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The National Restaurant Association is excited to announce that in conjunction with the launch of the new NRA store at Restaurant.org/Store, there is a new login feature that allows members to create their own username and password. All members should receive an email with a personalized link; upon clicking the link, the site will prompt you to select a username and password. To complete this process, the password will need to have at least six characters, and it is good practice to include at least one uppercase letter and one number. Please feel free to contact the NRA Call Center at 855-514-8115 with questions around creating a username and password.
This national event brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. We invite you to join us in the fight to end childhood hunger in America from September 18-24, 2011.
As the second largest private-sector employer in the country, America's restaurants are an economic force, but that statistic doesn't fully tell the story of the millions of individuals who are living the American Dream by working in our industry. This video captures a few poignant stories that help tell the 'Industry of Opportunity' story.
Despite a sluggish economy, America's restaurants are growing opportunities. In the past five years, women owners have increased by 28 percent, Hispanic owners by 30 percent and African-American owners by 77 percent.
When you support America's restaurants -- as a patron or a legislator -- you support millions of jobs and help move our economy forward.
The Hoosier Hospitality Conference showcases the power of the hospitality industry. All aspects of the industry are here to learn, network, and have a good time with others who also work in this exciting business.
The Indiana Restaurant Association (IRA) recognized Scott Wise of Scottys Brewhouse, as their 2009 Restaurateur of the Year recipient at their 75th Anniversary Celebration held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.
The receipt of permission-based e-mail makes shoppers more likely to do business with a retailer, in addition to generating a more favorable opinion of the retailer and even a stronger sense of loyalty to that brand, according to the latest Epsilon research.
Take the National Restaurant Association 2007 Restaurant Industry Operations Survey.
You will receive a free copy of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Industry Operations Report 2007 -- the single most widely recognized source of industry operating data available -- simply by taking a few minutes to complete the survey. You will also receive a free copy of your state or regional report (sample size permitting) as well as a chance to win one $500 American Express® Gift Card in a random drawing. The information you submit will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only by Deloitte & Touche in compiling totals for the report.
Restaurateurs have a reputation for being some of the most generous people in the privately owned sector of business. They feed the hungry, are a staple in supporting youth sports and play a huge part in contributing to the communities in which they thrive.
Don’t miss out on countless ways to save valuable time and money. Join the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana and take advantage of our many member benefits and services.
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana serves, promotes and represents Indiana’s restaurant and hospitality industry. By joining the RHAI, not only are you protecting your industry, but you will also enjoy real bottom line savings!
Member Benefits Include:
• Professional Lobbying Staff who advocate on behalf of your industry
• Discounts on educational seminars and materials such as ServSafe
• Monthly & Quarterly Publications
• Hoosier Hospitality Educational Conference
• Networking Opportunities
• Assistance with tax issues
• Access to our library of industry related books, videos, articles, etc.
• Discounted Group Health & Life Insurance
• Discounted Property and Casualty/Workers’ Compensation Insurance
• Discounted Credit Card Processing & Payroll Processing
The 3rd annual Indy’s Best and Brightest lunch presented by KPMG honors 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals age 40 and under. Nominations are being taken on www.indysbestandbrightest.com for 10 different categories. The deadline for nominations is July 21. The lunch will be held on September 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The keynote speaker will be Mark Cuban, owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and co-founder of HDNet. Visit www.indysbestandbrightest.com for more details on the event. Please contact Marni Kwiatkowski at (317) 252-5900 ext. 215 or email@example.com with any questions.
Board priorities – challenging governmental demands, service to members
During the RHAI Annual Meeting, held on May 9, directors were re-elected, new directors were appointed and vacancies were filled. More...
The National Restaurant Association and the American Red Cross announced recently that the restaurant industry raised more than $12 million through Dine for America, a nationwide "dine out" day, and other industry efforts for the Red Cross to help those impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Specifically, Indiana restaurants raised a total of $21,705.
Restaurants are the cornerstones of our communities – a place of refuge and relaxation, a spot to find friends, a destination to discover a new culinary experience. Whether you operate a large, multi-unit operation, a small family-owned eatery or an upscale urban restaurant, chances are your restaurant is involved in community outreach. Today, nine out of 10 restaurants across the country are helping the communities in which they operate. This commitment to local communities inspired the National Restaurant Association, and founding partner American Express, to create the Restaurant Neighbor Award—an annual award program that honors restaurants that have excelled in the field of community service and involvement. More...
Walker Career Center, a repeat winner of the Indiana ProStart Competition will join 32 other states to compete at the fifth annual National ProStart Student Invitational, April 30-May 2, 2006, in Charlotte, N.C. This rigorous competition brings together teams of students that won first place in their state culinary and/or management competitions to compete for the national title as well as scholarships for post-secondary education. Kokomo Area Career Center will represent Indiana in the Management Competition.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Nation’s Restaurant News, along with founding sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, are now accepting nominations for the 2006 SPIRIT Awards. The awards program honors those restaurant and foodservice establishments who, through their recruitment, training and retention programs, truly understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to improved guest satisfaction. The program, now in its second year, has been met with wide acclaim throughout the industry.
March 2006 is Disability Awareness Month, and RHAI,
along with individuals, businesses and organizations
across the state, will be recognizing the abilities of
people with disabilities. The Indiana Governor’s
Council for People with Disabilities has created a new
campaign to help educate Hoosiers about the issues
Amidst the bustling of the Indiana State House on February 2, over 75 hospitality professionals from across the state and 115 legislators mingled over St. Elmo shrimp, LaSalle Grill mashed potatoes, Circle City Bar Grille Chop Salad and cuisine from 16 other Indiana restaurants and hotels.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) recently
released the 2006 Restaurant Industry Forecast
which shows that industry sales nationwide are
projected to reach a record $511 billion, a 5.1
percent increase over last year. Indiana’s restaurant
sales are projected to increase by 3.8 percent in
2006, with the state’s restaurant industry workforce
projected to increase approximately 1.3 percent in
A new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form is now available. When completing paperwork on new hires, employers may use the new version, which is dated 5/31/05, or the previous version, which is dated 11/21/91.
As the impact of hurricanes and gas prices continue to linger, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index edged down in September. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - stood at 100.2 in September, down 0.2 percent from a level of 100.4 in August.
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), has partnered with the National Restaurant Association to host ACF Culinary Team USA 2008 tryouts at the Association's 2006 Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, which will be held May 20-23 in Chicago. Candidates, vying for spots on the team that will represent the United States in culinary competitions around the world, will be demonstrating extraordinary culinary skills to the 2006 Show attendees.
RHAI is proud to announce that Jonathan Knoy from
Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN, was
awarded a $2,000 National ProStart Certificate of
Achievement Scholarship by the National Restaurant
Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
September 12-13, more than 700 restaurateurs
traveled to Washington D.C. to get involved in the
political process at the 2005 National Restaurant
Association Public Affairs Conference. Attendees got
an insiders view of the workings of our government,
met key lawmakers who shape the policies that
impact the restaurant industry and had a chance to
express their views on the latest significant issues
facing the industry.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is launching a groundbreaking initiative to
dramatically improve opportunities for children to
move more quickly through the adoption process.
This national program, called Wendy’s® Wonderful
Kids, funds adoption recruiters focused exclusively on
finding permanent homes for foster care children.
Restaurants across the country banded together on
October 5th for "Dine for America" day, a national
fundraising effort to support the America Red Cross
Disaster Relief Fund and help those affected by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Indiana Tourism Council appointees have been named
for the 2005-06 calendar year and our very own RHAI
President, John Livengood and a few other RHAI
members are some of them. RHAI members now on the
Tourism Council include John Chidester, Holiday
World, Santa Claus; Tom Spackman, Jr., Indiana
Beach, Monticello; Bob Bedell, Indianapolis
Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Indianapolis; Randy
Ballinger, Walnut Creek Golf Course, Marion.
RHAI encourages restaurant and foodservice
professionals to participate in the 11th annual
National Food Safety Education Month this
September. This year’s theme “Keep Hands Clean
with Good Hygiene” focuses on proper handwashing
procedures and how to emphasize their importance
within the workplace. To help restaurant and
foodservice establishments reinforce these safe
handwashing practices, the NRAEF is including a
coupon for a free Hygiene Essentials kit to anyone
who purchases the ServSafe® Essentials textbook
(English with Exam Answer Sheet) now through
October 2005 (while supplies last).
