16: Food Waste Stops With Me

May 17, 2018

There are currently over 1,200 businesses composting in the Metro area. Hear from an Oregon hotel and a restaurant owner about how diverting food waste from the landfill brings financial gains, changes company culture, and makes business sense.


Alex Bertolucci, Green Business Advisor, Washington County

Scott Youngblood, Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland, Washington Square

Punky Scott, The Bomber Restaurant and Catering

Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


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15: Northwest Food Show Special Edition

May 2, 2018

The floor was bustling at the Northwest Food Show, April 22-23 at the Portland Expo Center. Between zesty chef cooking demos and cutting-edge ed seminars, we invited celebrity guests and show participants to give us a taste of what’s going on in their slice of the industry. Listen in for bites on food waste prevention, agricultural economies, fostering the next generation of culinary professionals, and plant-based cheese. Hear about the relationship that launched Ox Restaurant, feeling fed with gluten-free, the future of Pok Pok, blending media types for better business, and how you can partner with the Oregon Food Bank.



0:20 - Pam Peck, Resource Conservation and Recycling Manager, Metro

6:50 - Chef Rick Bayless, Frontera Farmer Foundation

18:14 - Chef Andrew Hunter, Foster Farms

26:24 - Chef Heidi Lovig, Heidi Ho! Organics

35:50 - Chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox Restaurant and Bistro Agnes

44:26 - Phebe Rossi, Founder, Nuflours

51:03 - Chef Andy Ricker, Pok Pok

1:01:52 - Ben Powers, CEO, Visiting Media

1:16:22 - Sharon McFadden,  Food Resource Developer, Oregon Food Bank


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14: Let it Grow, Let it Grow

March 23, 2018
You may have heard of OregonSaves by now, the state-sponsored retirement savings program, facilitated by employers. If you don't currently offer a retirement plan to employees, listen up! The program is rolling out in phases over the next few years and Joel Metlen, Public Engagement Manager for OregonSaves, guides us through employer responsibilities, schedules, and resources available to help you easily implement the program— and help your employees see their savings grow.

Joel Metlen, Public Engagement Manager, OregonSaves, Oregon State Treasury
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

13: If This Were a Normal Administration

February 23, 2018
Feel like there's been a firehose flow of regulation changes recently? Rich Meneghello is back after a year, following up on predictions about our hotelier president and his administration's impact on hospitality operations. Get a recap of overtime regulations, pay equity, immigration, and joint employment. Plus, predictive scheduling, how "number fudging" may affect the tip pooling decision, and how #metoo has impacted confidentiality agreements.

 Richard Meneghello, Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


12: Translating the Legalese of Pay Equity

January 22, 2018

Oregon has had a pay equity law on the book for years, so what’s new and unique about the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017? Find out what the expansion means for you as an employer, how it impacts your employment forms and hiring processes, and how to take advantage of the law’s unique employer safe harbor. Labor attorneys Jennifer Nelson and Anne Milligan help us understand the “legalese” of pay equity.

Guests: Anne Milligan, Fisher Phillips and Jennifer Nelson, Ogletree Deakins
Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


11: A Miniature Horse Walks Into a Bar

January 4, 2018

Business owners, how do you differentiate between purse accessory pup and service animal? What questions can you ask without getting into legal hot water? Can you require a service animal to be crated in a hotel room? With so many uncertainties, it can be a zoo out there! Employment Law Attorney Shane Swilley joins us in this episode to shed light on the dos and don’ts of service animals in your establishment.

Guest: Shane Swilley, Employment Law Attorney, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester
Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

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10: FYI: What To Do About ICE

October 20, 2017
What do you do if an ICE agent shows up at your establishment? Sean Ray of Barran Liebman LLP boils down what employers need to know about Forms I-9 and how to stay out of hot water with U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We get into employer responsibilities and best practices regarding documentation, how to prepare for an audit, and consequences of being out of compliance with the law.
Guest: Sean Ray, Barran Liebman LLP

Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


9: Metro Venues, Job Creation, and the Polar Passage

September 11, 2017

Metro’s venues draw over 1 million patrons to Portland every year, including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Expo Center, Oregon Convention Center and the Portland5 Centers for the Arts. Scott Cruickshank, General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues, talks about how they drive economic development, a strong hospitality and tourism industry, and job growth for the region. We also discuss the long-anticipated Convention Center's headquarter hotel, new Zoo projects, and ponder Portland’s hotel outlook.

Guest: Scott Cruickshank, Metro Visitor Venues

Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Website mentioned: http://www.OregonMetro.gov


8: Tourism: What’s a Robot Fish Got to Do With It?

July 6, 2017
How often do you think about the role your business plays in Oregon’s thriving tourism industry? Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO, joins us to divulge the stats surrounding Oregon’s growing presence on the international map and how you can ensure your business welcomes guests, drives repeat visits, and is more impactful in the marketplace. We uncover ways you can capitalize on major upcoming events across the state, plus, why your business is missing out if you aren’t tapping into Travel Oregon’s tools and resources.
Guest: Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon
Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

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

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