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Hospitality News March 20, 2019March 20, 2019

CO Legislative Update

Things are Heating Up at the State Capitol

As you know, we’ve been at the capitol working hard to represent Colorado’s restaurants! This year, there have been many bills introduced that will have an impact on the restaurant industry and the CRA is working diligently to mitigate the impacts on your businesses. Right now the CRA is currently working on and monitoring 42 bills with about 10 of them being actively worked on.

In previous years, we could hope to kill or substantially change bad bills before they became law. This year is quite different. Our strategy this year is to work together with other business groups to make bad bills better, to improve the outcome as best as we can knowing that we won’t be able to kill the bill outright.

The bills taking up most of our attention at the moment are:

  • · Local Minimum Wage
  • · Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act
  • · Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
  • · Retail Food Packaging
  • · Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act to include vaping
  • · Tip pooling signage
  • · Dogs on Patios Statewide – on the radar

Things are moving very quickly on some of these issues. As they work their way through the process we send out alerts to members asking you to reach out to your elected officials, or we will be calling on members testify at the capitol. When you see these “Calls to Action” emails, please take a few moments to email your elected officials. This type of action by our members is vital to our work at the capitol and elected officials listen when they hear from their constituents. We’ve heard already from several people that our member’s efforts have been noticed.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about what we are working on, please contact Nick Hoover.

The Taste of Pikes Peak

Registration/Ticket Sales Happening Now!

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs

CRA Pikes Peak Chapter’s 24th Annual Pikes Peak Food, Wine and Beer Expo presents The Taste of Pikes Peak on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Broadmoor World Arena. This year, we’ve added a VIP Experience available to those foodies out there that would like to have the opportunity to come in an hour early to meet their favorite Chefs and Bartenders, view live demos and take home some souvenirs. With over 80 Local Restaurants and Vendors, this is the biggest all you can eat and drink event in Southern Colorado!

This event brings you a live Chef’s Competition and Craft Cocktail Competition, featuring your favorite Local Chef’s and Bartenders in Southern Colorado! Thank you to our sponsors. There will also be a Silent Auction to raise money for our local charity partners, and a chance to win a night out in Colorado Springs!

Competition Registration is OPEN

Vendor Booth Registration is OPEN

Sponsorship is OPEN

Tickets for sale!

Culinary Quick Start seeking Guest Chefs

Interested in volunteering to be a Guest Chef for the Culinary Quick Start program? Students are looking to you to provide your knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry. Share your expertise and help guide students through a range of culinary techniques! Now accepting volunteers for March and April. Check it out at CulinaryQuickStart.com. In addition, Sign up for the next Hiring Fair, April 10.

Member Benefit – Office Depot makes it easy to Take Care of Business

Office Depot, Inc. and the CRA have partnered to provide exclusive savings on all of your business needs, including deep discounts on: Office Essentials, Cleaning and Breakroom Solutions, Copy & Print Services, Technology, Furniture. Get an additional $25 off your qualifying order of $200 or more! Deal expires 3/23/19.


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