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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 210-2505.
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.
World famous butcher, Dario Cecchini is traveling to New Orleans for two days this May to host a series of events at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Tableau, including a butcher workshop and multiple dinners. Dario was invited to New Orleans to experience how Italian culture permeates the city by his apprentice, Richard Brennan III, fourth generation of the New Orleans famed Brennan restaurant family.
The title “World’s Best Butcher” is frequently used to describe Italian butcher, Dario Cecchini. Some of the most revered names in food worship his work. He hails from Panzano in the Chianti region of Italy and his family has a legacy of more than 250 years as butchers, passing the trade down from one generation to the next.
Dario has practiced nose to tail butchery for the past 42 years and believes his work to be an ancient art that involves respect for the animal. There are no premium and lower cuts of meat but rather all parts of the animal are useful if butchered and prepared in an appropriate manner. At this point in his career he sees his role as a teacher and educator. “I am in the phase in my life as an artisan where I feel the need to give away everything I have learned and sow the seeds for the future. It gives me great joy to share my work. I look forward to the pleasure of returning to New Orleans for my second time. A wonderful city—full of positivity and energy, good food, good wine, and lots of great music.”
Richard Brennan III, has had the honor of working as Dario’s apprentice in Panzano over the last year. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Richard’s passion for butchering brought him to Italy to train and work with Dario. Many of the skills he learned with Dario he has brought back to the team at Dickie Brennan and Co., particularly to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse.
“Learning from Dario has created a shift in the way I approach food and my role as a chef—seeing the animal as a whole and not just a few select cuts. It’s simply amazing what you can create if you have the knowledge and tools. I’m excited for Dario to share this with the New Orleans culinary community,” said Richard Brennan III.
Dickie Brennan & Co. has always partnered with local farmers, fishers and ranchers, but the renewed energy and perspective Richard returned with has ignited a spark. For example, guests at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse will see “Oyster Steak” as an entrée. This is a cut of beef that comes from the side hip joint and is not commonly seen on menus but is tender with great flavor. This is just one example of making the effort to use the entire animal, rather than just choice cuts.
Dickie Brennan & Co. chefs have also recently met with a Louisiana rancher raising wagyu. As a team they are exploring how to use less well-known cuts throughout the four restaurants. Richard Brennan III is leading the charge to establish increased connections with farmers, and ultimately provide superior quality to guests. He’ll be the first to tell you that his education under Dario goes far beyond butchering techniques and includes an entire philosophy of respecting the animal, of its life, of its death, and consciously using everything to the very last tendon. Attendees of the following events will get first-hand experience of Dario Cecchini’s larger than life personality and philosophy.
Butcher for a Day with world-famous Italian Butcher, Dario Cecchini
Place: Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Description: Gain access to the ‘best butcher in the world’ when Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse invites Dario Cecchini into their restaurant. The Butcher for a Day event mirrors the popular experience Dario offers guests visiting his shop in Panzano, Italy.
Guests will see Dario demonstrate his skills preparing a side of Louisiana beef and pork for the following event, a Butcher's Dinner at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. Not for the faint of heart, this close-up view of a master butcher at work is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Only 100 tickets available.
Steaks from the event will be auctioned off to benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
Butcher’s Dinner with Dario Cecchini, Richard Brennan III
Place: Dickie Brennan Steakhouse
Price: $165 (early bird tickets available until March 31 or until sold out. 100 tickets only)
$200 (after March 31 or after first 100 sold)
Description: After a once in a lifetime butchering demonstration by Dario Cecchini, the beef and swine prepared will be the focal point of a coursed meal prepared by the famed butcher and his team who have traveled to New Orleans from Italy. Working alongside will be 4th Generation Brennan family chefs Geordie Brower and Richard Brennan.
Hosted at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, the courses will be paired with wine selections from Castello di Ama, one of Italy’s most famous wine producers.
Last month, the LRA hosted a Members-Only event, “Employment Law 101” with Fisher Phillips LLP, Postlethwaite & Netterville and Arthur J. Gallagher. The sessions covered the most common wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, FMLA, ADA and the importance of an employee handbook, the role of HR consultants and how they can augment a restaurant operation and what insurance options you might consider. Each description contains a topic by minute guide.
