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Information provided by RAMW Industry Partner, CPA Eats.    As we gear up for another referendum on the Tipped Minimum Wage (Initiative 82), it’s important to be aware of an important law that passed after the last referendum in 2018.    From the DC Office of Human Rights: "The Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act (TWWF) requires District employers who hire individuals earning tips as wages to inform their employees about their rights and benefits.” Compliance with notice requirements has largely centered around the posting of Employee...
Preventing Heat-Related Illness As temperatures rise in the DMV area, people need to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with @WJLA viewers how conducting everyday activities in extreme heat can make people’s hearts work much harder and people need to be more cautious in elevated temperatures. Dr. Mettassebia Kanno on the Omicron BA.5 Subvariant As the BA.5 omicron subvariant of COVID-19 appears to evade immunity, people want to better understand how to protect themselves. Mettassebia Kanno, MD, an...
Blog Content Posted by Request From: Paley Rothman The elimination of the tip credit is back on the ballot for DC residents in November. Initiative 82, if passed, would eliminate the tip credit over a five-year period and require DC employers to pay all employees the non-tipped minimum wage by July 1, 2027, as follows: Date Cash minimum wage paid to tipped workers By January 1, 2023 $6.00/per hour By July 1, 2023 $8.00/per hour...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2022 RAMMY Awards Winner 40th annual awards celebrates legacy and excellence in the region’s food industry Washington, DC (July 24, 2022)—Restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and a range of special distinctions in a number of categories celebrating excellence in long-standing and pandemic-era categories that range from individual professional...
Cash Cash to Ignite the Dancefloor at The RAMMY Awards in Washington, DC World-renowned DJ/Producer/Performers to headline the restaurant industry’s biggest night on July 24th  Washington, DC (June 21, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in partnership with Club Glow and Echostage is thrilled to announce the world-renowned electronic music trio, Cash Cash, will headline The 40th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, July 24. The RAMMYS are hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in partnership with Events DC who recently hosted the two-day...
WASHINGTON, DC AND FEDEXFIELD SELECTED TO HOST THE 2024 ARMY-NAVY FOOTBALL GAME PRESENTED BY USAA  The Washington Commanders and Events DC set to deliver world-class experience  WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2022 – The United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy have announced Washington, DC as the host of the 2024 Army-Navy Football Game presented by USAA at FedExField on Saturday, December 14, 2024. The Washington Commanders and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will deliver a world-class...
Heat waves can make people sick with heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. As the DMV has recently experienced a potentially dangerous heat wave, Jason Singh, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente, shared with WTOP the warning signs of heat-related illnesses, treatment, and when to call 911.   Kaiser Permanente Unveils LGBTQ-Focused Practice In D.C. Kaiser Permanente has launched Pride Medical at Capitol Hill Medical Center; a new inclusive medical center devoted to meeting the unique health care needs of LGBTQ+ patients. Keith Egan, MD, an internal...
Sip, Swig, and Sample RAMMYS Beverage Programs Throughout the Region Specials announced at the DMV’s top cocktail, wine, and beer restaurants the week of June 27 Washington, DC (June 6, 2022)—Finalists for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 2022 RAMMY Awards Cocktail Program of the Year, Wine Program of the Year, and Beer Program of the Year have exciting events and promotions planned for the last week of June. From Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1, the region’s top beverage programs will showcase their outstanding in-house offerings. Guests are...
For the first time in over a decade, Washington, DC was among 44 states competing at NPSI represented by our Ballou High School ProStart Culinary Team.  The Ballou team, consisting of 4 students, competed on Saturday morning simultaneously with 5 other state teams in front of judges, educators, fellow students, sponsors, and family members. They definitely had the presence of a supportive cheering squad. The students came well prepared, full of excitement and a little nerves, but a lot of confidence.  They presented very well, and did a great job for their first time. They...
Nine iconic DMV dining destinations recognized for remarkable longevity after decades in business   Washington, DC (May 9, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today its 2022 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients, each acknowledged for decades delighting local diners and visitors alike. 1789 and The Tombs (60 years), Anthony’s Restaurant (50 years), Bombay Bistro (30 years), Duangrat’s (35 years), El Tamarindo (40 years), Franklins (30 years), La Côte d’Or Café (30 years), Mike’s American (35 years), and...
Telehealth has huge potential to transform your employees’ health care — but not all telehealth is created equal. At Kaiser Permanente, telehealth isn’t just used by your employees and their doctors — it’s integrated across our entire care experience. Click here to learn more about telehealth at Kaiser Permanente.   Prince George's County's planning board weigh in on Kaiser’s Largo medical center expansion Kaiser Permanente’s plans to expand its medical center in Largo, MD have been approved by The Prince George’s County Planning...
Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique opens in National Landing, VA A Lifestyle Market for Wine Lovers & Food Addicts  (April, 2022–Crystal City, VA) – Meshelle Armstrong, co-owner of Kaliwa, Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, PX and Eammon’s a Dublin Chipper has partnered with Zena Polin, founder of The Dish & Dram and The Daily Dish in Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique, which will open on the corner of Fern and 23rd Streets in Crystal City, VA on May 4th.  The concept is a Champagne and Wine bar and a Lifestyle Market that is “Devoted to...
