Hospitality News August 8, 2018

August 8, 2018





Did you see our keynote speakers for the Colorado Restaurant Show? Come hear from Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy and Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem. Tickets available now!



Please join us August 28 for our annual “Night at the Opera House” dinner to raise money for the Restaurant PAC. This is a political action committee which supports pro-industry and pro-business congressional candidates for federal office. This event always impresses with several chefs from area restaurants providing an amazing tasting meal along with specially paired wines. This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with your Colorado Congressional members, they have all been invited to speak. Also, guests from the National Restaurant Association will be there discuss the current federal political climate and the issues we are actively engaged in that directly impact restaurants. Get more details on our website.


It is that time of year again and we’ve already received our first member call on this topic! Football season is coming soon and bars in Colorado will once again be filled with orange and blue on Sundays! Many restaurants get customers involved in the games by running football pools and allow their guests to participate. This can be an effective and fun way of keeping customers, but make sure you are not breaking gambling laws in Colorado.


The quick answer: All participants who take part in a football pool must know each other, and the restaurant cannot retain any of the winnings.


The details: The Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division governs gambling in liquor-licensed establishments. The Division allows football pools and other types of gambling only if the participants in the activity are involved in a “bona fide social relationship.” If a person who does not know everyone else is allowed entry to the activity, or if the establishment retains a portion of the pool money or winnings, the activity is considered illegal. Manufacturers and wholesalers may lawfully furnish pool cards or other materials to licensed establishments, but it is important to use those materials legally in order to fulfill the requirements of your liquor license. If you have questions about your sports pool, contact Nick Hoover at or 303-830-2972.


Wondering who’s joined the club? Take a look at our recent New Members and say hello.

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August 9: Pinnacol Risk Management Symposium – Grand Junction

August 9: CRA Board of Directors Meeting

August 21: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting

August 28: Annual Political Dinner

September 4-9: Denver Food + Wine Festival

September 4: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

September 5: Steamboat Springs Chapter Meeting

September 17-18: Colorado Restaurant Show

September 17: Industry Spotlight Awards- Save the Date

September 25: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting and Member Mixer



August 9: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Gunbarrel

August 27: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

August 28: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

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