Press Releases


June 16, 2016 - Baltimore City Could Lose at Least 3,500 Jobs if $15 Minimum Wage Bill is Enacted
Baltimore City would lose at least 3,546 jobs if the City Council approves legislation that increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to a study released today by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. The majority of job losses would be concentrated among workers with a high school degree or less, many of them working in the retail, leisure and hospitality industries, according to the study, The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage in Baltimore, Maryland, by economists Dr. William Even, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and Dr. David Macpherson, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.

June 7, 2016 - Expo Registration Now Open… and FREE
On September 27-28, the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo will bring together hospitality professionals from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Delaware at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Convenience and affordability are important for both our exhibitors and attendees. The Fairgrounds are located directly off I-83 with plenty of free parking available on-site. Expo offers two days of new products, local companies, competitions, demos and seminars. And don’t forget the food and drink! Attendees can experience the full event FREE. Owners and managers of foodservice/hospitality businesses are invited to register themselves and their staff to attend.

May 16, 2016 - RAM Legislative Victories in MD General Assembly
The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) today summarized key legislative victories won during the Maryland General Assembly Session earlier this year that will protect the interests of Maryland restaurant owners. RAM lobbied or monitored 100 bills on behalf of the industry. Bills included dram shop liquor liability, paid sick leave, employee scheduling and wage restrictions, and a proposed minimum wage increase beyond the already scheduled increased through 2017.

May 4, 2016 – 2016 Stars of the Industry Awards Announced
Winners of Maryland’s 2016 Stars of the Industry Awards were unveiled to a crowd of over 650 restaurant and hospitality leaders at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 62nd Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala. Award categories included Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Favorite Restaurant, Favorite New Restaurant, Craft Brew Program of the Year, Heart of the Industry, McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry, Hospitality Hall of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous scholarship awards.

March 8, 2016 - Students Across State to Meet for Culinary Competition
The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) showcases talented high school students competing in culinary and management competitions and demonstrates skills learned from the ProStart® program—a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry. The culinary competition involves preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners and without access to running water or electricity. Teams are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation. Management teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges.

March 3, 2016 – 2016 Stars of the Industry Finalists
Voting will open for the statewide Stars of the Industry Awards celebrating Maryland’s most elite restaurants and hospitality professionals. Each winner will get statewide bragging rights and the opportunity to display their 2016 award-winning logo on their website, menus and other promotional materials.  Award categories included Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Favorite Restaurant, Favorite New Restaurant, Craft Brew Program of the Year, Heart of the Industry, McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry, Hospitality Hall of Honor, Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous scholarship awards.