The restaurant industry was found to be the most
highly regarded business/industry sector in America,
according to an independent poll conducted by The
Gallup Organization and released on August 22, 2005.
The annual poll, which has been conducted since
2001, asks Americans to rate 20+ business and
industry sectors in the country on a five-point scale
ranging from "very positive" to "very negative."
The National Restaurant Association today
announced the launch of an online job bank that
makes it easier for restaurateurs across the United
States to list open positions for restaurant
employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
RHAI is proud to announce Indiana’s two state
winners for the seventh annual Restaurant Neighbor
Award. The program was created by the National
Restaurant Association to honor restaurants’
commitment to community service and innovative
community projects and to underscore that
restaurants truly are the cornerstone of local
communities. The winners are: Mr. Happy Burger,
Logansport and Applebee’s, Mishawaka.
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana will be joining the National Restaurant Association in the Dine for American event on October 5, 2005. Restaurants across the country will band together in a "Dine for America" day, a national fundraising effort to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and help those affected by Hurricane Katrina and their families.
Scores of travelers are experiencing "culinary tourism" - a movement gaining in popularity that explores food and drink options as destination attractions. The nation's 900,000 restaurants are gearing up to provide visitors as well as locals with memorable dining experiences in August, which is the most popular month of the year to dine out. This is largely due to the travel-and-tourism industry, according to National Restaurant Association research, which indicates that dining out is one of the most popular tourist activities once reaching a destination.
September marks the eleventh annual National Food Safety Education Month, (NFSEM) created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) International Food Safety Council, an awareness initiative that promotes food safety education to the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year’s theme is “Keep Hands Clean with Good Hygiene.”
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance’s October 2005 National Symposium in Atlanta will feature two professional development opportunities. 3-D (Diversity Development Dialogues) training is tailored to mid-level multicultural management, while the newly introduced Survival Spanish Seminar offers executives and managers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with language training and communicate with Spanish-speaking employees and staff.
Help shape the policy that affects your business by taking part in the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference. Set for Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., the conference is a unique opportunity for politically astute restaurateurs to make a difference.
With an increase in buyer attendance and over 72,600 total registrants, the 2005 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show continues to prove itself as the industry's premier business venue and the place to be for networking and trend-watching.
New "Ask Us!" Program to Provide Operator Tools, Consumer Information
The National Restaurant Association recently announced the launch of "Ask Us!," a nationwide initiative to help restaurateurs deliver more nutrition information to consumers who dine in participating restaurants.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that three new officers have been elected by the foundation’s Board of Trustees for the 2005-2006 term. At the recent Board of Trustees meeting held during the 86th Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC became the Board’s new chairman, Raphael “Ray” Kavanaugh assumed the post of vice chairman, and Ruben Villavicencio was elected to the position of treasurer.
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Over 60 restaurateurs joined the RHAI Board of Directors and staff for the Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction on May 10 at Bonefish Grill, Avon. President and CEO John Livengood and Executive Vice President Debra Scott reflected back upon the past year at the Restaurant & Hospitality Association. Their highlights included:
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) launched its new responsible alcohol service program, ServSafe Alcohol, at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, held May 21-24, 2005, at McCormick Place in Chicago. ServSafe Alcohol replaces BarCode(R) as the NRAEF's responsible alcohol service training program.
FREE LEGAL ADVICE regarding food donations to Second Helpings will be given at a reception hosted by attorneys from the Indianapolis Bar Association. The reception is scheduled for May 5, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. and will be held at Second Helpings located at 1121 Southeastern Avenue.
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana would like you to join us as we recap the year and recognize the leaders of the industry at the 2005 Annual Meeting, Presentation of the 2005 Hall of Fame Awards and Election of Officers.
RHAI is currently accepting nominations for the RHAI Hall of Fame. Honorees will be inducted at the Annual Meeting.
The RHAI Hall of Fame Award recognizes present and past members for long-standing careers and service in the foodservice and hospitality industry, contributions to their communities, and recognition by their peers of personal commitment to the advancement of the image of the foodservice and hospitality industry.
Restaurants are the cornerstones of our communities – places of refuge and relaxation, spots to meet friends, destinations to discover new culinary experiences. Whether you operate a large, multi-unit operation, a small family-owned eatery or an upscale urban restaurant, chances are your restaurant is involved in community outreach.
Showcasing the restaurant and foodservice industry’s position as the cornerstone of our nation’s career-and-employment opportunities, Nation’s Restaurant News and the National Restaurant Association Foundation (NRAEF), encourage operators to apply for the 2005 SPIRIT Awards, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Six winning companies and one outstanding professional will be chosen to receive this honor after demonstrating excellence in recruitment, hiring, retention and education. The deadline to apply for this prestigious award is June 1, 2005.
Following a national search, celebrated Chef Wolfgang Puck and the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced Fort Wayne native Brad Gates as executive chef for Puck's culinary program at the IMA. Scheduled to open May 6, Puck's restaurant and the IMA Café will maintain Puck's culinary excellence under Gates' leadership. Gates also will head the full- service Wolfgang Puck Catering operation at the IMA.
Please join the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana for an exquisite evening of wine and culinary excellence. Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Ruth’s Chris in conjunction with RHAI will hold a Charles Krug Wine Dinner featuring award winning wines from Napa Valley’s Charles Krug Winery along with special guest speaker, Charles Krug owner, Peter Mondavi.
On February 23rd Indiana restaurateurs brought lunch to the legislators at the 2005 Hospitality Leadership Day. The scents of melted chocolate, Shrimp Scampi and many other delectable foods filled the North Atrium of the Indiana State House drawing people from all corners of the building.
David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in the college and university division.
Wishard Health Services in Indianpolis is currently accepting proposals by organizations for a commercial food outlet or franchise located on the Wishard campus. For consideration, the organization should be able to meet the following criteria.
Since 1953, Noble has brought to Central Indiana a vision that each person has a gift to share and a contribution to make. Today, their focus is the full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of community life. To accomplish this vision, Noble has taken an active role matching employers with possible employees.
Karaoke was born 20 years ago, according to legend, when a few stressed-out Japanese businessmen were looking for fun in a Kobe City snack bar. When a strolling guitarist didn’t report for work due to illness, the owner of the bar produced some tapes of instrumental recordings. Fortunately, these businessmen were delighted to croon along with the tapes.
The 2005 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is just around the corner, March 23 & 24, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This conference is a celebration of Indiana’s hospitality industry, bringing together restaurant, hotel and tourism professionals from around the state. For more information about the conference or to register online, please visit www.hoosierhospitalityconference.com.
The following are just some of the valuable restaurant industry seminars that will be offered at this year’s conference! For more session information visit the HHC website.
Restaurant operators are increasingly optimistic about the direction of the restaurant industry and the overall economy, according to the latest results of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index. During the next several months, restaurant operators are expecting positive trends in terms of sales, staffing levels, capital expenditures, as well as the overall economy.
The outlook for the restaurant industry has become increasingly optimistic, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity rose sharply in October. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - jumped 0.9 percent in October, which followed a 0.1 percent gain in September.
Several Indiana restaurants have received variations of a bogus e-mail containing complaints from a customer. Each time the e-mail is sent the content of the complaint is almost exactly the same. Please be aware that this is an e-mail scam.
Restaurant industry sales are expected to reach a record $476 billion in 900,000 restaurant locations in 2005, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2005 Restaurant Industry Forecast . The projected annual sales would mean a solid 4.9 percent increase over last year – and a total economic impact of over $1.2 trillion, highlighting the restaurant industry's critical role as a job creator in the nation's economy.
As an important part of the Association, RHAI members receive valuable money-saving discounts through our endorsed providers. Farmers Business Insurance, the RHAI endorsed provider for workers' compensations programs, can provide you with competitive rates combined with your RHAI member discount.
On October 21, RHAI held its Restaurant Operations Boot Camp, a program designed to provide new restaurateurs with everything they need to know about owning, opening, and operating a restaurant in Indiana.
On November 6, women in the restaurant industry from all over the nation converged on Louisville, KY for a weekend of networking, education, and excellent food at the 2005 National Conference of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.
As a member of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association (RHAI), the benefits you receive could more than pay for your membership dues, from discounted credit card processing to legislative representation. The following are just some of the benefits that are available to you as an important part of the Association.
Restaurant operators are increasingly optimistic about the direction of the restaurant industry and the overall economy, according to the latest results of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index.
Looking for answers to your most critical workforce challenges? Then check out the Winning Workforce Ideas 2004 booklet, a collection of industry best practices and essays devoted to providing practical, actionable workforce solutions to the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana will hold its 2nd Annual Wine Dinner at 6:00 p.m., November 15, at Malibu Grill in Indianapolis, 14 West Maryland Street. The event will feature Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, ten-time Wine & Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year. Advance reservations are required as space is limited.
RHAI believes the next legislative session will be the most challenging the hospitality industry has ever faced. We will see both opportunities and potential new burdens in the form of increased taxes and regulations. Government interference and new taxes could have a large impact on your profits, costing you thousands of dollars.
The National Restaurant Association announced the launch of its GO-Vote! Election Center, a nonpartisan information service. This service outlines all of the details restaurant-and-foodservice professionals need on how to register and vote by mail or absentee ballot, and provides the 12 million employees in the industry with a greater opportunity to participate in the political process.
The National Restaurant Association unveiled a new program that encourages restaurant industry professionals across the country to use their stories to underscore the restaurant industry's essential role in Americans' lives in their local communities.
Custom gift cards from Heartland Payment Systems are a proven way to increase sales! Your business counts on a healthy cash flow and repeat business. While paper gift certificates may be an effective sales tool, we have a newer, smarter way to go, stored value gift cards. They work harder for you.
Restaurants who depend on music to entertain customers can profit from their membership in RHAI. Members receive a discount of 10% or more from the cost of music licenses when they purchase them from BMI, a non-profit-making company representing 300,000 songwriters and music publishers.
At this year's Annual Meeting, RHAI President John Livengood noted the need for a stronger organization to protect and defend the industry in light of an unprecedented number of new proposals to tax and regulate restaurants.
In response to a longstanding need within the restaurant industry to accurately estimate the earnings of tipped employees, specifically wait staff, the National Restaurant Association recently announced the results of a nationwide operator survey. The survey found that nationally, the average hourly earnings of wait staff range from $17.10 for entry-level servers to $22.20 for more experienced servers.
The National Restaurant Association joined the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy in their release of a new study that finds small incorporated businesses benefit more than their larger counterparts from the meal and entertainment tax deduction.
Nine out of 10 restaurants actively participate in community activities. Whether by supporting programs to fight hunger, participating in mentoring programs or sponsoring a Little League team, restaurants continually do what they can to be great neighbors.
Erik Wolf knew that food was his vacation priority. To Wolf, spending two hours in a local grocery store after 15 hours in an airplane was preferable to museums and monuments. But it took a visit to a food festival in Portland, Ore., for Wolf to learn that there was a name for his preferred type of vacation: culinary tourism.
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference proved to truly "shake it up" this year. In addition to offering over 20 educational seminars, several awards presentations and the crowd favorite Progressive Dinner, highlights for this year’s conference included an energizing keynote address by John Kennedy from Kennedy Consulting, and a “networking luncheon,” which included vendor booths, a silent auction and more. Also a hit was the 3rd Annual Hoosier Prostart Student Invitational culinary competition that placed 20 high school teams in a head-to-head culinary battle.
In an effort to help restaurant and foodservice industry operators improve their recruitment, retention and training practices, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola have partnered to develop the newly enhanced and expanded Web site for the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions -- www.nraef.org/solutions.
Helping to address key industry needs, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will host three educational sessions at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The sessions will cover food security, workforce challenges and leadership and management training. Each session will include input from a variety of panelists representing various segments of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The outlook for the restaurant industry grew increasingly optimistic in February, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity soared to another record level. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - jumped 1.6 percent above its strong January level. February's robust increase followed a strong 1.0 percent gain in January, with both performances driven by broad-based growth across Index components.
Underscoring the National Restaurant Association's political clout and influence on Capitol Hill, The Hill newspaper named Lee Culpepper, senior vice president of Government Affairs & Public Policy, as one of the "Top Association Lobbyists" in Washington. Lee has made The Hill's list for several consecutive years, and was selected from over 25,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
The partnership between the food industry and government is critical to defending the nation's food supply against potential terrorist threats, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, declared March 19 at the Food Safety Summit and Expo in Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25 in Chicago. Albright will speak on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. in McCormick Place. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
Eight chefs will battle at the 2004 Bocuse d'Or USA National Selection -- to be held at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 22-25, in Chicago's McCormick Place -- to see who will represent America in the culinary world's version of the Superbowl.
The Indiana Hospitality & Tourism Foundation (IH&TF) held the Third Annual Prostart Hoosier Student Invitational culinary competition on March 18, 2004, in Indianapolis. The Elkhart Area Career Center team won first prize at the event and members were awarded scholarships from five leading culinary schools. The Elkhart team will also represent Indiana at the 2004 National ProStart Student Invitational in Orlando, Florida, April 25 - 28.
Hcareers, the world's dominant online job board for the hospitality and restaurant industry, has just launched two new industry specific homes within Hcareers.com and Hcareers.ca, called "Restaurant Jobs" and "Hospitality Jobs".
Operators interested in applying for the 2004 Winning Workforce Awards have until March 1 to complete their application. These awards are a component of the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions(SM), a dynamic alliance between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola, and honor those restaurant and foodservice operators who understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to guest satisfaction.
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced several new public health measures, to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to strengthen significantly the multiple existing firewalls that protect Americans from exposure to the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease) and that help prevent the spread of BSE in U.S. cattle.
In recognition of his outstanding achievement, commitment and service to the National Restaurant Association and the entire association community, Steven C. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the restaurant industry trade group, received the 2004 Association Executive of the Year award from Association Trends during an awards luncheon held Friday, February 6, at the Capitol Hilton in downtown Washington. Anderson was introduced at the event by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR).
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) celebrates students studying viticulture and enology by presenting the 19th annual Monterey Wine Festival Scholarship Fund Auction. The live auction is a long-standing centerpiece of the Monterey Wine Festival, which takes place April 29 - May 1 in Monterey, California. The live auction will be held May 1 at 10:45 a.m. at the Monterey Marriott. All proceeds raised through this live auction goes into a scholarship fund administered by the NRAEF.
Due to new security procedures implemented on the 3rd floor of the Indiana State House where we had planned to hold the "Taste of Hoosier Hospitality" event, the 2004 Hospitality Leadership Day scheduled for next Tuesday, January 27, has been postponed.
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is right around the corner! Find out what's shakin' in Indiana's hospitality industry by attending Indiana's only all-industry educational and networking conference for hospitality professionals.
Please be aware of a recent telephone scam involving the request of a person's credit card information. Apparently, the perpetrators call random credit card customers claiming that they are from the fraud department of a major credit card company and that unusual spending has occurred on their account.
Held on Tuesday, November 18 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, downtown Indianapolis, this black tie optional event drew over one hundred attendees and raised funds for the RHAI's various educational programs such as ServSafe, Restaurant Boot Camp and ProStart.
Next year should be a good one for the restaurant industry.
According to the National Restaurant Association 2004 Restaurant Industry Forecast, the restaurant industry will grow 4.4 percent in 2004 to a record $440.1 billion in annual sales.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) announced the schedule for its 12 Summer Institutes that will be taking place during 2004. The Summer Institutes are held each year and are open to secondary- and post-secondary educators pursuing professional development within the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission held a variety of training sessions over the summer and fall to educate Indianapolis hospitality professionals about Indianapolis' unique cultural attractions.
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, was named the 2004 Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends, a national weekly newspaper for association executives and suppliers.
Dateline NBC recently aired its "hidden camera" investigation on restaurant food safety and health inspections. As anticipated, the exposé attempted to paint a negative picture of the industry through visuals and various testimonials.
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show-the country's largest gathering of restaurant-and-hospitality industry professionals-is the industry's premier business venue and each year delivers more opportunities to learn about the latest trends and technologies, buy and sell the hottest products and services, build business relationships and network with fellow professionals.
RHAI President and CEO John Livengood recently responded to a November 2, Indianapolis Star article which discussed using taxes collected from hotels and restaurants to keep the Colts in Indianapolis. The article, entitled "Poll: 60% Oppose Cash For Colts," stated that 54% of Indianapolis citizens support using hospitality taxes to help the Colts. The poll was conducted of 400 likely Marion county voters but warned about reading too much into the poll since it could change week to week depending on how the team was doing.
It's that time of year when the Association headquarters receives many calls from individuals wanting to know what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don't know about your holiday hours of operation unless you tell us.
The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) released its annual rankings of the states according to their respective policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship in the 'Small Business Survival Index 2003'.
Showcasing the restaurant and foodservice industry's position as the cornerstone of our nation's career-and-employment opportunities, the Resource Center for Workforce SolutionsSM, a dynamic alliance between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) and Coca-Cola North America Foodservice & Hospitality Division, encourages operators throughout the industry to apply for the 2004 Winning Workforce Awards.
In a positive sign for the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index-a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry-showed continued positive same-store sales and the strongest operator optimism in the history of the Index. Despite the Index slipping a modest 0.3 percent in September, marking the first decline in three months, the restaurant industry remains in a solid position for continued growth during the next several months.
Have you made your reservation for "Wines Around the World," an exclusive black tie fundraiser for the educational programs of the Restaurant and Hospitality Association? Make your reservation today! Click here to view and print a reservation form or call 317-673-4211 or 800-678-1957 (toll-free). Click here for more details.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) announced today that participation in National Food Safety Education Month® 2003 reached record high levels. Created by the NRAEF's International Food Safety Council, this month-long awareness campaign in September focused on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry and raised awareness of the industry's commitment to food safety. This year's theme, "Store it. Don't ignore it.," underscored the importance of storing food safely.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
(NRAEF) invites wine enthusiasts to swirl their glasses and savor their palates as they taste wonderful wine selections at this year's 28th annual Monterey Wine Festival, April 29 - May 1, at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. Presented by the NRAEF, the nation's oldest wine festival will include wine tastings, educational seminars, winemaker events, cooking demonstrations by leading chefs, a live auction, and the America's Best Wine Lists Awards. Proceeds from this year's auction will go to the NRAEF's educational initiatives.
A Spanish ServSafe Certification class will be offered in the South Bend area on Monday, November 17, 2003, and will be conducted in the Health Department's conference room on the 8th floor of the Country City building.
Are workforce challenges eating away at your business? Are you hungry for ideas? Then be sure to check out the Winning Workforce Ideas 2003 booklet, a collection of industry best practices and essays devoted to providing practical, actionable workforce solutions.
Highlighting the urgent need for access to affordable health care for the more than 43 million uninsured Americans, the National Restaurant Association said it would continue its efforts to ensure passage of Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation in the U.S. Senate. AHPs will allow small businesses to band together to provide quality, affordable health insurance to employees and their families.
The winners of the Second Annual Hoosier Prostart culinary competition, Megan Kozina and Hillary Forsythe from the Hammond Area Career Center, will appear on the Food Network's coverage of last April's National ProStart Culinary Competition
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. restaurant industry — rose 0.2 percent in August. The August gain was the Index's fifth in the last six months and left the Index at a record high.
September marks the ninth annual National Food Safety Education Month created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's International Food Safety Council, an awareness initiative that promotes food safety education to the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year's theme is "Store it. Don't ignore it."
Echoing the legal arguments made by smokers against the tobacco industry, some obese Americans are now trying to blame fast-food chains and other food suppliers for their health problems. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, filed a bill July 31 -- backed by the restaurant industry, but opposed by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America -- that would shield the food industry from such lawsuits.
The National Restaurant Association received the "2002-2003 Superstar Award, Association Organization of Excellence," on July 17 given by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) for "positioning the restaurant industry, through its Cornerstone Initiative, as the cornerstone of the nation's economy, the cornerstone of the local community and the cornerstone of career opportunities," according to GWSAE Chairman William E. Kelley.
The Indiana Hotel and Lodging Association is currently leading a campaign to repeal the recently passed tax on complimentary hotel rooms. This tax was contained in the 2003 budget bill and became effective on July 1, 2003. It not only affects the hotel and lodging industry, but the effects of the new tax will be felt by the entire hospitality industry.
RHAI has recently updated its Education First materials to reflect changes in Public Law 199. This law states that an employer must provide one or two rest breaks totaling at least thirty minutes (enabling the employer and employee further flexibility) and the breaks can now occur at any time during the scheduled six-hour shift. The new law also mandates that employees less than 18 years of age not work past 10 pm when not accompanied by another employee who is 18 years of age or older.
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana is teaming up with Indiana State Fair officials for "A Taste of Indiana Agriculture," a wine reception to take place on Thursday, July 31, 2003, from 6-9 pm in the Farm Bureau Building at the state fairgrounds.
June 5 was National Hunger Awareness Day, which aimed to mobilize communities across the country to focus their attention on domestic hunger. Further underscoring the restaurant industry's commitment to local communities, the National Restaurant Association marked this day by announcing its partnership with America's Second Harvest to make it easier for restaurants to donate food.
Restaurant index gains .7 percent in April; restaurant operators remain optimistic
Restaurant operators remain optimistic about the direction of the domestic economy, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index. The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. restaurant industry — gained 0.7 percent in April.
Underscoring its continuing efforts and proactive commitment to healthy lifestyles, the National Restaurant Association today announced that it has developed and released new consumer educational materials for its members and the public entitled Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle to promote balance, moderation and physical activity. The materials – brochures, tray liners and table tents – were positively reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana urges members to apply for the fifth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award- a program created by the National Restaurant Association to honor restaurants for their commitment to community service and innovative community projects.
In a move designed to significantly strengthen its food safety efforts and its regulatory relations, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that it has promoted Jorge Hernandez to Vice President, Food Safety and Risk Management, a newly created position. Hernandez was formerly Senior Director of the Science and Regulatory Relations department of the NRAEF. In this new position, he will report directly to Susan Anderson-Khleif, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.
Underscoring its continuing efforts and proactive commitment to healthy lifestyles, the National Restaurant Association today announced that it has developed and released new consumer educational materials for its members and the public entitled Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle to promote balance, moderation and physical activity. The materials - brochures, tray liners and table tents - were positively reviewed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The Promote Indiana Coalition recently held an organizational meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at the Adams Mark Hotel Downtown, Indianapolis. The primary focus of the meeting was the establishment of a new Board of Directors and discussion of future legislation designed to provide a dedicated funding source for the state's tourism promotion efforts.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (May 12) - Applebee's International Inc., which overcame a multitude of external challenges to post a first-quarter rise in same-store sales of 3.3 percent, expects that the stepped-up rollout of its curbside To Go service will help extend that sales growth streak through 2003.
Restaurant operators are more optimistic about the economy and business conditions, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI). The monthly composite index that tracks the health of the U.S. restaurant industry gained 1.7 percent in March, its first gain in five months.
Restaurateurs took center stage today in the small-business community's push for more affordable health insurance plans, as U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao participated in a roundtable discussion on health care issues with small business owners at Heyholde Restaurant in Coraopolis, Pa.
The 20th Annual National Tourism Week will be celebrated across the country May 10-18. As part of celebrating that week, RHAI members are encouraged to attend the next Promote Indiana Coalition meeting.
For the alert restaurateur, seniors - with their income, free time and expanding baby boomer fueled numbers - represent a golden market opportunity. What these potential customers like is important, but what they don't like is even more important, says a Purdue professor.
