The Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund for Workers’ Compensation (LRA SIF) Board of Trustees recently declared a dividend of $2.75 million to eligible plan participants. The LRA SIF specializes in workers’ compensation for Louisiana’s hospitality industry and related businesses.
Celebrating its 37th year in 2019, and inclusive of this dividend, the LRA SIF has returned nearly $115 million to eligible members. This marks the 31st consecutive year the LRA SIF has declared a surplus in unused premium and interest income that will be returned to members.
The program also announced the Louisiana Department of Insurance has approved premium rate reductions on several key classes of coverage including full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants and grocery stores. Our members’ promotion of workplace safety and getting their injured workers treated and back to work in a timely manner is why these rates are going down.
“Our members’ commitment to providing a safe workplace for their team members paired with our Fund’s focus on personalized service and timely claims handling has resulted in this year’s dividend declaration and our rate reduction,” said Stan Harris, LRA SIF President & CEO. “Offering lower rates has an immediate positive impact on the profitability of our members, especially as they are experiencing significant increases in other aspects of their operations.”
The LRA SIF was created in 1982 to and has grown to become one of the largest providers of hospitality and retail-focused workers’ compensation in the state. To be eligible for a dividend, the member must be in good standing with the LRA and the LRA SIF, and have a loss ratio that is equal to or less than 70 percent as of March 6, 2019. The dividend will be distributed in April 2019.
To obtain a comparison quote or to learn more about how the LRA SIF can help you reduce your workers’ compensation costs, contact your independent insurance agent or the LRA SIF directly at (504) 454-2277 or visit www.LRASIF.org.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) and its chair, Rob King, vice president of Pitt Grill Inc. in Lake Charles, are pleased to announce this year’s Restaurateur of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Hall of Fame Inductee. The honorees were recognized at the LRA Awards Reception at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles October 29, 2018.
The 2018 Restaurateurs of the Year are co-proprietors and siblings Katy Casbarian and Archie Casbarian of Arnaud’s, French 75 Bar and Remoulade Restaurant in New Orleans. Both have volunteered extensively for the LRA, its Education Foundation and the Self Insurer’s Fund for Workers’ Compensation. This is the LRA’s most prestigious award and this recognition coincides with the 100th Anniversary of Arnaud’s Restaurant. The two are second-generation restaurateurs and second-generation members of the association. Under their leadership, the restaurant has undergone renovations to update the 975-seat establishment, which consists of a main dining room and numerous private dining options. French 75 Bar won a 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program, and it has appeared on Esquire Magazine’s Best Bars in America for several years.
The 2018 Associate Member of the Year is TABASCO® Brand, led by fifth-generation family member and President and CEO Anthony “Tony” Simmons. TABASCO® Brand products are made by McIlhenny Company, founded by Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. In 2018, McIlhenny Company celebrates its 150th Anniversary and bottles four million bottles of the pepper sauce per week, following an aging process of up to three years in white oak barrels. With 200 employees, half of which actually live on Avery Island, many of their parents and grandparents have worked and lived there as well. While the Original Red Pepper Sauce stays true to the history of TABASCO® Brand, the TABASCO Family of Flavors® features eight varieties of high-quality pepper sauces—from mild to wild, there’s something for everyone. TABASCO® is a global brand and has significantly contributed to Louisiana being internationally known for flavorful cuisine.
The 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee is David Hearn of Catfish Cabin in Monroe, Louisiana—a second-generation co-owner, along with his brother Russell and sister Patricia. Hearn served as the LRA’s Chair in 2013 and has been an exemplary volunteer for its Self Insurer’s Fund for Workers’ Compensation and Education Foundation. He began working in the restaurant at the age of 11, and this is where his parents instilled service to others in him. Hearn is also a volunteer Ouachita Parish Reserve Deputy. He will join past inductees from the LRA’s Northeast Chapter, such as the late Don Weems of Waterfront Grill, who was a mentor to Hearn.
The 2018 Advocate of Year is The Honorable Blake Miguez, a Louisiana State Representative for District 49, which encompasses Iberia and Vermillion parishes. Rep. Miguez serves on the Appropriations, Labor and Industrial Relations and the Natural Resources and Environment Committees. The Advocate of the Year recognizes an individual who has supported the advocacy efforts of the LRA and its partner industries. Rep. Miguez has worked closely with the LRA Advocacy Team to promote good public policy that benefits Louisiana’s restaurant industry—the state’s largest employer of 216,000 residents.
The 2018 Chair’s Leadership Award recipient is Rocky Keeley of Mr. Gatti’s Pizza in Sulphur. Keeley joined the LRA Board of Directors in 1993. After 25 years of service to the LRA, he will enter honorary emeritus director status in 2019.
