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Customers Love to Love You, Baby, Especially on Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2020
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 reservations...

Michelin Gives New ‘Green Clover’ Symbol to Sustainable Restaurants

February 3, 2020
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 —...Read more

Industry Professionals Share Stories for Black History Month

January 31, 2020
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, Brinker International’s...

7 Easy Ways to Promote Your Restaurant’s Healthy Kids' Meals

January 17, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association's new "What’s Hot" menu trends report finds parents really do want healthier choices for kids when dining out. Here’s how to market them. National Restaurant Association's What’s Hot 2020 Culinary Forecast , a survey of 600 chefs from the American Culinary Federation, found that restaurant diners want healthier options for their children. They want foods that align with their own culinary preferences, and restaurateurs are listening. “One of the biggest challenges...

DC Restaurants Help Kick Off 2020 Washington Auto Show

January 22, 2020
RAMW member restaurants welcome fans with Auto Show specials and promotions Washington, DC (January 22, 2020) – Events DC and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited to welcome the 2020 Washington Auto Show from January 24 – February 2, 2020. The annual show marks a new era for Washington, DC‘s largest public show. The 2020 Washington Auto Show will take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with a fully stocked automotive showcase that many describe as “new-car heaven.” For a complete list of events,...

These Top 10 restaurant trends are what’s hot in 2020

January 13, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association From stress-busting foods to special burger blends and rejiggered classic cocktails, this year’s list highlights a combination of comfort mixed with a little bit of edginess. Wondering what customers are craving at restaurants this year? If you guessed these edgy updates along with plant-based proteins, healthy bowl meals and delivery-friendly menu options in eco-friendly packaging, you’re on trend for 2020. “These trends reflect Americans’ desire to combine the tried-and-true with the new and different,” says...

Mayor Bowser Awards $2.3 Million in Great Streets Grants to Transform Neighborhood Corridors

January 13, 2020
Mayor Releases Study on Supporting Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio awarded over $2.3 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Great Streets Small Business Grants to 48 local small businesses. The investment continues Mayor Bowser’s effort to support local businesses, create new job opportunities for DC residents, and grow the District’s emerging neighborhoods. “Small and local businesses are the heart and backbone of DC’s economy – they...Read more

Nominations Now Open for the 2020 RAMMY Awards

January 9, 2020
Washington, DC (January 9, 2020) — The 38th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Nominations for 20 categories will be accepted online today, January 9, through February 20, 2020, including four categories for which the general public will select a winner. New in 2020, the awards program’s respected judges panel has amended the timeframe in which a restaurant must be open in order to qualify for the restaurant-specific categories, kicking off a full six months of programs and promotions celebrating the region...Read more

New Las Vegas Organization Promises to Open Doors for Women Chefs

January 8, 2020
Original content: Eater Las Vegas by Susan Stapleton Jan 8, 2020, 9:00am PST A new Las Vegas-based organization plans to bring together female restaurant industry mentors with newcomers to help them navigate the hospitality world. Elizabeth Blau of Blau + Associates and restaurants such as Honey Salt and Buddy V’s Ristorante and Mary Choi Kelly of MCK Leadership Talent Group co-founded the Women’s Hospitality Initiative that kicks off its efforts with a screening of the documentary A Fine Line followed by nibbles and networking with some of the powerful women chefs of Las Vegas...Read more

Raise a Pint with the DC Brewing Community at HopFest 2020

January 7, 2020
DC Brau to Host the DC Brewers’ Guild’s Sixth Annual Beer Festival Celebrating Hop-Forward Offerings on Saturday, March 14th Washington, DC -- January 7, 2020 -- All hail the mighty hop! The DC brewing community invites hop-lovers to its sixth annual HopFest on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 - 5:00pm. HopFest 2020, the only DC beer festival by local brewers, for local brewers, will take place at DC Brau Brewing ( 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE) in Northeast DC in support of the DC Brewers’ Guild . “HopFest is our chance each spring to come together as a community and taste...Read more