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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HRA 2017 Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards Recap

Top Row (L-R): Michael Miller (Tiki’s Grill & Bar) / HRA Chairman, Gregg Fraser / HRA Executive Director. Bottom Row (L-R): Collin Brown, Leila Perreira, Eric Change (Chef Owner, Moena Cafe), Shirley Chu, John Romero. On Monday, March 20, 2017 at The Kahala Hotel and Resort, over 200 Hawaii Restaurant Association members and guests were in attendance to witness over 40 employees of various Hawaii restaurants and food service companies receive awards during the Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards ceremony. In addition, this year HRA added a new category – Best New Restaurant of 2016. Over 20 restaurants were nominated for this honor. And the winners are: Front of House – Restaurant John Romero (Sommelier) / STRIPSTEAK WAIKIKI Back of House – Restaurant Collin Brown (Cook) / IL GELATO HAWAII Front of House – Allied Leila Perreira (Customer Service Representative) / Y. HATA & CO., LTD. Back of House – Allied Shirley Chu (Nutrition Assistant) / KAISER PERMANENTE Best New Res..

Food Friends and Foes for Your Teeth – by Hawaii Dental Service

If you are what you eat, then it’s particularly true for your teeth and gums. When you drink sugary beverages and eat starchy foods, you’re not only feeding yourself—you’re feeding the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth. Plaque is a naturally occurring, thin, invisible film of sticky bacteria and other materials that covers the surfaces of your teeth. When sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids that result can attack teeth for 20 minutes or more after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the hard enamel on the surface of teeth, leading to tooth decay. Plaque may harden into tartar, which makes brushing and flossing less effective and can lead to periodontal (gum) disease because it harbors bacteria. While some foods invite tooth decay, others help combat plaque buildup. Here are some foods to seek out—and some to avoid. The Good Guys Sugarless chewing gum. Gum is a great saliva generator that helps remove food particles from ..

Kick Starting Wellness in Restaurants

Starting a new wellness program or initiative can be a challenging thing to do in any workplace, and even more challenging when you work in a restaurant. With employees working across multiple shifts, and having inconsistent schedules, it can be difficult to get everyone on the same page. Here are some basic tips for getting your restaurant’s wellness program off the ground. Tips for Getting Started Survey Employees. The most successful programs are built around the interests of those who will be participating. Create a Budget. Wellness programs can require a financial investment by the employer, but there are often resources that are available either as a complimentary service, or for relatively low cost, by community organizations and health insurance companies to help you keep your costs down Find a Focus. If available, talk to your health plan carrier about information or reporting you may be able to receive regarding the high-risk conditions that are affecting your specific popu..


– High school culinary arts and restaurant management programs in Hawaii sponsored by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, luxury Four Diamond Resort – WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2017 – The Hawaii Restaurant Association has kicked off its Educational Foundation and expanded the reach of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart® program throughout the state of Hawaii with the support of local restaurateurs including Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac and other industry partners. Hawaii now has 10 schools participating in ProStart, a two-year competency-based career and technical education program that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management principles to junior and senior high school students. The program provides participants with community college credits, mentorship, and hands-on training, while teachers gain a support system including paid internship opportunities for graduates. Additionally, Hawaii’s world-renowned food and beverage industr..

2017 HRA Hall of Fame Nomination Form

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A Growing Industry…..

This is a very busy time for the Restaurant Industry in Hawaii. There are great new restaurants opening every month to join the great ones that have been operating for some time. With the addition of new condo buildings comes retail space dedicated to restaurants. The West side is growing with many residential projects, followed by new malls…and more restaurants. Waikiki, is Waikiki. It’s a great time to be working in the restaurant industry, with so many choices of where to work. Now more than ever, you can find a good restaurant job close to where you live. Economy is strong so people are dining out and frequenting more restaurants weekly. But with all of this growth, comes challenges; It continues to get harder and harder for restaurant owners and operators to make ends meet. The issues topping the list; Minimum Wage Increases, In fact all labor costs, Utility Costs, Inventory Expenses and it goes on. Some of these increases are in result of operating costs increasing in businesse..

HRA Announces New PSA Video “A Day in the Life”

Hawaii Restaurant Association is proud to announce the release of our new public service announcement (PSA) television spot debuting this quarter. Produced by The Harris Agency, “A Day in the Life” tracks the journey of a local meal from its roots in the sea and on the farm to behind the scenes in the kitchen, and on to a perfectly finished dish. The spot also subtly touches on the power of community and the positive ripple effects of a thriving local food service industry. “A Day in the Life” is available to all HRA members with the option of adding your logo. Local TV stations will provide a free matching PSA schedule with a media buy upon request. Please contact The Harris Agency for more information: 808-946-6116. WATCH VIDEO The Harris Agency was founded in Hawaii in 2004 to specialize in building strong brands and growing year-over-year sales revenue. The Agency currently provides strategic council and marketing services for category brand leaders with more than US $500 million..

