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Dale's Corner

This blog is written by Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). Its purpose is to engage RIHA members with current issues and trends.

List of Articles
No. Subject Author Date
28 Buying Local for the Holidays Managing GroupMonika Nov 15, 2016
The holiday season is fast approaching…from a retail perspective, it seems to come earlier and earlier each year. While I was shopping for Halloween candy this year, I was sidestepping Christmas trees, holiday decorations and specialty choco...  
27 The Cost of ‘Chip’ Cards and Protecting Against Fraud Managing GroupMonika Oct 04, 2016
By Dale Venturini, President and CEO, R.I Hospitality Association  Many of us currently have an EMV credit or debit card – also known as a ‘chip’ card. These safer versions of the traditional magnetic-strip cards were designed to prot...  
26 Gluten is Not Free in Restaurants file Managing GroupMonika Sep 01, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association We all know people who struggle with food allergies. From peanut butter, to shellfish, to strawberries, to dairy, the idea of dining out when one has a food allergy can be an ...  
25 Managing a Better Future file Managing GroupMonika Jun 30, 2016
The hospitality industry is a continuously growing segment of the U.S. economic picture. This year alone, the restaurant industry is expected to realize $783 billion in sales and employ 14.4 million in good-paying jobs, according to the N...  
24 Partnerships – They’re Not Always the Obvious Choice file Managing GroupMonika Jun 06, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association I’ve written extensively about the need to collaborate with organizations that share the same business interests. Whether a business partner’s mission is within your organizat...  
23 How Important is a Proactive Crisis Plan? Your Business Could Depend on it. Managing GroupMonika May 05, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association   With the spate of negative media headlines surrounding restaurants that have experienced foodborne or human-contact illness, it is critically important that every eatin...  
22 Where Have the Teens Gone? file Managing GroupMonika Apr 04, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association It used to be that almost every teenager had a job in the hospitality industry. With flexible hours and class-friendly scheduling, our industry was the perfect landing spot for h...  
21 The Real Cost of Foodborne Illness file Managing GroupMonika Feb 02, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association Our food supply system, while infinitely safer and better regulated than most other parts of the world, still has its challenges. We’ve all seen the headlines and recalls from E....  
20 “Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” file Managing GroupMonika Dec 30, 2015
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” – Les Brown Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association  As we close out another year and ring in 2016, I have been fortunate to once again cele...  
19 As You Climb the Ladder of Success, Turn Around and Pull Someone Up file Managing GroupMonika Oct 13, 2015
We are an industry that rises to the occasion, no matter what the circumstance, and that is something I am very proud of. The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is comprised of more than 650 members who have dedicated their lives to the ho...  
18 The War on Hospitality Ends in a Draw Managing GroupMonika Aug 06, 2015
The legislative season is finally over, and while we can’t claim that we’ve won the war, we can say that we’ve won some key battles for the time being.  Our industry faces an ongoing attack from out-of-state, organized labor forces. The...  
17 Hospitality, an Industry of Opportunity file Managing GroupMonika Jun 10, 2015
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association   As our legislative season winds down, we remain optimistic that bills put before the house and senate by organized, outside labor influences will not pass. As I’ve detailed...  
16 The Persistent, Organized Attack on the Hospitality Industry Managing GroupMonika May 20, 2015
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association Last month, I detailed a bill in front of the RI legislature that seeks to completely eliminate the tipped wage. This bill, along with several others aimed against hospitality, h...  
15 And, the Winner Is… file Managing GroupMonika Dec 18, 2014
As we ring in the New Year, we will also be swearing in our newest elected officials. Hopefully, the new and familiar faces that will represent us on a local, state and federal level will work in concert, and in the best interests of our i...  
14 Eat, Play and Stay Local for the Holidays file Managing GroupMonika Nov 03, 2014
As all of you who read my columns already know, I am a huge proponent of buying locally; that goes for food items as well as goods and services.  As we start to look toward the holiday season and put on our gift-giving thinking caps (or sn...  
13 Today, Everyone’s a Critic file Managing GroupMonika Oct 14, 2014
In this day and age of social media usurping traditional media, bloggers having better name recognition than nightly TV anchors and everyday customers becoming critics, it has never been more important to pay close attention to your brand ...  
12 Where are all the Employees? file Managing GroupMonika Sep 13, 2014
The hospitality industry is one of the top job producers in Rhode Island. We employ more than 63,000 people who are looking to make a career in our industry or perhaps to pay their way through school while gaining valuable experience. And...  
11 It Doesn’t Affect Me (Yet) So Why Should I Help Fight It? file Managing GroupMonika Jul 03, 2014
Dale Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association This year is ramping up to be one of the tough ones, one of those years that can absolutely exhaust you and run you into the ground. I’m not talking about the result of runnin...  
10 In the World of Online Booking, Where do the Taxes Travel? file Managing GroupMonika Apr 07, 2014
        We all love to travel. And, the majority of Americans book their travel through an online website. Often, it’s not the website of a hotel, airline or rental car company. Instead, many consumers visit online travel companies (...  
9 New England’s Weather Armageddon file Managing GroupMonika Feb 05, 2014
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association Our region is often heralded as one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in the nation. Our picturesque coastlines, soaring mountains, legendary lakes, pristine beaches...