Proper Food Handling

Working in the restaurant industry and handling the food that customers eat is a big responsibility. You are the first line of defense against customers being affected by food borne pathogens that would cause illness from bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, as well as other parasites and viruses. Washing your hands should always be…

Non Profit Spotlight: Aloha Harvest

If you’re a food establishment that has quality excess food to donate please consider partnering with Aloha Harvest, our local food rescue program. Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that rescues quality, donated food and delivers it free of charge to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i. Aloha Harvest has collected and distributed over 15 million…

Gelato World Championship

  Congratulations to IL Gelato owner Dirk Koeppenkastrop Ph.D. and the entire Gelato Team USA for competing in the Gelato World Championship, in Italy. Koeppenkastrop was Team Captain and Gelato Maker for Team USA. His team scored 1st place in the Ice Carving Event and 3rd place in the Mystery Box Challenge. Team USA ranked 7th…

Food & Menu Trends To Watch In 2016

The National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary forecast predicts food and menu trends for the coming year. For 2016, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to find out what the hottest menu trends will be. “True trends evolve over time, especially when it comes to lifestyle-based choices…

2016 Employer Outlook from Clayton Kamida Esq.

Constantly changing employment and labor laws continue to create a difficult regulatory climate for Hawaii employers.  All business owners need to stay informed on employment law developments, or risk costly fines, citations, and potential lawsuits.  The following are some major state and federal changes scheduled to take effect next year, as well as some bills…

Smoking Laws starting January 2016

Starting January 1, 2016 wherever smoking is prohibited by state law, e-cigarettes (or electronic smoking devices) will also be prohibited.  This pertains to enclosed or partially enclosed places open to the public or places of employment. For new law language and other details about this law, see this link. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB940_HD1_.pdf See the Hawaii State Department…