seminars + demonstrations

Attendees of the Mid-America Restaurant Expo have full access to our dynamic exhibit hall, where more than 300 exhibiting companies show their equipment and share their edibles. But for no extra charge, they also have full access to an incredible lineup of 50 educational and business-building seminars.

Expo programming will focus on the innovation, technology and trends transforming the foodservice industry and include the following presentations. Check back often....seminars are still being added!

Sunday, January 28

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

9:00 a.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Competition

Competition Area

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

11:00 a.m.

In the Trenches: A Food Truck Operators Panel
presented by the Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Innovation Stage

11:00 a.m.

Artificial Intelligence for the Restaurant Industry
Dayhuff Group

Technology & Trends Stage

12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address:
A Culinary demonstration by celebrity chef, restaurateur and television star MICHAEL SYMON

Demo Stage

2:00 p.m.

New Technology Revolutionizing the Restaurant Industry
Kent Savage, Apex Supply Chain Technologies

Technology & Trends Stage

2:00 p.m.

How to Trim Fat from Labor Costs
Industry Consultant

Breakout Room

2:00 p.m.

Robots, Kiosks and AI: Use Cases from 6 Restaurant Chain Giants
Dan Faggella, TechEmergence

Breakout Room

2:00 p.m.

5 Things that will Make You the Most Profits in Catering
Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach

Breakout Room

3:00 p.m.

Partnering with Restaurants to Develop Custom Catering Programs
Larry Clark, Made From Scratch Catering

Innovation Stage

3:30 p.m.

Tips for an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy
RevLocal

Technology & Trends Stage

3:30 p.m.

The Key to Finding Good Employees and Increasing Customer Satisfaction
David Scott Peters, The Restaurant Expert

Breakout Room

3:30 p.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Awards

Competition Area

5:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes

 

5:00 p.m.

ORA Industry Awards Celebration

Breakout Room


Monday, January 29

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

9:00 a.m.

CONNECT at the Expo Networking Breakfast

Breakout Room 

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

10:30 a.m.

What is Your Digital Footprint?
Kathleen Chugh, Bravo|Brio Restaurant Group

Technology & Trends Stage

11:00 a.m.

Leadership Insights from a CEO
Lisa Ingram, White Castle

Innovation Stage

11:00 a.m.

Marketing to Gen Z
Kelly Weikel, Technomic

Breakout Room

11:00 a.m.

HR Insights: Hiring & Onboarding
HR Butler

Breakout Room

12:00 p.m.

Chef Demonstration: Mario Rizzotti

Demo Stage

12:00 p.m.

Restaurant Industry Outlook
Jenna Telesca, Nation’s Restaurant News

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

Food and Beverage in a Digital World
Kristen Nomura, Google

Technology & Trends Stage

12:30 p.m.

Never Be Underprepared for a Catering Job Again! How to Pack for an Off-Site Event
Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach

Breakout Room

1:30 p.m.

Top Consumer Trends for 2018
Kelly Weikel, Technomic

Technology & Trends Stage

2:00 p.m.

How to Avoid 3 Deadly Mistakes in Labor Costs
David Scott Peters, The Restaurant Expert

Breakout Room

2:00 p.m.

Benchmarking the Restaurant Industry
Vince Stasiulewicz, BDO USA, LLP

Innovation Stage

4:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes