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The online portion of Educated Eats: A Fundraiser Supporting Culinary and Hospitality Education to support 2018 Frans Hagen Scholarships kicked off Monday, November 13th, followed by a party including a live auction portion at Ivy City Smokehouse on Tuesday, November 14th. This year's scholarship recipients, Lifen Zhu & Omar Miranda, joined RAMW for a night of live music, food, drinks, and prizes to help kick off fundraising efforts. Thanks to the amazing emcees, Nycci & David Nellis, as well as all of the wonderful sponsors and donors (Heineken,...
A one-of-a kind report giving insights into the what, when, and why of purchasing patterns between restaurants and suppliers. BlueCart, a B2B SaaS company, is the only mobile procurement app on the market in which restaurants and bars are directly connected with their exclusive network of suppliers. Using data from BlueCart’s user community of 37,000 businesses, the report focuses on US market trends providing businesses valuable insights as to where the food sector could be migrating in terms of demand. As a procurement app, BlueCart has gathered a significant amount of purchasing...
As an organization that serves local business owners and customers, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is proud to support Small Business Saturday® this November 25th! Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 to help strengthen local economies. Today, it’s a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to your favorite diner — because it’s unique small businesses like yours that help local communities stay...
Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr | Jonathan Havens Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a draft guidance, "Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry" (Draft Guidance). In the Draft Guidance, FDA addresses comments it received on the May 2017 interim final rule (IFR) extending the compliance date for the Menu Labeling Final Rule (Menu Labeling Rule or the Rule) from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2018. By way of background, the Agency’s Menu Labeling Rule (discussed here, here, and here) requires restaurants...
       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Maura Morton             Linda Roth Associates, Inc.     maura@lindarothpr.com   (202) 888-3573 14th Annual Wines of Chile Awards Announced 13 Category Prizes and 2 Best in Show Winners To celebrate, 13 D.C. chefs paired the winning wines with dishes highlighting the bounty of Chilean cuisine in a competition-style event VIEW THE GALLERY Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2017)— Wines of Chile, ProChile, Foods From Chile and the Restaurant...
This November, recipients of the 14th Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) presented by Wines of Chile will be formally announced at a special event in Washington, DC. The judging of more than 300 wines took place in early September in San Francisco during a two-day blind tasting with 27 judges from all sides of the industry including wine writers, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. The panel awarded 82 gold medals, 13 top placements in varietal categories including Sparkling, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, and...
This Thanksgiving, skip the stress & let someone else do the cooking! Take your pick of great restaurants offering up special turkey day deals to make your holiday special (and easy!). Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company Download the Holiday Menu (202)333-2558 Make entertaining easy and delicious this holiday season with ROCKLANDS famous slow-smoked turkey — tender, juicy, and loaded with flavor! View the full holiday menu online & call to place your order by Monday 11/20 @ noon!​ Del Campo View the Holiday Order Form (202)289-7377 Chef Victor...
It’s Time to Honor Our 2018 Stars in Restaurant Diversity, Community Service and Hospitality! Is your restaurant one of the 90% of restaurants doing charitable work in their community? Help us recognize our stars in restaurant diversity, community service and hospitality! Tell us how your restaurant gives back or share your story of success, and you could win one of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s prestigious awards.  In recognition of the opportunities the industry creates and their penchant for giving back to local communities, the NRAEF will...
RAMW is excited to announce the evolution of our annual Chile Chef Challenge as a dynamic partnership with the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA).  This year’s event will highlight the award winning and world renowned Chilean wines and celebration of Chilean product.  The awards will culminate in a tasting and wine pairing competition at the National Restaurant Association for a robust list of media and hospitality industry attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region.    We are looking for chef competitors to bring their unique restaurant and cooking style to the...
As discussed previously, earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) delayed its Menu Labeling Rule (the Rule) until May 7, 2018.  FDA’s announcement in May came just one day before the Rule was set to go live. By way of background, the Rule (discussed here, here, and here) requires restaurants and “similar retail food establishments” (e.g., convenience stores and grocery stores) that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations and that sell similar menu items to post on menus and menu boards: (1) calorie information; (2) a statement on...
The Safe Bar Collective has been growing quickly. They have just added venues like the U Street Music Hall, Ten Tigers Parlour, and the Brixton to our coalition, and are now up to about 40 local bars and restaurants that have been trained on sexual and hate violence prevention strategies.   For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they are offering a discounted public training on October 1st for new bars and restaurants interested in joining the Safe Bar Collective. Certification will cost $150 (discounted from $500), and it will include admission for up to two managers,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc. joanna@lindarothpr.com 202-888-3567   11/13 – 11/19: DC Cocktail Week Explore Creative Cocktail and Food Pairings with Specials from the Region’s Best Mixologists   WHAT...
Heartland has just released their Heartland Hire solution, which will help owners with the hire process from finding and tracking applicants right through the employee on boarding. Heartland also has the ability to track WOTC and provide these tax credits to your organization should you hire candidates that qualify.   Heartland will provide you with the on boarding portion FREE of charge as a token of their sincere appreciation for your business and your relationship with RAMW. If you wish to add applicant tracking and WOTC, their pricing is...