DC’s Ballou High School is Headed to the National ProStart Invitational  Washington DC hosted its first ever ProStart State Invitational on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Washington DC.  Two of our DC ProStart schools, Roosevelt High School and Ballou High School, participated in the culinary competition, which lasted about 2 hours.  Each team presented and were judged in 10 culinary categories.  Our awesome judges were RAMW Restaurant and Allied members, who were delighted to offer their time and professional critique.  Both...
What: Mother’s Day Brunch at Home from Farmers & Distillers & Founding Farmers  Started in our kitchens, ready to be finished in yours, our Mother’s Day Brunch at Home brings the decadence of our restaurant brunch home with easy step-by-step reheating and light cooking instructions while Mom props up her feet with one of our bottled cocktails (available in DC, MD, and VA). Packaged for 4 but enough food and drink for more, our menu includes everything from cinnamon rolls to prime rib, french toast to gnocchi, quiche to apple pie. There are choices for mom and the...
TransCanWork in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign is excited to be launching "EMPOWER!", our virtual career fair series for the TGI (trans, gender diverse & intersex) job seeking community, on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles.  "EMPOWER!" will impact 5 Major US Cities total on its 2021-2022 tour including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia & the Greater D.C. area. Using state-of-the-art career fair platform, Brazen, TGI job seeking talent will be able to connect with inclusive employers like yourself from the safety of their homes. ...
In case you missed it, our first quarter webinar, "Health Views For Business", focused on virtual care. Deb Friesen, MD, MBA, FACP hosted industry leaders to discuss innovation in telehealth and what that means to both businesses and patients. Watch the recording of the session to hear answers to questions like: What is telehealth? What problem does virtual care solve for both patients and employers? What medical conditions can be handled virtually? Why is coordination of care important? And to see what our next sessions have in store, see the full calendar of events here.  ...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2022 RAMMY Awards Finalists Foodservice industry celebrates incredible resilience and announces category finalists Washington, DC (April 5, 2022)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this evening as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2022 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be named on Sunday, July 24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 40th Annual RAMMYS return to honor excellence in long-standing and pandemic-era categories...
Good news in Virginia as the Governor signed the Cocktails-To-Go legislation which extends the allowance for restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages to go through July 2024. It was originally set to expire this July. You may recall that RAMW represented our membership as we served on an ABC working group established to study alcohol to go and to inform the related bills, HB 426 and SB 254. ABC will continue the workgroup to examine whether to make the allowance permanent. The legislation implements training and licensure steps for third-party delivery companies and it provides ABC with...
Thursday, March 17, 2022 To ensure that select on-premises retailers, common carrier, and caterer license holders have the necessary time to secure the required documentation for their alcohol license renewal application, which includes obtaining Certificate(s) of Clean Hands (CCH) for businesses and individuals, the renewal application deadline has been extended from March 31, 2022 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2. No late fees will be assessed for renewal applications during this 30-day grace period. To apply for a CCH, licensees must visit mytax.DC....
This week the SBA announced that the agency would provide additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing EIDL program loans, adding a six month extension to the program’s existing 24 months deferment, for a total deferment of 30 months from the date of the loan. Harmony Group has been very vocal about the utility of EIDL, and nearly four million businesses have taken these vital loans, so this is relevant to many of our clients. If you have a current EIDL outstanding, you are likely to receive an email from the SBA about it over the next several days...
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is thrilled to announce its 2021 Momentum Awards winners, which celebrate the visionaries who made significant contributions to maintaining DowntownDC’s vibrancy and proved their resiliency in the face of a challenging year. Usually revealed toward the end of the calendar year, the 2021 awards and corresponding celebration event were put on hold due to the rise of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. With the variant on the decline and larger gatherings once again possible, the BID will honor the 2021 winners on March 24,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   RAMW’s springtime promotion returns March 28 through April 3   WHAT: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is excited to announce the return of its annual Spring Wine Fling this month. Area restaurants will showcase the diversity and creativity of their wine programs to uncork the spring season. Look for special promotions from restaurants highlighting their spring wines with flights and by-the-glass...
Any business, no matter how small, can create a workplace culture that encourages healthy lifestyles. It involves offering programs that support healthier behaviors, educating employees about health issues, and making health-related objectives part of your corporate policy. Take a look at our tips for creating a culture of health in your workplace.   ----   The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has partnered with USI Insurance Services and Kaiser Permanente to develop a plan...
Showcase your restaurant during the upcoming Spring Wine Fling promotion, running from March 28 - April 3. SWF will showcase the diversity and creativity of your wine programs through offers of flights, wine-by-the-glass, pairing with delicious dishes or other creative wine-centric options that you want to highlight as we celebrate the changing of the seasons.   To participate in the promotion, your restaurant will opt-in to offer specially priced wine by the glass or a wine flight. The price point for either option is determined by you. Your Spring Wine Fling...

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