Boiled Down

Join Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association at the table for discussion of statewide industry issues and intelligence. Host Greg Astley, ORLA’s Director of Government Affairs, speaks with industry leaders, policy makers, and business experts about challenges, opportunities and successes in the world of Oregon hospitality.

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7: Where Have All the Good Employees Gone?

June 7, 2017
When it comes to hiring and maintaining a quality team, employers in the hospitality industry are channeling their inner 80s pop star and declaring, “I need a hero!” Preferably, a whole staff of them, with strong work ethic and a dose of dedication. Dani Rosendahl from On Deck Sports Bar & Grill chats with us about non-traditional resources for recruiting great workers, the benefits of investing in employees, and how policy plays a role in staffing. 
Guest: Dani Rosendahl, On Deck Sports Bar & Grill
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

6: Oregon ProStart Heads to Nationals

Apr. 28, 2017
Hear what’s sprouting from Oregon’s culinary student talent in this episode where we sit down with guests from McMinnville High School’s ProStart Program as they prepare to compete in the National ProStart Invitationals. Learn the history of this Career and Technical Education program, supported by ORLA’s Education Foundation, and its role in the hospitality industry’s workforce development.
Guests: Devin Baldwin, ProStart Student Team Manager, McMinnville High School
Krista Carpino, Culinary Instructor, McMinnville High School

5: Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Mar. 24, 2017
In a special Boiled Down episode, Oregon's Secretary of State Dennis Richardson joins us to talk about his varying roles and goals in the office.
Guest: Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State

4: State and National Hospitality Issues

Mar. 7, 2017
Get insights into hospitality industry issues at the national level with perspectives from American Hotel & Lodging Association and National Restaurant Association. Guests, Troy Flanagan and Matt Walker, discuss legislative developments you need to know regarding immigration, healthcare, tax reform, and more.
Guests: Troy Flanagan, VP of State and Local Government Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
Matt Walker, VP of Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association (NRA)

3: ORLA's Legislative Agenda

Feb. 13, 2017
ORLA’s chief lobbyist sits down with the association’s president and CEO to chat about key issues we’ll be focusing on this legislative session and which bills will have the greatest impact on the hospitality industry. With income equality, restrictive scheduling, tourism investment, and transportation infrastructure as hot topics, now is the time to embrace a commitment to spontaneity.
Guests: Bill Perry, Balance Point Strategies
Jason Brandt, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

2: The Gratuity Free Restaurant

Jan. 23, 2017
In face of a higher minimum wage and income disparity between front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house employees, two Portland restaurateurs share how and why they have embraced the gratuity free restaurant model. Scott Dolich and Andy Fortgang discuss the cultural shift for both guests and employees in their restaurants, plus offer advice for others thinking about implementing a no-tipping system.
Guests: Scott Dolich, Park Kitchen and Andy Fortgang, Le Pigeon & Little Bird Bistro

1: New Administration

Dec. 21, 2016
How will President-elect Donald Trump change the landscape of the hospitality industry and what can we anticipate with Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary? Rich Meneghello shares his thoughts on how the new administration may impact overtime regulations, pay equity, employment leave, and other matters of concern.
Guest: Richard Meneghello, Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP


Nov. 28, 2016
We bring you a preview of what’s to come in ORLA’s new podcast series, Boiled Down, in which we condense industry issues and intelligence into digestible information for Oregon’s hospitality businesses.
Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

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