Congressional negotiations over the fiscal 2018 year-end spending bill, also known as the omnibus appropriations bill, could be wrapped up this week. Legislation must be signed into law by March 23. It is crucial that you weigh in with your elected officials one last time and urge them to personally speak to their party leaders about the urgent need to include permanent H-2B cap relief in the omnibus bill. Please focus on calling your own elected officials, rather than reaching out directly to leadership offices. Calls from non-constituents to Congressional leaders will not influence the process, but a personal discussion between your Representative and Speaker Ryan, for example, could make a big difference. We know many of you have repeatedly reached out to your lawmakers, but we appreciate your doing so one last time. We need your help!
The Georgia Restaurant Association is proud to sponsor TEAM Georgia's Safe Holiday Program for St. Patrick's Day. We support and promote the safe service of alcohol through the ServSafe Alcohol program.
This program prepares bartenders, servers, and all front-of-house staff to effectively and safely handle difficult situations in restaurants. Alcohol service involves many risks. Failure to act responsibly could result in fines, imprisonment, losing your liquor license, increased insurance costs, or losing your business. Restaurant employees could face criminal charges for serving alcohol to a minor or an intoxicated customer and can even be held liable if an intoxicated customer’s actions lead to a death, injury or property damage.
Restaurants need to be prepared to handle these risks with responsible alcohol training. Bars and restaurants may offer a free non-alcoholic drink to designated drivers and inform patrons about free rides home. The GRA supports a safe and enjoyable celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some tips to keep in mind when serving alcohol:
The Hospitality Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) held its annual ProStart State Championship on Friday, March 2 at the Art Institute of Atlanta. High school students from across Georgia competed to be named state champs in the category of Culinary Arts or Management and represent Georgia at the national competition in Providence, R.I, on April 27-29.
The winning culinary team was from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga. Student winners included Wayne Miles, Carlos Barboza, Jorge Narvaez, Jose Martinez and Arturo Perez. Winners in the Culinary Management category are from Westover High School in Albany, Ga., and include Olaysha Hicks, Nykeria Williams, and Kamron Ponder.
Source: Kennesaw State University College of Continuing and Professional Education
The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University will hold an Open House on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at KSU Center. The free event will highlight the college’s award-winning Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate program.
Attendees will learn about the career-training program from chefs, graduates and local partners. The Open House also features a tour of the professional kitchen and an exclusive culinary demonstration. Prospective students who have a passion for cooking and are interested in beginning a career in the culinary field are encouraged to attend.
“Attending the Open House is the best way to learn about the quality of our training and success of our graduates,” said Pam Moss, Culinary Apprenticeship program manager. “We will cover the basics of the course, and you’ll also learn from those who are currently in the field.”
Open House Benefits
KSU Center is located at 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA, 30144. For more information, and to register visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu, email email@example.com or call 470-578-6765.
The Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest is back bigger and better than ever, giving independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants and food trucks the chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes and bring hometown pride to their own communities. For the fourth year, General Mills Foodservice is celebrating independent restaurant operators and seeking out recipes for the one-of-a-kind dishes that showcase their local flavor. As of today, March 1, the contest is officially accepting entries at www.NeighborhoodtoNation.com.
The only foodservice recipe contest of its kind, the 2018 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest will honor five Regional Recipe Winners who will each receive $5,000 in cash and an additional...
The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) ProStart State Championships will be held at the Art Institute of Atlanta on Friday, March 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eleven teams from across Georgia will compete for a chance to win scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state in the National ProStart Competition hosted by the National Restaurant Association in Providence, R.I., on April 27-29.
The student teams will have one hour to butcher a chicken, demonstrate five precision knife cuts, and then create a three-course fine dining meal for two that will be judged by the best executive chefs in Atlanta! Students must complete the challenge without...
Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Restaurant Association announce 2018 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs
Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black and Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) CEO Karen Bremer announced the 2018 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the GRA’s 10th Annual Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception, held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.
This year, we received a tremendous number of applications from qualified candidates for this honorable program, making the selection process extremely difficult. The GRA is thrilled to announce the 2018 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs: Evan Cordes of Cast Iron, Zach Meloy of Better Half, Christian Rodriguez of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Jason Jimenez of Better Half, Brian Jones of Kennesaw State University and Todd White of Albany Technical College.
Powerful Representatives of Two Generations Speak Up for the Future of Our Planet
Atlanta’s own environmental activist Hannah Testa, 15, partners with Georgia state senators for the second consecutive year to proclaim Feb. 15 Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Georgia. Hannah, founder of Hannah4Change (www.hannah4change.org), worked with Georgia State Senators and environmental advocates Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and Renee Unterman (R-Buford) to develop and co-sponsor this resolution (SR695), which educates Georgians about the growing plastic pollution crisis.
The resolution will be read on the Senate floor on the morning of Feb. 15. In addition, Orrock and Testa will be speaking at 9:30 am at the Coverdale Legislative Office Building’s Press Room on Feb. 15. Testa will also distribute biodegradable paper straws from Aardvark. Used by thousands of restaurants, Aardvark straws...
By Maya T. Prabhu - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgians may be one step closer to having a bloody mary with their Sunday morning brunch.
A Senate panel on Tuesday renewed the possibility of that happening when it narrowly approved a measure to bump the time for alcohol sales at privately owned restaurants and stores from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Sundays.
To make the change, locals would have to approve a referendum.
The House passed similar legislation — dubbed the “better brunch bill” — in the past, but it stalled in the Senate.
Source Georgia Lobby
Due to the continued threat of tax fraud, and specifically an ongoing email phishing scam, the Department of Revenue (DOR), is taking action to protect taxpayer's sensitive identity information and precious tax dollars in the State of Georgia. In addition to upgrading the state-of-the-art fraud management system, which blocked over $212 million in fraudulently filed refund requests from being released in 2017, DOR will begin processing individual income tax returns on February 1, 2018.