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BCRFA INDUSTRY NEWS
The food and wine community turned out in support of Edible Canada’s ‘Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine & Alberta Food’ event on 22 February.
The stand-up grazing event featured several Okanagan wineries and dishes showcasing Alberta foods such as beef and bison. It was a very well-attended, with a number of guests from the BC wine industry enjoying the tasting.
Participating wineries included popular BC offerings 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Haywire, Liquidity, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Dames Wine project.
British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association president and CEO Ian Tostensen said he was pleased to attend: “BC wine is very important to BC restaurants and we are glad to be able to come out and support this important event.
“We have no beef with Alberta – in fact, we encourage our restaurant members to support great Canadian products on their menus year round. Alberta is just next door – and their beef is top notch.”
Mr. Tostensen said the event helped highlight just how great BC’s wines – and chefs – are.
“With our upcoming promotion Buy BC: Eat Drink Local, we’re going to be encouraging restaurants to pair local food with BC wines, beers and spirits. It’s about being local and about showcasing the best we have to offer to our customers.”
The event theme was typical of hosts Edible Canada, who are champions of Canada’s cuisine – showcasing local produce and celebrating Canadian food culture. Their focus is collaboration and sustainability, sharing food that is local, seasonal, sustainable and uniquely Canadian.
Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine and Alberta Food raised money for the BC Hospitality Foundation through a silent auction.
A news item from PEI this morning tells us CRA is auditing the employees of a popular restaurant chain for undeclared tips. 200 plus employees have received letters from CRA accusing them of failing to declare the full amount of the tips they received.
>> CRA has been relatively soft on the issue of undeclared tips in recent years, but this crackdown could signal change.
Today might be a good day to remind your employees that tips are no longer untraceable. POS transactions can be audited and the almost 100% of the amount of tips each employee
received in any time period is recorded. The audit process in inconvenient for the restaurant and potentially disastrous for employees. Fines and interest on unpaid taxes can financially ruin a worker.
Remind your employees to:
- Keep an accurate record of the tips they receive each shift
- Keep a record of the amount they tip out to the back of house.
- Set some of their tips aside to pay for taxes
- Declare the tips they have received when they file their income tax return.
As their employer, you can offer to deduct more income tax from their cheques in order to soften the blow when tax time rolls around.
If the restaurant collects all the tips and pays them out by cheque or cash at regular intervals, CRA requires taxes and other withholdings already be taken off the amount paid out.
If you have any concerns or questions about tips, contact Gillian at the BCRFA 604 505 2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t take chances and counsel your employees not too, either.
Demand for dining out and restaurants is at an all time high. Tourism is up and Visa Canada estimates 60% of Canadians now eat out at least once a week. However, in BC, our population is retiring faster than young people are entering the workforce – so the talent pool is extremely small.
Are you a restaurateur or chef in Victoria? Please join us to hear operator solutions for dealing with the labour shortage. We have assembled best practices from speaking to operators around the region and innovative solutions for bringing new people into the field.
One successful tactic is build excitement into your menus and to promote your values: Buy BC: Eat Drink Local is a new promotion that provides opportunity to showcase your business and your chefs and cooks as leaders in industry! Learn more about how you can be invovled!
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