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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2023 Contact: media@ramw.org 202-331-5990 Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Names Keiristin Wilbert Communications Manager   Washington, DC (August 22, 2023) - Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), the trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, names Keiristin Wilbert as its new Communications Manager. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource, and community for its members.  In this role, Wilbert is the primary media contact for...
Builds on Effort to Help Restaurants Comply with District’s Consumer Protection Laws, Ensure Consumers Understand Their Rights      Washington, DC – Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today issued a Supplemental Business Advisory on restaurants’ legal obligation to adequately disclose all fees – including service fees – to customers.    “District law requires restaurants to disclose any fees in a timely, prominent, and accurate manner," said the attorney general. "Today’s guidance, developed in collaboration with...
On Wednesday August 16, 2023 at 12pm ET, GYH Partner Becki Young and GYH Of Counsel David Morris, will host a webinar to educate viewers on visa options for foreign investors.   Register here for this webinar!   The United States offers two primary visa options to foreign investors and entrepreneurs seeking to start a new business  or buying an existing business. The E-2 non-immigrant investor visa program is extremely flexible. For example, there is  no minimum capital investment test and no minimum job creation requirements. Alternatively, the EB-5...
The rise in operating costs and shortage of restaurant labor has forced restaurant owners to incentivize key employees with performance bonuses and equity by building the ideal restaurant management incentive plan. The ideal incentive or bonus plan should: Incentivize and reward key employees for increasing profitability and improving the hospitality experience; Provide an ROI to owners; and Be simple, self-sustainable, and scalable. With an effective compensation incentive plan, owners don’t need to be involved in day-to-day operations, and can focus on growing and...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   Restaurant Week website now live to view participating restaurants + make reservations   Washington, DC (July 13, 2023)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week from Monday, August 28, through Sunday, September 3. The area’s signature dining promotion invites everyone to close out summer and Labor Day Weekend with the return of one of the area’s most...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2023 RAMMY Awards Winners Annual awards celebrate legacy and excellence in the region’s food industry   Washington, DC (July 9, 2023)—Restaurant industry professionals and their allies gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 41st Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and a range of special distinctions in a...
Contact Information Zena Polin Co-Owner, Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique  Zena@beautychampagneandsugar.com Cell: 202/210-1427   (June 2023– Crystal City, National Landing, VA) – Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique joins with Sommelier Andrew Stover for a five-course tasting menu paired with five wines on June 26, from 7pm to 9pm for $60 (includes gratuity, tax additional).    The theme of the dinner is Around the World, with stops in Austria, Spain, Italy, and even Maryland.    The first two courses visit Austria. The evening...
A recent study by BMI and NRG (National Research Group) confirms that music positively impacts the way consumers interact with local eating and drinking establishments. According to the findings, bars and restaurants that feature live music have customers who eat, drink and spend more when listening to music they enjoy, resulting in higher revenues for many business owners.   Out of the 1,000 nationally represented U.S. consumers1 surveyed across age demographics 21+, atmosphere and music are a big part of what keeps them returning to the establishments that they...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   Eight iconic DMV dining destinations recognized for remarkable longevity after decades in business   Washington, DC (May 18, 2023)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today its 2023 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients, each acknowledged for decades delighting local diners and visitors alike. Filomena Ristorante (40 years), The Grill From Ipanema (30 years), Old Europe (75 years), Cafe Milano (30 years), National Democratic...
For Immediate Release   Contact: John Rorapaugh/Alyssa Bonk                                                  E-mail: johnr@leadingdc.com  Tel: (202) 309-1926 E-mail: alyssa@leadingdc.com   Tel: (571) 232-6804     FoodJobsDC.com Official Launch Created for the Industry by the Industry   Restaurant...
Serving Responsibly Why Strengthening Liquor Liability Law is Good Business   Register Here   Are you a District restaurant, bar, or venue operator concerned about the cost of liquor liability insurance and threat of lawsuits? Join this Operator Town Hall to learn how strengthening dram shop laws help to promote responsible serving practices and reduce alcohol-related harms in communities – all while lowering insurance costs.  The Problem: Unlike most states, District law is vague about how or when a business can be held liable for the actions of an...
Renowned chef and restaurateur to be honored with esteemed industry award at reception this June.   Washington, DC (April 26, 2023)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today announced chef and restaurateur Ris Lacoste as the 2023 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award recipient. One of the most respected and dedicated chefs in the region, Lacoste has earned a reputation built on genuine hospitality, mentoring the next generation of industry workers, and a true love for her team members and the guests she serves. Diners adore her use of high-quality ingredients,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954 Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2023 RAMMY Awards Finalists Foodservice industry celebrates innovative individuals and concepts as category finalists   Washington, DC (April 10, 2023)—Industry professionals and allies gathered this evening as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2023 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be named on Sunday, July 9, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 41st Annual RAMMYS...
