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As Voted by OpenTable Diners Fun, delicious, and a great treat for Mother’s Day, brunch brings people together like no other meal. Gather with family or friends at one of 2018’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and keep building your story around the table. Our list is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 26,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners. View the Full List
High-End Restaurants Are Turning to Retail to Bring in Additional Cash Fancy ice tongs and kaftans—order up! Bloomberg // By Kate Krader // May 15, 2018 In early 2018, downtown New York café La Mercerie upended the traditional understanding of restaurant retail. While logoed tee-shirts and beer cozies have long been part of cash register displays at mass-market chains, higher-end establishments have traditionally opted for more sophisticated merchandishing, say, by putting out a cookbook. But La Mercerie sells everything...
Mother's Day RECIPES FROM 2018 RAMMYS Pastry chef OF THE YEAR FINALISTS Frozen Raspberry Yuzu Souffle with Sesame & Blueberries Recipe by Chef Pichet Ong // Maketto Serves: 8 "When local berries come into season I instantly run out for them, especially after a long stretch of winter and exceptionally cold spring this year.  It is also a time that my mother likes to go out and choose her own berries – often indecisive as to which one – or ones.  While she has a sweet tooth like me, having dessert is a rare indulgence since she...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Sharon Rissal, an Employee of the Year finalist for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Employee of the Year award is given to someone who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image. This excludes managerial positions, giving house employees an opportunity to display their hard work. ​ Name and Position: My name is Sharon Julianty Rissal but I go by Sarah. I’ve been a server at Jaleo Bethesda for 5 years and have a passion for making people...
DC RESTAURANT OWNERS & TIPPED EMPLOYEES - DO YOU KNOW ABOUT INITIATIVE 77? ​Initiative 77 aims to create one minimum wage by eliminating the tip credit. This will likely eliminate tipping in DC restaurants which would move tipped employees to a flat hourly rate.​ Support Tipped Employees Vote NO on June 19th Under the current system, tipped employees have incredible earning potential in the District of Columbia. Ballot Initiative #77 is threatening to change a system that works and could reduce pay for servers and bartenders in D.C. if it passes in June. DO YOU...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Edgar Salvador, an Employee of the Year finalist for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Employee of the Year award is given to someone who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image. This excludes managerial positions, giving house employees an opportunity to display their hard work. ​ Name and Position: Edgar Salvador / Server at Centrolina I’m 23 years old. Born in VA, living in MD, working in DC. I’m a proud Latino and I’m...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Pete Rymshaw, an Employee of the Year finalist for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Employee of the Year award is given to someone who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image. This excludes managerial positions, giving house employees an opportunity to display their hard work. ​ Name and Position: Pete Rymshaw. Bartender at The Salt Line; Pete has been a staple in the DC area since 1998 when he started at Paolo’s Georgetown. In...
 MOVIN' YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD: START, GROW AND PROSPER The 3rd Annual POWERUP DC National Small Business Week Forum is designed to provide small businesses and non-profits with information, tools, resources, and services to support their startup and growth into prospering enterprises. The forum will focus specifically on one of the greatest needs of entrepreneurs, access to capital to start, grow and prosper. It will also focus on procurement opportunities in both the private and government sectors, certification and licensing, emerging industries, business trends as well...
DC Establishments Join Forces to Offer Best in Guest and Employee Experience WASHINGTON, DC – Chef Geoff’s Restaurant Group and Clover Restaurant Group announced today that they have joined forces to create a joint venture combining four Washington restaurant brands and nine total restaurants including Chef Geoff’s, Lia’s, Cafe Deluxe and Tortilla Coast. All of the restaurants will now be operated by Chef Geoff’s Deluxe Hospitality (CGD Hospitality) and family owned by Brian Sullivan, James Sullivan, Geoff Tracy and Chris Tracy.  All four have extensive...
Good, bad or a litigation nightmare waiting to happen? Nation's Restaurant News  //  Jim Coleman  //  Apr 24, 2018 Buried deep within the 2,000-plus pages of the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law earlier this year are three pages of legislative language that amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, of 1938 to prohibit employers — including managers and supervisors — from “keeping” tips received by employees for any purpose. What is most unusual, however, is that the new prohibition is...
Restaurant executives to gather in Dallas Oct. 1-3 Nation's Restaurant News Chef, restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés will be the keynote speaker at this year’s MUFSOconference, presented by Nation’s Restaurant News. Scheduled to speak on Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator and television personality. He is also chef-owner of the Washington, D.C.-based ThinkFoodGroup, which includes 30 restaurants around the world, including minibar by Jos...
FoodSafety Magazine  |  SIGNATURE SERIES  |  April 20, 2018 by Julian Hough Imagine if you had enough money to put 8.5 million people, at an average annual cost of $30K, through 4 years of private college. Or, at a sticker price of $23,810 each, you could buy a Prius for about 40 percent of all American families. That’s what $1.6 trillion would get you. That’s trillion–with a “T”. Twelve zeros! It’s also the figure that Americans spent in 2015 on food and beverages in grocery stores and eating out establishments (Canning, U.S....
