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DON’T MISS THIS WORKFORCE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY! The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Education Foundation (RAMW-EF), known as Educated Eats, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restaurant and foodservice industry as a career of unlimited opportunity. Named for a lifelong educator and chef who played a pivotal role in founding the education foundation, Frans Hagen scholarships of up to $5,000 are available to individuals who are exploring a career in foodservice and for those who demonstrate an interest in continuing education in the restaurant...
DC Cocktail Week 2022 Registration Now Open!   DC Cocktail Week celebrates our local cocktail culture across the Metropolitan region featuring tasty cocktails paired with delicious bites for one price. We invite you to be part of this spirited promotion highlighting your cocktail program, and you can opt-in to spotlight your restaurant through a unique experience or custom event to engage diners and fuel their cocktail and mocktail interests through your exclusive cocktail culture experience.    All participating locations are included in our extensive marketing...
DC Operators are likely hearing more and more about the requirement that DC restaurant operators with at least one tipped employee, provide harassment prevention training every two years to all employees. This requirement is a part of the Tipped Workers Fairness Amendment Act, which, if you recall, was passed in 2018 as part of the repeal of Initiative 77. There has been a long pause in implementation, largely due to Covid, but now the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) are certifying trainers and putting the mechanisms in place for...
President and CEO, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is seeking a charismatic, proactive and innovative President and CEO who has the passion and vision to lead the organization into the future. Building on the strength and success of the organization, the individual will navigate the shifting marketplace dynamics while increasing the impact that RAMW has on behalf of its members. In partnership with the Association and Foundation Boards and staff, the President and CEO is responsible for executing and developing a...
The days of tipping in DC are likely numbered, or at a minimum about to seriously change. Initiative 82  will pass into law and fundamentally transform the compensation model for tens of thousands of workers in the restaurant industry. At Harmony we have concerns about whether this initiative will actually lead to better outcomes for hourly workers because the likely transition from a tipped system to a service charge system is rife with opportunities for money to be transferred from hourly workers to management.   We believe strongly in working with businesses that add value to...
What is Initiative 82, and how would it affect restaurant and bar workers? The District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021 or Initiative 82 is being considered by D.C. voters this November to eliminate the tip credit for restaurant and bar workers. If passed, this measure will severely reduce take home pay for servers and bartenders across our city. Under the current system, the tip credit guarantees that servers and bartenders receive the minimum wage but enables tipped employees to earn well above that amount – about $26 per hour, on average, according to...
DON’T MISS THIS WORKFORCE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY! The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Education Foundation (RAMW-EF), known as Educated Eats, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restaurant and foodservice industry as a career of unlimited opportunity. Named for a lifelong educator and chef who played a pivotal role in founding the education foundation, Frans Hagen scholarships of up to $5,000 are available to individuals who are exploring a career in foodservice and for those who demonstrate an interest in continuing education in the restaurant...
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Written by John Thomas, Director of Health and Wellness at Imperial Dade Imperial Dade is the leading North American distributor of foodservice packaging, sanitation supplies, dish machines, and cleaning equipment. We have been serving the restaurant and hospitality marketplace since 1935. Put our experts to work for you! ---- Do no harm is a basic tenet of medicine.  Although the goal is always to treat disease and alleviate suffering, a physician must always try to protect the patient from any further injury.  Likewise in the food service industry. ...
All information below is posted as shared through the 09.12.22 edition of ABRA's Last Cal Newsletter:   Extended Hours There are four (4) holiday weekends remaining in 2022 that are eligible for extended hours. They include: Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend  | Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10 Veterans Day Weekend | Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13 Thanksgiving Day Weekend | Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27 Christmas Day Weekend | Friday, December 23 – Monday,...
Business Strategy Reminder! Health Views for Business - September 27th Don't forget! The next session in the Health Views for Business series, Managing Cancer Care in the Workplace, takes place on September 27. Register here to find out how encouraging preventive cancer care can not only have an impact on employees, but also have a positive impact on businesses.   Employer Tools & Resources Support Your Total Health With Our Add-On Care Options Kaiser Permanente members have access to a broad range of care options. Take a look at our More...
This September, join ServSafe in celebrating National Food Safety Month. Each week, ServSafe will deliver new content highlighting the different roles each of your restaurant’s team members have in practicing exceptional food safety. A safe restaurant environment can only be achieved when employees at every level understand the importance of food safety and can work together to create a food safety culture. From food handlers to restaurant managers to executive leadership, we will be sharing content, tools, and training tailored to each role. Click here to learn more and...
The Inflation Reduction Act, signed on August 16, 2022, extends lower health insurance premiums through 2025 for District families and residents! The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Inflation Reduction Act) extends the lower premiums under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (American Rescue Plan) for three years, through 2025. For DC residents, the Inflation Reduction Act extends lower premiums for health insurance through DC Health Link, so residents can get health insurance for as little as $11/month.   District families can save on average $5,600/year on quality health insurance...
Dear RAMW Members, We know that your bottom line is always top of mind as you also work hard to support your teams and give guests the best experience you can in a competitive market. Did you know that you could be saving money every month on your electric and natural gas?| RAMW has several key providers who support our industry, and we are excited to introduce you to our new Endorsed Provider, Electric Advisors, Inc. EA is an energy broker who will help you get your natural gas and electricity supply at a competitive rate. Shopping for a...
