Hospitality News May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018


September 17-18: Exhibit at the Colorado Restaurant Show - Reserve your Booth Today!

September 17: Industry Spotlight Awards – Save the Date!


 Scholarship Awards



Last night we had the honor to award $41,000 in scholarships to graduating ProStart and college students, and to recognize the contributions of the teachers and mentors that make this program so successful.


For the past 20 years, Colorado ProStart has been the cornerstone of our workforce development efforts. Today, we serve 38 high schools and more than 900 students statewide with a program that is nationally recognized as a top model for student success and industry engagement.


We could not have reached this milestone without our partner Sysco Denver. They have been a constant supporter of the Foundation, and a true advocate for our scholarships and our programs. We also wish to thank all of our program partners, sponsors, individual donors, and CRA chapters for their ongoing support. This truly is an industry supported effort. Read more about the event and the winners here.




At the time of writing this newsletter, we are still in the thick of it at the state capitol after a whirlwind of liquor related issues were brought forward in the 11th hour. We are fighting hard to protect restaurant interests and will give you a full report once the dust has settled.


We were able once again to defeat the attempt to introduce local control over minimum wage. We have consistently fought against this legislation as it has the potential to cause significant confusion for businesses as a patchwork of local wage and hour laws are established by local governments, sometimes literally across the street from one another. Restaurants in a jurisdiction with significantly higher labor cost requirements are at a competitive disadvantage from restaurants across the street that have lower labor costs.


Stay tuned for a full 2018 legislative report. As always, if you have any questions about our legislative efforts, feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.





The National Restaurant Association invites you to participate in the Restaurant Industry 2030 Survey to help forecast what our industry will look like in the year 2030. As an industry expert, your thoughts are vital to the success of this research, and all responses will remain confidential. Please complete the survey by May 25. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of our Restaurant Industry 2030 final report.





+ Registration is open for the Rocky Mountain Golf Classic to benefit NRA RAF

+ Calling All Restaurants! Participate in Denver Food + Wine Festival

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



May 10: Durango Chapter Meeting

May 14: Restaurant Industry Focus Group, Denver Planning Dept.

May 15: Pikes Peak Chapter Meeting

May 15: Mile High Chapter Meeting & Member Mixer

May 17: Northern Colorado Chapter Meeting & Member Mixer

May 19-22: NRA Annual Restaurant Show

May 20: Taste of Durango

June 6: Safety Group Training – Managing Safety Through Good Hiring

June 12: Safety Group Training – Effective Safety Training

June 15: Pinnacol Risk Management Symposium – Denver

June 25: ProStart Golf Challenge

July 16: Rocky Mountain Classic RAF Golf Tournament

July 19: Pinnacol Risk Management Symposium - Colorado Springs

September 17-18: Colorado Restaurant Show

September 17: Industry Spotlight Awards! Save the Date




May 19-23: IPW Volunteers needed for the Super Bowl of travel tradeshows

May 25: Good Food 100 Surveys due

June 19: Restaurant Takeout, Delivery & Catering Symposium - CRA members receive a special discount at this gathering of restaurant and foodservice leaders to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities related to off-premise.




May 21: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

May 22: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

May 30: ServSafe Manager Certification – Gunbarrel

*Pre-registration required


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