News & Events

The CRA has three major events each year, Connecticut Restaurant Week which this year is Monday, October 13 through Sunday, October 19, our Annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner in early December at Mohegan Sun Casino, and our CRA Golf Classic which took place on June 24, 2014 at the Country Club of Waterbury. Throughout the year we also offer seminars and networking events.

Do you have a suggestion for a CRA Event? Email info@ctrestaurant.org.



Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Cromwell Crowne Plaza Meeting Room Crown 1&2
    Attorneys Edward (Bud) F. O’Donnell, Jr. and Meredith G. Diette will present a two-hour training seminar on
    sexual harassment prevention for supervisors on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM in
    Meeting Room Crown 1&2 at the Cromwell Crowne Plaza located at 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416.
    Check-In begins at 7:30 a.m.
    Siegel O’Connor recommends that its clients provide sexual harassment training to supervisory- and
    management-level employees regardless of company size. In addition, Connecticut law mandates that
    certain employers provide sexual harassment training to all supervisory-level employees within six (6) months
    of hire or promotion. Further, Connecticut law recommends refresher training at least once every three (3)
    years for such employees.
    Supervisory employees include anyone “who can assign” work. This program is designed for supervisors,
    managers, human resource professionals, executive officers, and in-house counsel.
    This program will satisfy the requirements of Connecticut law and attendees will be provided with a
    certification upon completion. Attendees must attend the full two-hour training.
    The registration fee is $50 per person. The discount registration fee for members of the Connecticut
    Restaurant Association is $25. A continental breakfast will be provided.
    To register: Contact Susan Orf by email (sorf@siegeloconnor.com) or phone (860-727-8900 ext. 219), and
    mail check (payable to Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C.) to:
    Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C.
    Attn: Susan Orf
    150 Trumbull Street, 5th Floor
    Hartford, CT 06103


    For more information please click on the following link. 

    http://ctrestaurant.fbmta.com/shared/content/2/0/2147483771/site/Sexual%20Harassment%20Prevention%20Training%20for%20Supervisors%20%20CRA%2010%209%2014%20(2).pdf


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    • 13 Oct 2014
    • 19 Oct 2014
    • Connecticut

    It’s almost that time again…time for Connecticut’s only statewide restaurant week! The Connecticut Restaurant Association and Sysco Connecticut are gearing up for Connecticut Restaurant Week 2014, October 13-19.  This year’s CT Restaurant & Beer Week is going to be a little different, and in our opinions, a whole lot better than ever! We are joining forces with our friends in the beer industry to help promote Connecticut Craft Beers during CT Restaurant Week.

    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Wood 'n Tap - Hartford
    Pints & Politics…the CRA and Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association will be joining forces with CT Capitol Report TV to host the inaugural evening of Pints & Politics, hosted by Tom Dudchik of CT Capitol Report.  The event will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 5-7pm at the Wood ‘n Tap in Hartford.  Who’s on the invite list?  CRA members, beer wholesalers, craft brewers, elected officials, capitol staffers.  It’s an opportunity to raise a pint and talk politics while kicking off 2014 Connecticut Restaurant & Beer Week!


    • 21 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 AM
    • Radisson Martinique on Broadway 49 W 32nd Street, New York City

    The AllergyEats conference, the only industry conference of its kind, is a must-attend event for restaurant chefs, owners and managers, college and university dining directors, and other food service professionals that strive to become more knowledgeable about accommodating food-allergic and gluten intolerant guests safely, comfortably, and profitably.  CRA Members receive a special discount by typing “CRA” into the Promo Code field on the registration page, you’ll get $20 off the regular price of $279.  Click here for more details on how to be a part of this important conference! 


    http://www.allergyeats.com/conference/


    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford - Rooms 21 & 22

    Next month, the Connecticut Department of Labor will be bringing on board six new wage and hour investigators. These new agents are being hired for a single purpose: to investigate Connecticut restaurants. 

    Given this significant new government initiative, it’s likely that, in the coming months, your establishment could face an audit. 

    Therefore, to help you be better prepared for these audits, the CRA, in conjunction with the legal team at Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, will be holding a Wage & Hour Compliance Seminar which will cover a number of critical topics including how to survive a DOL audit, record keeping, overtime, tip credit, and exempt vs. non-exempt employees. 

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 9:00am to 11:00am in Rooms 21 & 22 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.  This will be a complimentary seminar for CRA members.  
    There will be a $50 fee for non-members to attend.  Please RSVP to Justina Santiago at
    Santiago@ctrestaurant.org.

    Furthermore, we have provided all members with a Labor and Employment Handbook for Connecticut Restaurants, which serves as a resource to help you understand current labor and employment law.  The book was last updated in January 2013.  If you do not have one, please contact Justina Santiago at Santiago@ctrestaurant.org or (860) 278-8008 ext. 115.


    • 02 Dec 2014
    • 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Mohegan Sun
    Join us for our Annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner!

    Annual Meeting: 4:30PM

    Cocktail Hour & Vendor Showcase: 5:30-7PM

    Dinner: 7PM

    More details coming soon! 

Thank you to our Industry Partners

           



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