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TransCanWork in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign is excited to be launching "EMPOWER!", our virtual career fair series for the TGI (trans, gender diverse & intersex) job seeking community, on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles.  "EMPOWER!" will impact 5 Major US Cities total on its 2021-2022 tour including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia & the Greater D.C. area. Using state-of-the-art career fair platform, Brazen, TGI job seeking talent will be able to connect with inclusive employers like yourself from the safety of their homes. ...
Nominations now open for region’s largest foodservice industry awards in milestone year Washington, DC (January 27, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as an in-person event on Sunday, July 24, 2022. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service. ​​Over this milestone year for the association, restaurants have faced relentless...
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022 REGISTER HERE!   The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with RAMW, is proud to showcase the District’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene to attendees of the Festival. Restaurants can participate by offering a "Cherry Pick" item such as a new springtime menu item or a tried and true cocktail, dish or dessert. Your options are limitless! Please note: the use of cherries as an ingredient is not necessary to offer a Cherry Pick item during the promotion. Cherry Pick items will be showcased on the "...
Join The Next Town Hall! Our next member Town Hall will take place on December 15th at 12:30 pm. This month's session, "A Look Ahead to 2022" will discuss Kaiser Permanente as a leader in the future of medicine. Register here.   Getting Health Plan Costs Under Control Your budget is important to your business. And as health care costs continue to rise, maintaining a competitive benefits package while keeping costs in check is becoming more challenging than ever.   A fresh look at health care At the core, what do you think a health care partner should deliver?...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   DC Cocktail Week Returns to Area Restaurants with Tantalizing Cocktail and Bite Pairings November 29 - December 5, 2021 Enjoy 10 DC Cocktail Week events including cocktail-making classes, dinners, and a date night package.   Washington, DC (November 22, 2021) - Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is thrilled to announce the return of DC Cocktail Week from Monday, November 29, to Sunday, December 5, 2021, which also marks the 88th anniversary of Repeal Day....
Employees are your company’s greatest asset. Keeping them safe, healthy, and engaged is where business leaders like you thrive. But as we face more potential surges in COVID-19 cases, it's important to make sure you are doing all you can to support the health and safety of your workforce — whether they’re working remotely, on-site, or both. Want to learn more? Download the Kaiser Permanente playbook, "Create a safe, flexible workplace: Setting your business up for success during the COVID-19 pandemic."   Kaiser Permanente Recognized as...
Restaurants have always made food safety a priority, but the pandemic has altered customers’ awareness and sharpened expectations about what safe dining entails. Make your commitment a very prominent part of your marketing message by joining the ServSafe Dining Commitment. When customers see the SSDC logo on a restaurant website, menu, or door, that restaurant communicates that its staff is professionally trained in safe food handling and that the establishment is committed to following the best procedures for safe dining going forward. Make the commitment.
From now through March 31, 2022, Kaiser Permanente members can get a flu shot at no additional cost from multiple retail locations, including Walgreens, CVS Health, and Walmart. This is in addition to the Kaiser Permanente flu clinics options that are currently available to members.    This means that Kaiser Permanente is offering 5 easy ways to get a flu shot: Drive-thru clinic (appointment required) - Now through November 30, members can use our new, convenient way to get a flu shot. They don’t even have to leave their car. An appointment is required. Medical...
  Arlington's Small Business GRANT 2.0 program is now open for applications. The program will provide direct financial assistance to 200 eligible Arlington businesses struggling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that are eligible for an Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0 must:   Be in one of the following industry categories: Arts and...
Maybe you didn’t get into the business to out-clean your competitors but when it comes to delivering an exceptional experience to your guests, it’s what separates the good from the great. Keeping everyone feeling safe is part of the experience.   For your workers, it gives them a marker for their collective achievement every day; it’s something they can be proud of.   For your guests, it puts them at ease. And they want to be put at ease. (You’re on the same team.) They want to bring their friends and family to a place they trust. We can help you put a...
Training your crew to execute a solid cleaning job amid the fast action of a foodservice is what separates the good from the great. National Food Safety Month tips this week identify what should be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected and how to make those efforts visible to guests when possible.   Two items that might not currently be in your training routine: How to treat non-food surfaces and what to do if a guest gets sick. Read the full post at Food Safety Focus and get a free poster and activity sheet that makes setting up cleaning schedules easy. Enjoy a...
