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Through the ServSafe Dining Commitment, operators pledge to follow four best practices that are effective means for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Nearly 10,000 restaurants have made the commitment in which they pledge to: Adhere to the updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance and/or corporate brand guidelines, which are based on CDC, FDA, EPA and OSHA guidelines. Adhere to the laws and guidelines set by their state and local municipalities. Commit to a minimum of one person per location with a current ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification....
In 2020, the first $137,700 of wages or self-employed income are subject to a 12.4% Social Security tax. The Social Security tax gets split by the employer and employee on wage earnings while the self-employed earner is liable for the full 12.4% Social Security tax. All wages and self-employed earnings are subject to a 2.9% Medicare tax; the 2.9% Medicare tax is also split between the employer and employee on wage earnings. Those who earn wages and self-employed income above $250,000 (if married, $200,000 if single) are also subject to an additional 0.9% payroll tax. Biden’s proposed...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced that the District has joined Get Covered 2021, a national initiative to get uninsured Americans covered and promote information about quality affordable health plans and premium reductions. DC residents are encouraged to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com. Open enrollment for District residents runs through January 31, 2021. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2021, residents must enroll by December 15, 2020. “The pandemic has placed a...
This Guide is a compilation of Thanksgiving menus and offerings that DC restaurants proactively shared with RAMW. All offerings listed in our guide are available to-go in some in some capacity, whether that be preordered catering, takeout, delivery, or scheduled pickup.   This list does not capture all restaurant offerings in DC, but it features 50+ restaurants who shared their offerings directly with us for our platforms. In addition to browsing through the options below, we encourage consumers to check in with their local restaurants to see what they are offering. ...
RAMW is working with DC Health Link to provide free seat and floor decals to remind customers to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others. These decals are intended to be an aid in business operations to keep patrons safe and healthy, while complying with the Mayor’s orders for social distancing. Each business can request up to six (6) floor decals, ten (10) seat decals, and eight (8) facemasks by emailing us at coverage@ramw.org.   DC Health Link has taken several steps to reduce financial barriers making it easier to...
This Guide is a compilation of Thanksgiving menus and offerings that DC-area restaurants proactively shared with RAMW. All offerings listed in our guide are available to-go in some in some capacity, whether that be preordered catering, takeout, delivery, or scheduled pickup.   This list does not capture all restaurant offerings in DC, but it features 50+ restaurants who shared their offerings directly with us for our platforms. In addition to browsing through the options below, we encourage consumers to check in with their local restaurants to see what they are offering....
Cocktail Enthusiasts, Local and International Experts, Acclaimed Chefs, and Entertainers Host Virtual Happy Hours and Cocktail How-Tos Washington, DC (November 10, 2020)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) kicks off its celebration of cocktail culture and restaurants as DC Cocktail Week returns – with a twist – November 16-22, 2020, at more than 75 restaurants across the Metropolitan Washington region. Diners can enjoy thoughtfully and deliciously paired cocktails and small plates from restaurants next week as chefs and mixologists collaborate to present...
On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11:00am, DC Health Link is sponsoring a virtual enrollment kickoff that will bring together leading healthcare advocates, local leaders, celebrities and entertainers. Learn tips for healthy living, and most importantly, how to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. The kickoff will feature:       - Healthy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs;     - Sounds of local DJs and artists;     - Multicultural dance and music performances;     - Exercise instruction with Zumba, Yoga experts;     -...
The Washington Post is excited to offer a partnership in a “Restaurant Gift Card Giveaway”   To participate, all you need to provide is your restaurant name, hi res logo, restaurant point of contact (name, email, direct phone number) to Alexandra.Weber@washpost.com.  Deadline to participate is Monday, November 2, 2020. Details: The Washington Post will be giving away (5) $100 restaurant gift cards in an exclusive subscriber enter for a chance to win promotion Launch date November 9 and to run for 5 consecutive weeks Your Commitment to participate is...
Over the past several months, OpenTable has worked to create content that can help restaurateurs navigate this challenging period. They are sharing their data, performing regular consumer research, and working directly with industry partners to gather insights and advice. OpenTable has compiled some of their most beneficial pieces, including their latest diner survey data, their industry webinar series, zero-budget marketing tips, and more, in one place for easy access.      Diner insights: How people feel about eating out again In OpenTable’s new...
2020 RESTAURANT TECHNOLOGY SERIES – THE NEW FRONTIER Aligning Technology and Operations for Changing Times Each year CohnReznick’s restaurant technology summits draw hundreds of strategic thinkers in the industry to discuss practical solutions for how restaurants can leverage technology to achieve their business vision. Needless to say, this year is unlike any other for the restaurant industry, and our RestTech series will be different too. Our 2020 RestTech program is going virtual with a series of webinars held every Wednesday from September 16, 2020...
Saval Foodservice President Paul Saval was featured on Dennis Knows Food, Episode 60 “Peer to Peer with Paul Saval! For full details and places to listen, click here! 
