Hospitality News July 17, 2019July 17, 2019

Restaurants' warnings about $15 minimum wage have merit, government study finds

The restaurant industry's argument against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour is supported by a new study from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which found the increase would likely eliminate about 1.3 million jobs by 2025, or roughly 0.8% of payrolls nationwide, and possibly as many as 3.7 million.

The restaurant industry has maintained that more than doubling the minimum wage across all areas of the country would have a severe effect on unemployment. "CBO's analysis notes that the $15 wage bill pending in Congress could trigger elimination of as many as 3.7 million local jobs, the majority of which are held by women," said Sean Kennedy, EVP of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association, in a statement. "We need a common-sense approach to the minimum wage that reflects the economic realities of each region, because $15 in New York is not $15 in Alabama." Read more...

House Approaches Vote on Bill to End Tip Credit and Set $15 Federal Minimum Wage
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the “Raise the Wage Act” (HR 582) a bill that would set a $15 federal minimum wage and eliminate the tip credit. The National Restaurant Association has worked with members and state restaurant association partners to aggressively oppose this legislation. 

If you have not yet weighed-in to share concerns about how this bill will negatively impact the restaurant industry and employees, it is not too late. Click here for tipped workers to engage in this fight; click here for non-tipped workers.

Denver Food + Wine Festival

2019 Denver Food + Wine Festival events are on sale now!

Get TicketsAs a valued supporter of Colorado Restaurant Association and Foundation we are pleased to offer you discounted tickets to select events! Visit for more details on all the events.

For Rise + Dine and Dinner Under the Stars @ Liberati Restaurant and Brewery:  FRIENDSFAM2019

For the Grand Tasting: GA: FRIENDSFAMGA     First Taste: FRIENDSFAMVIP

The Rocky Mountain Restaurant and Foodservice Industry Meet at the Colorado Restaurant & Bar Show!

Join us! - For two days at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the industry gets the chance to meet with leading restaurant suppliers, find inspiration in expert panels, and collaborate with industry taste-makers to discover the newest trends, ideas and products.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity!

CRB Show

Registration is Open!

Colorado Restaurant Association workers' compensation “Safety Group” dividend plan with Pinnacol Assurance

When hospitality operators practice safety in the workplace we all win! The Safety Group Program presented by Colorado Restaurant Association and sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance is designed to reduce workers' compensation costs by promoting safety and claims management practices in the workplace.

As part of continued participation in the Safety Group program, it is required by Pinnacol Assurance that you or an appropriate member of your management staff attend or participate in 2 safety seminars per year.  New this year – we’ve paired two classes each day so that you can complete your annual requirements in one day!

Tues., July 23 @ CRA
9:30 a.m. Managing Safety w/ Good Hiring & 10:45 a.m. Sleep/Wellness/Safety

Tue., Nov. 5 @ Pinnacol
1:30 p.m. Violence Risk: Detect It – Avoid It & 2:45 p.m. Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Important Links

A Few People are Making All the Decisions for the Restaurant Industry in Your Area! 

Don’t Get Left Out! We would LOVE to have you join a CRA Local Chapter Board of Directors.

Please fill out a nomination form and return it to the CRA office at or fax it to 303-830-2973.  Contact the CRA office at 303-830-2972 if you have any questions.

All nominations are due by August 1, 2018.
Don’t assume that you know what the CRA stands for.  YOU, OUR MEMBERS, determine what we stand for.  Be at the table – not on the menu!
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Event Roundup!

Pikes Peak Chapter Restaurant Week - Deadline Extended!

July 22, 2019

We get it, you're busy. That's why we've extended the deadline to participate in Pikes Peak Restaurant Week to Monday, July 22. We need you to register now so that we can build a really cool mobile site in time for the media campaign that will kick off in August. The week will bring booming business, great food and happy bellies. Register now to sign up your restaurant!

Northern Colorado Golf Classic

July 22, 2019 | Highland Meadows, Windsor

Tournament includes greens fee, golf cart, lunch, 2 complimentary on-course beverages provided by American Eagle Distributing Company, door prizes, and a goodie bag. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Northern Colorado ProStart programs (the restaurant/hospitality education program of the CRA Foundation)and scholarships for the CRA Foundation.


July 18: Colorado Restaurant Foundation Board Meeting

July 22: Northern Colorado Golf Tournament

July 23: Safety Group Qualified Training

July 24: Boulder County Chapter Meeting

Aug 5: Night at the Opera House Political Dinner

Aug 6: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

Aug 6: Pueblo/Steel City Chapter Meeting


Are you going to Slow Food Nations 2019 this weekend? If so, make sure to check out the Food for Change tent on Saturday and Sunday for FREE, inclusive industry discussions on mental health in the hospitality industry.

On Saturday 7/20 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Katherine Miller from the James Beard Foundation will moderate a discussion with folks from CHOW Colorado - Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness, and I Got Your Back- Improving mental health for hospitality. Come hear how hospitality leaders from across the country share their stories and how they're working to change restaurant culture inside and outside of the kitchen.

On Sunday 7/21 from 10 - 11 a.m., we'll be back in the Food for Change tent for an informal meet-up. It's FREE, and we'll have breakfast and coffee from Allegro Coffee Roasters and Hinman's Bakery — all you need to do is show up and be willing to connect with other people who may understand what you're going through.

Where: Food for Change tent @ Bell Parking lot, off Larimer & 14th Street

July 31: Culinary Quick Start Hiring Fair, Denver

Are you in need of quality restaurant employees? Culinary Quick Start trains students to be prepared for prep or line cook positions, including Servsafe Certification. Come to the hiring fair and help build your workforce now.

July 22: CHOW Colorado

Aug 5: CHOW Colorado



July 29: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Westminster

July 29: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

July 30: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Boulder

July 30: ServSafe Alcohol Certification - Denver

July 31: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Fort Collins

August 5: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Denver

August 6: ServSafe Food Manager Certification - Fort Collins

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


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