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Version 2020 marks the beginning of a new generation of benchmarking, recognition and transparency SEATTLE, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- During the opening plenary of its annual conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 food distributors, manufacturers and safety professionals, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced the newest edition of its Benchmarking Requirements. GFSI has long set the "global standard" for those in the industry, yet the newest edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements is more than an update — it's a complete...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The Association has worked for more than five years to advocate for the type of change enacted in the National Labor Relations Board's final rule. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said today it would issue its final joint employer rule. The National Restaurant Association has worked for more than five years with NLRB, congress and key stakeholders to advocate for the type of change enacted by the agency in this final rule. “With the completion of today’s rule, employers will now have certainty in structuring...
Wine Bar Brings Together Big Names and Distinctive Features in Navy Yard WASHINGTON, DC (February 26, 2020) – Maxwell Park, a 46-seat wine bar, to open March 2nd, 2020. Located on 4th St. SE between Tingey and Water Streets SE in Navy Yard, Maxwell Park is the brainchild of award-winning sommelier Brent Kroll. The first location in Shaw was named “Wine Bar of the Year” by the Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper, and Washingtonian. In 2019 Esquire named Maxwell park one of the top bars in the country. Maxwell Park won the 2019 “...
NEW YORK, NY (February 26, 2020) – The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists in advance of the 30th annual James Beard Awards Presented by Capital One. The prestigious group of semifinalists represents a wide collection of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations across twelve regions to the Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Bar Program, Outstanding Baker, and a Rising Star Chef 30 years of age or under. The full list of 2020 semifinalists can be reviewed at the end of the press release or directly...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association In celebration of Black History Month, Marvin Irby, interim president and CEO, shares his take on diversity and inclusion in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In the restaurant/foodservice industry, 47% of employees are minorities, compared with 36% across the rest of the economy. The restaurant industry hires more minority managers, and has more women managers, than any other industry, making it home to a diverse workforce. We often say our industry is as diverse as the communities we serve. What does that mean to you? The...
Are you an environmental leader? Does your business operate sustainably? Is your organization working to buile an equitable #SustainableDC? The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) wants to recognize your environmental + community efforts and is now accepting applications for the 2020 District Sustainability Awards! CATEGORIES Individual | Business | Organization | Clean Energy DC  To apply, visit: doee.dc.gov/service/awards DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2020   
(WASHINGTON, DC) – February 21, 2020 – How businesses sell, serve, and transport alcohol is changing. Four alcohol laws — introduced and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser — focused on boosting access to DC-made products, fostering creativity and collaboration, creating parity within the manufacturing landscape, and alleviating administrative burdens for licensees became effective Friday, February 21, 2020. Notable improvements by law include: Alcoholic Beverage Enforcement Amendment Act of 2019 Persons 18+ may deliver alcoholic...
Funds will go towards implementing Restaurant Ready and apprenticeship programs in New Orleans and Louisiana Washington, DC — (Feb. 20, 2020) — The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) was awarded $600,000 from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to implement and expand Restaurant Ready and hospitality apprenticeships in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. Restaurant Ready is a national program dedicated to helping young adults acquire the basic job and life skills necessary to pursue employment in...
Jessup, MD – (February 18, 2020) – Stanley Pearlman Enterprises Inc. is pleased to announce that after more than 21 years with the company, Jonathan Pearlman has been promoted to President of Congressional Seafood Company. Congressional Seafood Co, which provides the mid-Atlantic region with high-quality seafood products, is a division of Stanley Pearlman Enterprises, Inc. Pearlman joined the team at Congressional Seafood Co. in 2005, having transitioned over from its sister company, NAFCO (North Atlantic Fish Company). With a background in advertising, artistic skills...
Original content c/o: ECOLAB WHAT IS IT? Coronaviruses are RNA enveloped viruses than can infect animals and humans. So far, there are six known human coronaviruses. Four of these coronaviruses are less pathogenic, generally causing only minor respiratory symptoms like the common cold. Two other coronaviruses — Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) — can cause serious respiratory diseases. A new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has emerged, is causing illnesses globally and is different from other...
Select RAMW members welcome participants and attendees with exclusive tournament specials Washington, DC (February 11, 2020) – Events DC and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited to welcome 2020 Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic attendees to dine out at some of the DMV’s best restaurants from February 15 – 17, 2020 while visiting Washington, DC. The first Classic was held over Presidents’ Day weekend in 2007 with 144 teams registered. In 2019, the event accepted 968 teams, making...
WASHINGTON, DC – (Friday, February 7, 2020) – Celebrated Daikaya Group partners Yama Jewayni, Katsuya Fukushima, and Daisuke Utagawa are thrilled to announce the opening of their fifth restaurant in the District - Tonari (at 707 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202.289.8900) - meaning ‘next door’ or ‘neighbor’. Opening today - Friday, February 7th - at 5:00pm for dinner service, Tonari will serve as the first restaurant in Washington, DC to showcase Japanese-style or ‘Wafu’ pasta and pizza located directly next to their...
