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As we kick off another great year, Spring is right around the corner and DC has THOUSANDS of visitors preparing to descend upon our city looking to spend time in YOUR restaurant during four upcoming conferences taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the first half of 2019. Through our partnership with Events DC, RAMW is able to extend exclusive FREE advertising opportunities to help drive event attendee traffic to our restaurant members! RAMW, and our partners at Events DC, invite your restaurant to participate in the following upcoming 2019 events by: Becoming an...
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION  //  FEBRUARY 11, 2019 Love is in the air, as Americans get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. As the holiday approaches, restaurateurs should get ready to welcome an influx of diners, research suggests. According to data from online reservation platform OpenTable and point-of-sale software company Toast, more than 30 percent of consumers will celebrate the holiday by dining out with their loved ones. In 2018, 32 percent of Americans visited a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, and 50 percent of those reservations...
National restaurant association's new chairman, Joe Essa, discusses the Association's work during its centennial year. National Restaurant Association  //  february 8, 2019 Joe Essa, president and CEO of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and the National Restaurant Association’s chairman, shares his views on the industry and what the Association is working on during its 100th anniversary. Why is this a special year for the Association? This year, we’re celebrating the Association’s centennial anniversary. As we mark this very special occasion, we’re...
An International-Style Lager Brewed In Collaboration with Maketto Washington, DC - January 2019 - Just in time for the Chinese New Year, DC Brau is expanding the distribution of its International-Style Lager, Tuk Tuk, throughout the District of Columbia. Brewed in collaboration with Maketto on H Street NE, the bright yellow pop art cans will now be available at restaurants and retailers through Premium Distributors.   “Tuk Tuk was inspired by one of our favorite Asian light beers to be an easy-drinking lager with a little hop flavor and lively carbonation,” says DC Brau...
DC Brau Hosts the Fifth Annual Beer Festival Featuring Hop-Forward Offerings Local Breweries Washington, DC -- January 31, 2019 -- The beer community’s annual HopFest returns for its fifth year, hosted this year at DC Brau Brewing in Northeast DC. HopFest 2019, the only DC beer festival by local brewers, for local brewers is set to take place on Saturday, March 9th from 1pm to 5pm to support the DC Brewers’ Guild (dcbg.org). Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, February 1st at 10am.  “HopFest is our chance each spring to come together as a community...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations are underway for the 20th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the National Building Museum. Since its inception, the tasting event has raised about $7 million for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Guests are anticipated to raise another $800,000 this year. Thanks to generous donors – events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment...
Treat your sweet to a special Valentine’s Day at some of DC’s best restaurants offering decadent prix fixe menus & romantic packages to celebrate love! WASHINGTON, DC MXDC Cocina Mexicana 666 14th Street NW, WDC 20005  •  202.329.6645  •  Make Reservations Join MXDC Cocina Mexicana by Todd English for your special Valentine’s Day dinner with a 3-course menu for $60/person including a complimentary cava toast. Chipotle Pasta Del Mar, Ribeye Steak, plus Lobster & Shrimp Paella for 2, are just a few of the delicious offerings to...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc.                                 joanna@lindarothpr.com 401-932-6076     Restaurant...
Almost 200 Restaurants to Continue Prix Fixe Menus through January 27 Washington, DC (January 20, 2019) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today announced that for the first time in the 18 years of its biannual Restaurant Week promotion, it will officially extend Winter Restaurant Week through Sunday, January 27. The promotion has been extended to give diners in the region another week to take advantage of affordable, outstanding lunches, dinners and brunches, and in turn, to continue supporting the local restaurant community across DC, Maryland, and Virginia...
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...
The Source by Wolfgang Puck will ring in Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 5th with a restaurant takeover featuring a night of duck and dumplings from some of the city’s top chefs in honor of the Year of the Pig. The upstairs dining room will feature a bar pouring Rhône wines, live chef action stations with different presentations of duck, and a whole pig roast from Sloppy Mama’s BBQ pit master and owner, Joe Neuman. Downstairs, guests will enjoy Japanese whisky, an ice luge, and stations featuring a variety of...
A Decade-Long Partnership Reinforces Both Events DC and Aramark's Commitment to Raising the Level of Forward-Thinking Hospitality Services Provided in Washington, DC WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC today announced the selection of Aramark as the new exclusive food and beverage partner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, following a comprehensive bid process.  The newly approved contract by Events DC's Board of Directors will mark a proposed ten-year...
 A new report examines student ideas for innovation, efficiency and technology from the National ProStart Invitational. NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION  //  JANUARY 17, 2019 Have you ever wondered what restaurants in the future might look like? Will they feature menus that scientifically boost your mood or be retrofitted into solar-powered food trucks? Those are just a couple of the ideas some next-generation chefs came up with at last year’s ProStart Invitational, according to a new National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation report produced...
Economic shocks are felt throughout the region as the government holds back pay for contractors and nearly 150,000 federal workers. WASHINGTON, DC — The federal government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, is putting unsustainable financial strain on contractors and the households of nearly 150,000 federal workers in the region, as well as the local businesses that serve them. In response, the following 22 business organizations strongly urge the President and congressional leaders to reopen the federal government as soon as possible: Apartment and...
