Many of you have attended the Bartenders Ball in years past, the annual Atlantic City event that benefits the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. Every year the efforts of Andrew Wells, founder of the Atlantic City Bartender Training Center and the Responsible Bartenders of America (RBA) association, and Jamie Muratore, the sales and marketing director for the HERO Campaign, can count on hundreds of bartenders, workers in the service industry, and supporters with a common cause to attend the event and help raise awareness about key issues — foremost being the promotion of designated drivers and drinking responsibly.
Knowing there was a real need to promote more responsibility within our country’s service industry, Wells brought his vision to life by starting the RBA social network. The core concept of his brainchild is that it’s really a professional restaurant/hospitality business association that unites bartenders, servers and other restaurant and food-service employees who serve alcohol on a single online platform, with the goal of creating a unified voice to express RBA’s concerns. Some pressing concerns are based on responsible serving and handling of alcohol and the influence of laws and regulations designed to protect bartenders, servers and managers at all food service, hospitality and entertainment entities that serve alcohol.
When I first heard about this program I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after checking out the Web site, rbanation.com, and reading the overviews of everything offered from TIPS (training for intervention procedures) certification to discounted health benefits and car insurance for bartenders and hospitality workers, I thought that this is surely a well thought out organization that will soon be widely used across the nation.
Not only does the RBA offer great incentives for members, but it can also be a socialization tool. Members upload drink recipes, meet other peers in the field, find and post job listings and much more.
According to the Web site, the restaurant industry is one of the largest employers in the country with approximately 12.8 million members, yet there is no professional organization that addresses the concerns for bartenders and servers. The primary concern of the RBA is the lack of a voice for alcohol servers who work with lawmakers and local communities to develop platforms to promote responsible behavior regarding serving and drinking alcohol. The goal of the RBA is that the more members it has, the greater representation and bargaining power they will have over the power of influence for responsible legislation.
With its moniker “Leading the Industry Into a Responsible Future,” I’m confident that Wells and his team will see their dreams come true, as this can become the nation’s No.1 resource for everyone in the service industry. It takes great vision, passion and persistence to see something of this magnitude come to fruition, and we are fortunate to know and have these dynamic people right in our area.
Keep Those Calendars Open
This Saturday, Nov. 5, is the Fall Craft & Gift Extravaganza at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 6821 Black Horse Pike, EHT. There will be lost of vendors, music, performers, demonstrations, door prizes and giveaways. The event goes from 10am-6pm.
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Don’t forget about the Stars and Strikes Bowling fundraiser for the Lois Braymes Foundation on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1-8pm at King Pin Lanes in EHT. This will help to benefit America’s Military Service People and Their Families so please make an effort to be there.
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For all of you foodies, make sure to check out Somers Point Restaurant Week from Nov. 4-13. Eleven restaurants, including Charlie’s, the Crab Trap, Doc’s Place, and Sandi Point Coastal Bistro, to name a few, are participating with lunches and/or dinners at fixed prices. Also, Savor Borgata takes place this year on Nov. 12 with a few special surprises including a week-long Savor Borgata Restaurant Week (Nov. 6-11) with special offers of $33 three-course and $44 four-course prix-fixed menus at all of Borgata’s fine-dining restaurants.
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On Tuesday, Nov. 8, remember to get out and vote. We have all seen the signs on the roads and in front of homes in your neighborhood, but I urge you to get to know everyone on the ballot, and elect the people that best associate with your ideals and beliefs. Every vote really does count, so make it a mandatory part of the day.
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On Thursday, Nov. 10, save your lunch hour for the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association Networking Luncheon from 11:30am-2:00pm. This month’s guest speaker is John Palmieri, the new executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Tickets are $40 and reservations can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or 345-8910.
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