“On behalf of the LRA, I am honored to recognize these award winners and commend them for the work they do not only for their individual businesses, but also for the association and the restaurant and hospitality industries,” said LRA Chair Rob King.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program for high school students pursuing post-secondary education, which could include college, culinary, or technical training. It is also open to those who already work in the industry to further their career trajectory. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Scholars will be announced in early March 2019.
The LRAEF Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 and with the 2019 grants, the LRAEF will have awarded nearly $500,000 since the Fund’s inception.
“The dollars that fund our LRAEF scholarships are generated by LRA members and chapters from around Louisiana who encourage interested students to apply,” noted LRA President & CEO Stan Harris. “Being an LRAEF Scholar can provide a launching pad for an amazing career in restaurants, hospitality or our supply chain community.”
Applicants must be currently enrolled, or have been accepted in a bachelor and/or associate degree program in order to pursue or further a career in the restaurant or hospitality industry. Courses of study can include, but are not limited to, culinary, hospitality, tourism, business and management programs. Scholarship awards are merit-based and will vary based on available funds.
The following scholarships will be awarded in 2019:
The online application can be accessed here and must be completed by January 31, 2019.
“The LRAEF Scholarship program is a key part of our mission of education and preparing students for careers, specifically in the culinary and hospitality industries,” said LRAEF Executive Director Julie Talbot. “These industries provide great training for young people, as well as a path to economic opportunity.”
The LRAEF, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, exists to enhance the industry’s service to the public through education, workforce development and promotion of career opportunities. It also provides access to a registered apprenticeship program for LRA members seeking a structured advancement program for its existing and future workforce. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Julie Talbot, email@example.com or (504) 210-2505.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 Restaurant Industry Awards has been extended to November 19, 2018. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is looking for this year’s change makers and leaders in diversity and inclusion, community service and hospitality. The winner of each category – Faces of Diversity, Restaurant Neighbor and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality – will be recognized at the Foundation’s annual Awards Gala next spring in Washington, D.C.
For more information and to apply online, visit www.chooserestaurants.org/awards.
Please help us celebrate and honor the stars of our industry!
Every year, the NRAEF honors members for community service, diversity and lifetime achievement. Winners receive up to $10,000 for their favorite charity and SRA’s win too. For every application received from your state, the NRAEF will donate $100 to your Foundation and $2,500 or $5,000 grants to states with a national winner. The deadline for application is November 5th – for more information, go to https://chooserestaurants.org/Industry-Involvement/Awards.
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A Louisiana company is recalling more than 30,438 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made without federal inspection.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall Monday on behalf of A La Carte Food Properties, LLC, which is based in Belle Rose, La. In Assumption Parish. The various ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced from Jan. 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018 and have an establishment number “EST. 13375” or “P-13375” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The items were shipped to restaurant locations in Louisiana and Texas. The USDA is concerned that some products may still be in restaurants’ freezers. If found, the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
There have been no reported sicknesses caused by eating the product. Anyone concerned about a reaction is urged to contact their healthcare provider.
The following items have been recalled:
The problem was discovered after A La Carte Foods Properties employees contacted federal regulators on Oct. 11, 2018 to report that they used meat products that were not federally inspected.
Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Chris Landry, Owner of A La Carte Foods Properties, LLC. At 985-369-2677.
The LRA Education Foundation’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be:
Monday, October 29, 2018
L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort (Bluebonnet/Magnolia Room), 777 Avenue L’Auberge, Lake Charles
For more information, please contact Julie Talbot, email@example.com or (504) 210-2505.
Hurricane Michael has begun lashing the Gulf Coast, battering the Florida Panhandle with torrential rains and 145-mile-per-hour winds.
According to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Category 4 storm is the worst the area has seen in a century, and the National Weather Service (NWS) reports it may be the strongest recorded storm to make landfall on the Panhandle.
Coastal cities expected to experience Michael’s worst effects include Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City Beach and Apalachicola, but areas inland are preparing to get hit as well, especially if a storm surge occurs, which could result in severe flooding. The NWS has indicated that buildings could face heavy damages and homes may be uninhabitable for a time.
Visit the National Restaurant Association’s Hurricane Resources site
A spokeswoman for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association said the organization, which has created an online hurricane resources page for its members, said the group is also working with several restaurants in Tallahassee to prepare and deliver more than 3,200 meals to the hurricane’s first responders. She also said members who need assistance could email the association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hurricane may also reach into southern Georgia and southeast Alabama, pelting them with flooding rain and heavy winds. Millions of residents and business owners in the Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia are also expected to lose power following the storm.
In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 counties. A spokeswoman for the Georgia Restaurant Association said members would find information on proper emergency procedures on the GRA page on Emergency Preparedness.