The 2003 Hoosier Hospitality Conference (HHC) proved to be the best conference yet. In addition to offering over 30 educational seminars, several awards luncheons and the crowd favorite Progressive Dinner, highlights for this year's conference included an energizing keynote address by conference veteran and hospitality guru, Janie Wiltshire of Due West, Co., and a "networking bonanza," which included vendor booths, hot topic roundtables, a silent auction and more.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor recently issued a proposal that would overhaul the regulations governing overtime pay, the basis for a wave of multi-million-dollar lawsuits filed against restaurant employers in recent months. The Labor Department has also planned compliance/enforcement initiatives for 2003 for several areas, including Indianapolis.
Citing a minimal return on investment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is reported to be scaling back its "No Match" letter initiative. The SSA expects to send 135,000 letters this year, a number more comparable to the 110,000 mailed in 2001.
President Bush recently signed a measure to significantly increase the funding availability for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan programs. The bill consists of $397.4 billion in spending and includes $1.2 billion in new funding for the SBA's 7(a) loan program. This guarantees loans to small businesses including restaurants that are unable to obtain financing on similar terms in the private credit market, but can demonstrate the ability to repay the loan. While funds are being allocated nationally, SBA is creating jobs locally, starting with its own new district director.
Your Indiana Hospitality & Tourism Foundation, (IHTF) held its Second Annual Hoosier Prostart culinary competition, sponsored by Citizens Gas, on Wednesday, March 27, 2003, at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis.
Indiana's recent winter weather conditions have resulted in more than just excessive shoveling, traffic problems and school closings; the sensational reporting of these "winter storms" has led to a significant decline in business for many restaurants.
Family Members of Armed Service Personnel Allowed 10 Days of Unpaid Leave
In an effort to assist family members of individuals who are serving in the armed forces or the National Guard, the Indiana General Assembly enacted a new statute (Ind. Code 22-2-13 et seq) effective July 1, 2007 that allows for Military Family Leave for eligible Indiana employees.
Last week, the House and Senate approved the minimum wage/tax package as part of the Iraq War Supplemental (H.R. 2206). The President signed the legislation on Friday, May 25. The House voted 348-73 to add to the Iraq bill a broad package of domestic spending that included the minimum wage, as well as drought relief for farmers, natural disaster relief, and Gulf Coast recovery aid. The Senate then voted 80-14 on the combined Iraq/minimum wage/domestic spending package.
RHAI would like to call your attention to a mass rally April 10, 2006 in cities across the country to protest the immigration reform bill as passed in December by the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 4437). So far, rallies are scheduled in 43 cities on the 10th, including Indianapolis. We have also heard that Elkhart is organizing a rally. We know that many Hispanic hospitality workers in Indianapolis have already committed to participate in the rally.
Although we are well into the first half of the legislative
session and most committees have had one or two
meetings already, the three bills of interest to us
came out late last week. We have one big issue on
our plate- family meals/food & beverage taxes. We also have
easier issues to support- liability from consumption
of food and alcohol server training.
The National Restaurant Association praises the U.S. House of Representatives for passing two important workplace health and safety bills that would reduce regulatory burdens facing small businesses, without sacrificing any related protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Reflecting upon this past legislative session, it often seemed we were facing more challenges than anything else. Between the family meals/food & beverage tax proposals at the legislature and smoking ban legislation at the local level, we found ourselves looking to the support of our members to really drive home our position with elected officials. For your involvement and persistence over the past months, we thank you. Following, you’ll find a complete review of this past legislative session.
We are very pleased to announce that the President has signed the “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005” into law. This H2B Visa Reform legislation, (S. 352/H.R. 793) was added to the supplemental Iraq/Afghanistan spending bill (H.R. 1268), which was signed into law (Public Law 109-13) by the president yesterday.
On Tuesday, February 9th, House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, told the Indianapolis Star he had abandoned a proposal that would have allowed every city, town and county in Indiana to impose Family Meals/Food and Beverage taxes.
Legislation to allow any city or county to adopt a new 1% sales tax on food sold in restaurants is pending in the House Ways & Means Committee. Because this tax hits working families, low-income citizens, and senior citizens the hardest we refer to it as the “Family Meals Tax”.
If you are as tired as we are about our industry being a target for increased taxes and regulation you can help to stop this legislation.
HR 4520, The Jumpstart Our American Business Bill, or JOBS Bill, recently passed in the United States Congress, along with a provision to suspend the collection of the Special Occupational Tax (SOT) from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
Members of the National Restaurant Association's Human Resources Executive Study Group are expected to be among the first business leaders to hear a detailed breakdown of new federal overtime regulations.
As the deadline to file income taxes looms, restaurateurs have fewer reasons this year to dread April 15.
The reason: A $350 billion tax reform bill Congress approved last May provided several economic boosts for businesses, as well as income-tax rate reductions for individuals and businesses that file at individual rates. The benefits include a bonus depreciation allowance and higher expensing thresholds.
An anti-dumping petition proposed by the Southern Shrimp Alliance could threaten restaurant owners' ability to offer affordable shrimp appetizers and entrees.
The petition, filed by a small segment of the domestic shrimp industry, aims to place tariffs on shrimp imported from six countries. The shrimp processors and farmers in the alliance contend that Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam flood the U.S. market with excessively cheap frozen warm-water shrimp and canned warm-water shrimp. The members of the Southern Shrimp Alliance assert that imported shrimp prices are 30 percent to 200 percent lower than domestic products.
Overall, the 2004 legislative session was a success for Indiana's restaurant and hospitality industry. Although we were successful in defeating several critical pieces of legislation, we must now set our sights on what will be a very challenging 2005 legislative session.
A federally-mandated limit on seasonal visas for temporary foreign workers could prevent some restaurants and other businesses from having the staff they need to open their doors this vacation season, some tourism-industry operators fear.
No new food & beverage taxes!
Despite attempts by local governments to increase tax revenue at the expense of the restaurant and hospitality industry, all food and beverage tax proposals were defeated.
HB 1282 is halted in Senate Finance Committee Hearing.
Thanks to your active involvement and the hard work of your Association staff, HB 1282, the food and beverage tax bill, was stopped in the Senate Finance Committee hearing today.
HB 1282, a bill that would authorize a 1% sales tax on food and beverages to fund Regional Transportation Authorities, was passed by the Indiana House of Representatives. Currently, the only Regional Transportation Authority is in Lake County, but that can easily change.
Act Now! House Bill 1164, which would impose taxes on the distributors, manufacturers, or wholesalers of nonnutritive beverages (primarily soft drinks), will be heard by the House Human Affairs Committee this Wednesday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m., in the House Chambers.
Due to new security procedures implemented on the 3rd floor of the Indiana State House where we had planned to hold the "Taste of Hoosier Hospitality" event, the 2004 Hospitality Leadership Day scheduled for next Tuesday, January 27, has been postponed.
Encouraging 600+ restaurateurs that they have the power to make a difference, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked operators on Sept. 15 to take a strong message to their lawmakers about the need for legal reform.
Legal-reform champion Victor Schwartz congratulated the National Restaurant Association and the restaurant industry for waging a savvy, successful campaign so far in the battle over obesity-related lawsuits.
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet's decision to dismiss – for the second time this year – a lawsuit filed against a quickservice restaurant company.
More than 600 restaurateurs visited their U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday as part of the National Restaurant Association GO-Network’s 18th Annual Public Affairs Conference. The restaurateurs' message to their elected officials was simple: Enact legislation to empower, not burden, them.
The National Restaurant Association applauds the efforts of the House of Representatives for passing the Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation, saying they are now a step closer to affordable health care.
The restaurant industry recently scored a victory in overtime reform by helping to defeat a provision aimed at derailing the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) efforts to modernize 50-year old regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL regulations in question are used to define exemptions from overtime pay for executive, administrative and professional "white-collar" employees.
In its continuing efforts to promote sensible solutions for healthy lifestyles and to support litigation reform, National Restaurant Association Board member Christianne Ricchi, owner of Ristorante i Ricchi (Washington, DC) testified June 19 before the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
The National Restaurant Association applauds the efforts of the House of Representatives for passing the Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation, saying they are now a step closer to affordable health care.
Public Law 250 of 2003 states "a person may not sell or otherwise distribute in exchange for consideration a tobacco product at retail without a valid tobacco sales certificate issued by the commission." This new law will go into effect on July 1, 2003.
