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Monday | April 29
11:00-11:45
Getting an A+ on Your Health Inspections

Presenter: Adrian Escobedo, Director of Marketing/Inspector/Lead Instructor/Proctor Serv A+ Food Safety

The pressure to pass your city health inspections is greater than ever. Not only pride in passing a health inspection with flying colors but also with public awareness and detailed results becoming more accessible, you'll want to make sure you know what it takes to get an A+ on your health inspections the first time!

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


11:15-12:00
Are You Stealing From Yourself? Loss Prevention Techniques

Presenter: Norman Couture, Owner of Renegade Chef Consulting & National Sales Manager for Restaurant Activity Report

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


12:00-12:45
What's Cooking in the World of Food Delivery

Presenter: Amanda Plast, Regional Partner Manager for Greater Texas, DoorDash

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


12:15-1:00
Understanding Current Tastes & Trends in DFW - Leveraging the Power of Yelp

Presenter: Chris Wisner, Senior Manager, Restaurant Sales & Success, National Accounts at Yelp
Presenter: Landon Ledford, Fractional CMO, Marketing Leader, Podcast Host, Speaker, Business Resource Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


1:00-1:45
Franchising A to Z: Is Your Restaurant Concept Right for the Franchise Market

Presenter: Mike Pollock, Senior Consultant, iFranchise Group

You have a successful concept and are ready to take your company to the next level. Is Franchising right for you? Where do you start? Mike Pollock, Senior Consultant with iFranchise will explain what it takes to have a successful franchise concept.

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


2:00-3:30
Keynote Speaker Chef Stephan Pyles

Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles will do a live cooking demonstration with delicious samples for the audience. You won't want to miss the undisputed founding father of Southwest Cuisine, a James Beard Award Winner, popular author and television personality, philanthropist and Dallas Foodie Favorite as he presents tips and ideas in his unique, engaging style! Take this chance to see Chef Pyles in action as he takes a short break from Flora Street Café (named Best New Restaurant in Texas) to make an appearance at the Dallas Fort Worth Restaurant Resource Show.

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


4:00-4:30
Restaurant Resource Expo "Burger Bash" Competition Awards

Presented on the Lone Star Stage







Tuesday | April 30
11:00-11:45
The How and Why of Music Licensing for Your Restaurant and Bar

Presenter: Jessica Frost, Executive Director, Industry Relations Licensing, BMI

Are You Licensed Correctly to Feature Live or Recorded Music? Jessica Frost will be here from Nashville to discuss the common misconceptions and mistakes about licensing when providing music (live or recorded) in establishments. BMI, or Broadcast Music, Inc is one of the largest leaders in music rights management. Jessica will help you understand this increasingly hot topic, so you can be sure you know the ins and outs of making sure your establishment is compliant and avoiding costly fines.

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


11:30-12:15
Delivery: Do's and Don'ts and Making It Work For You

Presenter: Aaron Mortensen, hungr

Thinking about adding delivery to your restaurant? Perhaps you already work with delivery platforms? We will take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of delivery and what best practices will help get the most from delivery and how to optimize your restaurant.

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


12:00-12:45
Financial Planning and Small Business Retirement Plans: From SIMPLE to Sophisticated

Presenter: Andee Sloot, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services

Don't let your most prolific earning years pass without taking time to set up a retirement plan. The restaurant industry is dynamic and hectic, with little time to focus on learning to manage your portfolio and plan for the future. Let Andee Sloot provide tips and ideas on how to set up a plan so that when the time comes, you have a retirement nest egg waiting for you!

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


12:15-1:00
The Impact of Mobility on Restaurant Operations

Presenter: Tal Spirer, Tabit General Manager, Dallas Business Unit
Presenter: Nadav Solomon, Tabit Founder and COO

In today's consumer-centric world — where restaurant goers are better informed of their available choices and have become increasingly demanding — it's increasingly becoming all about the dining experience. Not only during the customer's visit, but beyond the restaurant's "four-walls" in the form of Mobile and Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Feedback Surveys, etc. We've all learned to leverage mobility and connectivity in our personal lives to provide us with conveniences like searching for something on the web, or getting important alerts by mail or text messages.

It's now expected that restaurants leverage similar technology capabilities to operate more efficiently, better serve their customers, and ultimately enhance the overall experience for both customers and operators. The adoption of Mobile and Cloud solutions into the restaurant core operations extends beyond the customer experience to provide opportunities for greater operational efficiency and profitability.

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


1:00-1:45
Using IoT to Improve Food Safety, Increase ROI, and Enhance Customer Experience

Presenter: Steve Montgomery, Founder, CEO, and Key Technologist, D6 Labs

If you are interested in learning how modern technology can be used in your restaurants to lower costs, enhance food safety, and improve customer experience, you won't want to miss this presentation. IoT technology can be used to provide real-time monitoring of refrigerators/freezers and handwash activity as well as automate manual checklists for HACCP and regulatory requirements. Steve will show you how the real-time data collected from refrigerators and freezers can be used to reduce your maintenance and repair costs, lower your food loss due to improperly refrigerated food, and improve your overall food safety. Steve will also demonstrate how you can lower your labor cost and improve your HACCP reporting accuracy by automating data collection using sensors combined with a mobile application.

Modern IoT technology can be easy to implement, easy to use, and very cost effective, if you have a basic understanding of what the technology is and how it can be implemented. Steve Montgomery is an expert is using such technology to help businesses run better through IoT data-driven decision making and process management.

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


1:30-2:15
Overpromised & Underdelivered? How to Assess the Value of Your POS Provider

Presenter: Larry Fiel, PDQ POS

POS systems are the lifeblood of restaurant enterprises, yet many of these systems are anemic when it comes to generating sustainable profitability. All too often, POS systems fall short of client expectations, as they do not fully provide key essentials such as data security, trend-setting ordering solutions and menu updates at no added cost. In this presentation, you will learn how to assess the value of your POS (and your POS provider) to determine if your point of sale solution: • protects and enhances your brand • directly increases sales • decreases tangible expenses (including labor) • reduces the intangibles that deter profitability (time/effort) • provides options that fit your budget and scale to your growth Join me and be empowered with the ability to determine what you need, why you need it, and when you are being "overpromised and underdelivered."

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


1:45-2:30
Getting an A+ on Your Health Inspections

Presenter: Adrian Escobedo, Director of Marketing/Inspector/Lead Instructor/Proctor Serv A+ Food Safety

The pressure to pass your city health inspections is greater than ever. Not only pride in passing a health inspection with flying colors but also with public awareness and detailed results becoming more accessible, you'll want to make sure you know what it takes to get an A+ on your health inspections the first time!

Presented on the Bluebonnet Stage


2:30-3:00
Using Technology to Save Time, Drive Traffic, Simplify Staffing, and Reduce Waste

Presenters: Matt Melton and Scott Mundine, US Foods Restaurant Operations Consultants

Presented on the Lone Star Stage


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