Category: Columns

New Study: Meals Tax Hikes Could Starve Virginia Localities

Beacon Hill report finds lost jobs, millions of dollars in lost consumer income from tax hikes. In August, VRLTA, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, called attention to a new report estimating the impact of meals tax increases in Virginia localities. The research, conducted and released by the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy […]

Squeezing Profit from Food Scraps

Wait! Don’t toss out those carrot tops, potato peelings, or salmon skins. A tasty future could await these otherwise doomed — but edible — items. According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council, an organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment, up to 24 percent of produce grown in the United States is discarded […]

Medals, medals, and more medals!

Bristow, Virginia-based MurLarkey Distilled Spirits was awarded five medals by the American Distilling Institute as part of its 2017 Judging of Craft Spirits. Divine Clarity Vodka won gold in the grain-to-glass vodka category. Brutality Limited Reserve Whiskey, Cincerity Whiskey, Justice White Whiskey, and Imagination Gin were awarded bronze medals. This was the most medals won […]

Are You Making the Most of Restaurant Week?

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 […]

Shore is Great Beer!

Shore Craft Beer, Worcester County Tourism, and the Tri-County Council are bringing together the decision-makers, the professionals, and the activists who will gather to brainstorm on making the shore a national Top 10 craft beer destination. The Craft Beer Summit will focus on the shore communities in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  Representatives from each state […]

How to Hire and Train Great Hospitality Employees: The 51% Rule

Hiring really good employees and then properly training them is the lifeblood of any successful hospitality business. And it is also the greatest challenge of every hospitality business. Quite the paradox, right? It is the most difficult task, yet it is critically important. So how do great operators do it, year after year, for many […]

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