With more than 80 million registered hourly workers and 300,000 employer locations, Snagajob is America’s #1 hourly marketplace. Snagajob focuses on creating instant and quality connections so workers can get jobs and employers can hire workers—in minutes. Since 2000, Snagajob’s mission has been to put people in right fit-positions so they can maximize their potential and live more fulfilling lives. Snagajob does this through the Snagajob Marketplace and PeopleMatter, Snagajob’s end-to-end platform of talent and workforce management solutions. Snagajob is now proud to...
October marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. migration to EMV smart-chip enabled payment technology. Despite the fact that the migration was accompanied by a card-present fraud liability shift to the party using the least secure technology, Visa reports that only about 2 million U.S. merchants have transitioned to this new level of technology. This leaves nearly 67 percent of U.S. merchants vulnerable, as fraudsters turn their focus to non-EMV enabled businesses. EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is the global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the...
Shop Made in D.C., a brick-and-mortar retail store devoted to all things made within the District’s borders, is coming to Dupont Circle this fall. The 2,500-square-foot store and cafe aims to open by mid-October at 1333 19th St. NW, which was formerly home to Baja Fresh and Pizza Studio. The combined restaurant and retail store is the brainchild of Stacey Price from People Make Place — and formerly Think Local First D.C. — in partnership with Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the District government’s Made in D.C. program, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement...
Events DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited to welcome the 2017 Library of Congress Book Festival attendees September 2, 2017 to Washington, DC! Official Dining Partners: 1789 Restaurant 1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 1789restaurant.com Acadiana 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC acadianarestaurant.com Acqua Al 2 & Harold Black 212 7th St SE Washington, DC acquaal2.com Ben’s Chili Bow – U St. 1213 U St. NW, Washington, DC benschilibowl.com Ben’s Chili Bow – H St. 1001 H St....
The restaurant staff is the crux of any great eatery. Love 'em or hate 'em, you absolutely need ‘em. And if you want the good employees to stick around, you'll have to do more than pay them well and give them discounted food. To retain top talent - those innovative individuals who consistently go above and beyond for your restaurant - you have to genuinely, truly, visibly, and sincerely appreciate your staff. Employee appreciation in restaurants is crucial to your business's success, because hiring a new staff member isn't exactly easy or affordable. Just look at...
Daniela Moreira was supposed to go into fine dining. She’d worked at Eleven Madison Park and attended the Culinary Institute of America with Top Chef contestant Kwame Onwuachi. So when she moved to D.C. in 2015, she planned to help him with the debut of his ambitious, tasting menu restaurant, the Shaw Bijou. But the much-hyped restaurant was delayed by nearly a year, and Moreira found herself biding time as a personal chef for multiple families, hitting up local farmers' markets six days a week. That’s where she first encountered Timber Pizza Co., a mobile pizzeria with a wood...
Restaurants, especially smaller establishments, need to make the most of their IT budgets to remain profitable and competitive. One way to stretch an IT budget is with Software as a Service (SaaS) for your Point-of-Sale (POS) system.   Instead of buying a high-priced physical copy of a software platform, SaaS lets you keep that cash flow and instead pay a reasonable fixed monthly subscription rate.   Here are three benefits that make SaaS worth considering.   Cost. Buying and maintaining software can carry significant upfront costs and additional unexpected costs...
According to the Journal of food protection, 7 of 10 foodborne illness outbreaks originate in foodservice operations. Food safety should be at the front of every executive’s mind. Incidents can have a massive effect on consumer trust and your company’s valuation. Chipotle, which has faced a number of E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus outbreaks over the past year suffered a huge decline in sales, which contributed to the decline of its share price to $339 from a high of $757. Outbreaks in foodservice operations are not new. 23 years ago Jack in the Box’s deadly E. coli...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc. joanna@lindarothpr.com 202-888-3567   Dining Out and Giving Back Has Never Been Easier Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week Participants to Benefit Capital Area Food Bank       WHAT: Summer Restaurant Week hosted by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is about more than just...
Washington, DC (July 26, 2017) – Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) proudly invites Citi Open® Tennis Players to dine out and experience some of DC’s most acclaimed restaurants. Over 120 players will participate in the 3rd annual dining passport program, which includes meal coupons to 26 DC-area restaurants the week of July 29 - August 6, 2017. Participating Dining Passport Destinations Include: Acqua al 2, Ari's Diner, Boss Sheperd's, Charlie Palmer Steak, China Chilcano by José Andrés, Denson Liquor Bar, Dock FC, doi moi, Estadio,...
Top foodservice industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners in 21 award categories. The selection process for the winners involved two esteemed groups, the voting public and an anonymous panel of volunteer judges, consisting of food and dining journalists, educators and foodservice industry professionals. The voting public decided the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Casual Brunch...
35th Annual Event Returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center July 30 Washington, DC (July 25, 2017)—On Sunday, July 30 the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, bringing together tastemakers from across the region’s foodservice industry for a black-tie gala like no other. A centerpiece of the summer season, the awards are an enduring celebration of the region’s world renowned culinary scene, hosted by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in partnership with its sponsor Events DC. “In 2016,...

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