Posted on | July 8, 2013
Written by | Marilou Halvorsen
Recently, I traveled to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show on May 18th-22nd. While there, I walked the show to find unique vendors to add to the Association and see the hot trends coming up for the restaurant industry. As you may know, NJRA membership also entitles you to membership the NRA as well which has done a great job on gathering information regarding the new health care law. A downloadable booklet is available on www.restaurant.org/healthcare. It is an easy-to- read overview of the Affordable Health Care Act.
National Dine Out Day
We were proud to partner with New Jersey’s First Lady, Mrs. Mary Pat Christie, to promote National Dine Out Day on June 19th, 2013. This newly created event asked restaurants nationwide to participate in supporting the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Mrs. Christie chairs the Fund and is leading the efforts for the program. She promoted this event to other state associations at the NRA Show. Both Coca-Cola and American Express were also sponsors of this worthwhile campaign.
Several of our member restaurants participated at the Drumthwacket Foundation Gala on June 19th. A BIG THANK YOU to: Peacock Inn, Landmark Hospitality, Assembly Steakhouse, The Brothers Moon, Princeton Innkeepers, Fin, Langosta Lounge, Restaurant Serenade, Kuzina by Sofia, Cape Resorts Group, The Blue Pig Tavern and Terra Momo Restaurant Group for making this event successful.
NJRA Family Day
NJRA Family Day is August 6th—Bring your family and help us promote our Jersey Shore! Jenkinson’s Boardwalk on Point Pleasant Beach has graciously offered to host and sponsor a Beach BBQ. The day’s activities will include great food and access to the rides, aquarium, funhouse, beach, mini golf and more. This fundraiser will benefit the New Jersey Restaurant Good Government Fund. Tickets are limited, so call us (609) 599-3316 or email email@example.com for package prices.
Many of you are beginning to hire your summer staff and we urge you to take advantage of our FREE ServSafe Classes. I can’t encourage you enough to take advantage of this great member benefit we are able to offer you through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor. Please have your FEIN number ready and call Alicia at 800-848-6368 if you are interested in hosting a class or registering your employees. A list of current classes can be found on www.njra. NJRA Activities org under Calendar and Seminars.
• We are consistently updating and adding new member benefits. Please give Allyson O’Brien a call (609) 599-3316 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• NJRA is in the process of constructing a new website. We will begin the change over in mid-July and it will be completed by mid- August. Please bear with us during the process.
• I am happy to report two new additions to our staff: Lucie Delcuvellerie, Events and Website Coordinator; and Leslie Rempfer, Education and Community Relations Coordinator for NJREF.