April 2-4, 2023

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Boston, MA

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10:30 AM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Even before the pandemic decimated restaurant staffing, our industry was preparing for a shortage of talent. The Great Resignation has left restaurants unable to staff for business levels. Learn from ...

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11:15 AM
  1. Center Stage
    If the restaurant, foodservice, and lodging industry is going to compete for talent, then leaders must create a workplace culture that works for all people. To do that, managers need to understand the ...
12:15 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    More than any other time, restaurants are embracing new technologies. With employee recruitment, sales streams and the business model flipped on its head, learn from these experts representing One Tou ...

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1:00 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Former Red Sox MLB player that hated the short hops in baseball but loves the hops of craft beer. Kevin’s vision to open a brewery came from the perks of traveling across the country and exploring bre ...
1:45 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Founded in Chicago by Rohini Dey, a Ph.D., James Beard Board Member and Restaurant Owner, Let's Talk Womxn was established as a Woman Owner Restaurant Networking Group to advocate for women entreprene ...

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2:30 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Explore new and innovative ways to expand the beef offerings on your menu. Learn how to bring excitement to the menu by becoming your own in-house butcher.  This session is funded by beef farmers and ...

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    PA Beef Council

3:00 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Historically the restaurant industry has built-in work-related stigmas that could easily create burnout. The pandemic brought to the forefront many issues that had been ignored. With increased commitm ...

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3:30 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Catalyst Chef/Owner William Kovel’s interest in food “sparked” at an early age and led him to travel in pursuit of delicious food.  A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, William Kovel received his d ...
10:30 AM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Profitability can be a fleeting goal for restaurants, even in a stable economy, with undisciplined operational behaviors leading to shrinking margins. Learn from the restaurant industry's top professi ...

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10:45 AM
  1. Center Stage
    Erin joins the decorated lineage of women chefs in Cambridge and is proud to count Urban Hearth among the small number of acclaimed woman-owned and led restaurants in the Boston area.  Classically tra ...
11:30 AM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Often our knee-jerk response to staffing issues is to continue to repeat the same behaviors with similar results. When the pond is fished out, which is the best path to a new pond? Non-traditional pop ...

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12:00 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard nominated cookbook author and television personality. Blais, widely recognized as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and recen ...
1:00 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    The future remains unpredictable for food and beverage sellers of all types and sizes. Shifts in consumer behavior reveal that a true omnichannel strategy is critical for the food & beverage industry. ...

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1:45 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Andy Husbands is the award-winning chef, author and Pitmaster behind the Smoke Shop BBQ, Boston’s acclaimed barbecue restaurants, and three-time winner of Boston Magazine’s “Best Barbecue” in 2018, 20 ...
2:30 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Enhanced outdoor dining, triple the amount of off-premise sales, staffing shortages and reduced menus have all impacted the flow of business and design in restaurants. The old standard no longer works ...

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3:15 PM
  1. Center Stage
    A powerful creative force, Lydia Shire’s passion for excellence and culinary talent is evident in all that she does. Born in Brookline, MA, and raised by artist parents, Shire grew up learning the imp ...
11:00 AM
  1. Center Stage
    Marian Leitner-Waldman is an entrepreneur and the CEO & Co-Founder of Archer Roose Collective, a wine company dedicated to uniting world-class winemaking with sustainable packaging. Since launching in ...
11:45 AM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    One of the critical factors on the success of our industry will be the ability to attract and retain the talent. With less talent available in an ultra-competitive market, statistics tell us that empl ...

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12:30 PM
  1. Center Stage
    Chef Ryan Skeen began his career with Daniel Patterson in 2000, then moved to New York to train under some of the top chefs in the country including: Daniel Boulud, Andrew Caramelini, Rocco Dispirito, ...
1:00 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    It's not your dad's martini bar anymore (or is it). With vast options to build a compelling beverage program across the spectrum of hard liquor, beer, and wine, spend time with three cutting-edge craf ...

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1:45 PM
  1. Center Stage
    With over 30 years of experience Nicholas Calias CEC, WCEC, CCA (Certified Executive Chef, World Certified Executive Chef & Certified Culinary Administrator); has proven to be a creative leader,  who ...
2:00 PM
  1. Ed-Quarters
    Employment in the restaurant industry has always been a challenge for balance with the long hours, easy access to alcohol, and often recreational drugs. Throw in the difficulties of the pandemic in de ...

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