News

  • Apr 12
    2015

    After having been in the restaurant industry for 15 years, being of service has become a way of life for me. I take a large amount of pride in the memories I have had the opportunity to create for the many guests served and team members I have been...

  • Apr 10
    2015

    The Greater Austin Restaurant Association took their April Board Meeting to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. After finishing the official business, 30 GARA members made a motion to roll up their sleeves in the warehouse. Restaurateurs sorted and...

  • Apr 7
    2015

    The World Health Organization has designated food safety as the focus of World Health Day 2015.  "Food safety: from farm to plate, make food safe" is the theme of World Health Day 2015. The day focuses on demonstrating the importance of food safety...

  • Mar 31
    2015

    On March 28, the top 12 culinary teams and top 12 restaurant management teams traveled to Waco for the Texas ProStart Invitational State Championship. For the third year in a row, the Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Byron Nelson High...

  • Mar 26
    2015

    The food service industry is an important part of the United States economy and supplies around four million jobs. The ability to cook for yourself can help you to not only care for yourself but can also help people to lead healthier lifestyles....

  • Mar 23
    2015

    Restaurant owners, operators and employees are some of the most motivated, creative and savvy businesspeople in Texas, creating jobs in every community. Small restaurant businesses are the backbone of countless local communities, with a crucial...

  • Mar 22
    2015
    Betty Zentner

    I grew up in the restaurant business and just like my parents, I was motivated by a dream. Achieving the dream was a long road of not giving up, sticking to the opportunity and accepting and adapting to the constant change that goes with the...

  • Mar 16
    2015

    History has shown that Texas ProStart students are not what you typically envision when you think "high school student." They are disciplined. They are passionate. They care about cooking up a successful future. Kyle Chase, a senior at Byron Nelson...

  • Mar 16
    2015
    Kevin Hawkins

    Being a member of TRA has made a big difference to my business. I save money on insurance and credit card processing by using TRA's preferred partners. And TRA's work to restructure the mixed beverage tax, which significantly reduced our liquor...

  • Mar 10
    2015

    Overtime could be redefined due to new proposed regulations soon to be issued by the Department of Labor.  The new proposed rules will redefine the salary basis requirements for overtime and would make many new employees eligible for overtime pay....

  • Mar 5
    2015
    Larry Forehand

    TRA saved Mexican Restaurants Inc. (MRI) over a quarter of a million dollars in liqour taxes in 2014 due to the mixed beverage tax restructuring legislation that was passed. Our restaurants don't have a high volume of liquor sales compared to some...

  • Mar 3
    2015

    Texas FoodGuard is an online certification program that offers comprehensive and efficient food safety training to Texas restaurant managers. Developed specifically by the Texas Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association for the...

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