The House of Representatives and Senate agreed to the third largest tax cut in history on May 23 after Vice President Cheney broke the Senate tie. The Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003 became law on Wednesday May 28 when signed by President Bush.
Washington, DC) Underscoring the importance of the restaurant industry to the nation's economy, the National Restaurant Association today applauded the passage of the "Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003" by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The Association has long supported the President's plan because it will stimulate jobs and economic growth for American workers and their families.
Governor O'Bannon recently signed SB 120, making it Public Law 199 last week. Public Law 199 addresses the issue of required rest breaks for minors in the work force. The bill is in response to a House Enrolled Act 1367 of 2001 which mandated a rest break of thirty minutes for an employee under the age of eighteen who is scheduled to work at least six hours. It further required the rest break be during the third and fifth hour of the scheduled shift. Public Law 199 will change the law in four different ways.
The rules committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council tabled the proposed smoking ban at its meeting on Tuesday, May 13 (click here to view and print a copy of the introduced version of Proposal 122). A study committee comprised of interested parties from all sides of the issue is being formed for the purpose of reaching a compromise. John Livengood, RHAI President, will serve on the committee.
The National Restaurant Association today applauded the efforts of Reps. Wally Herger (R-CA) and John Tanner (D-TN) for reintroducing the "Tip Tax Fairness Act." The legislation was originally introduced during the 107th Congress in response to a June 2002 Supreme Court ruling which granted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) authority to conduct employer-only audits and assessments to determine the amount of FICA taxes owed on allegedly underreported tips.
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson on April 15 met with President George W. Bush to discuss the president's economic-growth package Congress plans to take up following the Easter/Passover recess.
The National Restaurant Association has compiled a booklet, "Operating in a Wartime Climate," with ideas and resources for restaurateurs to show support of servicemen and women whose job it is to defend this great nation. Whether it is properly displaying the American flag, knowing how to respond when employees are called up for active duty or showing support through marketing and promotional ideas, there are myriad ways to reach out and make a difference.
Click here to view and print the booklet
The restaurant industry is one of the safest in which to work, with the incidence of injuries occurring in eating-and-drinking places below the overall rate for retail trade and major retail trade segments, according to National Restaurant Association analysis of newly released government data. Click here to read the government report.
Henry Kurkowski, President of eWireless was recently doubly honored for both his business leadership and his community service to Indianapolis. Henry was named as one of the Indianapolis Business Journals 40 Under Forty list for 2009 which salutes professionals of noteworthy achievement younger than age 40 throughout central Indiana.
Larry Griggers whisks past the bar of his restaurant and, unexpectedly, is handed a glass of wine to try. He sniffs, savors a taste and gets a twinkle in his eyes.
He moves on to the dining room, adorned with exquisite Mardi Gras masks, and points to the secret door that Peyton Manning uses on the nights he wants to eat without being seen. He then strolls into the men's room filled with portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the fine decor that Griggers handpicked himself.
After years of toiling in finance and billion-dollar oil and gas companies, Griggers finally is doing what he loves: running one of the city's most popular fine-dining experiences, Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Sure, the Internet has made advertising job opportunities easier and more cost-effective. And it’s a simple process too. But the ease of posting jobs has made many forget the true purpose of advertising – to sell.
John Livengood, President and CEO of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana, was recognized for his leadership and professionalism by the Indiana Society of Association Executives at their recent Awards Banquet. John, a past President of ISAE, was presented with the Association Executive of the Year Award -- one of the highest honors bestowed by ISAE.
Congratulations to John on this recognition of his dedication and commitment to the Association community.
Seventh consecutive AWARD for downtown landmark hotel.
Danielli Restaurant and Art Gallery continues the tradition of AAA Four Diamonds at the Canterbury Hotel. Canterbury Hotel’s restaurant, as well as its overall Food and Beverage remain the only recipient of this award in downtown Indianapolis seven years straight.
Ray Kavanaugh, RHAI Board Member, was recently presented with the Champion of Education Awards at the International Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) conference in Crystal City, Virginia...
Bill Lilya, with American Food Treasures & Travel Gems originating out of Albany, Oregon, is currently working with Midwest restaurants to write a story about the history and popularity of the famed pork tenderloin sandwich. He contacted the RHAI asking for any information we might know. If your establishment serves pork tenderloin sandwiches or if you know anything about the history of the sandwich please contact Bill or RHAI and relay the information. His story will be published in travel and tourism magazines and any restaurants who contribute will be promoted in the story...
Dining out at Scotty's Brewhouse on August 29th Helps Share Our Strength's Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Muncie, Bloomington, West Lafayette, August 10, 2006–On Tuesday, August 29th, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Scotty's Brewhouse will raise funds for Share Our Strength's Restaurants for Relief 2, presented by American Express. This second annual nationwide dine-out program helps Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading organizations working to end childhood hunger, with its ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Diners across the country will enjoy food and drink at thousands of participating restaurants and support this good cause. Scotty's Brewhouse is contributing a portion of our sales to Share Our Strength's hurricane recovery efforts...
As you know, we have partnered with Share Our Strength and American Express to support Restaurants for Relief 2, a nationwide dine-out campaign, to benefit the Gulf Coast region on August 29, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina...
Ruth's Chris Steak House has named Indianapolis North restaurant as its Franchise of the Year. In addition, Jeanne Chandler was named General Manager of the Year and Chef Dan Dunville was named Chef of the Year. Congratulations to Ruth's Chris north side team!
This year's Second Annual Indy Restaurant Week launched Monday July 17th at One Emmis Plaza on Monument Circle at the first-ever Indy Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event. One of the highlights of this gala was the unveiling of the Drink Contest winner sponsored by Level Vodka...
Reinier Blok, a Dutch native and 10-year veteran of the internationalrestaurant scene, has been named General Manager ofthe Indianapolis Marriott Downtown’s upscale dining establishment, Circle City Bar & Grille.
Steven J. Oakley of Oakley's Bistro, Indianapolis, Ind., took top honors for the second time at the Taste of Elegance Chef's Competition held January 31 in Indianapolis. Sponsored by the Indiana Pork Producers Association in partnership with the Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Soybean Board, the 10th annual chef's competition encourages Indiana chefs to design innovative ways to feature pork in white tablecloth entree dishes in their restaurants.
Three RHAI members honored with Governor’s Half Century Business Award,The Glass Chimney receives Carmel Chamber
Award, R Bistro chef and owner featured in Indianapolis
Monthly, and Culver's raises more than $250,000 during
multistate 'Day of Warmth.'
By getting involved one on one with legislators,
restaurateurs can help make a difference in this next
legislative session. Scott Wise, RHAI Board Member
and owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse, recently had the
opportunity to meet with Congressman Mike Pense,
and discuss two “hot button” issues in the restaurant
RHAI Endorsed Provider, Heartland Payment Systems Inc. (HPS), an emerging leader in the payments processing industry, is expanding its service center currently located in the Youngstown Shopping Center in Jeffersonville, Ind., to better service its rapidly growing customer base of 106,000 merchants and 970 sales professionals nationwide (as of Sept. 30, 2005).
Scotty’s Brewhouse, Inc. is now a drop off location for Toys for Tots! Since 1996, Scotty’s is down to earth and here to serve the people of our communities! The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
Restaurateurs are a vital part of communities all across the state of Indiana. With a dedication to service, they can significantly impact their local community in a very positive way. We are proud of our members who have committed themselves to making a difference through community involvement and service. Take a look at how one of your fellow members showed their commitment.
Restaurateurs are a vital part of communities all across the state of Indiana. With a dedication to service, they can significantly impact their local community in a very positive way. We are proud of our members who have committed themselves to making a difference through community involvement and service. Take a look at how your fellow members are showing their commitment.
The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of the sixth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award during the Association's 19th Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC, emphasizing the important role restaurants play as a cornerstone of community service.
The Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn of Indianapolis was featured on an episode of the Food Network's show 'Food Finds.' The episode, titled "Racing Around Indiana" aired on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.
Applebee's and Johnny Carino's restaurants operated by Thomas and King, Inc. are planning on instituting a no-smoking policy in Indiana and four other states. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Scanlon says the no-smoking policy will start by the end of the month in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is right around the corner! Find out what's shakin' in Indiana's hospitality industry by attending Indiana's only all-industry educational and networking conference for hospitality professionals.