 Irrepressibly strong foodservice industry celebrates resilience, honors its own    Washington, DC (September 19, 2021)—Fully vaccinated restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and awarded a range of special distinctions following a year unlike any other. Special for this year only, RAMW, the esteemed panel of RAMMYS judges, and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee came together to identify...
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Did you know our #PermanenteMedicine experts have done a series of Facebook Lives on important community health topics? In the latest session, a panel of physicians discussed the flu vaccine and its importance as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look and hear answers to questions like:   Can you have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time? Why do you need a flu shot every year? How do physicians advise families in diverse neighborhoods who may be hesitant to be vaccinated? What do immunocompromised individuals need to know about getting a...
RAMW is supporting Blue Star Welcome Week by Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization assisting military families around the globe, is engaging in an opportunity for communities across the country to welcome our military families who transition every year during this week to new posts and communities. They wish to remind all Americans what we owe to our military families, their service members, and veterans. It is an opportunity for military families and transitioning families to make meaningful connections to their communities and what better way to start, ...
To a small business owner, navigating the must-have’s and the nice-to-have’s of health benefits can seem daunting. Are you required to offer health care to your staff? How much will that cost you? Do the benefits of employee-sponsored health coverage outweigh the costs?   While the circumstances and specific requirements may differ from business to business, at Kaiser Permanente we know that health coverage isn’t just a benefit to the employee, but also to the business owner. Because healthier employees lead to a healthier bottom line.   In a recent article in...
RAMW is introducing access to a new SBA lending program to help maximize your revenue in this improving economy. Capital Direct offers a solution to help you invest in strategies to expand, acquire new customers and increase sales.    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - provides an ideal funding solution. This Unique SBA program is now offering Small Business Owners loans - up to $500,000. Quick Access to Working Capital. Rates at only 3.75% - with Thirty (30) Year Repayment terms. Zero payments are required for your...
Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this afternoon as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2021 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday, September 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Special for this year only, many stakeholders came together to identify categories that speak to 2020 and the myriad of challenges, unforeseen hurdles, and opportunities that arose to let creativity shine. Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on...
We know that hiring and retaining employees is the largest challenge facing restaurant owners today. The video below features Chris Floyd, President and Founder of Capital Restaurant Resources. Learn from his experience how to deal with hiring issues for today and the future. Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and issues! Register for the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times" program to receive video interviews that will make a difference in running your restaurant! If you have questions regarding the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times"...
They say that “change is good.” And while switching to Kaiser Permanente should be a seamless experience, any organizational change can be disruptive and spark many questions – especially when the change involves something as important as health care. The good news is that there are ways to minimize that disruption so employees can feel good about the change and stay focused on doing their job. In a recent blog post, we shared tips employers can use to leverage best practices in change management.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954 RAMW Highlights Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week Offerings Signature promotion offers something for everyone and exciting new restaurants this August Washington, DC (July 20, 2021)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week from Monday, August 9, to Sunday, August 15. The signature summer dining event returns to a one-week promotion with Restaurant Week diners able to enjoy three-course...
As many of you have been following the recent updates on the SBA and RRF, we thought it would be of interest to you to read the letter sent by Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association, that he sent out earlier today. In collaboration with local restaurant associations across the country, Sean sent the letter linked here to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. We found it important to note that not only did he address Director Guzman, he also copied Bipartisan Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate....
Managing Your Menu to Improve Profitability   Restaurants need to pay close attention to their menu now more than ever. The pandemic has made us all focus on what sells as we pair down our inventory to reduce cost and improve back of the house efficiency. In addition, the changing times are now producing record inflation which makes managing your food cost and updating your menu pricing critical to your success.   See what FoodPRO Executive Chef Dustin Stone recommends moving forward!       View the video below and then take a short five-question...
For many years, a restaurant's relationship with their food distributor has been primarily a transactional nature. Finding the best products at the best prices has been the norm which has led to a relationship of "I need you, but am I willing to partner with you to grow my business?" One strategy many restaurants used over the past year to remain viable in the marketplace was to partner with their food distributor. The video below features Tom Enright from FoodPRO, an RAMW Industry Partner, who speaks about how your food distributor can help you reach a new level of...
Foodservice industry to celebrate community’s incredible resilience and innovation. Washington, DC (May 20, 2021) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as an in-person event on Sunday, September 19, 2021. New this year, the awards will pivot once again to honor the industry for the extraordinary ways in which its operators, distributors and suppliers, and industry partners were innovative, rethinking operations and navigating recent challenges in...

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