Posted on | January 30, 2013
Written by | Marilou Halvorsen
As the New Year unfolds, the NJRA looks at the foundation of this association and its members. It is the association’s responsibility both to represent and educate the industry. One of my goals as the new President of the association is to offer NJ restaurants exactly what they need.
As you may know, New Jersey law requires one person per establishment to be ServSafe certified. Starting January 2, 2015, the NJ Board of Health will require all “Risk type 3” establishments (restaurants) to have one person per shift be certified in an accredited program.
We are excited to offer FREE ServSafe Food & Alcohol classes to NJRA members through a grant from the Department of Labor. The biggest benefit of our ONE DAY classes is they cater to the busy restaurateur. Classes are held any day of the week and include the instructor, book, answer sheet and test. Certificates will be mailed if a passing grade is achieved.
We always list our upcoming classes on njra.org under Calendars & Seminars, and our membership coordinator, Allyson, can be reached at 800-848-6368 if you should have any questions. This certification is accepted in all 50 states.
On February 12th, the New Jersey Restaurant Education Foundation will sponsor its annual Pro-Start Competition at the Atlantic County Community College. I encourage you to come and watch the future chefs and restaurateurs compete against each other in this rigorous program. Through our generous sponsors we are able to offer scholarships to these amazing students.
I look forward to seeing you at this or one of our many other events!
Garden State Tidbits
• New Jersey is home to 23,000 eating and drinking establishments generating $11.8 billion in annual sales and employing over 300,000 people, making it the State’s largest private sector employer.
• The NJRA was founded in 1942; eating and drinking establishments, vendors, nonprofits, schools and students are eligible for membership.
• On January 7th, Jack Koumbis, of Assembly Steakhouse, passed the NJRA Chairmanship torch to George Vlahos, of Gusto Grill, at the NJRA’s Installation Dinner & Silent Auction held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, NJ.