Legislative Pau Hana Co-sponsored with Hawaii Food Industry Association

HRA Board Chairman Michael Miller, Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole and guests. On February 23 over 80 legislators and food industry professionals gathered at the Hukilau Bar & Grill in Downtown Honolulu for a Legislative Pau Hana. HRA board Chairman Michael Miller and HRA Legislative Chair Victor Lim represented our interests well at this fantastic opportunity to speak one on one with policy makers in an informal setting. Thank you to Lauren Zirbel of HFIA. The food was spectacular and exotic, very fitting for the evening’s festivities. Bone marrow and oysters….just a sampling of the unique offerings. HRA Legislative Committee Chair Victor Lim with Meadow Gold executives.

February Membership Mixer Wrap-up

Kawehilani Ballou, Gregg Fraser, Barney Brennan and Guest The HRA membership mixer at Luibuenos in Kapolei on Tuesday February 21 attracted a good turnout of over 65 members and guests. There is a fast growing West side community that shows a lot of potential to grow the HRA membership. Thank you to our sponsors Il Gelato, Full Sail Brewing and Pacific Digital Signs for supporting the event with their products and services. Len Delekta, Sherri Lynn Ablao Yusuke Matsuda, Sidney Higa

February Membership Mixer Recap

Kawehilani Ballou, Gregg Fraser, Barney Brennan and Guest The HRA membership mixer at Luibuenos in Kapolei on Tuesday February 21 attracted a good turnout of over 65 members and guests. There is a fast growing West side community that shows a lot of potential to grow the HRA membership. Thank you to our sponsors Il Gelato, Full Sail Brewing and Pacific Digital Signs for supporting the event with their products and services. Len Delekta, Sherri Lynn Ablao Yusuke Matsuda, Sidney Higa

HRA’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner – HRA 70th Anniversary Celebration. We’re looking for the names of people or companies that have: Contributed to the enhancement of the restaurant and foodservice industry. Provided service to the industry through civic or educational outreach. Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the growth of the industry. Nominations will be accepted through June 30th, 2017. Save the date! The Hawaii Restaurant Hall of Fame Awards Dinner will take place on Monday September 18, 2017 (Venue: Pomaika’i Ballrooms @ the Dole Cannery ~ Iwelei). Reserve your table before it is sold out – Reserve Now

Proper Thawing Procedures

The last time, we talked about proper cooling procedures, and that’s one of the most dangerous procedures in a restaurant if done incorrectly. It’s also one of the things in a restaurant that is most difficult to do correctly and consistently. Today let’s talk about something not quite so dangerous and very straightforward, the four approved ways of thawing food. Thomas Frigge, Owner, Tobe Co. Food Safety Most restaurants receive a high percentage of their product frozen so proper thawing is something that needs to be done constantly. When it’s done right, TCS food won’t sit in the danger zone (between 41° and 135°) making it unsafe to eat. Letting frozen food sit on a counter to thaw at room temp is NOT one of the approved ways! Sadly I see that more often than you would hope. The first method is to thaw food in a refrigerator. This is a very good method since the food will never get above 41°, but it requires advanced planning. Thawing food in the refrigerator is slow with large p..

New Member Profile: FiveStars Loyalty, Inc.

Something is changing — a powerful movement where all businesses, large and small, are shifting focus. Instead of prioritizing acquisition and burning through new customers, businesses are doubling down on their current customers, improving the customer experience, and successfully increasing repeat business. How? By making loyalty marketing a focal point. 2016 was a pivotal year for loyalty marketing. American Express recently introduced America’s first “coalition” loyalty program with Plenti. Participants include leading retailers like Macy’s, Rite-Aid, AT&T, and Exxon. In the last few months, Taco Bell, PF Chang’s and Chili’s have all announced new loyalty programs. Clearly leading retailers think loyalty marketing programs work and are worth investing in. Local Hawaiian businesses have been quick to follow suit. In mid 2015, FiveStars, a loyalty marketing company launched in Hawaii and is now being used by over 200 businesses. Currently there are over 226K FiveStars users in Hawa..

