Main Ingredient - May 2012

Prostart winning hearts

ProStart Winning Hearts to the Culinary Arts

Not everyone exploring career opportunities in high school is destined for the corporate world or even working a classic 9-to-5 job. Some students are fortunate enough to discover their passion in a cookbook or achieving glory over a stovetop. The kind of challenge that lights a fire under these eager understudies is creating masterpiece meals.

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It All Started With a Nudge

Started with a nudge

I moved to Oregon with my family in September of 1999 to help open a restaurant in Salem. Several months after opening the restaurant, I received an intriguing request from my friend (who's also my boss). He talked to a teacher at the local high school who he said "needs a mentor chef to help out with some sort of a culinary competition" to which my response was, "that's great, have fun!"

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In Good Health

In Good Health

Naked Pizza likes to refer to themselves as “the social media company who also sells pizza.” Indeed, with a Twitter following of over 13,000, nearly 8,000 fans on Facebook, and the title of one of the world’s fastest growing franchises, Naked Pizza has pioneered the way restaurants engage their customer base—all in promotion of their goal to develop recipes that don’t sacrifice taste for health.

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Remove the Strings!

Remove the Strings

As an industry, restaurants in the Northwest are on the verge of a new wave of opportunity. From exciting new innovations, to a changing workforce and customer base, restaurants have plenty of reason to be eager for the future. The Northwest Foodservice Show is a portal where you’ll glimpse the best of what’s to come and what’s already available.

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Federal Issues Update

Federal Issues Update

Oregon restaurant operators took their record as leading job creators to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in mid-April to highlight the integral role the restaurant industry plays in our nation’s economy and to advocate for pro-growth policies and legislation that would allow them to create even more jobs. The meetings were part of the National Restaurant Association’s 26th annual Public Affairs Conference.

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ADA Requirements for Bars & Pools

ADA Requirements for Bars

The new ADA rules require bar countertops to have an accessible section available for disabled patrons. However, restaurants are now able to substitute accessible tables instead of lowering a section of the bar. In January, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified its position on pool lifts, stating the lifts had to have a fixed location at pools and spas to satisfy its requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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