ProStart feeds N.J. restaurant industry’s diminishing workforce

By Marilou Halvorsen, president, NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association Nearly a decade after it began, ProStart is precisely what it sounds like: a career and technical education program focusing on ingraining culinary arts and restaurant management fundamentals in high school students. The program, which grew to reach nearly 140,000 students nationwide in 2016, graduates students… Read more »

Chef Scott Engle of Mercer County Technical Schools Named 2017 Educator of the Year

TRENTON, NJ – Chef Scott Engle of Mercer County Technical Schools was selected as the New Jersey Educational Foundation’s 2017 “Educator of the Year”. The 20-year teaching veteran with great dedication and creativity in teaching the ProStart curriculum, will represent the Garden State at the National Educational Excellence Awards in Chicago this May. Chef Engle… Read more »

Working Like a Dog

by Marilou Halvorsen, president NJRHA While adding a new staff member can be exciting for me, it’s also stressful because every time I do so, I hope that it won’t disrupt our office chemistry. So before bringing Khaleesi into the office a few months ago, I thought long and hard about whether this green-eyed, blonde… Read more »

How was your Summer?

Photo (L-R): At the Shore with President NJ Food Council, Linda Doherty and Senator Jennifer Beck. by NJRHA President, Marilou Halvorsen Fall has arrived and for many of us, summer’s end is bittersweet. I was elated to personally witness restaurants and cafes filled to capacity this summer, and to hear anecdotes of success from NJRHA… Read more »

HCCC Offers College Credit for ProStart Students

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is helping eliminate unnecessary duplication of instruction while supporting more students who are interested in pursuing foodservice-related studies by making their previous experience and education count for college credit. On June 8, 2016, HCCC and the New Jersey Restaurant Education Foundation signed an agreement to work together to support this… Read more »

The Odds of Winning a Legislative Trifecta

I wonder what it’s like to win a Trifecta at the Kentucky Derby. Or better yet, the lottery. With such slim odds, it must feel incredible to have predicted the outcome or randomly picked those magical numbers. Then it occurred to me after a recent trip to Washington D.C. that our industry is betting on… Read more »

NJRHA Selects Tim McLoone as 2016 “Restaurateur of the Year”

On November 28, 2016, the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) will honor the State’s best and brightest along with their friends, family, business associates and peers at the 2016 NJRHA Annual Award’s Gala to be held at the Liberty House in Jersey City. This year’s recipients are: Restaurateur of the Year Tim McLoone… Read more »

Addressing Questions About Tipped Wage

Many employers and employees have questions about how wage and hour rules apply to tipped employees. The NJRHA is dedicated to making sure that both employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities. The information below offers some guidelines. The responsible restaurateurs of the NJRHA want to make sure that people know their rights. If… Read more »

No Blenders, No Ovens, No Electricity

On Tuesday, April 12th the winning NJ ProStart team from Passaic County Technical Institute, nicknamed “Thunder From Down Under,” prepared for Nationals by participating in a friendly cook-off competition with the chefs from Common Lot in Millburn, NJ. The students and chefs had to create the same three-course meal in under 60 minutes using just… Read more »

Morristown Bartender Wins 2016 “Mixologist” Title

  Jonanthan Echavarria creating his winning cocktail, Gaur-den State Flip EDISON, NJ – Gaur-den State Flip; a unique frothy, vanilla-white cocktail made with Gaur Spice Whiskey, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with a perfectly-centered star anise recently took top honors at the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association’s (NJRHA) “Mixologist of the Year” Competition held… Read more »