Restaurant and Hotel Industry Members Honored by Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
[Wilsonville, OR] – The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) honored four members of Oregon’s foodservice and lodging industry as the 2022 Oregon Hospitality Industry Award recipients earlier this month. Jodi Doud with So. Oregon Elmer’s was named Employee of the Year, Nick Pearson with Jupiter and Jupiter NEXT hotels in Portland was named Lodging Operator of the Year, Emma Dye with Crisp restaurants was named Restaurateur of the Year, and Matthew Lowe with Jordan Ramis PC was named Allied Partner of the Year.
Recipients were recognized among their peers and over 270 delegates of ORLA’s Hospitality Conference on September 11, 2022, at the Graduate Eugene. These statewide awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and businesses serving the hospitality industry and communities throughout the state.
“Oregon’s hospitality industry is overflowing with individuals who contribute significantly to the health of the trade,” says Jason Brandt, president and CEO of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association. “These recipients represent not only some of our industry’s most dedicated leaders and advocates, but also the exemplary service that sets the high standard for the entire industry to achieve.”
Employee of the Year: Jodi Doud, Server, So. Oregon Elmer's
With over 20 years working for So. Oregon Elmer’s, Jodi knows how to win over customers for life by providing exceptional service and bringing her kindhearted demeanor to every customer, during every shift. Being able to make positive, lasting connections with her customers comes naturally and she has played an integral role in helping create memorable experiences for her customers time and again. Beloved by the staff as much as her customers, Jodi epitomizes hospitality and reaffirms how frontline employees truly are the heart and soul of our industry.
Lodging Operator of the Year: Nick Pearson, General Manager, Jupiter & Jupiter NEXT
During the first weeks of Covid shutdowns, Nick and his team collaborated with local municipalities to convert the original Jupiter hotel as a temporary voluntary isolation shelter for houseless folks who were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to rest, recuperate, and receive treatment. In addition to supporting local community programs, Nick continuously engages with organizations like ORLA and participates in activities that foster growth for Oregon hospitality. He’s being recognized not only for his outstanding contributions to the industry but also for exemplifying exceptional leadership among his peers.
Restaurateur of the Year: Emma Dye, Founder + Chief Salad Officer, Crisp
When Emma founded Crisp, her passion was to provide better food options for as many people as possible while keeping their carbon footprint and environmental impact minimal. Emma’s first priority, however, was to provide a place that is welcoming, respectful, and safe for her employees as well as for every customer that walks into the door. Emma and her staff are very proud of the culture at Crisp and the fact that it is a woman-owned, local startup that gives back to the community. Her vision and message about inclusivity also resonates through partnerships with locally owned businesses and nonprofits where Crisp contributes 10 percent of sales every month. Emma is recognized with this hospitality award not only for her accomplishments as a successful restaurateur, but also for the exceptional culture she’s created in her restaurants.
Allied Partner of the Year: Matthew D. Lowe, President, Jordan Ramis PC
Matthew’s passion for hospitality can be seen in every interaction with his clients, having dedicated over 20 years helping restaurant and lodging operators achieve success in their endeavors. As President of Jordan Ramis, he consistently demonstrates outstanding service, and under his leadership, the firm continues to make innovative contributions to support Oregon’s hospitality industry. Matt and his colleagues work hard on behalf of the lodging industry keeping local jurisdictions accountable in how they expend lodging tax dollars. He is recognized as a friend of the industry by his clients, proving time and again the value of his representation on critical issues impacting Oregon hospitality.
Click here to access photos from the event, view ORLA’s photo library. To watch the 4 award videos, visit www.oregonrla.org/nominate.
For more information on the ORLA Hospitality Awards, visit www.Oregonrla.org/nominate.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon, which provides over 150,000 paychecks to working Oregonians. Currently ORLA represents over 2,800 members and advocates for over 10,000 foodservice locations and more than 2,000 lodging establishments in Oregon. The affiliated Oregon Hospitality Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, supports the workforce, educational, training, and philanthropic needs of Oregon’s hospitality industry through educational opportunities and job training programs.