‘The Top That’ Fried Chicken Sandwich to Debut Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 5:00pm – Close  (WASHINGTON, DC) – The celebrated team behind Shaw’s beloved neighborhood cocktail bar Service Bar (926-928 U Street NW, WDC 20001; www.servicebardc.com, 202.462.7232; IG @ServiceBarDC) is at it again announcing the second round of their popular monthly local fried chicken sandwich series – ‘FRIED’. Beginning today - Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 - from 5:00pm until close – the talented team at Service Bar...
Original content c/o: James Beard Foundation by Jackie Summers Access to capital in hospitality is an uneven playing field Chef Jennifer Hill Booker in the Beard House kitchen (photo: David Chow) When we say the James Beard Foundation is about good food for good, it’s not limited to sustainable agriculture, the Farm Bill, or reducing food waste. Another important aspect of our mission is highlighting the myriad hands that are helping to shape American cuisine. Below, Jackie Summers explores the barriers to entry for many chefs and aspiring business owners of color, and how...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Fun facts and quick tips to help make your restaurants a hit this holiday. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which could mean that one of your restaurant’s busy weekend nights just got busier. According to online reservationist OpenTable, Valentine’s Day is the most popular reservation day of the year. In fact, the company says its dinner reservation requests go up 500% on that day alone. What else do consumers want when dining out on Valentine’s Day? On average, customers book their dinner...
Original content c/o: Aronson LLC  //  by Aaron Boker Businesses in the District of Columbia should not overlook the Small Retailer Property Tax Relief Credit. The term “small retailer” implies a narrow scope of eligible businesses, but the credit applies to more business activities than the program’s name suggests. Plus, the credit is easy to claim and refundable. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the District allows certain retail businesses to claim the Small Retailer Property Tax Relief Credit. This is a refundable franchise tax credit...
Published by: Food & Wine Magazine Michelin is best known for its stars, but the guide features other symbols … and not just the obvious Plates and Bib Gourmands. Some examples include grapes, which signify a notable wine list, “three crimson rays,” which denote an interesting view, and a “patio parasol,” which means terrace dining. Now, another new symbol is joining the fray to highlight restaurants that are “embracing more sustainable gastronomy.” PHOTO: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/GETTY IMAGES The new literally and figuratively green pictogram...
Published by: Restaurant Business Magazine (online) The recommendations closely follow the best practices for containing norovirus.  The National Restaurant Association has issued recommendations for helping restaurant operators protect customers and employees from coronavirus, the potentially lethal infection that has spread from China to the United States. Photograph: Shutterstock Among the best practices cited in the one-page list of recommendations are sending home any employees who sport flu-like symptoms and providing extra tissues and napkins for customers to use for...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association webinar explains how an Active Managerial Control (AMC) system can help you improve food safety and reduce inspection violations. Restaurants with good food safety management systems had half as many risk factors and out-of-compliance food safety practices as those without such systems in place. In a webinar hosted by the National Restaurant Association, Charles S. Otto III, independent consultant, EAS Consulting Group LLC, Alexandria, Va., looked at the concept of Active Managerial Control...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association is celebrating Black History Month by talking with restaurant executives, none of whom knew that great careers awaited them in our industry. Each February, America celebrates Black History Month. During the month, National Restaurant Association honors the contributions of African-Americans who have helped shape and change our country and its businesses. The National Restaurant Association is highlighting the achievements of five execs – Pizza Ranch’s Sean Landrum,...
Don't Let DC Government Fine You Stay in Compliance with New Paid Family Leave Law by Posting Required Employee Notice On July 1, 2020, the DC Paid Family Leave program will launch and at that time District employees would be able to apply to the DC government for paid family leave benefits for qualifying parental, family, and medical events. Under the Universal Paid Leave Act, all DC employers are required to post the Mayor's paid leave notice in a conspicuous place within their respective worksites. This notice details an employee's right to paid-leave benefits, that...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2020 -- The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation today announced their 2020 board officers and directors. Melvin Rodrigue, president and CEO of Galatoire's Restaurants, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors, and Stan Harris, president and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. "The restaurant and foodservice industry...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Environmental concerns are top-of-mind for the more than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs surveyed for the What’s Hot 2020 culinary forecast. The desire to source eco-friendly packaging crowned the overall trends list and getting closer to zero waste ranked high as well in the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot 2020 annual culinary forecast. Zero waste is tough in any restaurant, but there are plenty of ways to make operations more eco-friendly. Environmentally savvy operators measure...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Your incoming workforce wants to climb the ladder. Do you have a ladder? By many accounts, restaurant operators are having a tough time finding employees. Unemployment is at a record low, fewer teens are entering the workforce and their ranks are shrinking. The number of 16- to 24-year-olds in the labor force is expected to drop by 1.2 million over the next 10 years. Uncertainty surrounding immigration policy is affecting hiring, as well. There's real value to helping employees earn professional credentials, especially...
- Diners to enjoy order transparency and time savings - Restaurants to see increased order volume, revenue and staff efficiency Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today launched its Ultimate technology, a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind proprietary hardware and software solution that integrates all restaurant ordering channels into one system. Replacing error-prone handwritten scribbles and shouts, Ultimate is a digital workflow solution, connecting the front- and back-of-the house directly with diners and creating a...

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