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Cicely Simpson of Dunkin' Brands Joins NRA Leadership

The National Restaurant Association and Dunkin’ Brands Group jointly announced that Cicely Simpson will join the NRA as its new executive vice president of government affairs and policy, starting May 13, 2015.

Rocky Mountain High

On a January night in Aspen, Colorado, 54 invited guests gathered inside the chic city’s privately owned Crystal Palace building for a guided, five-course tasting adventure.While X Games snowboarders and snowmobilers competed outside, diners inside nibbled on an ambitious haute cuisine menu featuring items such as pistachio-crusted tuna tataki, roasted duck breast with blackberry red wine marinade, deep-fried baby octopus, and dark chocolate ganache torte.

NC Agencies To Host SNAP Merchant Sign-Up Day

American consumers are enjoying increasingly more opportunities to buy food directly from farmers, and state and federal agriculture departments are working together to increase SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products and farmers’ markets.

CARU Questions Dave & Busters Promotion

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit recommended that Dave & Buster’s discontinue “free” claims in future promotions where any purchase is required.CARU is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

MSC Streamlines Seafood Standards

A leading sustainable seafood certification program has revised its requirements for seafood suppliers, processors, and vendors.Following feedback from over 200 stakeholders around the world, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Chain of Custody Standard is now more streamlined, clear, and accessible.

Sysco to Contest FTC Block of Proposed Merger

Sysco Corporation announced it will contest the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) attempt to block its proposed merger with US Foods.The company said it is looking forward to a full judicial review of the significant competitive benefits of the merger.

NRA Extends CEO Dawn Sweeney's Contract

The National Restaurant Association renewed the contract for association president and CEO Dawn Sweeney:"We are pleased to report that at last week's joint NRA Board of Directors/National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Trustees meeting, we announced that Association and Educational Foundation President and CEO Dawn Sweeney's contract is being extended for five years, beginning Jan.

NRA Testifies on Employment Verification Reform

NRA senior vice president of labor and workforce policy Angelo Amador testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security at a hearing to discuss “The Legal Workforce Act” that would create a nationally standardized employer verification (E-Verify) mandate.

IRS Changes Rules on How Restaurants Tax Tips

The days of servers banking on large groups as a sure thing for a tip are gone—or at least will be soon.In 2012, the IRS redefined how restaurants must classify automatic gratuities, often charged on parties of six, eight, or larger.

Making Sense of the FDA’s Menu-Labeling Rule

Talk of menu labeling has swirled around the industry since 2010, with the passage of section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, The Food and Drug Administration announced the long-awaited menu-labeling regulations, delineating the proper steps restaurants must take to establish calorie counts on menus by the Dec.

Law Firm Forms National Restaurant Industry Group

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, announced the formation of its Restaurant Industry Group, one of the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary legal teams devoted exclusively to the restaurant industry to be established by a national law firm.

Wood-Sourcing Regulations Fire Up Restaurants

With 34 locations, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is no stranger to the expansion game. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the upscale restaurant opened its first unit in 2000 and won over diners with its wood-grilled steaks and fish.

Majority Support Minimum Wage Hike, Survey Finds

In a survey of 1,000 restaurant-goers, Technomic found 83 percent support increasing the minimum wage and adjusting it annually for inflation. The research firm's study found widespread backing across age groups and political orientations, with 93 percent support among self-described liberals, 87 percent among moderates, and 70 percent among conservatives.

Chefs Gather for Advocacy and Policy Change

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation (JBF)’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, from Sept.