“The One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly

Please join Morgan Tucker for a spectacular evening of wine tasting, networking and cocktail reception with many of Metro New York’s Foodservice Professionals.

The “One Hour Wine Expert” with Author & Teacher Kevin Zraly will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

*Wine tasting to begin promptly at 5:45pm. All wine has been donated by NYCHG member Kristian Rex, Fine Wine Consultant at Lauber Imports.

Tickets are $125 and are partially tax deductible. Seating is limited and all tickets are sold in advance. 100% of the proceeds go to Scholarships for Culinary Students and Schools. For any questions, comments, or to order discounted tickets, please contact Morgan Tucker, the exclusive Foodservice Equipment and Tabletop Supplies partner of the New York City Hospitality Group.

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BenefitMall: #1 in the payroll industry in 2015

It is my great honor to announce that BenefitMall was just awarded the #1 payroll provider in the United States!

Check it out here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/benefitmall-scores-number-one-payroll-service-and-workforce-solutions-on-bestpayrollservicescom-rankings-300062604.html?tc=eml_cleartime&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvq%2FAde%2FhmjTEU5z14u8sW6S1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASMBqMa%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7fDLM1r2N0QUhHj

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Minimum Wage to Increase For Tipped Employees in New York Hospitality Industry

The Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor recently issued a Wage Order increasing the minimum wage rate for all tipped employees in the hospitality industry to $7.50 per hour, effective December 31, 2015.  Thus, the Wage Order increases the tipped employee minimum wage rate as of December 31, 2015—by $2.50 for food service workers, $1.85 for most service employees, and $2.60 for service employees at resort hotels.  Also, the Wage Order also provides that an additional $1/hour be added to the tip credit in New York City, if New York City passes minimum wage legislation mandating payment of a higher minimum wage than required by state law.

Hospitality employers should review their pay practices to confirm they are in compliance with these new requirements.

John D. Horowitz, Esq.

Horowitz Sigmond LLP

45 Broadway, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10006

(O) (917) 464-4031

jhorowitz@hsiglaw.com

 

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Complimentary Admission to The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

Come join us at the Javits Center in NYC for the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, March 8th-10th, Booth #2225.  The latest in foodservice equipment, design, supply trends, and food and beverage will take center stage.  Please visit www.internationalrestaurantny.com   and use promotional code: MTUCKER for complimentary admission.

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Visit Leebro POS at The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show Booth #1131

The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show (also known as the NY Restaurant Show) kicks off on March 8 at Javits Center. This show is a huge event for anyone involved in the restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality industry, and is the only event of its kind in New York.

Our favorite part of the show is getting to meet the talented restaurant and foodservice professionals who make the greater New York area an unrivaled destination for food and entertainment, and helping them find solutions to some of their biggest challenges. At Leebro POS, we understand those challenges, and are committed to delivering customized POS solutions that will increase both productivity and profitability of any bar, restaurant or hospitality environment.

The tech experts from Leebro POS will be there showcasing the latest advancements and hottest new technologies including restaurant POS solutions from Digital Dining and Apple-based ipad POS systems. Stop by to meet the team, ask a question, or request a live POS demonstration. Be sure to visit your favorite local NYC POS provider—stop by booth # 1131 and learn why so many customers trust Leebro POS.

 

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NY Thai Grill and Bar for Sale (on 54th Street and 6th Avenue)

1180 SF Ground Level
600 SF Basement

$18,000 monthly rent
3% rent escalation
6 year assignment of lease however willing to negotiate a new 10 year
Full Liquor License

Large kitchen for the large number of corporate takeouts.

On 54th Street near 6th Avenue. The business is located across from the MOMA and steps from the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

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Barclay’s Center Bar/Restaurant for Sale

440 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

Beautifully renovated bar/restaurant looking for a new quality tenant. Brand new bar with 16 beer taps, and 2 new walkin refrigeration systems for cold storage. The space has kitchen equipment and venting for gas cooking. The space also has a 4am liquor license, 32 FT of frontage, 11 FT ceilings and was previously approved for 23 outdoor seats.

PRICE REDUCED for KEY MONEY Please Call
10 year lease
$8000.00 monthly rent
3% escalation

Off 5th Avenue and less than a block from Flatbush. 1 Block from Barclay’s Center and the Train Station. B, D, Q, N, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the LIRR. The 2 and 3 train are also a block away. The Nets, Islanders and numerous events all year round.

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Immigration Reform and Its Impact on the Hospitality Industry

 

When the President announced that millions of undocumented foreign nationals would be able to “come out of the shadows”, in the speech given last night (November 20th) about the immigration reform to be taken via executive action, he was referring to the backbone of many industries in the U.S., manual labor, agricultural, domestic, and hospitality.

 

The U.S. hospitality industry has depended on, and in many ways, built its business model upon the use of cheap, manual labor. The cooks that prepare your food, the bar-backs who stock the glasses at bars or clean up, the maids who clean the rooms at the hotel, the field workers who pick the fruits and vegetables that end up in your favorite “Market to Table” restaurant.

 

The reality is that the U.S. immigrant, in most cases undocumented or overstayed, without legal authorization to work, has long kept the hospitality industry humming, whether we want to admit it or not. Often times, these workers are paid off the books, for fear of fines or to minimize taxes and widen the profit margin.

 

As of President Obama’s speech last night, those days and that business model,  are soon going to be part of the past.

 

The E-verify system that many restaurant and hotel owners know about and are forced to deal with, was a product of the U.S.’s broken immigration system.

 

Now, through various measures included in the new immigration reform, many of the workers who are not authorized to work but are working, will be able to get their legal papers and work authorization. The time has come for employers to help their employees “come out of the shadows”, and create a healthier and more equitable and harmonious workplace, where all employees are paid what they legally deserve.

 

It is important to stress that employers will not participate in petitions on behalf of their employees. The employees must apply as individuals, and if their applications are successful, they will be able to walk into work one day and proudly announce that they can be put on the payroll, receive benefits, be a true peer of all their colleagues and co-workers.

 

The immigration measures, steps and filing and processes will be announced soon. Employers can advise their employees to consult with a qualified immigration attorney in order to determine whether they might qualify, to be able to finally “come out of the shadows.”

 

 

Steve Maggi, Esq.

SMA Law Firm – U.S. Immigration and Consular Lawyers

www.smalawyers.com

 

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Complimentary Admission to IHMRS

Come join me at the Javits Center in NYC for the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, November 9th-11th.  The latest in foodservice equipment, design, supply trends, and food and beverage will be on display.  M Tucker will be at Booth #1637. Please visit www.ihmrs.com and use promotional code: MTUCKER14 for complimentary admission. Please feel free to share this invitation. I look forward to seeing you there! – Morgan Tucker

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The why and the how Steve Maggi became an immigration attorney: Please take a look at the flagship video on our site!

We are proud to share this story with our clients and colleagues. The most important thing in business is knowing the people you work with and refer, and developing trust. Please check out this video to better understand where one of our members, Steve Maggi, comes from, and why he is so passionate about immigration law.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lBL24AwFys

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