Sprague Operating Resources LLC (“Sprague”) recently announced a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Maryland (“RAM”) to introduce customized natural gas and electricity offerings for all participating members. The partnership has been designed to offer RAM members more energy solutions and services.
RAM represents the interests of its members consisting of foodservice and hospitality businesses including restaurants, bars & taverns, grocery stores, caterers, hotels and other businesses that serve food. “Our long partnership with Sprague is a testament to how well they treat our members. With the ups and downs of the energy market, Sprague has helped our restaurant members looking to stabilize their electricity and natural gas expenses so they can better plan for the future.”, stated Marshall Weston, RAM President & CEO.
For more information on the program, please visit www.spragueenergy.com/ramd or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurant Association of Maryland Announces New Officers and Members to the Association’s Board of Directors
Left to Right: Marshall Weston (RAM President & CEO), Tony Sewell, Kathie Sewell (RAM Chair of the Board & Golden Corral),
Hu Odom (Golden Corral)
After a statewide search for candidates, the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) completed the annual nomination process for its Board of Directors. The following list of new Officers and Directors were voted in at the Annual RAM Membership Meeting held at Phillips Seafood Restaurant in Baltimore on June 13th. Officers hold their post for one year while Directors have a three year term.
• Chair of the Board: Kathie Sewell, Regional VP of Golden Corral
• Vice Chair: Brian Boston, owner of the Milton Inn in Sparks, MD
• Treasurer: Rachael Mull, CFO for Victoria Gastro Pub and Manor Hill Brewing Company, both in Howard County, MD
• Secretary: Lee Howard, owner of Urban BBQ
• Kevin Keller, The Clyde’s Restaurant Group
• Michelle Torres, Phillips Seafood Restaurants
• David Dopkin, Miss Shirley’s Café and The Classic Catering People
• Tom Knorr, Evolution Craft Brewing Company
• Andy Attman, ACME Paper
• Kimberlee Vandervoorn, UnitedHealth Group
This Memorial Day weekend, restaurants across the state of Maryland will have “Missing Man” tables set in their dining rooms to honor the American soldiers who have lost their lives or are still missing in action while serving their country. These tables are also referred to as a MIA/POW table, Empty table or Fallen Comrade table.
The Missing Man table is a permanent place of honor found in military dining facilities that are also set up during service balls and other military dining occasions. The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of fallen and missing soldiers has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which the table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember the sacrifice these men, women and their families have given to their country.
As families and friends get together this holiday weekend, restaurants across the state will have Missing Man tables set up to remind their customers of those we have lost. The Restaurant Association of Maryland led the effort to educate restaurants on the meaning of the Missing Man table and encouraged their members to participate.
Marshall Weston, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, commented that “Restaurants are the cornerstones of their communities. They often donate to numerous charitable causes and most offer discounts to military and other service members to thank them for what they do to protect us. The Missing Man table is just another way for restaurants to recognize and honor them, while also reminding customers of their sacrifice”.
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Judy Irwin (Golden Corral), Domenic Mallardi (Charles Herbert Flowers H.S.), Lance Trenary (Golden Corral)
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) presented their 2018 Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA) for outstanding achievement to thirty-seven educators from across the country. Domenic Mallardi, a ProStart teacher at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County and a 2018 EEA recipient, was also one of two teachers chosen to receive the prestigious James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award presented by the National Restaurants Association Education Foundation and Golden Corral. This great national honor highlights the amazing work happening in Chef Mallardi’s ProStart classroom and in ProStart classrooms across Maryland.
Pictured (L-R) after the performance at Fager’s Island are: BMI’s Dan Spears, BMI songwriter Hugh Mitchell, RAM Chair Elect and Golden Corral Regional VP Kathie Sewell, BMI songwriter Dave Pahanish and RAM President/CEO Marshall Weston.
BMI partnered recently with the Restaurant Association of Maryland to present a special BMI songwriter showcase during a VIP reception held at Fager’s Island in Ocean City, Maryland, in advance of RAM’s Stars of Industry Awards Gala. Nashville songwriters Hugh Mitchell and Dave Pahanish performed a number of songs from their rich catalogues, including hits that were recorded by country giants like Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Fager’s Island is a restaurant and bar that features live music and is a long-time RAM Member and BMI licensee.
Over 500 Members of the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Attended the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Annual Awards Gala in Ocean City.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the winners of the 64th Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The Gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, May 6th at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Over thirty thousand people voted for their favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.
“For the first time ever, the Restaurant Association of Maryland hosted our annual industry awards Gala in Ocean City. Over the years dozens of Eastern Shore restaurants have won our statewide awards, so it made perfect sense to bring the celebration to them. The industry responded with a great party with over 500 people from all over the state in attendance” said Marshall Weston, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
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A recent letter to the editor regarding the proposed $15 minimum wage (“Atwater: $15 wage is good for business,” March 28) compels me to clarify that the writer’s perspective on this issue does not reflect the broader restaurant industry’s views.
Most restaurants strongly oppose a $15 starting wage because it would be unsustainable for our industry to pay such high wages for low-skill, entry-level jobs. Moreover, such a high starting wage would force employers to also increase wages for veteran employees to maintain the pay differentials between newer and more experienced staff. This reality compounds the higher labor costs associated with such a wage mandate.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland spent countless hours trying to educate the Baltimore City Council about how a styrofoam ban would significantly hurt the foodservice industry while achieving no real benefit to the city.
Our points have been echoed by Casey Jenkins, owner of Darker Than Blue Cafe. Read his Guest Opinion in the Maryland Reporter Here.
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