The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) is now accepting nominations for the 64th Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala - A Shore Thing*.
This is the highest honor in the Maryland restaurant industry and your opinion matters! Tell us which dining establishments and industry professionals you think should be nominated.
Award Categories Include:
Chef of the Year, Favorite New Restaurant, Favorite Bar or Tavern, Favorite Restaurant, Craft Brew Program of the Year, Heart of the Industry, Allied Member of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. For the first time ever, RAM is introducing three new Ocean City ONLY categories including Favorite New Restaurant (Ocean City only), Favorite Crab House and Favorite Boardwalk Treat.
CAST YOUR NOMINATIONS NOW!
The Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) believes that high-quality, accessible, inexpensive training is the key to ensuring that every foodservice and hospitality industry employee is given the opportunity to learn, grow, and become the next industry leader. We believe this is so important, we are giving our RAM Alcohol Awareness Training away for FREE.
If you have ever found yourself standing in front of a “Gift Card Kiosk” at a local retail store and saying to yourself “Ugh, I don’t know”, you are not alone. Millions of people collectively spend billions of dollars on gift cards every year. However, most seem to be overwhelmed with the different options and ultimately unsatisfied with their purchase.
RAM is now putting together the Buyers' Guide for 2018. The deadline for ad submissions is October 20, 2017. Contact RAM at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve your ad space.
See the 2017 Buyers' Guide below.
The Prince George’s County minimum wage will increase to $11.50 per hour on October 1, 2017. The “Tip Wage” in Prince George’s remains frozen at $3.63 per hour.
As a reminder, employers based in other jurisdictions who send employees into Prince George’s County are required to comply with the higher local minimum wage for employees who spend time working in the county.
October marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. migration to EMV smart-chip enabled payment technology. Despite the fact that the migration was accompanied by a card-present fraud liability shift to the party using the least secure technology, Visa reports that only about 2 million U.S. merchants have transitioned to this new level of technology. This leaves nearly 67 percent of U.S. merchants vulnerable, as fraudsters turn their focus to non-EMV enabled businesses.
EMV, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, is the global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions. EMV cards are embedded with a smart chip that creates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again, improving the payment security for consumers.
How criminals take advantage
The Restaurant Association of Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) are hosting the Chesapeake Chef Challenge on September 26 & 27 during the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo held in Timonium, MD.
This ACF sanctioned competition is open to all cooks and chefs - so whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a novice looking to try a competition for the first time, this competition is for you.
The Chesapeake Chef Challenge is an ACF sanctioned W category event with a First Prize of $1,500. Numerous other ACF sanctioned categories are also available to be judged during the competition in order to meet the needs of serious, novice and student competitors.
Restaurant weeks continue to be popular with the dining public and local municipalities are more than willing to host them for promotional reasons. With over 20 different restaurant weeks occurring in Maryland each year, there are plenty of options and opportunities to dine out during these traditionally slower times for restaurants. Customers are showing up and are taking notice – but are they taking notice of your restaurant? Are you really making the most of your local restaurant week?
The quickest and easiest way to be disappointed in your restaurant week results is to be a passive participant. Too many restaurants sign up for their local restaurant week and expect great things to magically happen, yet are left unsatisfied when the week is over.
Take charge and ensure that your restaurant week participation is great for you and your customers.
Restaurants, especially smaller establishments, need to make the most of their IT budgets to remain profitable and competitive. One way to stretch an IT budget is with Software as a Service (SaaS) for your Point-of-Sale (POS) system.
Instead of buying a high-priced physical copy of a software platform, SaaS lets you keep that cash flow and instead pay a reasonable fixed monthly subscription rate.
Presented by: SynergySuite, Restaurant Management Software
Innovation in cloud-based software and mobile technology today has dramatically increased the ability for businesses to easily capture data to better manage their restaurants. Restaurants can analyze aspects of their business with data that wasn’t previously available or easy to collect. Restaurants can now optimize processes, make better decisions, and save time and money.
Here are some of the best ways a restaurant chain can take action with technology to save on food costs:
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