Calculating your restaurant labor cost percentage is essential to running a successful restaurant. The labor cost percentage is the amount of money you spend on employee wages and benefits as it compares to your total sales. This number is significant because it tells you how much profit you’re making on each dollar that comes through your door. If your labor cost percentage is too high, it means that you’re losing money every time a customer buys food or drinks at your restaurant. This can lead to lower profits and eventually force you out of business if you don’t act fast...
Some of the most expensive liquor liability insurance in the country is in the District of Columbia. In some cases, insurance for a neighborhood bar or restaurant costs 100 times more here than in Maryland or Virginia. Deeper Dive: The exorbitant costs make it hard for businesses of all sizes, but it disproportionately affects small, independently owned neighborhood bars and restaurants, and in particular those owned by entrepreneurs of color. Good News: Legislation to reform liquor liability laws has been introduced in DC Council.  Tune In: The DC Nightlife Council and...
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., March 14, 2023— National Harbor kicks off a huge cherry blossom celebration this year on March 20. Included in the festivities is a face off of National Harbor’s top bartenders/mixologists. The CocktailPro Competition takes place on Friday, March 24, National Cocktail Day from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Sunset Room at National Harbor (137 National Plaza, #200). Ten bartenders/mixologists will compete to showcase their most noteworthy and creative drinks using Pratt Standard cocktail mixes. Attendees will then vote on who has the best...
Join the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's (RAMW) energetic roundtable discussion and hands-on seminar to help you develop your on-air presence and prepare you for live and recorded television segments, social media streams, influencer videos, and more. This informative session will give you actionable tips, tricks, and techniques to make your on-air presence engaging, fun, and informative so that you showcase the best of yourself, your restaurant, and your brand.   Panelists: Eun Yang, Emmy Winner & Anchor of News4 Today, the #1 rated morning news in...
Care Excellence Mental health days for kids? It’s complicated. What do you think about mental health days for kids? Asha Patton-Smith, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente in Virginia, says it's complicated. Learn why in her recent interview with WJLA.     In The Community Working to expand gun violence prevention and education in the DMV Firearms are the leading cause of injury and death among children and young adults. David Grossman, VP of Social Health and Equity, explained on 7 News DC how our Center for Gun Violence...
Webinar On-Demand:   How Energy Choice Can Improve Your Bottom Line Join our partners at Electric Advisors for a quick session to answer your questions about energy choice and how you can benefit from alternative suppliers. • Learn how you can take advantage of DC tax codes to further reduce your monthly energy costs. • Pepco DC rates are changing June 1st, now is the time to learn about alternatives, before the expected price increase takes effect. • Let us show you how we find our clients competitive pricing that could potentially save them thousands!  ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   Spring Wine Fling Returns on the Spring Equinox at Locations Throughout the Metropolitan Region Experience the area’s vibrant wine programs from March 20 through March 31   Washington, DC (February 27, 2023)—Spring Wine Fling, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns from Monday, March 20, through Sunday, March 31. Enjoy specialty two-course dinners with perfectly paired wines at restaurants...
LEDC is a CDFI (Community Development Finance Institution) which helps entrepreneurs and small business through lending and technical assistance.   Ideal for established DC-based restaurants in the process of opening an additional location. The expansion must result in significant job creation, intended for low-income individuals, with certain benefits expected. Loan amounts up to $100,000 Terms up to 5 years One-time closing fee of 3% $50 application (plus $20 per co-owner) Fixed-rate 0% interest LIMITED FUNDING AVAILABLE Made possible by a grant from the Community...
Bus Will Embark on Four-Day, Five-City Tour in Celebration of DC’s Cherry Blossom Season (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announced the Cherry Blossom Bus Tour, which will take place from February 26 through March 1. A 45-foot coach bus displaying the National Cherry Blossom Festival theme of pink blossoms and the tag line “Follow Us To Spring!” will embark on a four-day, five-city bus tour starting in Boston, followed by New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and ending...
Spring is in the air! As we look forward to the change in seasons and planning for spring activities, we invite you to be part of our 2023 Spring Wine Fling, the promotion that helps turn the winter blues into reds, whites, and rosés!     We've re-tooled the promotion to draw diners to your restaurants - kicking off on the Spring Equinox - for an awesome dining experience that is complimented by wine that you'd like to feature. This year's promotion is Two Glasses, Two Courses, One Price! Participating restaurants will offer a two-course dinner menu, at...
Care Excellence Prioritize a healthy workforce with access to virtual care Millions of users have now experienced and embraced what telehealth has to offer. Many won’t go back to traditional ways of getting care, including your employees. To meet the evolving preferences of your workforce, you should offer a health plan with connected virtual care options. Learn what to look for in a virtual care partner in this article.   Register for the March 15 webinar on virtual care The next edition of the Kaiser Permanente Health Views for Business webinar series, “...
Nominations now open for the capital region’s premier foodservice industry awards Washington, DC (January 30, 2023)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 41st Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in partnership with Events DC, on Sunday, July 9, 2023. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service. Over the past few years, categories and eligibility criteria have been altered...

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