Guest Blog | MustHaveMenus
Summer’s coming to a close, and customers are starting to crave cozy fall flavors. Don’t delay — update your bar menu today to include some festive fall cocktails today!
Crafting a cool-weather cocktail list doesn’t have to be complicated. Plenty of the most popular seasonal flavors — apple cider, pumpkin spice, and even candy corn — translate easily into mixed drinks that your customers are bound to fall in love with!
Need a little mixology inspiration? Keep reading for 8 excellent cocktail ideas and recipes that capture the spirit of the season:
Apple Cider Sangria
Sangria is a summery punch that’s traditionally made with wine, spirits, and various fruits. Happily, it can easily transition to a fall menu offering with a few simple edits. For example, this recipe incorporates apple cider and ginger brandy into the mix. It maintains the character of sangria, but with a subtle nod to the fall season.
Bourbon Milk Punch
Bourbon milk punch is a beverage that’s just as comfortable on a cocktail menu as it is on a dessert menu. Featuring whole milk or cream (or both), bourbon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, it almost tastes like melted ice cream — but with a distinct bourbon kick. What’s not to love? This creamy, dreamy cocktail is an ideal addition to your restaurant’s menu all the way through the winter.
Candy Corn Martini
Not everyone’s crazy about candy corn. But those who do love it really love it. Give ‘em what they want with a candy corn martini!
This recipe is jam-packed with satisfying sweetness: it’s made with whipped cream flavored vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine. But the flavor is only half the fun: the different weights of the liquid ingredients create a “stacked” visual effect so the beverage has three distinct layers that look like the colors of candy corn. This Instagram-friendly cocktail is bound to grab plenty of attention!
Pro tip: Spread the word! A tabletop insert advertising fall cocktail specials like candy corn martinis can draw attention to your seasonal offerings and could increase overall orders.
Caramel Apple Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail traditionally made with bourbon, bitters, and a touch of sugar. In this recipe, it has a fall fling with caramel apples — with delicious results! Apple cider and rich, creamy caramel upgrade the Old Fashioned to cozy autumnal perfection. Finished with fetching slices of green apple, it’s got a fine fall look to match. Don’t miss adding this one to your fall roster!
The traditional mimosa couldn’t be easier to make: simply mix orange juice with champagne or sparkling wine and voila, you’ve got yourself a brunch classic. Making cranberry mimosas is just as simple: simply swap cranberry juice for orange juice.
The cranberry mimosa may not be complicated, but it boasts a fascinating flavor profile — bright and buoyant, but not too sweet. Plus, it’s visually stunning! This easy-to-make beverage is the perfect addition to your brunch lineup, or as an aperitif, all fall and winter long.
Honey Pear Sparkling Cocktail
What better way to kick off a meal than with a sparkling wine cocktail? Here's a recipe that was made for fall: Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails, featuring pears roasted in honey and then pureed into a syrup that adds a rich, sweet, mellow flavor to the buoyant bubbles of sparkling wine. Served in coconut sugar-rimmed glass, this is the perfect celebratory cocktail to put customers in a happy mood for the rest of their meal. As a bonus, this recipe is also easy to make into mocktails!
As the weather gets cooler, customers crave comfort and warmth. The hot toddy delivers on both accounts, so be sure to include one on your menu! You can’t go wrong with a classic hot toddy, a simple concoction made with hot water, whiskey, honey, lemon, and spices. Or, you can try any number of variations on it, from a salted caramel hot toddy to a green, matcha-infused hot toddy.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
It’s a simple fact: the White Russian, a rich concoction made with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream, is extremely delicious. But it’s even better with a little pumpkin spice. With this fall-themed variety, you get all of the finer points of a traditional White Russian, but with an autumnal accent thanks to pumpkin puree and a warming spice mixture. The resulting beverage makes for a beautiful after-dinner drink with a visually pleasing presentation.
