DES MOINES, IOWA (January 13, 2023) — The Iowa Restaurant Association, which advocates with the state legislature and state agencies on behalf of Iowa’s 6,000+ restaurants and bars, has announced the group’s 2023 legislative priorities. The Association will collaborate on several issues with other industries seeking to address workforce shortages, as well as ways to alleviate a portion of credit card fees charged to businesses that collect state sales tax.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 18, 2022) — Grace on Main, a full-service restaurant in Elk Horn, Iowa (pop 600), is proving daily that sustainable business practices and energy solutions can provide real economic benefit to hospitality operations in any size community. The full-service restaurant, owned and operated by residents Mike and Ilee Muller, was honored this week as the inaugural choice for the Iowa Restaurant Association Sustainability and Innovation Award.

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 11, 2022) — The Iowa Restaurant Association today announced Iowa Senator Chris Cournoyer as the trade group’s 2022 Legislator of the Year. Sen Cournoyer, who represents Iowa’s 49th Senate District, was a strong voice for the hospitality industry during the 2022 legislative session. Specifically, she shepherded much needed liquor license-reform through the legislative process.

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 1, 2022) — The Iowa Restaurant Association has opened nominations for their first-ever Sustainability and Innovation Award (Presented by WoodRiver Energy). This award recognizes Iowa restaurants that are committed to excellence and leadership in the protection of the environment and the implementation of sustainable practices.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 30, 2022) — The Iowa Restaurant Association today released its 2022 40 “Women to Watch” in Hospitality List. The honorees hail from nearly every segment and function in the industry-from purveyors and entrepreneurs, to chefs and business development professionals.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 21, 2022) — The Iowa Restaurant Association is seeking nominations for the state's top hospitality honors. The annual Celebrating Excellence Awards recognizes the Restauranteur, Chef, Employee, and Philanthropist of the year, along with awards for diversity, sustainability, and pursuit of the American Dream. The public is encouraged to nominate their favorites.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 19, 2022) — Finding qualified workforce continues to stifle recovery for many Iowa restaurants and bars, according to survey data from the Iowa Restaurant Association. More than half of respondents (52%) ranked finding qualified workforce as their greatest challenge — with more than one-third operating 30% below their needed staffing levels. The increased cost of labor and the increased cost of goods were a close second on the list of challenges.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 10, 2022) — The Iowa Restaurant Association has opened up nominations for their fourth annual 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality Award. This award recognizes forty women in Iowa's hospitality industry for their creativity, leadership, and contributions. Nominations can be made online at restaurantiowa.com and will be accepted until August 1, 2022, 5PM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 21, 2022) — A group of Iowa hospitality leaders today announced the formation of the Iowa Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA). The new non-profit trade association was incorporated earlier this month, but officially launches January 20, 2022. The group is actively building membership and has started to engage in initiatives which fulfill its mission to protect, promote, educate, and advocate on behalf of the states 700+ hotels and lodging establish

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 20, 2021) — The Iowa Restaurant Association and The Soyfoods Council challenged four Iowa chefs to create consumer-friendly recipes using soy. Each made an original salad dressing, featuring Mori-Nu soft silken tofu as the base. The recipes are featured in a series of Youtube videos where viewers are invited into the chefs’ kitchens to see how the dressing are made, as well as to hear about the flavor profiles and health considerations. 

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