Industry News Roundup - November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Eater Awards are announced, Association President & CEO joins the Pride of NY Advisory Committee, and NYC City Council holds hearing on proposed plastic-bag fee; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
Eater Awards 2014 Gala Celebration at The Brooklyn Museum (Slideshow)
Accompanied by a brisk night following yesterday's deluge, some of the best and brightest chefs from around the country and some hometown heroes served up deliciousness to a room packed with food-obsessed revelers. Onstage, custom cans of Eater Awards-brand signature Italian peeled tomatoes were stacked high, emblazoned with the names of the Eater Award winners from 24 cities.
Restaurants and bars gear up for 'Black Wednesday'
Thanksgiving has become a giant turkey sandwich, from an economic impact perspective. It’s impossible not to soak in the Black Friday madness as the holiday approaches, but for restaurants and taverns, the night before Thanksgiving is where the gravy lives.
(NYS Restaurant Association Quoted)
Commissioner Announces New Members of the Pride of New York Advisory Committee
NYS Department of Agriculture & markets, 11/18
New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball today announced his appointments to the reestablished Pride of New York Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner while supporting the Pride of New York program, which has supported New York State agricultural producers for nearly 20 years.
The 2014 Eater Award Winners From Coast to Coast
To recap, Eater's local editors in 24 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose the winner. Our Eater brain trust then got together to decide the national winners for those categories. In addition to these main stage winners, said Eater editorial team has named worthy winners in more specialized categories, for myriad notable achievements.
Is a major tax headache brewing for restaurants?
If Congress waits until 2015 to take action, restaurateurs who have already filed their taxes would likely have to file them again to benefit from the renewed tax extenders. While more than 50 tax provisions expired at the end of last year, the National Restaurant Association has been aggressively pressuring Congress to renew three that stand to have a significant impact on restaurants.
Restaurants can find chance to lead by cultivating diversity
Nation’s Restaurant News 11/17
Industry challenged by lack of diversity in highest ranks; new tactics needed to build tomorrow’s leaders
NRA releases new report on consumer spending
The National Restaurant Association this week released a new edition of its Consumer Spending in Restaurants report – an analysis of spending on food away from home by demographic groups. Last published in 2009, the report can help restaurant operators strategically plan their menus, services and marketing programs to build and maintain sales.
NEW YORK CITY / NEW YORK STATE
Big Apple tourism needs investment
A group of hospitality industry panelists at Crain's Future of New York conference on Thursday said that competition from other cities could have an impact on future growth.
New York City Council Hearing on Fee for Bags Becomes Heated
NY Times 11/19
Now the bags have divided a City Council that has found little about which to disagree. On Wednesday, a hearing grew heated as lawmakers considered what seemed to be a simple question: Are plastic bags a problem to be solved, as environmental advocates have long argued, or a necessary, and relatively harmless, part of city life?
I'll Drink to That: Governor Cuomo Signs Craft Beverage Law
Village Voice 11/14
Governor Cuomo proved himself a hero of hooch yesterday by signing into law several measures designed to make it easier for craft start-ups to get off the ground.
Vote for New York City's Stone Cold Stunner
Here's how the voting works across the board: Eater editors have named nominees for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner.
TRENDS / TECHNOLOGY
Are Restaurants Using Tablets to Spy on Diners?
According to CBS, tablets are often equipped with cameras and some are worried that restaurants are using them to spy on diners. Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum tells CBS that she is concerned about the cameras and microphones on the tablets because "there's always a possibility they can be watching you."
Restaurants embrace wait-list apps for added convenience
With this capability, customers are able to venture around without worrying about losing their reservation. The food and beverage industry’s acceptance of mobile is enabling more flexible experiences and satisfied customers.
Tablets go back, Back-of-house uses for tablets are poised to grow
Much of the public buzz around tablets refers to front-of-house applications, whether in the hands of a server taking orders or atop a table, loaded with games and self-ordering capabilities for guests. From an operator standpoint, though, the reach of tablets goes far beyond ordering and entertainment.
Customers crave in-person interaction when dining out
Nation’s Restaurant News 11/10
More than one third of respondents overall said they are more likely to use technology-related options in restaurants now compared with two years ago to order delivery, redeem rewards and pay for meals. Unsurprisingly, that percentage was much higher among younger consumers. The NRA survey polled more than 1,000 American adults in early October on technology use.