As filing season for 2018’s taxes nears, one area of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that remains unsolved is how depreciation on qualified improvement property will be treated. When conducting a major buildout or refurbishment project, business owners are generally offered major tax depreciation incentives. However, these incentives could be at risk for tax year 2018, unless a technical correction to the new law is issued. Under the TCJA, fixed assets placed into service after September 27, 2017 are now eligible for 100 percent bonus depreciation, as compared to 50 percent bonus...
Pappe on 14th Street is now offering an Indian inspired brunch menu from 11:00am - 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays~   In addition to the restaurant’s regular menu, Chef Sanjay Mandhaiya has created a Goan Crab Benedict with house-made crab cakes on saffron flavored naan, with poached eggs and a chili-lime hollandaise sauce.  ($19)   The restaurant’s popular thali menu now includes a Brunch Thali with tastes of lamb, chicken, egg (the egg dish will change each week to include egg curry or other egg-based dishes), one...
More chefs are making dishes from scrap ingredients, as zero-waste cooking trends to No. 3 in the National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot" report. Day after day, Washington, DC’s Teaism would trash pounds of broccoli stems, trimmings from florets served in the fast-casual’s bento boxes. Eyeing the waste, co-owner Michelle Brown would demur to Chef Alison Swope: “It’s a shame we can’t do anything with all those stems.” Challenge accepted. Swope’s “Broccoli Tots” combine ground broccoli stems with goat cheese and...
Global flavors trended high throughout the national restaurant association's "What's Hot" report, including condiments, sweets and kids' meals. National restaurant association  //  January 10, 2019 At The Corner Restaurant in Milford, Conn., guests can “travel” the globe every morning, with breakfast specialties like “Spiced Indian Duck Tortilla,” “Malaysian Spiced Pulled Pork Special” and “African Hash. The casual restaurant has been serving international breakfast flavors for years, but more restaurants are...
Eatery Pulse Streem  //  Winter 2019 The impact of automation, entrepreneurs, convenience on 2019 trends is pervasive Baum + Whiteman’s 2019 trend report highlights 13 trends that promise to reshape the market of the immediate future. While some of these trends are continuations of factors that are already playing a large role in the contemporary hospitality market and others are more speculative, they each represent larger potential disruptions to the current food and beverage environment. One such emerging trend is increased automation in restaurants and hotels that,...
Restaurant Business Online  //  by Peter Romeo The bargains are aimed at patrons whose incomes have been disrupted by the federal closure. Elected officials can’t agree on a plan to reopen the federal government, but rank-and-file employees of Uncle Sam are finding deals aplenty in the restaurants of Washington, D.C.  Establishments ranging from fast-food joints to the fine-dining outlets of chef Jose Andres are extending freebies and deep discounts to government employees whose incomes have been disrupted by the federal shutdown. In most instances, the deals are...
SmartBrief  //  Food & Travel - Restaurant & Foodservice  // by Janet Forgrieve Many Americans will toast the arrival of 2019 with champagne or sparkling wine, but before midnight the glasses of partiers and restaurant patrons are more likely to be filled with hops- and barley-based brews. Craft beer sales were on track to rise 5% this year, hitting a new record, and the number of craft breweries was set to grow 20% to more than 7,000, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association. Craft brewers are defined as small and independent, producing...
SmartBrief  //  Food & Travel - Restaurant & Foodservice  //  by Torrey Kim From meal kits to restaurant food deliveries, many different opportunities exist that can make mealtime easier. These services allow people with limited time to enjoy simple-to-prepare and tasty meals that fit into their dietary goals. With the popularity of these programs rising, it’s no surprise that consumers are now seeking the same types of solutions away from home. That has led to an increase in food delivery services that cater to offices. Rather than offering the old...
Forbes  //  Food & Drink  //  by Lana Bandoim From glitter bagels to broccoli coffee, 2018 brought many different trends. Although some ideas, like pickle-flavored foods, may last for a while, others will probably fade into obscurity as soon as you vacuum the last piece of glitter from those bagels. Take a look at what Americans really ate in 2018 and which trends are likely to return in 2019. Home-Cooked Meals Meat with onions and carrots in a frying pan. Credit: Getty Royalty FreeGETTY According to the 2018 Plated's State of the Dinner Plate...
Dear Members, As you all are aware, the government of the United States shutdown at midnight due to lapse in appropriation. Below please find communication shared by Destination DC regarding the shutdown and messaging for the #DCisOpen campaign. RAMW will send updated information as it is available and our social media platforms will share messaging to let consumers know that restaurants, in addition to so many attractions, destinations, and events in DC are very much open for business.      DC is Open DC is open for business and remains a great value for visitors...
Restaurant Business Online  //  by Patricia Cobe This year met expectations and delivered a few surprises on the plate. These seven trends were major players on restaurant menus.   1. Clean ingredients as table stakes Consumer demand for transparency has changed menu development and sourcing, and there’s no turning back. Fast-casual operators were pioneers in cleaning up ingredient lists, but in 2018, operators in every segment made menu transparency a priority. And suppliers responded, reformulating products with minimal processing and all-natural...

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