Washington, DC  – [April 18, 2018] – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today the 2018 Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity and Ambassador of Hospitality award winners, celebrating diversity and inclusion, community service and hospitality leadership in the restaurant industry. Seven winners were selected from hundreds of nominations and the coveted Ambassador of Hospitality award went to chef Rick Bayless. The NRAEF honored each winner at a special VIP dinner in Washington, D.C. Their incredible stories of...
Classically Trained Chef Joins Dupont Circle Restaurant With New Spring Menus Rooted in Sustainable Cuisine WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 17, 2018) – Dupont Circle gathering place Firefly welcomes Rich Falbo as its new executive chef. With a B.A. in Hospitality from Texas Tech University, a culinary arts degree from New England Culinary Institute, and more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Falbo brings his affinity for heartfelt service and delicious, responsibly sourced food to Firefly.  “We’re excited to have an experienced and accomplished chef...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Julio Amador, Assistant General Manager of Cork Wine Bar & Market. He is nominated for the Manager of the Year award for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Manager of the Year award goes to a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.​ Name // Title...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Adam Rigaa, General Manager and Sommelier of Brasserie Beck. He is nominated for the Manager of the Year award for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Manager of the Year award goes to a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.​ Name // Title...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Heidi Minora, manager of Commissary. She is nominated for the Manager of the Year award for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Manager of the Year award goes to a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.​ Name // Title // Bio Heidi Minora, General...
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) presents Matthew McQuilkin, Director of Operations of Pizzeria Paradiso. He is nominated for the Manager of the Year award for the 2018 RAMMY Awards Gala on June 10. The Manager of the Year award goes to a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.​ Name // Title //...
SPRINGTIME RECIPES FROM 2018 RAMMYS NEW Restaurant of the year finalists   Bee's Knees Signature Spring Cocktail Recipe by Chef Ryan Ratino, Bresca ​Ingredients: 2 oz Bees Wax Gin 1 oz Truffle Honey Syrup 1 oz Lemon Juice Baby's Breath (garnish) Directions: Shake all ingredients with plenty of ice Strain into desired glass Garnish with baby's breath and straw Enjoy!   Quick Pickled Yellow Daikon Recipe by Chefs Scott Drewno & Danny Lee, CHIKO ​CHIKO’S QUICK PICKLED YELLOW DAIKON IS THEIR TAKE ON ...
BETHESDA, Md., April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Streetsense, an experience-focused strategy and design collective based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, recognized as the best in the industry with NEWH Top Interior Design Award for 2018. This prestigious honor is determined by the NEWH chapter boards with consideration of a firm's quality design work in the hospitality industry along with membership and support the firm has provided the NEWH chapter. This exclusive recognition is NEWH's way of supporting and promoting membership. Not only are firms acknowledged by their local...
Founder of The Dubliner Daniel Coleman is honored at the RAMMYS Capital Achievement Reception Washington, DC (April 10, 2018)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is thrilled to announce restaurant founder and publican Daniel Coleman will be honored with the 2018 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award at a reception on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm. This is one of the twenty-one awards presented during the RAMMY Awards season and is named in honor of legendary Washington restaurateur Duke Zeibert. The honor is determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee and recognizes...
Source: Sheppard Mullin Labor & Employment Law Blog By Keith Goodwin and Greg Labate on April 10, 2018 Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Tip Pooling, Wage and Hour The recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (“H.R. 1625”), an 878-page omnibus spending bill, significantly changes the rules for tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). While the conditions for taking a tip credit toward federal minimum wage obligations remain essentially unchanged, H.R. 1625 appears to permit the inclusion of a larger...
From Rockville, MD to DC’s Celebrated Chocolate-centric Co Co. Sala, to Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Pine Returns to the DC Area Ready to Revitalize 2941’s Pastry Program (FALLS CHURCH, VA) – Celebrated modern American restaurant 2941 in Falls Church, VA is thrilled to announce the appointment of Nicholas Pine as their new Pastry Chef. A native of Rockville, MD, 27 year-old Pine returns to the DC area with almost a decade of experience having worked for celebrated pastry programs including Co Co. Sala in Washington D.C. as...
New Lunch Line-Up Features Dishes Inspired by Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima & Team’s Travels, Interactive Culinary Components, Nods to Local Legends & More   (WASHINGTON DC – April 4th, 2018) – Just in time to welcome the arrival of spring in the District, Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima and team at Daikaya Izakaya (705 6th Street NW 2F, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 589-1600; www.Daikaya.com; @DaikayaDC) are thrilled to announce the debut of their new spring lunch menu at their vibrant izakaya beginning on Thursday...
QSR Magazine  /  by Mary Avant  / March 2018 As fish stocks suffer, brands are turning to underutilized seafood varieties as more responsible replacements. Three billion. That’s how many people across the globe rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, according to the World Wildlife Fund. However, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimating that roughly 85 percent of fish species are either overfished or fully depleted, consumers and the companies that feed them are left treading water in an attempt to support the growing demand for...

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