ASSOCIATION UPDATE


September 2, 2014-
It's the 20th anniversary of National Food Safety Month and each week in September, we will bring a new lesson, based on the techniques and best practices from ServSafe. This week is Cleaning and Sanitizing. Read more.

August 29, 2014-
ATTENTION MEMBERS: Click here to view the most recent addendum to the recently published 2014 LRA Membership Directory and Buyer's Guide. The members listed on the document have reported changes to their contact information. If you need to report a change, please notify the LRA Membership Department at (504) 454-2277.

August 29, 2014-
Save the Date! The Acadiana Chapter, with the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, is hosting a decadent evening, "Death by Chocolate," on Monday, Nov. 10 at The Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Tickets are $40 per person and reserved tables and sponsorships are available! Click here for more info.

August 28, 2014-
The LRA joins with the NRA in raising awareness about food safety during September's National Food Safety Month. This year's focus is on the campaign's 20th anniversary, with the theme: "National Food Safety Month 20-Year Anniversary: Top 20 Tips." Read more.

August 27, 2014-
The Treasury and IRS have released draft forms that give businesses some idea about the voluminous data they'll need to start tracking in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act, for reporting to the IRS and employees starting in early 2016. Read more.

August 26, 2014- Dine around Northwest Louisiana for FREE! Purchase a LRA Northwest Chapter Shreveport/Bossier City Dine Around raffle ticket and win $3,800 worth of gift certificates to your favorite restaurants. Drawing has been extended to December 15; click here for more info.

August 22, 2014-
In light of recent publicized restaurant credit card breaches, the NRA Manage My Restaurant online resource guide for operators offers these six tips for protecting cardholder information while allowing normal network data flow in your restaurant.

August 20, 2014- Save the date!
The LRA Greater Baton Rouge's annual silent auction, "A Taste of the South," will be Wednesday, Oct. 22 at L'Auberge Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and is limited to 200 people. Purchase your tickets early!

August 19, 2014-
The LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by First NBC Bank, will be Thursday, October 16 at Lakewood Golf Club. Sponsorships and teams are available! Click here for more info.

August 15, 2014-
The Louisiana Department of Revenue is announcing its 2014 Tax Amnesty Program, which will run October 15-November 14. The 30-day tax amnesty program offers non-compliant taxpayers the opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying 100 percent of delinquent taxes, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 15, through 11:59 p.m. November 14, eligible taxpayers can apply online here. For more information, call (866) 782-9241. Read more.

August 5, 2014-
The 2014 LRA Award winners were not only presented with tokens to take home at the Five Star Futures Gala last Saturday; there were also given a look at special short videos produced in their honor. Take a look: Associate Member of the Year Mickey Freiberg, Advocate of the Year Rep. Erich Ponti, Hall of Fame Inductees the Marino Family of Gino's Restaurant and Restaurateurs of the Year Peter Sclafani and Ruffin Rodrigue.

July 30, 2014-
Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization focused on advancing women leaders and gender parity on executive teams, launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide call to action to support the advancement of women leaders, at its annual Executive Summit in New Orleans Monday, July 28. Read more.

July 29, 2014-
Gourmands can get an advance taste of the LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's highly anticipated annual culinary promotion- We Live to Eat Restaurant Week, September 8-14, 2014. Throughout the month of August, participating chefs from the area's most sought-after dining destinations will showcase items from their WLTE menus at exclusive cooking demonstrations to be held at Whole Foods Market- Arabella Station and Metairie. Read more and check out the schedule here.


IMPORTANT NEWS
Important reminder: Any foodservice establishment having food and/or beverage sales in Orleans Parish and the New Orleans International Airport and has $200,000 or more in taxable food and/or beverage sales in the preceding year MUST COLLECT the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority tax. For sales $200,000 to $499,999, the rate of tax is 0.5 percent and for sales $500,000 or more, the rate of tax is 0.75 percent. Monthly returns must be filed on the 20th day of the month following the month being reported. Click here for more info.

The Obama Administration recently announced that employers with 50-99 employees will receive Affordable Care Act transition relief. These employers have until 2016 to comply with the employer-mandate rule.
Read more.


Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS will classify an automatic gratuity as a service charge, not a tip. The IRS regards service charges as regular wages, which must be reported for payroll tax withholding. This rule was issued in June 2012, but implementation has been delayed until now. Read this informative article about what is defined as a tip, what to tell your staff and why you may opt to eliminate automatic gratuities in the future.
                                                             

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Sep 3 2014 We Live To Eat Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party - The Chicory in New Orleans

Sep 8 2014 LRA Northeast Chapter Board & Chapter Meeting - The Children's Museum in Monroe

Sep 8 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Shreveport - Ernest's Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport

Sep 9 2014 LRA Bayou Chapter Board Meeting & Luncheon - Cristiano Ristorante in Houma