These are 'often asked' questions we receive from our members. We will periodically update and add new topics of interest, so check back often.Colorado Restaurant Association
ServSafe Alcohol® classes are 4 hours long and are $40 per student for CRA members and $55 per student for non-members. The purpose of the ServSafe Alcohol® is to ensure that servers, bartenders and managers have the information they need to understand and implement the skills of responsible service. Participants should leave the program confident in their ability to make sound decisions and handle potentially intoxicated guests. A workbook is provided as a reference tool for your operation.
Vendor (Associate) membership is calculated by number of employees.
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Effective January 1, 2019 as part of the adoption of the 2013 FDA Model Food Code, all retail food establishments in Colorado, outside of Denver, will be required to have one individual trained in a manager level food safety training. The trained person should be someone who is in a position to oversee food production. The requirement does not require one person per shift to be trained, however, the one trained person for each location should be passing their knowledge on to all staff.
If I have multiple locations can I have one person trained for all of them?
Yes and no. This will likely be a case by case decision by the local health departments. If you have one person for 3-4 locations and they are actually able to routinely be at each location often to oversee food service production, they can likely be the one trained person for each location. However, if you have 10-20 locations covered by one trained individual, you will likely need to get more people trained. The important thing is that the trained person have “active managerial control” over the food service production at the locations they cover.
The Ccolorado Restaurant Foundation provides ServSafe Manager and Food Handler Training Classes. Please check our calendar for a schedule of classes.
The Colorado Restaurant Show is an annual networking and learning event for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry professionals. Colorado’s foodservice industry is continuously growing and to maintain a competitive edge industry professionals cannot afford to miss out on the latest trends, processes and solutions to propel their businesses forward.
Yes, but ONLY in very specific circumstances. Otherwise gloves, tongs or other measures shall be used to prevent bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food.
Both the Colorado and Denver Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations allow bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food ONLY in very specific circumstances and you must get approval from your local health department in advance. If you would like to obtain this approval, please contact your local health department who will be able to tell you if your establishment qualifies and what procedures you will need to put in place to comply with the appropriate food code.
Yes, Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-1609.5 allows for a retail food establishment, who feels that a county or district health department has taken regulatory action outside the scope of it authority, to initiate a grievance process.
If you would like more information about how to initiate the grievance process, please email us at email@example.com or call 303.830.2972.
Federal Labor Laws for restaurants Fact Sheet.
Colorado Youth Labor Law Fact Sheet.
Employers often ask the CRA if it is possible for management to run a tip pool. The answer is a qualified "yes," but employers should pay close attention to requirements when considering sharing tips with “non-regularly tipped positions”. Please see the CRA legal update on Tip Pooling.
Yes, legally they can, BUT it would probably be a mistake to do so.
Here’s why: Deduction of credit card processing fees from tipped employees is legal under both state and federal law. However, Colorado law mandates that such a deduction nullifies the $3.02 per hour allowable tip credit. In other words, if a deduction of credit card processing fees is made, tipped employees would need to be paid the full minimum wage of :
CRA partnered with Sirvo to be our official job board provider. Each job post costs $40.00, but as a CRA member you receive 15% off all of your job posts. Additionally, your jobs will appear on the CRA job board as well as on the Sirvo network. The first step is to register your business. Click here
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