Category: Association News

Summer Season Is Gearing Up

FSM’s new editor, Lisa Keathley, best summed up our 43rd Expo in a few precise words, “an assault on the senses — sights, sounds, tastes and smells.” Boy is she on point! Without a doubt, this was our largest Expo to date with 415 exhibit booths and close to 6,000 attendees. To everyone who exhibited […]

Hampton and Virginia Beach Teens Take 2017 ProStart Top Honors

On Friday, March 10, Virginia ProStart teams from Phoebus High School (Hampton) and Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach) placed first at the 2017 Virginia ProStart Student Invitational in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively. As the winners of the competition, held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., both schools received an invitation to participate in […]

RAM Award Winners to Be Announced April 30

NOTE:  Due to the “March Blizzard,” the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational was postponed until later in the month, and the results were not available at the time of this submission. For a list of the winning schools, please go to The finalists for the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s (RAM) annual awards have been decided, […]

A Positive, But Mixed Reception for Restaurants

Virginia’s restaurant and hospitality industry took a few lumps during the shortened legislative session. Fortunately, the industry walks away with big wins in a few critical arenas. Here is a look at the important legislation from this year’s crop of more than 40 bills that could have affected the Commonwealth’s restaurants. First, we will take […]

Awards, Invitationals, Raffles

Awards Voting Who do you think is Maryland’s best chef?  How about favorite bar or best new restaurant? The Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Stars of the Industry Awards are open for voting beginning March 8 and running through March 29. This is your opportunity to weigh in on who should be recognized for excellence and […]

It’s Trade Expo Time!

With more than 400 exhibit booths, the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association Spring Trade Expo is certainly the place to be on March 5-6. Industry professionals will gather to share innovations, insights and solutions for all things hospitality.  This year marks the OCHMRA Director Susan L. Jones’s twenty-second year spearheading what is the main event […]

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