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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6: Oregon ProStart Heads to Nationals

April 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.

Devin Baldwin, ProStart Student Team Manager, McMinnville High School
Krista Carpino, Culinary Instructor, McMinnville High School
Guest host: Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, ORLA Education Foundation



5: Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

March 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. 

Oregon elections - 3:07
Redistricting commission - 7:15
Nonpartisan office - 12:35
Citizen engagement and inclusion - 15:55
How businesses can help themselves - 22:39
Becoming a Government Authority Office (audits) - 25:10
State Land Board - 31:40
The Archives Division and Oregon's Constitution - 38:40
Goals in office - 42:14
Green Eggs and Ham - 44:35
ORLA Advocacy Watch - 50:33

Guest: Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


4: State and National Hospitality Issues

March 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. 

AHLA advocacy watch - 1:00 
NRA advocacy watch - 6:53 
Immigration and travel restrictions- 10:10
Swipe fees - 13:58
Short term rentals - 18:10
Healthcare - 26:50
Tax reform - 31:30 
Events* - 33:25
ORLA advocacy watch - 37:10
Member deal - 40:06


Troy Flanagan, VP of State and Local Government Affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
Matt Walker, VP of Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association (NRA)

*Corrected event date:
AHLA Legislative Action Summit
May 17-18, 2017


3: ORLA’s Legislative Agenda

February 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.

Advocacy watch - 1:18
ORLA’s Legislative Agenda - 6:42
Bills in the legislature - 16:07
ORLA and Oregon Legislators - 31:42
“Son of 97” bill - 37:04
Comparing legislative sessions - 39:57
How you can get involved - 42:16


Bill Perry, Balance Point Strategies
Jason Brandt, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

This episode of Boiled Down is sponsored by:

Sysco Portland: http://www.syscoportland.com/


2: The Gratuity Free Restaurant

January 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.

Advocacy watch - 1:10
Introductions - 5:15
No-tipping transition - 8:46
The future of restaurants - 28:25
One-house system - 34:45


Scott Dolich, Park Kitchen
Andy Fortgang, Le Pigeon & Little Bird Bistro

Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

This episode of Boiled Down is sponsored by:

Sysco Portland: http://www.syscoportland.com/


1: New Administration

December 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 the following:

Overtime regulation - 10:45
Pay equity - 15:25
OSHA rules - 20:40
Employment leave - 24:20
Immigration - 26:18
Joint employment - 28:37
OLMS - 31:33
Marijuana - 35:26

Guest: Richard Meneghello, Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP

This episode of Boiled Down is sponsored by:

Sysco Portland: http://www.syscoportland.com/



November 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: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.