Think Green – St. Patrick’s Day Comes to Town

think-greenIt only comes once a year, but on March 17th, everyone gets to be Irish. In reality, Saint Patrick himself was actually British! (National Geographic). Saint Patrick’s Day may have started off as a quaint religious celebration in Ireland, but it’s become a festive occasion all around the world, including right here in Nevada. Green beer will be flowing from taps all over town, and many service professionals will be seriously busy on one of the biggest sales nights of the year for bars and pubs.

It doesn’t matter if you’ll be hard at work on Friday, or celebrating with the crowds, there will be something for everyone. Be sure to spread the world to your patrons; in addition to hoping for the luck o’ the Irish at the casinos, they will appreciate the information you can give them on all of the exciting celebrations around town. You can check out the extensive list of events happenings in Las Vegas here, courtesy of Vegas.com.

If you haven’t made plans for the day, it will be business as usual at TAM® of Nevada’s Training Center, so feel free to stop in at 9:00am or 2:00pm if you need to take your alcohol awareness course. Remember that your TAM® training can help everyone to celebrate safely and still have a great time.

How are you planning to celebrate? If you’re working, is your establishment doing anything special for the day?

Resources

Restaurant Hospitality Institute Chooses TAM of Nevada to Provide Alcohol Awareness Training

rhiWe are pleased to announce that TAM® of Nevada has been chosen by Restaurant Hospitality Institute to provide alcohol awareness training and TAM Cards for their students in Las Vegas. Alcohol awareness cards are required for all sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages in Clark County, and TAM® of Nevada is proud to offer this mandatory training with RHI’s curriculum.

A great hospitality professional can juggle customer satisfaction with a multitude of ever changing tasks each and every day. This includes fast-paced service, menu knowledge, heavy lifting, and keeping an eye to the health and safety of patrons. Given the rigors of the job, an exceptional hospitality education program, like the one offered by Restaurant Hospitality Institute, can be a great foundation for dedicated food and beverage professionals.

Visit the Restaurant Hospitality Institute website to learn more about their five-week food hospitality education program.

Join us! TAM of Nevada to Participate in Flavors of the Heart Culinary Event

foth2Trying to make heart-healthy choices? Dining out doesn’t have to be difficult!

As you learned in TAM® training, drinking too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, and other health conditions. Learn more about alcohol and heart health at the AHA website, by taking an online TAM® course, or by joining us later this month at a special event.

As food and beverage professionals, TAM® students have a unique opportunity to help promote heart healthy food and beverage choices in their daily work. Restaurateurs and kitchen staff can develop healthy dishes to wow guests with discerning tastes. Servers can make recommendations about heathy menu items. And as individuals, we can all benefit from making smart choices in our own lives. What’s not to like about that? To promote these choices, attend the always exciting Flavors of the Heart event later this month. Join us for great education, great food, great tunes, and great company!

We’re pleased to announce that TAM® of Nevada staff volunteers will be on site to assist in the American Heart and Stroke Association’s Flavors of the Heart event in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 17th.

The purpose of this event is fourfold:

  • To celebrate the wonderful Teens Cook with Heart Program in Las Vegas
  • To educate the community on how to make healthier choices when eating out
  • To motivate restaurants to create heart healthy dishes (and promote those dishes at this event)
  • To increase awareness of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its mission

If you’ll be attending this fantastic event, TAM® Manager Sherry Cummings and additional TAM® Staff members will be on site and participating. Please stop by and say hello! Hearing directly from the community about what issues are important to them helps us to provide the best training possible for our students.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 17th. The event will include over 25 participating restaurants, food and wine tasting, music and special guests, and we’d love to see you there! Also be sure to stay up to date about this and other activities and events TAM® of Nevada will be attending by connecting with us on Facebook.

Event Details:

For more information, visit the Flavors of the Heart website.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

World Market Center Las Vegas

Worldview on 16, Building B

495 Grand Central Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89106

Can I See Your I.D? What You Can and Can’t Accept As Valid Identification

Nevada_DL_AdultI.D. checking is one of the most important jobs of a hospitality professional. Checking I.D. keeps patrons safe, and it keeps things legal. Here at the TAM of Nevada office, we often get questions from students about which documents can be used as valid forms of identification for the purpose of selling alcohol. In a town like Las Vegas, full of tourists from around the world, with varying forms of I.D., do you know what you can accept?

Valid identification must be government-issued, contain the person’s photo, contain their birth date, and not be expired. Depending on the type of I.D. being presented, and which state or country it is issued from, it may also contain other information such as signature, mailing address, or gender. Nevada driver licenses, for example, also contain a signature.

Accepted forms of I.D. include:

  • Driver License or State Identification Card – These are the most commons forms of I.D. that hospitality professionals will be presented with.
  • Military ID – You may also see these, particularly around military bases.
  • Passport or Immigration Card – A passport is another common form of identification, particularly in a tourist town such as Las Vegas. Likewise, a Green Card (permanent resident card) is also acceptable I.D.

Forms of I.D. that are NOT acceptable for making alcohol sales include:

  • Concealed Firearm Permit – While a concealed weapon permit is a form of state-issued identification, it is not an acceptable identification for serving or selling alcohol. According to Nevada law at NRS 202.3653 – 202.369, Concealed Firearm Permits are valid for a period of 5 years and can be renewed for additional 5 year periods. A permit holder must carry the permit together with proper identification whenever they are in actual possession of the concealed firearm(s). For I.D. checking purposes, the permit is only good when you are also carrying another acceptable form of identification, so the point is moot for alcohol sales. A gun permit holder must also have another form of identification on their person. If you are presented with a concealed firearm permit to check I.D., simply ask to see their driver license or other form of identification.
  • Driver’s Authorization Card (DAC) – In Nevada, a Driver’s Authorization Card looks like a lot like driver’s license, but is not valid for serving alcohol, entering facilities where I.D. is required, or boarding an airplane.
  • Student ID, TAM® Card, and other non-government issued Photo I.D. – While a valid TAM® Card includes a photo of the card holder, that’s not enough to confirm identification. The same holds for student I.D.s and similar forms of membership identification.

When in doubt or if you have questions about I.D. checking, speak with your supervisor and review company policy for acceptable forms of identification. Your establishment may have an identification guide like the I.D. Checking Guide  for you to use – this will show you what to look for on various forms of I.D. to confirm authenticity. Additionally, your TAM® alcohol awareness class will teach you how to spot valid and bogus identification. For more information, visit our blog post on I.D. checking.

Questions or feedback? Head to the Comments section below and let us know about your I.D. checking experiences!