A Culinary Extravaganza Supporting LRA Programs, including ProStart
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Greater Baton Rouge Chapter is thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated 2nd Annual Oktoberfest, proudly sponsored by Mockler Beverage Company and Anheuser-Busch. This exciting event is dedicated to supporting LRA Programs, including ProStart, a two-year restaurant management and culinary arts curriculum in 19 Baton Rouge area high schools, while delivering an unforgettable evening of culinary delights, live entertainment, and camaraderie.
Delicious German-Inspired Cuisine Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable culinary journey as Baton Rouge’s finest restaurants, including Cecelia Creole Bistro, SoLou, City Slice, The Overpass Merchant, Off the Hook, L’Auberge Casino & Resort, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, Country Pleasin' Sausage, The Gregory at the Watermark Hotel, Fresh Chef Kitchen, Go Eat Concepts, P-Beau’s and Modesto, come together to serve authentic German-inspired dishes exclusively at Oktoberfest at Pointe-Marie.
In addition, four area ProStart programs will be on serving German-style dishes they have developed in their culinary labs.
Live Entertainment and Contests As the evening unfolds, attendees can look forward to dancing the night away to the tunes of the local sensation, PANTS PARTY. Additionally, a costume contest will allow attendees to showcase their creativity and embrace the Oktoberfest spirit. For those with the strength and determination, there will be a stein holding contest to test their mettle.
A Night for a Good Cause Oktoberfest Committee Chair Brad Watts (Cecelia Creole Bistro) emphasized, “The 2nd Annual Oktoberfest is a recipe for success, blending the joy of community, the zest of culinary innovation, and the sizzle of lively entertainment. It’s where Baton Rouge comes together to raise a toast to our industry’s future, all while having a stein-holding good time!”
Original Culinary Creations Baton Rouge’s top restaurants will bring German-inspired original dishes to the event. Stand-out dishes include:
*Photos and b-roll video available upon request.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association is a business trade association representing more than 7,000 eating and drinking places across the state. As the largest employer, the restaurant industry provides careers and jobs to more than 200,000 residents. Restaurants are philanthropic in nature and support many community causes. Events such as Oktoberfest benefit LRA programs, including ProStart—a two-year culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum found in 19 high schools in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
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Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference on Friday, Sept. 22 and was accompanied by Colonel Jones from the U.S. Army Corps and Dr. Joseph Kantor of the Louisiana Dept. of Health, who provided the following information.
Here are the take aways from the press conference.
Saltwater Intrusion and Its Impact:
You may have seen news stories about the saltwater intrusion in the Mississippi River and the impact it may have on the water supply of communities upstream. The LRA Team, along with the Louisiana Dept. of Health (LDH) Engineering Team, is working to prepare members for the impact this could have on our residents and restaurants, should the situation worsen. The LDH in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are collaborating on communication and the construction of a higher underwater dam to stem the flow of salt water upriver.
Here are a few things to consider:
Once the saltwater reaches the intake, it could be a few weeks before it could disrupt the water supply given the concentration of the water system’s chloride functions. This would not create a boil water advisory, as the issue with saltwater is not bacterial, but corrosion of plumbing systems, which may leach metals in the water supply.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a new threshold for overtime pay (1.5 normal earnings) for salaried employees earning up to $55,068. The current overtime threshold of $35,568 per year has been in place since 2020, making this a 55% increase ($19,500) to the federal salary threshold.
Salaried employees earning up to $55,068 per year will get overtime pay (1.5X normal earnings) when working over 40 hours a week, according to a new federal proposal. The current overtime threshold of $35,568 per year has been in place since 2020, making this a 55% increase ($19,500) to the federal salary threshold.
Total cost: The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) estimates this will result in a “Year 1 income transfer” of $1.2 billion from employers to employees.
How we got here: DOL sets a salary threshold to ensure eligible employees receiver overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Using 2022 data, the newly proposed salary amount equals $1,059 per week, or $55,068 annually for a full-year worker.
Leading Congressional Democrats have long supported federal overtime increases, as the Restoring Overtime Pay Act of 2023 proposes to raise the threshold to $75,000 per year by 2026.
Red flag: The DOL’s proposed rule also seeks an automatic “update” of the salary threshold every three years.
In the weeds: The DOL did not change the “standard duties test” to classify exempted administrative and executive positions.
Next steps: The NRA will collect feedback and plans to submit comments by the November 7 deadline. The DOL will also host briefings on the proposal in coming weeks.
LRA members are encouraged to review Overtime Proposal FAQs and provide comments on the impact it will have on your restaurant or hospitality business.
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