Read: Find resources to prepare for Hurricane Michael
The National Restaurant Association's research has found that 90 percent of restaurateurs in the United States participate in charitable work. Are you one of them?
If you are, you could win a 2019 Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity or Ambassador of Hospitality award – and maybe $10,000. The awards honor members of the restaurant industry that best represent the commitment to charitable giving, diversity and hospitality.
The Restaurant Neighbor award, sponsored by American Express, recognizes restaurants for their outstanding community service. The Faces of Diversity award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, celebrates the diversity of our industry and honors three individuals who have overcome hardships to achieve both business and personal success. The Ambassador of Hospitality, sponsored by Ecolab, recognizes one individual’s lifetime achievement and service to the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Rob Gifford, executive vice president of our Educational Foundation, talked about the awards and their significance to the industry and the winners’ individual communities:
Why should companies and individuals apply/nominate people for these awards?
These awards exist to recognize those people who powerfully demonstrate a commitment to their community, diversity, inclusion and the spirit of hospitality. We want to share those messages and these awards allow us to do that.
What is the importance behind the Restaurant Neighbor award?
It really represents more than just an award. It tells a restaurant’s story, about how it became involved in a community project or activity that benefited the people who live there ‑‑ and that includes restaurant owners, customers and employees. It signifies commitment, conviction and the determination to impact, give back and make a difference for others. That embodies the spirit of hospitality, the spirit of the restaurant industry. Not only that, we get to play a role in making that difference, too. The winners receive $10,000 each so they can continue those charitable efforts.
What about the Faces of Diversity awards?
We launched this award back in 2006 with the intention of raising awareness about diversity in the restaurant industry and about the important role restaurants play in providing opportunities for millions of Americans. The industry’s workforce is composed of people of all backgrounds, welcomes everyone and provides more opportunities to succeed. For example, our 2017 winner, Roshara Sanders, a young black woman who served in the Army, went on to compete on the TV show “Chopped,” and was recognized as a young trailblazer. Anil Yadav, an immigrant from India who came to San Francisco at age 17, landed his first job as fry cook at Jack-in-the-Box and now is the largest operator of that chain. Our industry is full of these kinds of stories and we’re dedicated to showcasing them and the industry’s many pathways to success.
Explain the significance of the Ambassador of Hospitality award.
This is an award named for Thad and Alice Eure, two great representatives of the restaurant industry. It recognizes an individual’s lifetime of achievement and exemplary leadership. This year’s recipient was celebrity chef Rick Bayless. Rick not only owns and operates great restaurants, but is also a champion of people, including the students in our ProStart program, the environment and the restaurant industry. He was so deserving of this honor, and we look forward to honoring another industry icon in 2019.
Have a look at 2018’s slate of award winners, and be one of next year’s recipients. Apply today.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Acadiana Chapter is excited to partner with the University of Louisiana Hospitality Management Department for the second annual “Acadiana Food & Wine Soirée,” Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the University of Louisiana Alumni House, 600 E. St. Mary Blvd. from 6-9 p.m.
This must-attend event will be an evening filled with great culinary specialties from some of the area’s finest restaurants, along with impressive wine tastings and entertainment provided by solo pianist, Steve Smith, in the beautiful gardens of the UL Alumni House. A commemorative wine glass will be given to each guest, as well as the opportunity to win cases of assorted wines. If you love a wine you sip, buy the bottle!
“We are very excited to bring Acadiana Food & Wine Soiree back for a very successful second year,” said LRA Acadiana Chapter President Linda Arnaud. “We are combining a love of great food and fine wine for a memorable evening in the gardens of the UL Alumni House, along with the opportunity to add to your wine collection if you love what you sample! This will be a great event for an even better cause—raising funds for the next generation of the restaurant and hospitality industry.”
Guests will enjoy bites from restaurants such as POUR Restaurant & Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Romacelli and more!
A portion of the proceeds from Acadiana Food & Wine Soirée will benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) and the University of Louisiana Hospitality Management Department. The LRAEF will use monies raised to further promote the restaurant industry as a career choice through its restaurant management and culinary arts program, ProStart®, offered at eight Acadiana schools. Attendees will be able to meet students from the ProStart programs at Washington Parish Career Center and W.D. Mary Baker Smith Career Center at the event, as they will be preparing and serving one of the dishes of the evening.
Thank you to our sponsors for the Acadiana Food & Wine Soirée: Waitr, Republic National Distributing Company, POUR Restaurant & Bar and Lafayette Travel.
Tickets are available now at $75 per person. The price will increase to $85 on October 12, 2018. To purchase tickets, visit www.SipItLoveItBuyit.com. You must be at least 21 years or older to attend.
For more information about the event or sponsorships, contact LRA Chapter Member Services Coordinator Dana Gresham at email@example.com or (225) 240-7189.