News

  • Mar 9
    2016

    This episode of TRA News Now focuses on the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Department of Labor enforcement and what restaurants need to do to comply with the regulations, and how to prepare for an audit.

  • Feb 23
    2016

    In October 2015, the Texas Department of State Health Services approved a regulation requiring statewide food handler certification as part of the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER). The statewide food handler mandate is effective September 1...

  • Feb 17
    2016

    Once again Texas is among the nation's leaders in restaurant sales and employment. According to the National Restaurant Association's 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast, sales in Lone Star state are projected to reach $52.4 billion and 1.3 million...

  • Feb 10
    2016

    The competition was fierce at the first Texas ProStart Invitational regional competition produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation in Frisco January 30. Twenty-two high schools sent 35 teams, a total of 168 culinary and...

  • Jan 8
    2016

    We've reviewed the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by USDA/HHS. The National Restaurant Association's analysis is as follows: SUMMARY The new Guidelines focus on variety in foods and beverages, nutrient-density and portion sizes...

  • Jan 6
    2016

    The ACA sets massive new reporting requirements for all employers with 50 or more FTE employees. (Note: Employers with 50 to 99 FTE employees may not have had to offer coverage in 2015 but still must file the paperwork in  2016, whether you offered...

  • Dec 7
    2015

    The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation launched texasprostart.com, a new website designed to connect high school culinary arts and restaurant management students and educators with professionals in the Texas foodservice industry. The...

  • Nov 19
    2015

    G. "Jim" Hasslocher, founder and Chairman of San Antonio-based Frontier Enterprises passed away peacefully today in Houston, Texas. In 1947, Hasslocher opened a bicycle rental business at the front gate of Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. When...

  • Nov 19
    2015

    I'm continuing my travels around Texas, meeting TRA members and seeing the great things restaurateurs are doing across the state. Galveston - Of course my first stop in this great city had to be Rudy and Paco's for lunch. I attended the Galveston...

  • Oct 27
    2015

    Despite the Texas Restaurant Association's strong objection, the Texas Department of State Health Services included a statewide food handler certification requirement in the new Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) which became effective October 11...

  • Sep 30
    2015

    My travels continue and I'm beginning to feel like the Willie Nelson song, "On The Road Again." I had the pleasure of attending the Dallas chapter planning retreat led by new chapter president Sharon Van Meter. As I looked around the room I couldn't...

  • Sep 28
    2015

    What were you doing on September 21, 2015 from 6pm - 9pm? If you ask any of the 45+ Texas ProStart Culinary Arts students from five Fort Worth ISD High School Campuses the answer would be a resounding . . . "Cookin' Up Da Beef!" The Marquis on...

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