We'll drink to that: Top 5 alcohol trends for 2018

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 11 December 2017
Thirsty to know which alcoholic beverages are going to drive sales at restaurants over the next year? Our new What’s Hot Culinary Forecast looked at the responses of 700 chefs – all members of the American Culinary Federation – for the answers. They said cocktails made with food, local spirits, wine and beer, and onsite barrel-aged drinks are going to be tops in 2018.

What's Hot? Familiarity, simplicity breed comfort

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 December 2017
Consumer trends can be fickle, but when it comes to food, maybe we are more creatures of habit than we realize. Our list of HOT trends for 2018 shows that when it comes to dining out, the more things change, the more they sometimes stay the same.

What's Hot: Top 10 trends in 2018

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 December 2017
Consumers will look for more healthful, sustainable and simple choices at restaurants, say 700 chefs surveyed for our list of Top 10 concept trends in 2018. The chefs — members of the American Culinary Federation — say hyper-local foods, chef-driven fast-casual concepts, clean menus and veggie-centric foods will be among the most desired dining trends next year.

Industry vet Fassler dies at 75

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 1 December 2017
Joseph K. Fassler, a foodservice industry veteran and former chair of the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, died Dec. 1, after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Dawn Sweeney, the NRA’s president and CEO, said Fassler, the former president and CEO of Phoenix-based Restaura Inc., a subsidiary of Viad Corp. left an extraordinary mark on the industry.

Grubhub COO delivers some food for thought

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 30 November 2017
How well versed are you in online and mobile food ordering? Do you know how off-premise diners connect with restaurants when they want to dine out at home? Stan Chia, chief operating officer of Grubhub, recently discussed why restaurants should think about integrating this technology into their operations.

Rachael Ray offers scholarships. How cool is that?

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 27 November 2017
Author and daytime host Rachael Ray has cooked up a contest to offer one $25,000 and three $5,000 scholarships to four high-school juniors and seniors who are seeking careers in culinary arts or restaurant management.

For restaurants, big data is big business

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 7 November 2017
Big data is changing how restaurants do business. It helps operators understand who their customers are, what they want and how often they want it. At our 2017 Restaurant Innovation Summit, experts explained how tracking analytics improves our industry’s business operations.

Red Robin franchisee shines light on the gift of giving

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 31 October 2017
For Mike Axiotis and the Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, 'Giving back is part of our culture; it's part of what we do.

100th Restaurant Roundtable a 2017 milestone

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 30 October 2017
On Oct. 29, we celebrated our 100th Restaurant Roundtable of 2017. The event, part of a program that brings restaurateurs and lawmakers together, was held at Ted J. Balestreri's Sardine Factory restaurant in Monterey, Calif. U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) was the featured guest.

Want to know the future of tech? find out now!

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 30 October 2017
Celebrity chef Richard Blais kicked off our 2017 Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas. The winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and a regular Food Network judge, shared his thoughts on trends in the restaurant industry.

Don't get caught in a breach: Prepare for cybersecurity

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 24 October 2017
Cybersecurity may seem overwhelming, but you can protect your restaurant against cyberattacks — and security measures don’t have to be complicated or expensive. As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve released “Cybersecurity 201: The Next Step” Guide, which will help independent restaurant operators integrate the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) well-regarded Cybersecurity Framework into their restaurants. The guide is a follow-up to our “Cybersecurity 101: A Toolkit for Restaurant Operators”.

What should the renegotiated NAFTA look like?

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 23 October 2017
As the Trump Administration looks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we’re working to ensure the restaurant industry is included in the negotiations. Why? We’re concerned changes to trade policies could disrupt the supply chain, negatively impacting business and employment. Restaurants and foodservice companies depend on global supply chains and international trade to deliver fresh and seasonal food to their guests.

Chicago merchants celebrate beverage tax repeal

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 12 October 2017
It was a sweet victory on Oct. 11, when the Cook County Board of Commissioners repealed the controversial beverage tax it passed last year. The tax, which took effect in August, was an attempt to close a budget shortfall. It placed a penny-an-ounce tariff on soda and sugary beverages. The board voted 15-2 to end the tax, which had angered both consumers and business owners.

