Get Involved in the Spokane Chapter!

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SPOKANE CORK & KEG FESTIVAL

A premier pre-holiday wine & beer tasting event!

This Washington Restaurant Association-Spokane Chapter festival featured nearly 50 wineries and microbreweries, wonderful hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, live music, and a discount wine store.

Event Information:

Spokane Cork & Keg Festival
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Mirabeau Park Hotel
1100 N. Sullivan Rd.
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
7-10 p.m.
$45 per person, $50 at the door

Celebrating 20 years! Sample hundreds of wines, handcrafted beers & spirits from the Northwest region and beyond. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Curtis Smith and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Wine sold at discounted prices. Live music with the Martini Brothers!

To purchase tickets and for more information: www.spokanecorkandkeg.com or call 509-467-7744.

Thank you for attending our “Night in Ireland’!

Red Lion at the Park was host to our annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 26th.  Our Silent Auction was a big success, and all enjoyed Tim O’Doherty of O’Doherty’s Irish Grille as our master of ceremonies.  Thank you to Chef Don Rey for the wonderful Irish meal and to Louis Huang of Prodigy Arrow for the Irish mood music and special effects.  Shadle Park High School sent a lively bagpiper and drummer to add to the festive evening.  Chapter Chair Erin Miller has one more year on her two-year term.

gala-bagpipes-mar13smAnnouncing our Winners …
2013 Restaurant of the Year Awards:

Criteria:  Industry leaders who exemplify service to customers, food quality, cleanliness and overall appearance, integrity in dealing with suppliers, participation in the WRA, and community involvement.
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:  Masselow’s at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year:  The Onion
Quick Service Restaurant of the Year:  Jimmy John’s

2013 Employee of the Year awards: 

Criteria:  Front of the House – exemplary service to their customers and to their employer in the dining area, bar, lounge or lobby of a hospitality industry establishment.  Back of the House – exceptional service to his/her employer and their guests as a result, in the Back of the House.
Front of the House Employee – Danette Malcolm, Pizza Rita

Back of the House Employee – Chef Brian Hartnett, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar/ Wandermere

gala-onion-mar13sm gala-masselows-mar13sm gala-jimmy-johns-mar13sm2013 Supplier of the Year awards:

Criteria: Responsibility to customers, service to the hospitality industry, association participation and community participation.
Supplier Company of the Year:  Franz Bakery
Supplier Representative of the Year:  John Yamada, Ecolab

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to Gary Sutter, Food & Beverage Director at Northern Quest Resort & Casino – for nearly 40 years serving the hospitality industry.

ProStart Mentor of the Year

Chef Barry Matthews of Steam Plant Grill was honored as ProStart High School Culinary & Restaurant Management Mentor of the Year.

 

WRA Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament coming in June!

Join us Tuesday, June 4th at Wandermere Golf Course, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun options.  Our BBQ dinner with loads of prizes is at 6:30 pm.  Contact donnat@warestaurant.org or 509-467-7744 for more information.  Hole sponsorships available, too!
Look up your team picture from last year!  Go to www.walgreens.com. Click on the Photo tab, enter User Name: wraspokanegolf@yahoo.com.  Password: WRA2011.

Connect and Network with Other Professionals

Spokane is filled with super-energized restaurant and allied members that support the community in great ways. We have a lot of fun and welcome newcomers.

If you are interested in getting involved just contact Donna Tikker at 509.467.7744 or donnat@warestaurant.org.  She’ll be happy to help you.

Some upcoming opportunities are:

  • Golf Tournament committee (June event)
  • Spokane Cork & Keg Festival committee (November event)
  •  “52 for 2″ Dine-Around-Spokane Raffle committee (Fall event)
  • Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction (April 2013 event)
  • Local and state Government Affairs involvement (Ambassador program)
  • Board and Leadership opportunities

Upcoming Spokane Chapter Meetings & Events

Here are our upcoming meetings:

  • SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETINGTues., Sept. 24th  (the meeting has been changed from our usual second Tuesday of the month)

    3 PM to 5 PM Ramada at Spokane Int’l Airport, 8909 W Airport Dr, Spokane, WA 99224

Contact Donna Tikker at 509-467-7744 or donnat@warestaurant.org for more information about getting involved in the Spokane Chapter.