Maple Leaf Farms was a proud sponsor of the 2022 RAMMY Awards Gala, which honors the accomplishments of the restaurant industry in the greater Washington, DC region. Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), the awards gala is the organization's largest annual fundraiser.   "We were thrilled to sponsor this year's RAMMYS," said Territory Sales Representative Alli Zito. "Maple Leaf Farms supplied duck legs for the Cajun station, duck breast for salads at the steakhouse station, duck wings for the street food station, and duck bacon...
Information provided by RAMW Industry Partner, CPA Eats.    As we gear up for another referendum on the Tipped Minimum Wage (Initiative 82), it’s important to be aware of an important law that passed after the last referendum in 2018.    From the DC Office of Human Rights: "The Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act (TWWF) requires District employers who hire individuals earning tips as wages to inform their employees about their rights and benefits.” Compliance with notice requirements has largely centered around the posting of Employee...
Preventing Heat-Related Illness As temperatures rise in the DMV area, people need to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with @WJLA viewers how conducting everyday activities in extreme heat can make people’s hearts work much harder and people need to be more cautious in elevated temperatures. Dr. Mettassebia Kanno on the Omicron BA.5 Subvariant As the BA.5 omicron subvariant of COVID-19 appears to evade immunity, people want to better understand how to protect themselves. Mettassebia Kanno, MD, an...
Blog Content Posted by Request From: Paley Rothman The elimination of the tip credit is back on the ballot for DC residents in November. Initiative 82, if passed, would eliminate the tip credit over a five-year period and require DC employers to pay all employees the non-tipped minimum wage by July 1, 2027, as follows: Date Cash minimum wage paid to tipped workers By January 1, 2023 $6.00/per hour By July 1, 2023 $8.00/per hour...
Dear Operator,  You may have already heard the news that I am leaving RAMW, a decision that I gave immense thought in making. RAMW, and all of you, have been my family, community and my dedicated focus for 10 long and meaningful years. I will be here to support the next steps through the coming months, and I will continue to support you every step of the way as a new President and CEO is onboarded. I assure you that RAMW is stronger than ever and here for you.  I am so proud of the work we have done through this decade, which included unprecedented growth and exciting development...
Association Initiates Search for New President and CEO   Washington, DC – Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), the premier association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area announced that its long-serving President and CEO, Kathy Hollinger, has accepted a new role as the CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership beginning October 3rd.    “Kathy has dedicated herself to advancing RAMW’s mission for the past 10 years and has played a critical role in shaping RAMW into the organization...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2022 RAMMY Awards Winner 40th annual awards celebrates legacy and excellence in the region’s food industry Washington, DC (July 24, 2022)—Restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and a range of special distinctions in a number of categories celebrating excellence in long-standing and pandemic-era categories that range from individual professional...
Cash Cash to Ignite the Dancefloor at The RAMMY Awards in Washington, DC World-renowned DJ/Producer/Performers to headline the restaurant industry’s biggest night on July 24th  Washington, DC (June 21, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in partnership with Club Glow and Echostage is thrilled to announce the world-renowned electronic music trio, Cash Cash, will headline The 40th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, July 24. The RAMMYS are hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in partnership with Events DC who recently hosted the two-day...
WASHINGTON, DC AND FEDEXFIELD SELECTED TO HOST THE 2024 ARMY-NAVY FOOTBALL GAME PRESENTED BY USAA  The Washington Commanders and Events DC set to deliver world-class experience  WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2022 – The United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy have announced Washington, DC as the host of the 2024 Army-Navy Football Game presented by USAA at FedExField on Saturday, December 14, 2024. The Washington Commanders and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will deliver a world-class...
Heat waves can make people sick with heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. As the DMV has recently experienced a potentially dangerous heat wave, Jason Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with WTOP the warning signs of heat-related illnesses, treatment, and when to call 911.   Kaiser Permanente Unveils LGBTQ-Focused Practice In D.C. Kaiser Permanente has launched Pride Medical at Capitol Hill Medical Center; a new inclusive medical center devoted to meeting the unique health care needs of LGBTQ+ patients. Keith Egan, MD, an internal...
Sip, Swig, and Sample RAMMYS Beverage Programs Throughout the Region Specials announced at the DMV’s top cocktail, wine, and beer restaurants the week of June 27 Washington, DC (June 6, 2022)—Finalists for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2022 RAMMY Awards Cocktail Program of the Year, Wine Program of the Year, and Beer Program of the Year have exciting events and promotions planned for the last week of June. From Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1, the region’s top beverage programs will showcase their outstanding in-house offerings. Guests are...
For the first time in over a decade, Washington, DC was among 44 states competing at NPSI represented by our Ballou High School ProStart Culinary Team.  The Ballou team, consisting of 4 students, competed on Saturday morning simultaneously with 5 other state teams in front of judges, educators, fellow students, sponsors, and family members. They definitely had the presence of a supportive cheering squad. The students came well prepared, full of excitement and a little nerves, but a lot of confidence.  They presented very well, and did a great job for their first time. They...

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