The National Restaurant Association recently announced that complimentary online registration for Association members to attend the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25, 2004, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., is now available at the Show Web site, www.restaurant.org/show.
According to a year-end report presented by National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson at the Association's annual winter Board of Directors meeting, its membership has expanded to 315,000 restaurant locations in 2003.
Indianapolis' Iaria's reopened in November after a five month closing to "spruce" things up. Iaria's was always a "neighborhood restaurant" where locals could count on authentic Italian food, big meatballs, homemade sausage and bowls of spaghetti.
Two RHAI member were recently featured in nationwide restaurant magazines! Board member and NRA Director Russ Adams, Strongbow Inn, appeared in Restaurant Hospitality's September issue for his "Timeless Turkey" and Ted Bulthaup, Hollywood Bar and Filmworks, was featured in Restaurant Business for the design of his recently opened Hollywood Boulevard in Illinois.
Some of Indiana's ethnic restaurants face an increasing challenge in complying with food-safety regulations because language barriers and cultural differences make it difficult to communicate with health officials. Restaurants with employees who are not native English speakers are often among those in greatest need of help.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola North America honored recipients of the 2003 Employer of Choice Awards. A component of the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions, these awards honor those restaurant and foodservice operators that truly understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to achieving guest satisfaction. All winners including RHAI member Bob Evans, were honored at the 2003 Employer of Choice Awards Breakfast held Monday, May 19, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, during the 2003 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.
McDonald's hosted the fourth annual Ray Kroc Awards gala on May 29, 2003 at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. This year's event recognized 129 restaurant managers from across the nation. Indiana had three winners: Brian Coleman- Indianapolis, Jean Smith- Indianapolis, and Todd Stinson- Jeffersonville.
Restaurants and Institutions recently announced its 20th annual "Top 100 Independent Restaurants." The list serves to recognize America's best independents who, despite the poor economy, continue to succeed.
Restaurants and Institutions conducted its 20th annual "Choice in Chains" survey that placed RHAI members on top. Members such as, the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Texas Roadhouse and Red Lobster were judged among 95 chains in 13 categories.
Purdue University's hospitality and tourism management undergraduate program has been ranked first nationally by a survey published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education.
The National Restaurant Association continues to fight for the restaurant industry as federal agencies issue more rules to implement the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, will change the way businesses provide and individuals purchase health insurance.
While most of the health care reform rules take effect in 2014, some health insurance reform changes go into effect before then. On June 28, 2010 the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health & Human Services published temporary regulations and asked for comments on some of the changes that take effect Sept. 23, 2010.
The recent nationwide shell egg outbreak has received considerable attention. Eggs affected by the expanded recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
Two new tax benefits are now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act enacted into law today.
Webinar: March 24, 2010 at 2PM Eastern
IRS panel discussion among IRA experts and industry professionals discussing Tips on Tip Reporting: Filing Form 8027, Employers Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips Click here to register
Indiana now has 3 confirmed cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu). There remains are over 30 samples waiting for testing. There have been 141 confirmed cases in the United States. County health departments are receiving shipments of antiviral drugs as officials prepare to treat possible cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus. State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe says Indiana has a stockpile of more than 850,000 antiviral drugs. The Hoosier State also was among the first to receive extra medication from a federal stockpile.
By now you have heard about the recent swine influenza situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has elevated the influenza pandemic alert from phase 3 to phase 4. Phases 4-6 signal the need for response and mitigation efforts. Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause "community-level outbreaks." The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic, it does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.
FDA is currently asking retailers and food service operators to respond immediately to remove and secure for disposal fresh (raw) jalapeño and serrano peppers grown, harvested or packed in Mexico, making sure that all such peppers are not inadvertently made available for use, purchase, salvage or donation and therefore preventing any possibility for human or animal consumption.
All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each new employee hired in the United States. After December 26, 2007, employers who fail to use the new Form I-9 may be subject to all applicable penalties.
On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). Included in the Act are amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA") which provide additional leave benefits to eligible relatives of military servicemembers. The Act does not provide an effective date, thus the presumption is the amendments to the FMLA are to take effect immediately. Therefore, Employers should review and revise their FMLA policies and procedures as soon as possible.
The National Restaurant Association praised California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his veto of SB 120, a bill passed by the state legislature last month requiring menu labeling throughout California's restaurants. The following is a statement from Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association:
"By vetoing this legislation, Governor Schwarzenegger shows an understanding that this bill would have placed unrealistic mandates on restaurateurs. The ordering, preparation and delivery process for restaurant food is uniquely different than purchasing packaged foods in a grocery store and therefore a one-size-fits-all mandate is not the answer."
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association's endorsed Worker's Compensation Dividend Program through Farmers Insurance completed its 12th anniversary recently and will distribute checks totaling over $19,000 to members in the program. These dividends were for calculations for the year 2003-04. Over the life of this program over $175,000 has been distributed to members who participate in the program.
If you would like more information on how to become part of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association's Worker's Compensation Dividend Program, please contact Tom Johnson at 800-678-1957 or Sam Goldstein at Farmers Insurance, 317-582-1772.
While songwriting may not be the world's oldest profession, it could well be the most misunderstood. Many business owners who play music in their establishments are introduced to the songwriting profession when they receive their first letter or phone call from one of America's performing right organizations, such as BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc).
I wanted to call to your attention a troubling new development on an issue facing retailers nationwide. Confusion over the requirements of a federal law restricting the display of credit- and debit-card digits and expiration dates on customer receipts has resulted in a wave of class-action lawsuits against restaurant companies and commercial retailers.
The Indiana State Department of Health has provided a retail security checklist to conduct food security vulnerability assessments. This audit can help you develop a food defense initiative to reduce your exposure to intentional acts of contamination.
Terre Haute-based Clabber Girl Corp. says it has developed a product that will help lengthen the life of new trans-fat-free oils and will help food absorb less oil when frying. The company says food cooked in the oils using the OilFlex product will also be much lower in total fat and have a healthier nutritional profile.
Recent restaurant closings due to foodborne
illness outbreaks may have you thinking about
your insurance coverage in such an instance.
If you were insured under the endorsed RHAI
insurance program that type of loss would be
covered. Most carriers do not have this coverage. Read more...
Restaurant employees sometimes help themselves to your credit card
Restaurant customers filled with a hearty meal and a holiday spirit can be easy prey for credit card fraud.
No matter how good your service is, police and the restaurant industry warn, your server can't always be trusted.
Carmel Assistant Police Chief Timothy Green said the credit card scam recently has generated complaints.
Customers told police in Carmel and surrounding communities, Green said, that servers sometimes treat themselves to an unauthorized tip -- or more -- made with a diner's credit card.
The National Restaurant Association applauded the House and Senate for passing legislation that provides tax provisions for restaurants and small businesses aimed at repealing the out-dated depreciation schedule for restaurants, as well as tax credits and health savings benefits to assist restaurants and their employees.
You’ve been planning your holiday menus for months, but have you planned for kitchen equipment or mechanical system failures? What if your broiler or dish machine breakdown right in the middle of a holiday dinner rush? Or what if your heating system fails on a cold, snowy evening? Preventive maintenance on your kitchen equipment and mechanical systems may be the most important recipe for a profitable holiday season and beyond.
NEW YORK, December 6, 2006 -- With digital music players becoming mainstream around the world, it’s only natural that many American bar, nightclub and restaurant owners are welcoming MP3 players into their establishments as an edgy, easy form of entertainment.
Three Cases of Botulism Possibly Caused by Improper Refrigeration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the vital importance of keeping carrot juice—including pasteurized carrot juice—refrigerated. There are three cases of botulism in the state of Georgia associated with pasteurized carrot juice that may have been due to the product not being properly refrigerated...
With the Indianapolis smoking ban taking effect on March 1, 2006, we have received numerous questions from members. According to the ordinance, a sign is required for establishments that allow smoking. We have developed two signs for compliance – one with the 18-year old restriction and one with a 21-year old restriction. We have also created another sign for restaurants required to be smoke-free. The Marion County Health Department also has cling signs available.
