seminars + demonstrations

Attendees of the Mid-America Restaurant Expo have full access to our dynamic exhibit hall, where more than 350 booths and displays will be showcasing their equipment and sharing 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 food service industry.

Check back often…the 2020 lineup is being created right now! Questions? Please contact Shoshanna Gross at sgross@ohiorestaurant.org or call (877) 265-7469.

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

8:30 a.m.

Connections Café
Network with your peers over coffee prior to the show

B 131

9:00 a.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Competition

Competition Area

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

10:30 a.m.

Culinary Inspiration From a Certified Master Chef

Richard Rosendale, The Rosendale Collective

Technology & Trends Stage

10:30 a.m.

Operators Forum 101

Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

11:00 a.m.

Faith in People and a Culture of Hospitality Built a Modern American Restaurant Company
Cameron Mitchell, Founder and CEO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Innovation Stage

11:00 a.m.

Maximizing Your Team’s Performance and Longevity

Jeremy Galvin, Master Pizza Franchise Group

B132

11:00 a.m.

Streamlining Restaurant Operations with Technology
Chris Snoyer, Spiffy

B140

11:30 a.m.

Elevating the Ordinary: Taking Your Food to the Next Level with 2019 Trends!

Chef Jennifer Kagy, Sysco

Demo Stage
12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: A Culinary Demonstration by Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Michael Symon
Michael Symon, Michael Symon Restaurants

Demo Stage

2:00 p.m.

In a Vacuum: The Benefits of Sous Vide

Chef Richard Rosendale, Rosendale Collective

B144

2:00 p.m.

Are You Running Your Business, or Is It Running You?

Roy Getz, Profit Guides, LLC

Innovation Stage

2:00 p.m.

Managing Your Labor Cost Crisis
Kurt Schnaubelt & Trevor Boomstra, AlixPartners

Technology & Trends Stage

2:00 p.m.

Marketing Your Business for the Now!
Bruce Irving, Smart Pizza Marketing

B140

2:00 p.m.

Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose: Succession Strategies and Business Protection
Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection

Sponsored by the American Society for Asset Protection

B142

2:00 p.m.

Hispanics: Catalysts for Change in the Restaurant Business

Diego Rondon, Sysco

B132

2:00 p.m.

FIRE!

Columbus Fire Department & Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

3:00 p.m.

Better Builds

Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

3:00 p.m.

When and How to Franchise Your Operation

Michael LaMarca, Master Pizza Franchise Group, LLC

Innovation Stage

3:30 p.m.

Celebrity Chef Cooking Demo by Chef Jonathon Sawyer
Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Team Sawyer

Demo Stage

3:30 p.m.

Online Ordering and Its Impact on the Industry
Panel Discussion led by Rich Shank, Technomic

Technology & Trends Stage

3:30 p.m.

Cultural Intelligence

Heather Buck, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

B132

3:30 p.m.

Report Misconduct: Why, How and When to Encourage Your Employees to Respond

Juliette Gust, Ethics Suite

B140

3:30 p.m.

Digital Marketing: Staying Ahead in a Changing World
Michael Terranova, Optimize Marketing

B142

3:30 p.m.

Staffing 101: Hiring and Retaining Great Employees
Bob Welcher, Restaurant Consultants, Inc.

B144

3:30 p.m.

Pizza Pizzazz Awards

Competition Area

5:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes

 

5:00 p.m.

Industry After Dark

Professional mixer with cash bar and light snacks, sponsored by the Central Ohio Food Truck Association

"The Sacred Palm" speakeasy in lower level of Mikey's Late Night Slice, across from the convention center

6:00 p.m.

ORA Industry Awards Celebration
(pre-registration is required)

The Ivory Room
2 Miranova Place
Columbus, OH 43215


Monday, January 14, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

CONNECT at the Expo Networking Breakfast featuring Industry Influencers

Union Station Ballroom C 

9:00 a.m.

