, Salt and Iron, 321 Main St., Edmonds
• Bellevue – 9-11 a.m., Nov. 5, The Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue

Talk to your legislators about topics important to the hospitality industry like restrictive scheduling and the costs of doing business. RSVP today to Katie Doyle, grassroots manager, at 360-246-4500 or

Homeland Security to present at Hospitality Convention
Does your team know how to respond in a workplace violence situation? Join us at the Hospitality Convention where the Department of Homeland Security will teach you how to safeguard your business and your employees through strategic methods of self-protection. Click here to learn more and register today.

Food safety webinar, Sept. 18
Ready to take food safety to the next level? Discover why written policies and procedures are important to keeping food and customers safe at your operation. Attend this free one-hour, ServSafe webinar at 11 a.m. PDT on Sept. 18. Register here.

Who loves more time to comment?!
We do…especially when it means you can still submit your comments about the draft overtime rule updates. What will it look like for your business if a phased-in salary threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026 is adopted? L&I has also created a chart comparing the federal duties test to the state duties test as described by the draft rules. Click here to see L&I’s chart. Comment now here.

Statewide minimum wage increases to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2020
The statewide minimum wage will increase $1.50 on Jan. 1, 2020 to $13.50 per hour. This increase is the final phase-in of Initiative 1433 that was passed by the voters in 2016. Local minimum wages will increase in areas that have a higher minimum wage. Those new rates have not yet been announced.

Looking for solutions to balance labor costs? Look here.

Panic buttons and the law: How you can prepare for 2020
Do you have questions about the panic button law that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020? We’ve got you and have put together one place for you to go to help answer your questions. Please visit our website for more information.

Become a hospitality role model
Mentor a ProStart team this school year. Mentorship falls into two categories: management and culinary. Owners, managers, supervisory staff and vendors can all mentor a ProStart team. Email Kelsi Mayther to start today.

Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes
All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Centralia: Oct. 23 at Providence Hospital
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Kent: Oct. 15 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Oct. 1

Port Angeles: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Red Lion Hotel
Registration Deadline: Sept. 13

Seattle (SODO): Oct. 1 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Tacoma: Oct. 8 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Sept. 24

Register your employees here.

Upcoming First Aid/CPR/AED Class
Seattle: Sept. 18, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Four Points Sheraton Seattle Airport South
Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Register here.

Industry News Roundup

The Secret History Of The Most Spectacular Restaurant In The World (Forbes)
Woman gets free chicken for life at Washington, D.C., restaurant after her tweet goes viral (The Washington Post)
Couple says ‘I do’ at SC seafood restaurant (CBS)
Local restaurants lend kitchens to chefs looking to get their own start (KXLY)
U.S. Bank Acquires talech, Gains Digital Capabilities as It Transforms Its Business for the Future (Elavon)
Guidance on Service Charges (Washington Hospitality Association)
Teaching Hotels: Why You Might Want to Stay In One (Wall Street Journal)
McDonald’s is installing billboards that double as tiny hotels for bees (
Thriving Hotel Industry Scrambles for Workers (The New York Times)