Main Ingredient - March 2013

Creative Spirits

Creative Spirits

As laughter leaks through the walls from the lively bar next door, Distiller Jared Davis tends to the 180 proof whiskey streaming out of a 250-liter pot still at McMenamins Edgefield Distillery in Troutdale, Oregon. Too pure for the hardiest of partiers, the fermented malt barley wash flows through a double distilling process, which nearly halves its potency to a silky smooth 92 proof.

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Northwest Foodservice Show


The Northwest Foodservice Show is coming soon and the excitement is mounting for an event that promises to be The Place To Be trade show experience. With an impressive array of speakers, Tasting Pavilion, new product showcase, and FSA Chef Demonstration Stage that is loaded with explosive culinary talent, this year’s event promises to deliver like never before.

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I Just Paid with My Smartphone!


Smartphones are in the hands of over a billion restaurant customers daily. Providing a way for your customers to bring these mobile devices into your operations is a competitive requirement nowadays; but you need to do it well. Once the guest tells your server they’re a mobile customer, your payment and tip is guaranteed.

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Rev Up Your Summer Foodie Engine

summer foodie

Summer nights are right around the corner and American consumers will be looking for fun, fresh places to be out and about. Whether it’s late night dining, an after movie snack, a quick bite on the way to the game or a leisurely special occasion dinner, now is the time to plan to capture the business.

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows tax credits to employers with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and pay less than $50,000 wages per year, that choose to provide healthcare coverage to their employees. The PPACA does not require employers with 50 or FTE employees to provide coverage.

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Legislative Update

While positive legislative proposals surrounding the subject of beverages are hard to find this session, there is one bright spot. State Representative David Gomberg is introducing a bill to allow small microdistilleries to be able to sell their products at additional retail outlets.

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Public Affairs Conference


Spend two days and one night in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of your industry peers and colleagues talking about the issues that matter to your restaurant company. Gain valuable political insights and get a better understanding of how today's top legislative issues will affect your business.

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