Weekly update: Third-party delivery, menu pricing; meals & breaks guidance

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New in the HUB: Navigating third-party delivery pitfalls

Consumers are ordering out and staying in more and more. As behavior trends change, third-party delivery is taking center stage. We identify traps to steer clear of and tips to help navigate the minefield that is third-party delivery. Click here to read on.

HUB: Meals and breaks, updated guidance

With increased attention to the laws on meals and rest breaks, Washington Hospitality Association members may access the most up-to-date guidance on this topic in the HUB. As a reminder, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all required breaks are taken and prove that is the case.

To read the definitions, requirements for meals and rest breaks click here.

How much does that menu item really cost you?

Estimating recipe costs and food costs based on the price of the protein alone means you are not pricing your menu for maximum profits. The Washington Hospitality Association built a recipe costing calculator that takes the guesswork out of pricing and protects your profit margin. Watch the special companion webinar with association President and CEO Anthony Anton, Chef Jamie Callison of Washington State University and expert association staff members who tell you how and why this tool will make your restaurant profitable.

MAST Permits will not be mailed during holidays

The Education Foundation office will be closed Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 23-Jan. 2. During this time, MAST permits will not be mailed. The last day permits will be mailed is Dec. 20. To avoid delays, ensure your employees complete their exam before Dec. 18. Normal business hours and mailing of permits will resume on Jan. 2.

HUB complaints welcome: What’s missing in our content?

For the past eight weeks, the Washington Hospitality Association has brought you new content focused on increasing revenues and cutting costs via our new Hospitality Industry Survival Strategies HUB. How are we doing? Tell us the good, the bad and what we’re missing right here.

Seattle waterfront assessments hearing scheduled for February

Seattle property owners in a special district near the downtown waterfront will receive final assessments later this year to pay for a major waterfront park project through the Waterfront Local Improvement District (LID). This week, the Seattle City Council set a hearing for Feb. 4 for comments on the assessments and any objections. You can find out more about the waterfront project here.

Government Affairs Committee to meet Dec. 10, decide legislative priorities

Would you like to have input on the Washington Hospitality Association’s legislative priorities ahead of the 2020 legislative session in January?

Your opportunity to participate is from 1:30-4 p.m., Dec. 10 in the Elliott Room at the Hilton Seattle Airport, 17620 International Blvd., SeaTac. This meeting is open to all members.

Click here to RSVP

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.

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.

Retention tactic: Build out your benefits package with affordable options

Have you considered adding pharmacy discount cards to your benefits package at no cost to you? How about an employee assistance program or vision and dental?

Visit healthcarewashington.org to see all your options in one place including health care plans for groups of as few as two enrolled employees.

Two-Minute Video: Mary’s Place Seattle, Hill Climb 2020, employee benefits


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. 18 at Harbor Food Service (Previously known as Food Services of America)

Registration Deadline: Dec. 3

Spokane (Post Falls): Dec. 19 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Dec. 5

Tacoma: Dec. 10 at Bargreen

Registration Deadline: Nov. 26

Register your employees


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