It may be summer but the Nevada Restaurant Association remains hard at work promoting, protecting and educating those about our industry. This past month guest speakers including Aaron Ford, the Democratic Minority Floor Leader Senator, and Senator Ben Kieckhefer, the Republican Assistant Majority Floor Leader, gathered for a PAC breakfast at Ferraro’s to give a fantastic presentation on legislative issues affecting Nevada businesses. Warren Hardy, lobbyist for the NvRA, was on hand to moderate the discussion, which covered the recently passed new tax regulations. Notable industry attendees included NvRA Chairman Sebastien Silvestri of The Venetian and Palazzo, Joe Essa of Wolfgang Puck, Brett Sutton of Sutton Hague Law Corporation, David Dahan of Orgill Singer & Associates, Edwin Prud’homme of Prudhomme Law Offices, Lorri Davidson of Southwest Gas, Glenn Garofalo of Nelbud and John Foster of Desert Meats.

Chef, owners, operators and industry professionals had the opportunity to mix and mingle quite a bit over the summer. In June the Association hosted a bowling tournament in conjunction with the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association at the Orleans Bowling Center. Katsuya at SLS hosted the July monthly gathering, and we look forward to welcoming the industry at the Nevada Restaurant Association’s August Mix & Mingle, which will be held at Carmine’s inside The Forum Shops on August 27 from 5-7 p.m. Restaurant operators, managers and chefs are welcome to attend free of charge. NvRA Allied Members are $15, non-members $25 and admission at the door is $35 and includes light appetizers, one signature drink and the opportunity to meet industry professionals.