This video is not intended to provide legal advice. For specific legal or other advice, we encourage members to contact your attorney or other professional or contact the LRA Communications Dept. at (504) 454-2277 or email Communications@LRA.org to be connected with the LRA General’s Counsel for Employment Law Fisher Phillips LLP. This video cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of the LRA and the presenters.
LRA SIF Members: Here is the latest video in the LRA SIF Series on preventing slips, trips and falls—the most common type of claim our Fund receives annually. To aid our SIF participants and members, we produced this quick two-minute video on the factors that culminate in these types of accidents and how they and their employees can prevent them.
In an effort to communicate with our members beyond just the written word, these videos are designed to help all of us relay valuable information that they otherwise might miss. With the rise in smart phone usage, members can easily watch it from the palm of their hands.
We invite you to watch this video and share as you deem necessary. We will share it in the SnapShot on Monday, share it on our social media and website as well.
As is common practice in recent years, as the 2018 Mardi Gras season kicks into full swing this weekend, expect increased enforcement measures to be taken by the Fire Marshal to ensure premise capacities are being adhered to and by the ATC to curtail alcohol and tobacco products being sold to individuals under the age of 21. To avoid citations and possible license revocation, please review these friendly reminders for establishments, particularly along parade routes, that are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages.
Here are some tips from LRA members who've experienced restaurant ownership during Mardi Gras for decades:
If there's a tip we've overlooked that you'd like to share, please email us here.
Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras season!
Each year, we ask the LRA SIF participants to ask their workers to complete an updated “Second Injury Fund” questionnaire. Employers should also have new employees complete the questionnaire. Both of these practices can help us mitigate claims cost to the Fund. If an injured employee is found to have an existing health issue or past injury that could contribute to the current injury, we can apply to the Second Injury Fund for supplemental coverage. If approved, this can reduce the overall cost of the claim for the employer and the Fund as we receive certain reimbursements to the claims expense.
The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Second Injury Fund was created to encourage the employment of physically handicapped employees who have a permanent, partial disability by protecting employers’ group insurance funds from excess liability for workers’ compensation for disability when a subsequent injury to such an employee merges with his preexisting permanent physical disability to cause a greater disability than would have resulted from the subsequent injury alone. La. R.S. 23:1371.A.
If a claim is accepted by the Second Injury Fund, then eligible medical and indemnity benefits are reimbursed by the Fund after the following deductibles*:
This means that your loss ratio and experience modifier are not changed with the large loss. Instead, the loss is capped at the deductible amounts.
*If the proper form is used, certain criteria are met, and an employee fails to answer truthfully, then the employee may forfeit his/her right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Since 2013, a 100 percent compliance with the Second Injury Board Knowledge Questionnaire has been one of five requirements for LRA SIF members to be eligible to receive a safety dividend. This post-offer medical history questionnaire must be completed and on file for all employees. Medical questionnaires should be periodically updated by employees.
Access the questionnaire in English and Spanish. For more info, contact the Loss Prevention Department at (504) 454-2277.
It’s audit time! Because your workers’ compensation premium is based on payroll, each and every policyholder must partake in an annual premium audit as stated in your Indemnity Agreement. The annual premium audit is simply a review of your records to ensure that you pay only the premium necessary for your business’ exposure. The Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund (LRA SIF) would like to make the premium audit process as easy as possible for everyone involved. Preparing in advance and having the proper documentation available at the time of the audit will help ensure that the audit is completed quickly and accurately.
You will be contacted by mail during the first quarter of 2018 by the LRA SIF or our audit service company NEIS Inc., who recently acquired McGuffey and Associates. Mike McGuffey and his staff will continue to be a part of the audit process as the Gulf States Regional division for NEIS, Inc., with additional resources to better serve you. The audit service will contact you by mail or phone to set an appointment. This correspondence will provide you with a name and phone number of the auditor to reschedule if the appointed date is not convenient for you.
This year, the LRA SIF will use five types of final premium audits:
To keep the audit process simple and speedy, have your journals, ledgers, check stubs, 941s, 940, state unemployment records, cash disbursements, W2s, 1099s and certificates of insurance ready before the auditor contacts you. The auditor will review these records and will request copies of your 940, 941s and state unemployment wage reports to submit to the LRA SIF along with your audit for verification purposes.
If you have any questions, please contact our Premium Audit Department at (504) 454-2277, (504) 636-6529 or (800) 256-4572.