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A Note from the Desk of RAMW's President & CEO, Kathy E. Hollinger Dear RAMW Members, We are hearing from many of you who are requesting suggested communication and messaging to share with diners across social media platforms and through signage you can post in your restaurants and at the host stand. We encourage you to share your enhanced cleanliness and sanitation practices with your customers. RAMW is in the process of creating sample collateral now and we will send you materials soon. Please stay tuned. If you choose to create your own messaging, it is advised industry-wide...
A Note from the Desk of RAMW's President & CEO, Kathy E. Hollinger We know Restaurant Members are receiving a lot of emails regarding coronavirus, so we want to cut through the noise, and provide you with pertinent information specific to the restaurant and foodservice industry. Please be aware that we are in discussion with the city on the creation of a relief fund or other mechanisms of support that can be provided to help preserve the financial health and economy of our local industry. As there are new developments daily, it is crucial that you are receiving information...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The stories behind this year’s Ambassador of Hospitality, Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity award winners are worth hearing and sharing. An Iranian immigrant who ended up a successful Taco Bell franchisee, a Mexican chef-restaurateur who this year received his first James Beard Award nomination, and an eight-unit deli chain committed to reducing food waste were among the honorees at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2020 Restaurant Industry Awards in Washington, DC. The ...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Location-based marketing is now about audiences instead of individuals Location-based marketing is no novelty, but it is growing and evolving. Asif Khan, founder and director of the Location Based Marketing Association, says 88% of retail and restaurant companies worldwide used local marketing in 2019, up 8% from 2018.  Annual spending on technology — platforms, solutions and hardware — is expected to reach $57.4 billion globally by 2021, with geotargeted advertising expenditures rising to $39.4 billion. “...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Nearly half of restaurant job openings in 2019 were filled by either first-time workers or promotions.   The restaurant industry has long been the top training ground for new entrants to the workforce. In fact, nearly one-half of adults say their first regular job was in the restaurant and foodservice industry, according to new National Restaurant Association research. This trend continued in 2019, with restaurant operators reporting that roughly one in four of their job openings were filled by people for whom this was the first...
The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), hosts of the only city-wide jazz celebration in the mid-Atlantic region, proudly announces an extraordinary set of artists for its' DC JazzFest presented by Events DC finale weekend. DC JazzFest at The Wharf performances run Saturday, June 20 thru Sunday, June 21 and include four featured stages, three free stages, and one ticketed indoor stage, all on the beautiful riverfront grounds of The Wharf, DC's hottest new dining & entertainment hub. Remarkable performances include poll-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett Quintet; the extraordinary Eubanks-...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The restaurant industry is adding middle-class jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy. The restaurant industry added middle class jobs* at a rate more than three times stronger than the overall economy during the recovery from the Great Recession, according to an analysis of data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.    Between 2010 and 2018, the number of restaurant jobs with annual income between $45,000 and $74,999 jumped 84 percent. In comparison, middle-class jobs in the overall economy...
Pair pizzas with Half Street Hefeweizen when the new location opens this spring Washington, DC (March 3, 2020) — Atlas Brew Works is excited to announce its partnership with Andy’s Pizza for the brewery’s new Half Street site, slated to open this spring. DC sports fans will have the perfect place to pre- and post-game when the new brewery and tap room opens its doors adjacent to Nationals Park at 1201 Half Street SE #120. Andy's Pizza is a New York-style, neighborhood shop offering classic pizza by the slice. The dough is cold fermented for 72 hours and cooked in a New...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Spring is a terrific time to reflect on where your business is at, and where you’d like it to be. Assess what’s not working, declutter and freshen up. Follow these spring cleaning tips to improve your brand, operations and bottom line. Put the brakes on what’s not working We’ve all tried something that didn’t work. Not every product or marketing promotion is a super seller. If something isn't working, it’s time to drop it and try something else. Menu: Do you carry menu items that are...
A Note from the Desk of RAMW's President & CEO, Kathy E. Hollinger As of March 2, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, DC or the metro region. We are in constant conversation with relevant government agencies, lodging and hospitality partners and the National Restaurant Association to ensure we have the most up to date information, to then share a plan of action with our members and the restaurant community.  What You Should Focus On Right Now Our goal is to provide you with information and tools that might assist with your planning and...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Nearly 33 million people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year. Here are some tips on how you can increase sales on the holiday. Each year, nearly 33 million people raise a glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This year the holiday honoring Ireland’s famous patron saint falls on a Tuesday. Yes, March 17 is in the middle of the week, which is great news for restaurateurs and bar operators. According to personal finance website WalletHub, 55% of Americans celebrated the holiday last year. Here’s what...
Original content c/o: MarketWatch People who isolate themselves with ‘social distancing measures’ would still need food From movie chains to luxury retailers, the coronavirus could cut into earnings for many consumer-facing companies if the virus that’s infected more than 82,000 people worldwide escalates in America and forces consumers to stay home. Chinese workers in February carrying a cart of vegetables meant as groceries for nearby residents. Photo Credit: GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images Yet bottom lines could go in the opposite direction for...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association ServSuccess and the Apprenticeship Program work well alone – and together – to help develop career paths for your restaurant employees. Here’s the difference between the two and how they can connect. Two great programs now exist to help foodservice operators attract and retain employees, and provide employees career development opportunities. We heard details about both during the Association’s Human Resources and Risk & Safety conference held mid-February and found out they’re ideally suited to be used...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association All agree that mentoring and sponsorship are key to advancement Each March, Americans celebrate Women’s History Month to honor the important contributions of women to our country. Women have always played a key role in helping set the course for the restaurant industry’s future. According to the National Restaurant Association’s most recent research, about 52% of restaurant employees are female and 33% of restaurant businesses are majority-owned by women. The Association had conversations with five successful...
Original content c/o: Restaurant Business Magazine As virus fears grip the country, experts stress planning and good food safety practices to reduce risk. As coronavirus fears gripped the world this week, more attention has focused on challenges restaurants often face in keeping sick workers home — and how that could exacerbate the spread of a virus many experts believe is destined to become a global pandemic. Photo credit: Shutterstock As of Friday, there were 82,294 confirmed cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, worldwide, the vast majority of them in China, according to the...
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The Association’s annual State of the Restaurant Industry is out. Report highlights key avenues for growth for the coming year and beyond. People want to use restaurants. According to new data from the National Restaurant Association, heading into a new decade, pent-up demand for restaurants remains high. It’s also the 11th consecutive year of industry growth, and operators are interested in using all the tools at their disposal to stay top-of-mind with an evolving consumer base. The National Restaurant Association’...
- Grubhub+ offers unlimited free delivery, 10% Cashback, Elite Care and donation matching - Company doubles down on diner rewards after doubling restaurant network CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Grubhub, the nation's leading pickup and delivery marketplace with the largest restaurant network, today launched Grubhub+, a new membership program loaded with rewards (Seamless+ also available). Grubhub+ goes above and beyond other subscription programs with member benefits like 10% Cashback and donation matching to high impact organizations like No Kid Hungry....
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...
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...
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...
‘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...

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