Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Gala – by Hawaii Mom Blog

Originally Published on Hawaii Mom Blog, September 19, 2017 Last night I had the honor of attending the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Gala. The event brings together people from across the state and beyond to pay tribute to those who have helped to create and shape Hawaii’s culinary scene. The 11th…

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Industry Spotlight – Food Media Placement Tips by Erika Engle

It may be easier than you think to get free coverage for your food and beverage business, even if you don’t know anybody in the media industry. First, decide where you want to be seen. To determine that, answer some questions. What’s your product? Who is, or who are your customers? Who are the customers you don’t…

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Mahalo from the Chairman – October 2017

In this month’s Mahalo from the Chairman piece I wanted to recognize a very special person to the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Matt Rose from the Sanikleen Corporation.   Matt has been an active member of the HRA since 2015 and has been making a noticeable impact ever since.  Matt has been serving on the Marketing…

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The different types and importance of maintaining Logs – not the campfire type of log

A tool that managers use to maintain safe food in their operations are taking and recording of logs. There are a variety of logs that should be kept as a record of safe food handling, and help avoid surprises when inspected. The ones we will focus on are refrigeration, cold and hot holding, cooling, and…

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New Member Profile: Baku

BAKU specializes in modern robatayaki cuisine, where the simple elements of premium cuts and open fire create wonderfully rich flavors. The dining experience centers on the energy of the open kitchen and BAKU’s custom-built, eight-foot robata grill; a design centuries old that is fueled by binchōtan, a specially-sourced charcoal made from Japanese white oak that…

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Stop the Spread of Flu Viruses in Restaurants

Prevention is better than a cure for any disease, and flu is no exception. Working in the restaurant industry comes with a certain responsibility to make sure you are not exposing customers to the risk of getting sick. Knowing how the virus is spread and what you can do to avoid infection are the first…

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Colds and Oral Health

Colds and Oral Health– by Hawaii Dental Service Between the sniffling, snot and sneezing, do you ever stop to ask yourself, “Why do my teeth hurt when I have a cold?” Sinuses are air chambers that rest behind your cheeks, eyebrows, and jawbones. They have tiny hairs (“cilia”) inside them, which help clean out mucus and…

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MAHALO from the Chairman – September 2017

Last week Monday I was very fortunate and proud to be in attendance at the HRA’s crown jewel event.  On September 18th, 2017, we held the 11th annual Hall of Fame awards banquet and had the pleasure to honor some of Hawaii’s most influentia l restaurateurs and industry leaders. Award Banquets don’t just happen.  They…

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HRA Labor Day Pa’ina Event Recap

Despite flash flooding and hazardous road conditions, over 250 HRA members, guests and media turned out for a fantastic evening at 3660 on the Rise as Chef Russell Siu hosted us for a Labor Day Pa’ina.  A special menu was prepared featuring:Entertainment was provided by Frank Tau’a III – singer/songwriter and freelance musician – the…

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Dry Cloths and Sanitizer Cloths – what is the right way to use them?

A frequent area of confusion in knowledge and practice is proper towel usage. Sanitizing cloths are frequently misused. Here are a few guidelines. Cloths used for sanitizing are to be kept in your sanitizing bucket. The sanitizing buckets are usually the red buckets that state that they for sanitizing. Other buckets can be used, but…

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Restaurant Kid

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to lead teams in opening eight corporate and freestanding restaurants.  The highlight was the creation of OLA, a beachfront restaurant on the sands of Kuilima Bay that I opened with my wife Cheryl in 2005. Two years later, our daughter Maya Rose was born and her life…

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New Member Profile: Cactus

Cactus opened its doors just over five years ago in April of 2012.  When the owners of Cactus would come home to Hawaii from traveling the world, the style of cuisine they missed the most was South American.  They also thought about ingredients available locally and wondered if it could be interpreted into those dishes…

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Sports: Great for the Body, But Bad for the Teeth?

Kids and adults who compete in sports are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have better mental health and develop stronger bones and muscles. But despite the benefits, dental health takes a hit when it comes to some sports. Here are some of those smile-harming offenders: Basketball Whereas contact sports require players to wear…

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National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. It is a great time to get your cholesterol levels checked and take steps to correct high levels before they lead to complications. More than 102 million Americans over age 20 currently have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and in many foods.…

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Could you imagine a World without restaurants? – Executive Director’s Message

Restaurants have always played an essential role in the business, social, intellectual and many aspects of our day to day lives. Most of us have met our significant others in restaurants, my parents met in a restaurant, so I guess I owe my existence to the restaurant industry. In business, we’ve sketched world changing ideas…

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MAHALO from the Chairman – August 2017

  Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the Lodging, Hospitality, and Food Expo hosted by Douglas Trade Shows at the Neal Blaisdell Center last month!  Because we had so many HRA Partners in one area, we truly had a fantastic pavilion.  A big “Mahalo” to our supporters, Chef Zone, KCC, and Naomi…

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Special HRA Events at the Expo

As previously reported, the Hawaii Restaurant Association had a new feature to the July Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo – “The HRA Pavilion.” HRA was a title sponsor of the Expo and we proudly displayed a 12 foot by 15 foot banner with our logo which hung from the ceiling of the Blaisdell Arena…

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Proper Frozen Foods Thawing Procedures

A commonly overlooked step in safe food handling is improper thawing of frozen products. Here are some basic do’s and do not’s. The best way is to take the food out a day or 2 before use, and allowing it to defrost by leaving it under refrigeration. This allows the safest and most even defrosting.…

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Change in Tip Pool Rules – DOL Plans to Revoke Prior Tip Pool Restrictions

On July 20, 2017, as part of the Trump Administration’s Unified Regulatory Agenda, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its intent to rescind regulations prohibiting tip pools which include certain restaurant staff.  Under prior DOL rules issued in 2011, employers cannot require wait staff, bussers, bartenders, and other customer-facing “front of the house”…

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Food Producer Education: Creating a Quality Product (by Big Island Dairy)

On a dairy, the quality of your product is impacted by every aspect of your business, from the office work to the milking of the cows. We can know quality by testing milk, but ultimately it is the high standards that we set ourselves that make us stand out from our competition. At Big Island…

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