Hospitality News March 6, 2019March 06, 2019

CO Legislative Update

Colorado House of Representatives Introduces Legislation to Allow Local Minimum Wages

House Bill 1210 by Representatives Melton (D-Aurora) and Galindo (D-Greeley) if passed, will  significantly harm restaurants in Colorado by creating a patchwork of wages across the state, may drive up litigation as employee and employers try to negotiate complex layered enforcement mechanisms, and will separate Colorado from more than two thirds of the country who keep minimum wage a matter of statewide concern.

Restaurant groups operating in multiple jurisdictions will be forced to create multiple payroll and benefit systems that will potentially increase at different times and by different amounts. This is a huge administrative burden for restaurants who normally don’t have human resources or legal departments. Additionally, creating a patchwork of wages will place businesses into un-level playing fields. Restaurants in cities with higher minimum wages will need to increase prices to stay in business. In some areas, a restaurant on one side of a street may have a significantly higher labor cost than the restaurants on the opposite side of the street. This will put certain restaurants at a competitive disadvantage.

We will be sending out several “Calls to Action” on this issue, we will need our members to reach out and ask their elected officials to vote NO on House Bill 1210.

20th Anniversary of Colorado ProStart Invitational a Huge Success!

We are thrilled to share that the 20th Annual ProStart Invitational was a huge success. All Colorado ProStart teams showed great professionalism and determination. We also wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the culinary judges and volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you! For the first time in competition history, one high school swept first place in the culinary and management competition and will be representing Colorado at the National competition in May.

We are very excited to announce the placing for our top 3 teams in culinary, management, and overall at the Invitational below:

Culinary Winners:
1st: Adams City High School
2nd: Battle Mountain High School
3rd: St. Vrain Career Development Center

Management Winners:
1st: Adams City High School
2nd: Mountain View High School
3rd: Northridge High School

Overall Winners:
1st: Adams City High School
2nd: Grandview High School
3rd: Golden High School

9News Next with Kyle Clark did a story featuring Adams City High School and their accomplishments. Congratulations Team!

International Women’s Day Events

There are plenty of ways to help celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday March 8. We know of many women-owned and women-led restaurants where you could grab a bite across the state. Interested in more? Here are a couple events happening.  

Women in Wine, Food, and Spirits: A Conversation

Where: Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

When: Friday, March 8, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm

What: In celebration of International Women's Day we'll be hosting four Food & Bev luminaries for an honest discussion about what it means to be a woman in the industry.  Join us as we swap stories, share in success, and dissect what it means and how it feels to be a woman with a career in the food and beverage industry. Panelists:  Joy Williams, Exec Pastry, TAG Restaurant Group, Carrie Shores, Culinary Director, WOW, Marci Austin, Director of Sales, Marble Distilling Co., Jessica Roat, Women's Wine Guild of Denver. The event is open to the public, please RSVP here.

International Women’s Day Dinner
Where: Vauxhall, The Ramble Hotel {1270 25th Street, Denver; 720.996.6300}
When: Friday, March 8, 7-9pm
What: In honor of International Women’s Day, five of Denver’s culinary queens are coming together to demonstrate exactly what women have brought to the local dining scene. Join them for a four-course meal and cocktail pairing to benefit Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.  The dinner will feature Jennifer Jasinski, James Beard Award winner and owner/executive chef of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Euclid Hall Bar, Kitchen, Stoic & Genuine, and Ultreia; Nadine Donovan, a Zagat 30 Under 30 recipient and executive pastry chef behind Steuben’s, Ace Eat Serve, and Vesta; Dana Rodriguez, two-time James Beard Award nominee and owner of Super Mega Bien and Work & Class; Kat Caine, former executive chef at the Populist and current sous chef at Death & Co.; and Alex Jump, nationally acclaimed and lead bartender at Death & Co. Tickets are $95 per person.

Women Working Together

Where: Pony Up Denver, 1808 Blake St, Denver 80202

When: Thursday, March 7, 8:00 PM

What: We love celebrating Badass Babes! Come join us for our International Women's Day event highlighting some of the fierce women in our community. Fierce45, Chef Kodi Simkins of The Wolf's Tailor, Erin Jolley from Natural Wine Company, and our talented female bar staff joined by some our our friends from Bar Helix, Maker's Mark, and Clairessa Chaput of Lady Jane will all be our special guests for the evening.  We love to throw a party almost as much as we love featuring hard working women in power. We want to make a toast to the women who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit here in Denver. Won't you come be a part of it?

Women in Wine and Food

Where: Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

When: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

What: In celebration of #InternationalWomenMonth and all things food, wine and spirits, TAG Restaurant Group presents the ultimate empowered dining experience. On Friday, March 15th, we celebrate the accomplishments of six extraordinary Denver female chefs alongside esteemed fourth generation winemaker Claudia Cigliuiti, of her namesake estate. We will begin the evening with a cocktail reception presented by Connie Baker, co-founder and queen bee of Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn. While you sip, enjoy passed appetizers from the students of Work Options for Women, lead by Chef Carrie Shores. 20% of the proceeds from this evening will benefit two great causes - Work Options for Women and the Women's Wine Guild of Denver, an organization supporting the representation and equal pay of women in the wine industry. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Limited seating available


Mar 10: Mile High Chapter Drink Red Wear Red

Mar 14: Durango Chapter Meeting

Mar 19: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting & Member Mixer

Mar 19: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting & Member Mixer

Mar 21: Northern Colorado Chapter Meeting

Mar 27-28: Public Affairs Conference, Washington DC



Mar 6: Culinary Quick Start – Hiring Fair TONIGHT

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. Put our hiring fairs on your schedules and help build your workforce now. Get more info and Sign up today!

Mar 12: Eat Colorado Food Show

Our friends at Eat Denver return with the Eat Colorado Food Show for its fourth edition bringing Colorado’s diverse and innovative food and beverage producers together with buyers from restaurants, caterers, grocers, hospitals, municipalities, and school systems to create more connectivity, understanding and meaning within our dynamic food system.



Mar 18: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Delta

Mar 18: ServSafe Alcohol Certification - Denver

Mar 19: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

Mar 25: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Greeley

Mar 26: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Gunbarrel

Mar 28: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Aurora

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

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