New Member Profile: Pop-A-Lock

Have you ever locked yourself or one of your employees out of the office, the storeroom or the walk-in freezer? No need to fear as Pop-A-Lock is here and available 24/7 to service the security needs of Oahu’s restaurant industry. Pop-A-Lock specializes in lockouts, rekeying, lock repair and replacement for your home, car and place of business. Whether you or your employees are locked out or in need of a restaurant rekey after termination of an employee, Pop-a-Lock is your premier trusted locksmith. Pop-A-Lock of Oahu commenced operations in July, 2009 as an insured and bonded full-service locksmith company and roadside assistant provider. Pop-A-Lock of Oahu is part of America’s Most Trusted Locksmith Franchise and was recently recognized in Pacific Business News as one of the 25-largest women-owned businesses in Hawaii. Pop-A-Lock provides service island-wide on Oahu and we are the only award-winning mobile locksmith company. Our awards include: the 2013 BBB Torch Award, Pacific Busi..

Don’t Let Work Be a Pain in the Back

In the restaurant industry, you are particularly susceptible to back and neck pain or injury due to the long hours you spend on your feet with the weight of supplies and food trays that are constantly being carried around. This is the single leading cause of disability across the world so don’t let your work be a pain in the back. As a restaurant worker, you should address the problem areas before you develop chronic pain by following some basic tips: When lifting heavy items, use lifting devices when available. If lifting equipment is not available, ask a co-worker for assistance so you do not cause unnecessary stress on your spine. Lift using your knees rather than bending and using your back muscles. Get active to maintain strong back and core muscles. Maintain a healthy diet because excess weight on your spine also adds to pain. Wear work appropriate shoes. Take short breaks to let your body rest after it has been standing or performing repetitive motions for extended periods of ..

4 Health Concerns a Healthy Mouth Can Help You Avoid

Taking care of your smile is important to staying healthy. Find out what health concerns a healthy mouth may help you avoid: Endocarditis Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, and occurs when bacteria from another part of the body spreads through the bloodstream. Gum disease increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth, raising your risk of getting endocarditis. Heart Disease Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with heart disease. Studies show that up to 91% of patients with heart disease also have gum disease. Inflammation in the mouth caused by gum disease can cause inflammation in the blood vessels, because the inflamed blood vessels allow less blood to travel to the heart. Gum disease also raises the risk for fatty plaque to build up in the blood vessels, which could break off and travel to the brain, causing a heart attack. Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight During pregnancy, dental health matters for both mom and baby-to-be. Ther..

Fast food just got faster: How payments technology is reshaping the restaurant industry

The payments industry continues to make consumer experiences easier than ever, and the dining experience is no exception. Whether grabbing lunch in between meetings or a coffee before work, customers often choose restaurants based on speed and convenience. New payment technologies adhere to consumers’ fast paced lifestyle needs, causing restaurant owners to consider quick integration. Choosing the best payments technology option Restaurant owners have to pick the best option to fit customers’ needs. Three options are leading the pack today. Contactless payments: For customers who don’t have a lot of time, but want to dine out, contactless payments is the best option. Contactless payments enable customers to simply tap their phone, wristband or key fob to complete a transaction. Card-not-present payments: If the majority of a restaurant’s customers prefer to order dinner via smartphone or computer, restaurant owners should consider integrating card-not-present payments into their..

Falling Stars: Negative Yelp Reviews Target Trump Restaurants, Hotels

After purportedly stopping in at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's Palm Beach resort, not long ago, a visitor went straight to Google's online review site to complain about the restaurant ambience. "Very loud and distracting dinner atmosphere," the visitor noted. "I just wanted a quiet peaceful meal, but White House staff and diplomats at the next table kept shouting out classified information." People who dislike Trump politically have found a new way of venting their fury and in the process perhaps hitting him in his wallet: They can leave a lousy review on sites such as Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google. Of course there are also plenty of pro-Trump reviews from Trump fans. But since Trump's nomination at the Republican convention last summer, negative reviews on Yelp and Google have begun outpacing positive reviews by a factor of six to four, says Signpost, a marketing software company. Some of the reviews are funny, others just nasty. "Not a pleasant experience," noted one pe..

Hate crime suspect beats Salem restaurant employee with pipe

A 52-year-old Salem man was arrested and charged with assault and intimidation after he allegedly beat an employee at a Middle Eastern restaurant with a pipe.

Yard House’s Menu Keeps Customers and the Restaurant Full

City Centre located at 800 Town and Center Boulevard in West Houston has become a hot spot for shopping, movie watching, and dining. The parking is plentiful, whether it's in an outside lot or the free parking garage, this...