Bring on the Fall Flavors!
Fall is the perfect time to update your bar menu to reflect the flavors of the season. Take a cue from these creative cool-weather cocktail ideas to craft an autumnal menu that’s bound to keep customers coming back! | Mark Plumlee
Mark Plumlee is the Sr. Content Manager for MustHaveMenus, the internet’s leading design, template and marketing service for restaurants.
This guest blog was submitted by MustHaveMenus. For more information on guest blog opportunities, contact Marla McColly, Business Development Director, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Industry Champions / Local Lodging Tax / New GA Team Member
Statewide Hospitality Awards
ORLA honored four industry members during the Hospitality Conference in Eugene on September 11, 2022. These awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and businesses serving the hospitality industry and communities throughout the state. Congratulations to the Employee of the Year Jodi Doud (Southern Oregon Elmer's), Lodging Operator of the Year Nick Pearson (Jupiter & Jupiter NEXT), Restaurateur of the Year Emma Dye (Crisp), and Allied Member of the Year Matthew D. Lowe (Jordan Ramis PC). View video profiles of this year’s recipients.
Protecting Local Lodging Tax Dollars
ORLA's government affairs team is working closely with our leadership teams and operators to review how local lodging taxes are being spent in jurisdictions across the state. Over the past fiscal year, ORLA has filed over 10 public records requests to evaluate the use of lodging tax dollars collected by local governments. Turnover within government positions just like in the private sector result in the need for ongoing education of the state rules governing local lodging taxes. Watch ORLA's explainer video how local lodging taxes must be expended in accordance with Oregon's state law.
New ORLA GA Team Member
Makenzie Marineau joins ORLA with experience in the non-profit world along with government relations, communication and volunteer engagement skills. Along with expertise in government affairs, she has years of experience working within the hospitality industry in Oregon. In her role as Government Affairs and Regional Leadership Teams Coordinator, Makenzie will be helping the association and its members achieve success through the development and ongoing oversight of regional groups of restaurants and lodging operators as well as programs to benefit the hospitality industry. She will serve as the lead government affairs staff member in the Portland Metro region and will provide administrative support for regional leadership teams outside of the region.
As always, if you have any questions about industry issues, please reach out to your Regional Representative or email us.
Gubernatorial Candidate Events / Oregon PFML / ORLA Conference
Gubernatorial Candidate Events
The Oregon Beverage Alliance (OBA) is hosting three events with Oregon’s Gubernatorial candidates coming up in the next several weeks. This is a unique opportunity for our industry to have an audience with the future Governor to talk specifically about the hospitality sector, our force as an economic driver for the state, and the importance of considering the impact of policy decisions on our sector. Having a large presence at these events will help ensure that Oregon’s next Governor understands the depth, diversity, and strength of our voice. These events provide a forum for open dialogue on issues of importance to our group. The events are all free of charge and will be held at Columbia Distributing, 27200 SW Parkway Ave, in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Oregon's Paid Family Medical Leave Program
Oregon’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program (PFMLI) goes into effect January 1, 2023, and is funded by employer and employee contributions. Employers with less than 25 employees are not required to contribute to the program, but their employees are. Employers will be required to participate in the program or provide an equivalent plan. ORLA is actively looking into private sector solutions right now. Here are some key dates:
Still Time to Register for the Conference
ORLA is excited to have both Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Michelle Korsmo, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association joining us in person as keynote speakers at the ORLA Hospitality Conference in Eugene. This will mark the first time in ORLA’s history where both national CEOs will be present for a gathering of our members. All details relating to the conference can be viewed on our designated conference site. View the “Sessions” tab on the following website to review the flow of the conference and reach out with any questions. This is a great time to bring key staff and those you’re looking to develop as part of your long term sustainability plan for your operation.