Troy Poole, owner of TidePoole’s in sunny Newport Beach, California, is going above and beyond to ensure his customers are served the best possible ingredients.  The specialty SoCal restaurant uses produce picked straight off their rooftop Tower Garden units to make delicious pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Troy’s ‘Tower-to-Table’ recipes keep customers coming back for more, cementing himself in this bustling beach town. Read more about Troy’s journey with Tower Garden below. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in the...
Irrepressibly Strong Industry and Winners in Regional Award Categories Celebrated Amidst Ongoing Challenges Washington, DC (September 20, 2020)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners of The RAMMY Awards tonight during a virtual program viewed live by a first-ever public audience. Broadcasted live from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the two-hour streaming experience celebrated the region’s resilient hospitality community and honored winners in 20 award categories with other special distinctions. For over thirty years, The RAMMY Awards...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Avery Lewis | LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2020 RAMMY Award Winners Irrepressibly Strong Industry and Winners in Regional Award Categories Celebrated Amidst Ongoing Challenges   Washington, DC (September 20, 2020)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners of The RAMMY Awards tonight during a virtual program viewed live by a first-ever public audience. Broadcasted live from the...
Get to know the 2020 RAMMY Manager and Employee of the Year Finalists!   Member on the Menu: Jamal Flowers, ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Co. – Alexandria Jamal Flowers is the Service Manager at ROCKLANDS – Alexandria. A DMV native, he’s lived in the area most of his life and has been with the restaurant for about ten years. What's the most rewarding part about being the manager of a restaurant? I absolutely love working with our customers. Interacting with them, treating them well and becoming friends and sometimes family is the more rewarding part. I also...
State-of-the-Art Production Studio Unveiled Inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC – September 16, 2020 – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for DC, announced today the launch of GATHER by Events DC (GATHER), a new virtual platform designed to innovatively bring the local community, clients, and partners together. GATHER is a virtual venue, capable of producing and streaming live events and will be a repository for on-demand experiences. These ondemand experiences are designed to engage and excite multiple audiences through impactful...
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 10, 2020 Contact: Adam Hudson: (202) 527-5622; adam.hudson@dc.gov Linda Wharton Boyd: (202) 351-9777; linda.wharton-boyd@dc.gov   Washington, DC –The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) Executive Board unanimously voted to adopt the recommendations from its Standing Advisory Board to extend the Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) for COVID-19 for District residents who need health insurance and for employees and dependents of employers already covered on DC Health Link to January 31, 2021, or longer if the District’s...
Update from RY CPA Follow up to the President’s executive order (EO) to defer the employee portion of social security tax that began on September 1, 2020. The IRS issued guidance on August 28, 2020 that confirmed our reservation about enrolling our clients in this program. Here is what you should know: You have the option to not withhold and deposit your employee’s share of social security tax from their paychecks between September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. You are responsible for remitting these taxes to the IRS between January 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021 by...
The small business community in DC is the soul of the city. The District relies on you. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) is showing love to small businesses with two limited-time offers to help you save money and energy. Free Energy Audits: For a limited time, the DCSEU is offering free virtual audits with one of our Energy Consultants. The audit includes: interviews with business staff, a virtual walk-through of the facility, and a report. Sign up to receive a custom report on energy savings opportunities. Enhanced Incentives: Need to upgrade lighting, HVAC, or food service...
Ecolab, our official training partner, is offering a series of Food Safety Month webinars to inform you of continuing best practices for your restaurants:   Health Inspections: What You Need to Know Now and Then  Health inspections are a key component for verifying your food safety program. Join us to learn more about what to expect at your next onsite or virtual health inspection, how to best prepare for it and how it will strengthen your overall food safety culture. This webinar is part of the Food Safety and Public Health Matters Webinar series and the Restaurants Rise...
The 2020 K-FOOD Cook-Off with K-Seafood will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner Center on Sunday, September 27th, 2020, 3-6pm. This event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Food Promotion Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Oceans and Fishery and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Event partners include the Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner Center. The purpose of this contest is to highlight the increasing global popularity of Korean food and show how K-Food enthusiasts are using their...
In recognition of the increasingly popularity of Korean food on the American culinary landscape, the 2020 K-Food Week Video Contest will feature K-Food stories shared online by K-Food enthusiasts. The contestants’ videos will describe their K-Food experience, i.e.: What’s your favorite K-Food? Why? When did you first experience K-Food or visit a K-Food market or eatery? What do you love about K-Food? We want to see how YOU view K-Food and how K-Food has impacted your life. Video submission opens September 1-26 on the KFoodinUS.com website and by posting on social media with the...
The IRS has issued Notice 2020-65 to provide guidance on President Trump’s memorandum deferring the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes normally withheld from gross wages.   The summary of the guidance is as follows: The term “Affected Taxpayers” means the employer who is otherwise required to withhold the Social Security tax. This definition is very important later on in the IRS’s guidance. The term “Applicable Wages” means wages subject to the Social Security tax, where the wages are $4,000 or less...

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