June 8, 2022
In this bonus podcast of Boiled Down, we have the opportunity to talk with two celebrity chefs who will be headlining the Northwest Food Show on June 26-27, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. Sponsored by Harbor Foodservice and fueled by NW Natural, the Cooking Stage hosts a line-up of award-winning chefs demonstrating their favorite recipes and techniques. Learn more and register at NWFoodShow.com.
- Chef Shirley Chung, Ms Chi Café, BravoTV’s Top Chef Star
- Chef Tregaye Fraser, host of OWN Network’s “Tregaye’s Way,” first African American woman to win Food Network Star
May 17, 2022
In the latest Boiled Down podcast, we have a conversation with one of the hospitality industry’s ‘most influential' leaders, Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Our host and ORLA Director of Government Affairs, Greg Astley, talks with Chip about the positive impacts from ARPA funds, the effect of business travel on industry recovery, and federal advocacy relating to lodging industry issues including illegal short-term rentals. Hear more on how the AHLA and the AHLA Foundation have been investing in various initiatives focused on addressing workforce issues– like the new Hospitality is Working campaign– and supporting our communities.
Guest: Chip Rogers, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Advocacy Watch: Paid Family Leave, OSHA's Workplace Heat and Smoke Rules, and the Latest Intelligence on the RRF
April 19, 2022
In the latest Boiled Down podcast, ORLA speaks with our advocacy colleagues at the National Restaurant Association to discuss the federal advocacy landscape for the restaurant industry. From replenishing the RRF to reinstating the ERTC, things are getting more difficult to move along given a less-motivated partisan Congress right now. Hear how the National Restaurant Association and ORLA continue to push for business-supporting legislation.
- Mike Whatley, Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, National Restaurant Association
- Michael A. Aguilar, State Affairs Manager, National Restaurant Association
March 23, 2022
Did you know the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) can have a huge impact and potentially result in thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars back into your business? Eligible businesses qualify for up to $26,000 per employee—but less than 25% of businesses have filed for their ERC funds. We talk about what the ERC is, what steps you need to take, and dispel some myths around who qualifies for this federal tax incentive.
Guest: Mike Rawson, Adesso Capital
January 25, 2022
From breweries to hotels, and caterers to small cafes, the hospitality industry depends on natural gas as an energy source. With recent news of natural gas bans around the country and now in Oregon, it’s important for policymakers to understand how a potential ban on natural gas would impact an industry whose reliance on this energy source is critical to their operations. We talk with Dan Kirschner from the NWGA about the policy direction and how they’re fighting on the industry’s behalf to ensure our state and community members can continue to rely on a diversified, robust, reliable and affordable energy system. Businesses should continue to educate customers how they use energy and why, highlighting energy savings with their sustainability practices, and how to use that fuel in better, more efficient ways.
Guest: Dan Kirschner, Northwest Gas Association
November 17, 2021
The workplace has been chaotic with a multitude of factors impacting our work environment. How can leading with kindness make a difference in our organization? Justin Freeman, owner/CEO of Bagel Sphere shares how teams, customers and industry partners are all in need of kind and effective leaders. We talk about how to promote the cultural changes we want to see in our operations and the resources available to take the next step.
Guest: Justin Freeman, Bagel Sphere
- No Meals Tax campaigns
- OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards on vaccine policies in the workplace
July 28, 2021
Think you’re not qualified for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) or not taking advantage of it yet? ORLA held a successful webinar recently on the subject and discussed some of the misconceptions about eligibility and how this tax credit could provide significant savings for our industry members. Boiled Down rebroadcasts the interview portion of the July webinar and talks briefly about some key advocacy updates.
- Tom Perrick, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
- John Barofsky, Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria
- Krista Caulkins, Think LLP
- Sales tax on meals proposals in Cannon Beach and Newport
- 2021 Legislative Session had some key wins for hospitality
April 21, 2021
In a year like no other, we look at how the 2021 Legislative Session will affect Oregon’s hospitality industry. Our guest and Contract Lobbyist, Bill Perry of Balance Point Strategies delves into the changes to the legislative format during the pandemic and how that has altered the exchange of information. We also talk about what hospitality-related bills came up, died, and what is still in play. Discover the latest with TLT, lottery, mobile gaming, scheduling, and making cocktails to-go permanent. We will also touch on the pitfalls of a possible Alcohol Task Force, intellectual property protections for restaurants from third-party delivery services who publish menus without consent, and how recycling and environmental protections are creating winners and losers.
- Bill Perry, Balance Point Strategies
- Klamath Falls and John Day weigh Transient Lodging Tax increases
- OLCC Commission votes to increase prices on some of the lowest priced alcohol
- Restaurant Revitalization Fund sample application and guidance now available
March 2, 2021
In this bonus episode, ORLA President & CEO Jason Brandt, along with host and Director of Government Affairs Greg Astley, walk through some of the many successes and challenges we’ve had this past year. They take a little deeper dive into some of the current issues, what led us to this point and the solutions we have been advocating for all along. Also hear about programs and new training opportunities developed by the Oregon Hospitality Foundation to support our industry. (Total run time = about 35 minutes)
February 10, 2021
Together with SAIF Corporation experts, we try to highlight and clarify some of the new guidance Oregon’s hospitality professionals are putting into place. Hear some real-life examples of how organizations are putting procedures in place and some of the challenges in implementing the new rules. Learn about what you can and cannot mandate surrounding vaccines, what notifications you’ll need to do if a COVID-19 exposure occurs, and more about face coverings (who needs them, wash and replace, and how many employers expected to provide). We will also explore what new rules we can expect to become permanent.
- Liz Hill, Total Worker Health Advisor, Safe and Healthy Workplace Center, SAIF Corporation
- Kim Henry, Industry Hygienist, Safe and Healthy Workplace Center, SAIF Corporation
- Over 100 bills on ORLA’s engage/watch list
- Campaign to remove Oregon’s Extreme Risk category
- Federal level update: PPP Round 2, New COVID-19 Relief Package with Restaurant Grant Program
New guidance for Lottery retailers in the 'Extreme Risk' category.