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Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters

November 13, 2018
Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs. View Amazon's Official Announcement Amazon today announced that we have selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for our new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three...Read more

How one company’s platform is solving D.C.’s worker shortage

October 31, 2018
In the restaurant industry, filling shifts⎼and keeping them filled⎼is vital to the success of your business. When you don’t have ample staff to help prep and cook food, bus and wait tables and clean dishes, your customer experience can suffer. So what can businesses do when they have a last-minute callout and the dinner rush starts in less than an hour? Businesses in the D.C. metro area are leaning on Snag Work , an on-demand mobile platform providing front-and-back of house staff to employers in need. Founded in Richmond, Va., in 2016 and introduced to the D.C. metro area in early 2018...

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

October 26, 2018
Washington, DC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is proud to announce its participation in the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership, connecting military spouses with more than 390 partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. The NRAEF officially joined the partnership on Oct. 16, 2018, at the annual Induction Ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. The partnership launched on June 29, 2011, to serve...Read more

National Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Program, ProStart, Starts Cooking in DC Public Schools

October 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – October 16, 2018 – Today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Educated Eats will celebrate the arrival of the NRAEF’s high school culinary and restaurant management program, ProStart, to the District of Columbia. The celebration will kick off at the Educated Eats “Sips & Bites” press conference and benefits event for culinary and hospitality education held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this evening at 5:00 pm...Read more

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Brings Nationally Recognized ProStart® Program Back To Nation’s Capital with Programs at Three Local High Schools

October 12, 2018
PROSTART ® TRAINS THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULINARY LEADERS, PROVIDING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DC YOUTH WASHINGTON (October 11, 2018) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and its education foundation, Educated Eats, are pleased to announce the return of a nationally acclaimed program aimed at cultivating the next generation of local culinary and hospitality management leaders in DC. ProStart ® , a National Restaurant Educational Foundation (NRAEF) program that prepares high school students for careers in the...Read more

LEDC Receives $700,000 Federal Award to Support Food Businesses That Create Job Opportunities for Low-income DC Residents

October 10, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC - The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is the recipient of a $700,000 award to finance food businesses committed to creating job opportunities for low-income residents in the District of Columbia. The award is a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program and comes at a critical time. The District's unemployment rate is the second highest in the country and job growth continues to slow. "LEDC is thrilled to receive this grant again from the U.S. Department of Health and...Read more

Breaking down language barriers in foodservice

September 26, 2018
SmartBrief // by Tricia Contreras Offering training materials in multiple languages can help break down language barriers in foodservice, and language learning opportunities can assist with employee retention and promote cultural awareness that can strengthen a restaurant’s entire team. To bridge the gap between languages, a glossary of 50 or so common words and their translations can offer a strong foundation, according to Rosario Gonzalez, who manages translations for the National Restaurant Association , overseeing the translation of the association’s content into more than 25...

It’s National Food Safety Month. Here are 7 ways to stay safe

August 31, 2018
National Restaurant Association // News & Research Restaurant operations are always changing. As a result, managers and their employees must constantly update their compliance with new food safety rules and regulations. As we launch National Food Safety Month , our ServSafe team offers some key areas to focus on when updating your protocols: If you are in charge of food preparation , you must be trained and designated as a Certified Food Protection Manager, according to the 2017 FDA Food Code . You must always be on site whenever the facility is in operation. Take extra precautions when...

5 Tips On Hiring and Retaining the Best Emploiyees

February 9, 2018
National Restaurant Association With the nation nearing full employment, some restaurateurs say they’re experiencing staffing challenges due to the evaporating talent pool. Full employment is good for the country, but may present a challenge for our industry. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the turnover rate for restaurants and hospitality was 72.9 percent. In 2017, according to our research on the subject , roughly three in 10 restaurant operators said they had job openings that were difficult to fill. Our research further found that 71 percent of fine-dining...Read more