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From Capitol File: Kinship  1015 7th Street NW / Website French-American high-end dinery Kinship will offer a five-course dining menu for $150 per person, as well as a four-course take-out menu for $225 that serves two people. Festive ingredients include chestnut and lobster, along with the dine-in menu’s Christmas pavlova. Elle  3221 Mt Pleasant Street NW / Website The award-winning Mount Pleasant restaurant will serve breads, desserts and dinner for carryout. The Surf & Turf dinner for two comes with dry-aged prime rib, a whole roasted...
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, supply chains became so unstable that new disasters had the power to shut down large companies and entire industries. Today, a supply chain crisis remains, but the causes have evolved. Many of these organizations have returned to full power, but the supply chain is not ready for them. The U.S. does not have enough truck drivers, for example, to transport containers to warehouses, so the goods remain at the docks. The American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates that the U.S. is short 80,000 truckers — an all-time high for the industry —...
After a tumultuous 2021, most individuals are happy to turn the page to a new year and hope that 2022 will bring the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and much of its resulting effects. As 2021 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at our employee benefits articles that were the most read by executives across the U.S. While these articles were published in 2021, they will continue to be topics of high interest for employers throughout 2022. #4: Advantages Organizations Gain When They Know How Their Employee Benefits Stack Up to Peers’ In the Fortune/Deloitte CEO Survey for fall...
Join The Next Town Hall! Our next member Town Hall will take place on December 15th at 12:30 pm. This month's session, "A Look Ahead to 2022" will discuss Kaiser Permanente as a leader in the future of medicine. Register here.   Getting Health Plan Costs Under Control Your budget is important to your business. And as health care costs continue to rise, maintaining a competitive benefits package while keeping costs in check is becoming more challenging than ever.   A fresh look at health care At the core, what do you think a health care partner should deliver?...
Human resources (HR) professionals are continually challenged to do more with less. According to a survey of 2,000 organizations by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the HR-to-employee ratio was 2.57 HR professionals per 100 employees in 2014.1 The report also revealed that the HR-to-employee ratio doesn’t increase at the same rate as an organization’s growth. In 2018, Bloomberg Law surveyed 700 employers and found that the HR-to-employee ratio was only 1.5 HR professionals per 100 employees. Although SHRM hasn’t yet conducted a post-COVID-19 survey on the...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   DC Cocktail Week Returns to Area Restaurants with Tantalizing Cocktail and Bite Pairings November 29 - December 5, 2021 Enjoy 10 DC Cocktail Week events including cocktail-making classes, dinners, and a date night package.   Washington, DC (November 22, 2021) - Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is thrilled to announce the return of DC Cocktail Week from Monday, November 29, to Sunday, December 5, 2021, which also marks the 88th anniversary of Repeal Day....
Employees are your company’s greatest asset. Keeping them safe, healthy, and engaged is where business leaders like you thrive. But as we face more potential surges in COVID-19 cases, it's important to make sure you are doing all you can to support the health and safety of your workforce — whether they’re working remotely, on-site, or both. Want to learn more? Download the Kaiser Permanente playbook, "Create a safe, flexible workplace: Setting your business up for success during the COVID-19 pandemic."   Kaiser Permanente Recognized as...
DC Health Link, the District of Columbia's Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, offers 25 different health plans for District residents to fit all budgets. There are PPOs, POSs, and HMOs—low and high deductibles—and HSA compatible plans from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente. Fifteen of the 25 plans even cover medical services without having to first pay your deductible, including urgent care, specialists (including mental health), primary care, and generic medication. All District residents qualify for coverage through DC Health Link and may...
Restaurants have always made food safety a priority, but the pandemic has altered customers’ awareness and sharpened expectations about what safe dining entails. Make your commitment a very prominent part of your marketing message by joining the ServSafe Dining Commitment. When customers see the SSDC logo on a restaurant website, menu, or door, that restaurant communicates that its staff is professionally trained in safe food handling and that the establishment is committed to following the best procedures for safe dining going forward. Make the commitment.
From now through March 31, 2022, Kaiser Permanente members can get a flu shot at no additional cost from multiple retail locations, including Walgreens, CVS Health, and Walmart. This is in addition to the Kaiser Permanente flu clinics options that are currently available to members.    This means that Kaiser Permanente is offering 5 easy ways to get a flu shot: Drive-thru clinic (appointment required) - Now through November 30, members can use our new, convenient way to get a flu shot. They don’t even have to leave their car. An appointment is required. Medical...
