Restaurants Make Shift to Cashless Payments

[Source: Restaurant Review]

Operators share why they chose to ditch the cash for a plastic-only operation

Peli_Peli_cashless_sign-promoCredit and debit cards have been America’s preferred methods of payment for years. But recently, mobile payments and credit card perks have boosted cashless spending even more.

According to the 2016 U.S. Consumer Payment Study, conducted by TSYS, 40 percent of Americans prefer to pay with credit, 35 percent opt for debit and 11 percent choose to pay with cash. When broken down by age and income, 5 percent of those between 25 and 34 years old use cash. And 99 percent of consumers with a household income over $100,000 use credit or debit for purchases.

The cashless trend is quickly spilling over into the restaurant industry, with some operators eschewing cash altogether.

“We were motivated to go cashless by Uber, which digitizes everything,” said Thomas Nguyen, co-founder of five-unit, Houston-based Peli Peli Restaurant Group, which runs two of its fast-casual locations and a fine-dining restaurant cashless.

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Registration Opens For SommCon®

A Three-Day Educational Conference For Wine Industry Professionals And Enthusiasts

SommCon® returns to San Diego, CA, November 15-17, 2017, bringing together beverage industry professionals of all levels to discuss, develop and lead the conversation on the business of wine.

SommCon’s® education is built by some of today’s most influential palates for trade professionals and serious enthusiasts who have a passion for wine and spirits and an unyielding quest for knowledge.

Boasting over 45 sessions, attendees learn and taste alongside the industry’s best and brightest through keynote sessions and educational classes complete with networking opportunities, a trade-only tasting and expo.

The conference begins on Wednesday, November 15 with pre-conference workshops and professional certification opportunities including the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 1 Award in Sake, as well as Certified Cicerone®, the second level of certification through the Cicerone Certification Program, and Rioja DOCa Master Certification.

The main conference is held Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17, and includes in-depth sessions, hosted tasting breaks, regional explorations, and The Trade Tasting at SommCon®, featuring over 100 wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, and service industry brands.

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Department of Labor Cracks Down On Unpaid Restaurant Internships

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The Willows Inn will pay more than $149K after an investigation into a stage program

A recent U.S. Department of Labor crackdown on an unpaid internship program at a Seattle-area restaurant is a cautionary tale for the industry.

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, near Bellingham, Wash., has agreed to pay unpaid overtime and damages totaling $149,624 to 19 kitchen workers who participated in an unpaid internship, or stage, at the restaurant.

While stages are common in the industry, and many chefs boast about working for high-profile chefs, often for free, DOL officials disclosed The Willows Inn settlement in part as a warning.

“We hope this case can educate others in the high-end restaurant world that ‘staging,’ while common, is unfair to workers, and it is illegal,” said Jeanette Aranda, director of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division in Seattle. “This case allows us to level the playing field for employers who play by the rules by complying with the law. We are dedicated to educating and protecting both workers and employers.”

In the case, the DOL argued that Freshore Hospitality LLC, doing business as The Willows Inn, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay overtime and minimum wage to entry-level kitchen staff who worked for one month as a free try-out before they were considered for paid employment.

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Is Brewing Beer Your Dream Job?

The New Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest is Helping Homebrewers Go Pro Contest Will Award “Brewership” and Scholarship at Renowned Brewing Institute to Help Homebrewers Pursue Brewing Professionally.

Samuel AdamsSince the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest was created 21 years ago to recognize passionate homebrewers, it has helped launch the professional brewing careers of multiple homebrewers. Knowing this, the brewers at Sam Adams have brewed a new plan to truly equip homebrewers with the experience and knowledge to take their passion to the next level.

About the New 2017 Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew Contest
New this year, the brewers at Sam Adams will award the most passionate homebrewer with the thirst for going pro a one-week “Brewership”: a fully immersive brewing experience at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.  The Longshot Brewership will give one homebrewer a chance to work alongside our award-winning team of brewers in the nano brewery, 10 barrel brewhouse and barrel room. It will also provide insight learned from years of experience on the nuts and bolts of running a brewery, ingredient sourcing, quality assurance testing, and packaging, to name a few. Finally, the Brewership will also include the opportunity to brew a limited release collaboration beer that will be available in the winner’s hometown as well as at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.