Download the signs.
Please review the list of “FAQs” that we have prepared to answer common questions regarding the new smoking ordinance.
Restaurateurs face a February 28, 2006 deadline for filing tip information with the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8027, Employer's Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. If you are filing electronically the deadline is March 31.
Restaurant managers now have a new tool that allows them to match their table mix to their customer mix. Cornell University has just released the Restaurant Table-Mix Optimizer, or RTMO, which is designed to give restaurant managers specific guidance on what mix of tables will provide the best revenue boost for their particular restaurant. The web-based tool, developed by Cornell professor Gary M. Thompson, is available at no charge from TheCenterForHospitalityResearch.org.
It’s time to talk about the big challenges your staff
faces every day, the big decision that’s on tap for
you,and a big training innovation that can benefit
every employee, every guest, and your entire
ServSafe Alcohol is the best-in-class training that
gives you options.
The National Restaurant Association Educational
Foundation (NRAEF) developed the ServSafe Alcohol
Program to raise the bar in responsible alcohol
service training. This is a higher standard for
it’s also the solution to the real-world challenges that
every operation faces every day.
We understand that the responsible alcohol service
training decisions you make are critical. How can you
make certain that your front-of-the-house staff is
prepared for every situation? Where can you find
training that works in their world, and works around
their hectic schedules? The answer is ServSafe
In an effort to keep you updated on information
related to the Avian Influenza ("bird flu") issue, we
wanted to alert you to a Q&A posted on the U.S.
Food & Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) web site. The Q&A
provides practical consumer cooking
times/temperatures, information on Avian flu and
Please be aware, you may receive a mailing from certain companies selling required state and federal posters. This mailing will present itself as an official notice. It may say “2nd request” or “immediate response requested.” This is not an official notice and is in no way associated with the government.
If you or your company accepted Mastercard and/or
Visa-branded credit cards or debit cards as payment
for goods or services at any time from October 25,
1992 to June 21, 2003, you or your company may be
affected by the settlement of a class action lawsuit.
According to an article posted on
www.indychannel.com, website scammers have been
taking advantage of a program run by many law
enforcement agencies called “Shop with A Cop.” The
program helps needy families, mostly during the
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
announced that it will not sanction employers for
hiring victims of Hurricane Katrina who, at this time,
are unable to provide documentation normally
required under Section 274A of the Immigration and
Nationality Act. DHS will not bring sanction actions
against employers for hiring individuals evacuated or
displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina otherwise
eligible for employment but who currently lack
The City of Indianapolis will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on our sewer infrastructure in the coming years to reduce raw sewage overflows into our waterways and improve flood control and drainage. But did you know that fats, oils and grease sent down the drain also create clogged sewers, causing sewer backups and overflows?
RHAI is proud to join NRA as a member of a coalition that has been formed to support H.R. 420, the federal Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 (LARA). This common-sense legislation would help put an end to personal injury lawyers gaming the civil justice system by filing frivolous lawsuits and forum shopping. These abuses are a threat to American businesses and their employees.
June 23rd marked the official kick-off to the summer season, and the restaurant industry is forecasted to add 408,000 jobs throughout the nation during the 2005 summer season, according to the National Restaurant Association. This is a 4.6 percent increase over the industry's March 2005 employment level.
The new food & beverage or “dome tax” that is being implemented in Marion County and surrounding counties has generated a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding the effective dates.
Here is the status of all food & beverage taxes allowed as a result of recent legislation in HB 1120.
The Office of Citizenship recently announced the release of Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants in multiple languages.
Designed for permanent residents and the organizations that serve them, the Guide contains practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday day life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that will introduce them to the U.S. system of government.
Fifteen years ago, President George Bush Sr. signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The legislation promised to help people with disabilities by opening the door to more job opportunities and welcoming them into public places, including restaurants.
The Indiana State Health Department recently issued a memo stating that “it would be prudent and reasonable” for local health departments to minimize the time they spend inspecting low-risk agricultural commodities that are seasonal, such as honey, sorghum, wine, maple syrup and fresh produce.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is initiating an investigation to determine the source of several clusters of a gastrointestinal illness known as cyclosporiasis that is associated with fresh basil served in Florida during mid-March through mid-April. Known as a traceback, the investigation will work to locate the source of the contaminated produce.
With more than 11 million Americans now suffering from food allergies, it is imperative that restaurateurs continue to keep food allergy awareness at the front of their minds. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction. By staying aware, restaurateurs can ensure a safe dining experience for all of their customers.
Restaurant marketing is both an art and a science that is shrouded in mystery for far too many restaurant owners. Unfortunately, many advertising sales people don't want you to know what's really working. They want you to think that the television spots your competitor is running with them will be the answer to all of yours sales-building challenges. Not so.
Beginning March 10, employers are required to provide to persons entitled to the rights and benefits under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), a notice of the rights, benefits and obligations of such persons and such employers under USERRA. Employers may provide the notice, “Your Rights Under USERRA”, by posting it where employee notices are customarily placed. However, employers are free to provide the notice to employees in other ways that will minimize costs while ensuring that the full text of the notice is provided (e.g., by handing or mailing out the notice, or distributing the notice via electronic mail). You can download the poster at http://www.dol.gov/osbp/sbrefa/poster/userra.htm.
Restaurateurs face a February 28, 2005 deadline for filing tip information with the Internal Revenue Service, using Form 8027, Employer's Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. If you are filing electronically the deadline is March 31.
Effective immediately, Veolia Water Indianapolis, has lifted its 24-hour precautionary boil water advisory for all Indianapolis Water customers.
The precautionary boil water advisory was issued at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, when a system problem forced the White River Treatment Plant to be taken out of service for a period of time.
Many Americans will choose to ring in the New Year by celebrating at one of the nation's 878,000 restaurants. According to new research by the National Restaurant Association, New Year's Eve is the fourth most popular holiday to dine out-after Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Father's Day-with 13 percent of respondents dining out.
The EEOC is issuing a Guide titled How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Food Service Employers(Guide), to assure employers that they can follow rules based on the Food Code and also comply with the ADA. The Guide also explains how the ADA applies to food service employers and people with disabilities who work in restaurants.
A recognized speaker, consultant and trainer in the foodservice industry, Ron Yudd offers key strategies to help owners and senior managers develop and retain young leaders within their foodservice operations.
Ah, the holidays! That magical, whirlwind time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day when children eagerly look forward to a visit from Santa, football fans eagerly look forward to the Super Bowl-and everyone in the hospitality business frantically looks for additional hourly help.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently extended the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Originally developed by the IRS in 1993, some employers have been reluctant to participate in a tip program because it was set to expire in 2005.
The Internal Revenue Service recently ordered Brinker International, parent company of Chili's and Macaroni Grill among other restaurant brands, to pay over $31 million in back FICA tax for failing to accurately report employees tips.
The Indiana Department of Labor's new Online Work Permit System for teen work permits will save the state, employers and Indiana schools time and money, and effectively take the "work" out of work permits.
Restaurateurs who feature seafood on their menus should note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising pregnant women, women thinking of becoming pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children to reduce eating fish and shellfish that may contain high levels of methylmercury.
A quick vote on December 8 doomed an Indianapolis City-Council proposal to restrict smoking in Indianapolis. By a vote of 13-15, the council rejected a plea by Republican Beulah Coughenour to have a full debate on a plan to prohibit smoking in restaurants and many other workplaces.
According to the FDA, Hepatitis A outbreaks associated with raw or undercooked green onions served in restaurants occurred during the month of September in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Another outbreak of hepatitis A among patrons of a single restaurant occurred in Pennsylvania during late October and early November, although the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.
The Federal Communications Commission announced this month that it will delay its enforcement of updated "do not fax" rules for businesses until Jan. 1, 2005 -- more than 16 months later than the FCC had originally proposed.
In North America, over 5,000 species of fleshy mushrooms grow naturally in the wild. Very few have ever been tested for toxicity, although experts know that about 15 species are deadly and another 60 are toxic to humans if consumed raw or cooked. Forty other species are poisonous if consumed raw, but safe to eat after cooking. It is often difficult for people to distinguish between edible mushrooms and the poisonous species.