  Arlington's Small Business GRANT 2.0 program is now open for applications. The program will provide direct financial assistance to 200 eligible Arlington businesses struggling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that are eligible for an Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0 must:   Be in one of the following industry categories: Arts and...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021   CONTACT: LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov   Mayor Bowser’s Emergency COVID-19 Relief at Work Keeping District Residents and Small Businesses Covered with Quality Health Insurance    (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that thousands of DC residents and small businesses with DC Health Link coverage have had their past-due health insurance premiums paid thanks to a local program using American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief funds for cities...
Maybe you didn’t get into the business to out-clean your competitors but when it comes to delivering an exceptional experience to your guests, it’s what separates the good from the great. Keeping everyone feeling safe is part of the experience.   For your workers, it gives them a marker for their collective achievement every day; it’s something they can be proud of.   For your guests, it puts them at ease. And they want to be put at ease. (You’re on the same team.) They want to bring their friends and family to a place they trust. We can help you put a...
Training your crew to execute a solid cleaning job amid the fast action of a foodservice is what separates the good from the great. National Food Safety Month tips this week identify what should be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected and how to make those efforts visible to guests when possible.   Two items that might not currently be in your training routine: How to treat non-food surfaces and what to do if a guest gets sick. Read the full post at Food Safety Focus and get a free poster and activity sheet that makes setting up cleaning schedules easy. Enjoy a...
 Irrepressibly strong foodservice industry celebrates resilience, honors its own    Washington, DC (September 19, 2021)—Fully vaccinated restaurant industry professionals and their fans gathered tonight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced winners and awarded a range of special distinctions following a year unlike any other. Special for this year only, RAMW, the esteemed panel of RAMMYS judges, and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee came together to identify...
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Did you know our #PermanenteMedicine experts have done a series of Facebook Lives on important community health topics? In the latest session, a panel of physicians discussed the flu vaccine and its importance as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look and hear answers to questions like:   Can you have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time? Why do you need a flu shot every year? How do physicians advise families in diverse neighborhoods who may be hesitant to be vaccinated? What do immunocompromised individuals need to know about getting a...
RAMW is supporting Blue Star Welcome Week by Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization assisting military families around the globe, is engaging in an opportunity for communities across the country to welcome our military families who transition every year during this week to new posts and communities. They wish to remind all Americans what we owe to our military families, their service members, and veterans. It is an opportunity for military families and transitioning families to make meaningful connections to their communities and what better way to start, ...
To a small business owner, navigating the must-have’s and the nice-to-have’s of health benefits can seem daunting. Are you required to offer health care to your staff? How much will that cost you? Do the benefits of employee-sponsored health coverage outweigh the costs?   While the circumstances and specific requirements may differ from business to business, at Kaiser Permanente we know that health coverage isn’t just a benefit to the employee, but also to the business owner. Because healthier employees lead to a healthier bottom line.   In a recent article in...
RAMW is introducing access to a new SBA lending program to help maximize your revenue in this improving economy. Capital Direct offers a solution to help you invest in strategies to expand, acquire new customers and increase sales.    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - provides an ideal funding solution. This Unique SBA program is now offering Small Business Owners loans - up to $500,000. Quick Access to Working Capital. Rates at only 3.75% - with Thirty (30) Year Repayment terms. Zero payments are required for your...
As a direct result of our advocacy, we are thrilled to share that included in the Budget Support Act is a grant program which was conceived and advocated for by RAMW over the past year.   The grant program is funded with $40 million dollars and would be available to a small business operating a restaurant, tavern, nightclub, entertainment venue, or retail establishment on leased property with revenues of less than $5 million dollars in 2020. The program will pay up to one-third of rent arrearage accruing during the period of April 1, 2020 to March 30, 2021, provided the landlord abates...
  CONTACT:  LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov Walter E. Washington Convention Center Now Open for Conventions, Conferences, and Events (WASHINGTON, DC) – On Tuesday, August 3, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will cut the ribbon and attend the grand opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl and Shop Made DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The grand opening of these two vendors comes just as the Convention Center welcomes back guests with the return of two popular conventions this month. Otakon (...
Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this afternoon as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2021 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday, September 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Special for this year only, many stakeholders came together to identify categories that speak to 2020 and the myriad of challenges, unforeseen hurdles, and opportunities that arose to let creativity shine. Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on...
DDOT just announced streatry permits are extended through Monday, February 28, 2022. Applicants do not need to take any action as DDOT will automatically extend the valid permits to the above date. Please see the release text below and I'm attaching the doc as well.   The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it will extend the temporary Streatery Program and associated public space permits through Monday, February 28, 2022. This is expected to continue assisting businesses still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those...

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