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How the Gig Economy is Changing How Restaurants Hire, Manage Their Workforce

April 16, 2019
SmartBrief // by Tricia Contreras A tight labor market, high employee turnover and millennials’ desire for flexible work schedules are driving some restaurant operators to change the way they hire and manage staffers. A growing wave of tech companies are building hiring platforms designed to make it easier for operators and workers to fill open shifts. “We’re playing with some of the app hiring, but in very linear sense,” Dine Brands Global Chief Information Officer Adrian Butler said during a panel discussion at the 2018 Restaurant Innovation Summit. “At some...

National Restaurant Association Releases 2019 "State of the Restaurant Industry" Report

April 8, 2019
National Restaurant Association // News The report identifies and analyzes the positive impacts and potential challenges coming in both tableservice and limited-service restaurants Find out what significant forces are impacting and shaping the restaurant industry, including the general US economy, workforce demographics, emerging technologies, and food and menu trends. The report analyzes the industry by service segment, customer preferences, and much more to identify the positive impacts and potential challenges coming in both tableservice and limited-service restaurants. It collects and...

Food & Wine Launches New Restaurant Industry-Focused Section

March 21, 2019
Forbes // by Lizzy Saxe There was a time not so long ago when glorifying the horrific, systemic abuse culinary professionals suffer on a daily basis was not just cool, it was de rigueur for food writers. The first nonfiction book that truly captured my imagination was Heat by Bill Buford, a piece that worships Mario Batali and describes his worst behavior as so charming as to be harmless. Simultaneously exposing and celebrating the backward culture of the kitchen made Anthony Bourdain a household name, and Gabrielle Hamilton nostalgically recounted stealing from her employers as a young...Read more

$800,000 in Scholarships Offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

January 18, 2019
Apply Today for Scholarships and Grants in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Hospitality Washington, DC ( Restaurant News Release ) Starting today, students, military servicemen and women, foodservice educators and more can apply for scholarships and grants to pursue jobs and careers in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Each year, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) awards more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants to students across the country. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2019 from anyone pursuing a post-...Read more

Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters

November 13, 2018
Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs. View Amazon's Official Announcement Amazon today announced that we have selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for our new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three...Read more

How one company’s platform is solving D.C.’s worker shortage

October 31, 2018
In the restaurant industry, filling shifts⎼and keeping them filled⎼is vital to the success of your business. When you don’t have ample staff to help prep and cook food, bus and wait tables and clean dishes, your customer experience can suffer. So what can businesses do when they have a last-minute callout and the dinner rush starts in less than an hour? Businesses in the D.C. metro area are leaning on Snag Work , an on-demand mobile platform providing front-and-back of house staff to employers in need. Founded in Richmond, Va., in 2016 and introduced to the D.C. metro area in early 2018...

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

October 26, 2018
Washington, DC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is proud to announce its participation in the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership, connecting military spouses with more than 390 partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. The NRAEF officially joined the partnership on Oct. 16, 2018, at the annual Induction Ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. The partnership launched on June 29, 2011, to serve...Read more

National Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Program, ProStart, Starts Cooking in DC Public Schools

October 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – October 16, 2018 – Today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Educated Eats will celebrate the arrival of the NRAEF’s high school culinary and restaurant management program, ProStart, to the District of Columbia. The celebration will kick off at the Educated Eats “Sips & Bites” press conference and benefits event for culinary and hospitality education held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this evening at 5:00 pm...Read more

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Brings Nationally Recognized ProStart® Program Back To Nation’s Capital with Programs at Three Local High Schools

October 12, 2018
PROSTART ® TRAINS THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULINARY LEADERS, PROVIDING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DC YOUTH WASHINGTON (October 11, 2018) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and its education foundation, Educated Eats, are pleased to announce the return of a nationally acclaimed program aimed at cultivating the next generation of local culinary and hospitality management leaders in DC. ProStart ® , a National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) program that prepares high school students for...Read more

LEDC Receives $700,000 Federal Award to Support Food Businesses That Create Job Opportunities for Low-income DC Residents

October 10, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC - The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is the recipient of a $700,000 award to finance food businesses committed to creating job opportunities for low-income residents in the District of Columbia. The award is a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program and comes at a critical time. The District's unemployment rate is the second highest in the country and job growth continues to slow. "LEDC is thrilled to receive this grant again from the U.S. Department of Health and...Read more