Congress acts to save local businesses

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce began markup of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. If passed, the legislation would address the National Labor Relations Board’s expanded definition of the joint-employer standard. The NLRB dramatically expanded the definition in 2015 to include indirect and potential control of employees, overturning three decades of labor law and creating confusion for restaurants and other small businesses. As a result, small businesses like restaurants could be held liable for the actions of other companies simply because they do business with them.

Vegas restaurants offer help after shooting

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
The Las Vegas restaurant community came out in full force this week to provide food and support to victims, their family members and first responders involved in the shooting at a country music concert Oct. 1. The restaurateurs organized the effort via social media. They arranged to bring food to those aiding the victims and to friends and family members waiting for word on the conditions of their relatives and loved ones who were shot at the concert. According to published reports, the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, killed 59 people and injured 520 others.

Who are the next restaurant neighbor or faces of diversity winners?

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 4 October 2017
Do you know a restaurateur who provides outstanding service for the community he or she does business in? Or what about an operator who embodies the meaning of diversity and has overcome obstacles to achieve the American Dream? If you do, it’s time to nominate them for our 2018 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. Nominations for both awards programs are officially open and we’re looking to you to help us find those who are most deserving of winning the awards. The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 17.

Survivors still standing after Hurricane Maria

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 28 September 2017
Puerto Rico is beginning the uphill battle of recovering after Hurricane Maria slammed into the battered island Sept. 19. About 97 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are still without power and about half of them do not have running water, according to published reports.

Practicing food safety? Here are 5 things to know

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 25 September 2017
As National Food Safety Month continues, engaging your employees in best practices is important to them, your customers’ health and the success of your business. Here are five tips every restaurant operator should know:

NRA looks to Congress for joint-employer solution

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 20 September 2017
For 30 years, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint-employer standard held that the definition of an employer was someone with actual or direct control over employees. In 2015, the NLRB dramatically expanded that definition to include indirect and potential control of employees, upending three decades of labor law and creating confusion for small businesses like restaurants.

Students get a 'taste' of success

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 20 September 2017
Our Educational Foundation – in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice – produced the video, which features industry leaders offering high-school students advice on how to achieve successful careers in foodservice and hospitality.

AI, cashless payment, big data on tap at RIS 2017

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 15 September 2017
Are you ready for a taste of tomorrow? That’s what we’re serving up at our Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas. From Oct. 25 to 27, our Summit will bring industry leaders together to talk about technology and how it is changing the way we do business. Operators, futurists and innovators will share strategies on how to work with tech, not against it. Here are a few of the highlights you’ll experience at this year’s Summit:

Help for operators after Irma storms into Florida

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 11 September 2017
Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida Sunday, causing massive damage, flooding and power outages across the state. The storm hit just one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas. Officials urged about 6.3 million people in the state to evacuate before Irma made landfall, and at least four deaths were linked to the storm, published reports indicated. As Irma moved up Florida’s western coast, it weakened into a tropical storm. Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are now in its path.

Blais to keynote Restaurant Innovation Summit

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 8 September 2017
Find out what makes Richard Blais a "top chef" and successful restaurateur. Hear about his forward-thinking culinary company Trail Blais at our Restaurant Innovation Summit, Oct. 25-27 in Austin.

Promoting military foodservice career

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 23 August 2017
Earlier this month, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation brought together military servicemen and women to celebrate their commitment to serving our country and our industry. This year’s Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence was an inspiring and educational event at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, California.

Summit to serve up innovation, tomorrow's tech

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 14 August 2017
Share: Email Print News RSS Summit to serve up innovation, tomorrow’s tech August 14, 2017 If you are a technology-minded restaurant operator, come to our 2017 Restaurant Innovation Summit, Oct. 25 to 27, in Austin, Texas. You’ll learn about the latest innovations from experts who are changing the way our industry does business. This year’s Summit is going to bring operators together with futurists and innovators who’ll share their strategies on how to work with tech, not against it. Here are a couple of Summit sessions that will whet your appetite:

5 reasons why apprentices are good for business

National Restaurant Association (NRA) - 11 August 2017
The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation officially launched its apprenticeship program earlier this year, after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship awarded us a $1.8 million contract last fall. Developed with the DOL and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, apprentices who complete the program earn credentials from the DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship and the NRAEF. The goal is to create career pathways for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality employees. The NRAEF and AHLA expect to enroll 450 apprentices in the program by year-end. Here are five reasons apprentices can help your business:


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