Hospitality News Jan 23, 2019January 23, 2019

Make a difference on policies that impact your business -- Get Involved!

Get informed. Get involved. Get to D.C.
March 27-28, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

Every year, hundreds of restaurateurs head to Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. The National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference is an opportunity to introduce a brand-new Congress and Administration to the restaurant industry and help them understand what it takes to run a restaurant business. We'd love for you to join the CO delegation and meet with Colorado’s federally elected officials and tell them your story! This conference is your chance to make a difference on policies that impact your business. Early-bird pricing (50% off!) is available until Feb. 4 using the code CO50. For hotel rooms or other questions about attending, contact Sonia Riggs.

Legislative Update

Today is the 20th day of the 2019 Colorado General Assembly and even though much of the legislation that has been introduced doesn’t impact the restaurant industry, the CRA is hard at work getting ready for bills that we know are coming. Currently, the CRA is monitoring about 40 bills that could have an impact on restaurants in Colorado, while actively working on about 6 of them. Later today the CRA will be testifying in support of House Bill 19-1014 which makes some changes to civil penalties for retail food establishments outside of Denver and changes to when a local health department needs to conduct a reinspection. This bill will allow local health departments to focus their resources on the businesses that need the most help, while giving restaurants who consistently meet health code standards relief from timely and often unneeded reinspections. This legislation has been thoroughly negotiated with multiple stakeholders during the summer of 2018 and the list of supporters include the industry, the state health department, and local health departments. To keep up to speed with our most recent Government Affairs efforts, take a look at our most recent Legislative Update.


CRA Welcomes New Staff!

We have several new staff members joining us this year. SallyAnn Prier is joining us as the new Events and Sponsorship Manager. Patty Reimann is a new Territory Manager. David Sedbrook is the new Government Affairs Coordinator. And Shelby Bowen is the new Foundation Programs Manager and Colorado ProStart Coordinator. Take a moment to welcome our new team members. We are all very excited for 2019 and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year for you!


+ CRA 2019 Year in Review, catch the video here.
+ Reminder - CRA members get free Labor Law posters. Order yours today. Call the CRA (303) 830-2972 or email


January 24: Boulder County Chapter Meeting

January 26: Bourbon and Bacon Festival

February 5: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

Feb 14: Durango Chapter Meeting

Feb 19: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting

Feb 19: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting

Feb 22-Mar 3: Denver Restaurant Week with Mile High Chapter

Feb 27: Hockey Night Out with Northern Colorado Chapter

Feb 28-Mar 1: Colorado ProStart Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup



Our friends at Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy in Longmont invite restaurant owners to a Plant Tour & Cheese Tasting January 24. Get more info and RSVP to


Our friends at the National Western Stock Show extend an invitation to attend January 12th-27th. Honor Colorado’s Western Heritage at this annual event. Use promo code RODEO to receive discounted pricing.


Help our friends Evergood Elixirs name their lemon-lime wine! Takes less than 60 seconds to vote.



Feb 11: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Denver

Feb 25: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Denver

Feb 26: ServSafe Alcohol Certification - Denver

Feb 28: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Aurora

*Pre-registration required, Sold Out classes are not listed


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