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2018 Good Food Award Entry Period Now Open

Accepting entries July 5-31, including new Elixirs category!

 Today marks the launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and (new this year) elixirs. The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. As the only national initiative to recognize food crafters who excel in both taste and sustainability, we anticipate over 2,000 entries from all fifty states.

Over 250 food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and pioneers of the food movement will serve on this year’s judging panel, including Tartine Bakery Co-Founder Elisabeth Prueitt; the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Chef in Residence Bryant Terry; Cowgirl Creamery Co-Founder Peg Smith; urban farming champion Ron Finley; Tyler Malek, the “ice cream mastermind” behind Salt & Straw; and celebrated chefs Nora Pouillon, Cesare Casella and Anthony Myint.

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Bob Evans Farms Launches “Heroes to CEOs” Initiative for Veterans

Heroes to CEOs initiative developed in partnership with The Mission Continues is the largest grant program of its kind – awarding three $25,000 grants and a mentoring session with entrepreneur and TV personality Daymond John

Bob Evans FarmsIn a continued effort to support America’s active duty military, veterans and their families, Bob Evans Farms, via its “Our Farm Salutes” program, today launched the Heroes to CEOs initiative, a new grant program developed in partnership with The Mission Continues that will award three $25,000 business grants to deserving veterans who submit a video sharing their business idea and a plan demonstrating a solid business concept; not-for-profits are also eligible for the grant. The initiative is the largest veterans-only grant program currently available for all Veterans. The winners will also receive a business coaching session with acclaimed businessman and investor Daymond John, the Founder and CEO of FUBU and investor on ABC’s reality series Shark Tank.

The grants, given in partnership with The Mission Continues, will help veteran business owners continue to find purpose and to serve their communities, as an extension of their military service. The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact by deploying veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve. The Heroes to CEOs grant program is another way to help veterans fulfill their dreams and transition back to civilian life.

“The Mission Continues and Bob Evans share a commitment to empowering military veterans towards continued personal and professional success. We are so proud to work alongside them on this innovative and unique program,” says Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues, “We have countless examples of how veterans are contributing their skills, experience and passion towards improving their neighborhoods across the country. Support from Bob Evans for our Service Platoons program will further fuel veterans to make a sustainable impact on local communities while inspiring future generations to serve.”

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Major Cable Network Is Now Casting for The Following Shows

Opp #1 – Successful African American Business Owners

Are you a successful, fun and outgoing African American business owner? Is your business a direct result of all your blood, sweat and tears? Do you have a staff of 5 or more who are just like you? Do you think a camera should be following you and your staff daily, recording all your fun and wacky antics? Do you think you and your team would make a great reality show?

If you own or work at a successful African American owned business, we want to hear from you ASAP!  Email us with the following information to

Your Name
Phone Number
Email Address
Business Name
Owner of Business
Location of Business

– Brief paragraph about the business, it’s owner and why they’re perfect for the show.
– Tell us about the company, the staff and the type of customers they service.
– Picture of the business owner and employees.

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Women of the Vine & Spirits to hold first of its kind Executive Summit in New York City

World’s leading organization advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry will host top industry executives at summit focused on women’s leadership initiatives

WOTVS_Logo_1PMS_lgWomen of the Vine & Spirits, the leading trade alliance devoted to the advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry and advocating for diversity initiatives will facilitate the first of its kind gathering of top male and female executives in the alcohol beverage industry for its inaugural Executive Summit, held September 13, at City Winery in New York City.

The Executive Summit will focus on topics and best practices for starting or growing an internal women’s leadership initiative. Topics to include Organizational Structure, Elements of an Effective Women’s Initiative, Workplace Diversity, Succession Planning, Financial Equality, How to Start and Run a Successful Mentoring Program, How to Measure Program Effectiveness, and others.

Women of the Vine & Spirits found there was a lack of available and current data in the US and abroad of the number women in leadership roles in the alcohol beverage industry. Understanding that women control $4.3 trillion of the $5.9 trillion in annual consumer spending, and that women consumed 60.2% of total wine consumption in the US last year, Women of the Vine & Spirits is taking the initiative to gather this data by surveying its Corporate Partners, which are some of the leading wine and alcohol beverage brands in the world. The organization plans to monitor this data over time and analyze its findings each year at the annual Executive Summit.

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