Burger Battle Competition

Pre-Registration Required

Competition Area

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

10:30 a.m.

Dollars and Sense Logic of Local Sourcing

Marcia Woods, FreshSpoke

Technology & Trends Stage 

10:30 a.m.

Operators Forum 102

Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

11:00 a.m.

Balancing Food Art and Cooking

Chef Richard Rosendale, The Rosendale Collective

Demo Stage

11:00 a.m.

Micro-Influencers, Major Impact: 5 Steps to Great Partnerships


Kate Finley, Belle Communication

Innovation Stage

11:00 a.m.

The Value of Video Marketing in Your Restaurant

Bruce Irving, Smart Pizza Marketing

B142

11:00 a.m.

Proven Menu Engineering Techniques
Mark Kelnhofer, Return on Ingredients

B140

11:00 a.m.

Understanding Monthly Financials: Determine Whether You're Winning by Knowing the Score

Jim Kokenge, Bookwerks, LLC

B144

11:00 a.m.

Multigenerational Management
Jeff Butler, Millennial Generation Expert and Technology Speaker

B132

12:00 p.m.

Crisis Communication for Restaurants

Mark Weaver, Esq., Isaac Wiles LLC

Innovation Stage

12:00 p.m.

To-GO GREEN!

Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

12:00 p.m.

Consumer Insights for 2019
Rich Shank, Technomic

Technology & Trends Stage

12:30 p.m.

Italian Culinary Demonstration: Chef Mario Rizzotti
Chef Mario Rizzotti, Culinary Judge and Television Personality

Demo Stage

12:30 p.m.

Navigating Online & Social Media Crises

Hinda Mitchell, Inspire PR Group

B140

12:30 p.m.

Add a Profitable Craft Beer Program to Any Restaurant

Nick Bogacz, Caliente Pizza & Draft House

B142

12:30 p.m.

6 Brand Building Steps for Social Media & Email

Geoffrey Brown, Main Street Hub

B132

12:30 p.m.

Drive Customer Traffic Through Inexpensive Solo Direct Mail

Shayne Walters, SYNERGY Direct Response

B144

1:00 p.m.

Lessons in Managing an Iconic Brand & Growing a Family Business
Britney Ruby Miller, President, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Innovation Stage

1:00 p.m.

(Registration at 12:30 p.m.)

Foodservice Safety Training Human Resources: The Foundation of Safety in the Workplace

Laura Morrison, Ohio Restaurant Association

B131

1:30 p.m.

Understanding the Tech Behind Delivery

Jessi Moss, Kitchen United

Technology & Trends Stage

1:30 p.m.

Supply Chain Safety

Sysco & Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

2:00 p.m.

Big Ideas: Innovation to Execution
Tanisha Robinson, CEO, BrewDog USA

Innovation Stage

2:00 p.m.

Burger Battle Awards

Competition Area

2:00 p.m.

Building Strong Community Relations: Supporting the Communities that Support Your Restaurant

Gus Mancy, Mancy Restaurant Group

Ann Reichle, Angelina's Pizza

Dan Young, Young's Jersey Dairy

B132

2:00 p.m.

Common Restaurant Insurance Mistake and How to Fix Them
Bradley Toft, Newman & Tucker

B140

2:00 p.m.

Pulling the Curtain Back on Music Licensing
Dan Spears, BMI

With Special Guest BMI Musician, Will Bowen

B142

2:00 p.m.

Analytics | Gaining Insights from All Those Data

Patrick Bobrukiewicz & Gene Peters, Rosnet

B144

2:00 p.m.

FIRE!

Columbus Fire Department & Central Ohio Food Truck Association

Food Truck Park

4:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes

 

"I cannot express enough on what a great show.  As an exhibitor, we had two very busy days.  For the first time in many years, Monday was just as busy as Sunday. This is a true sign that we have made a positive transition with the ORA show. ORA staff, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our great restaurant community!"  -Douglas R. Fahrenholz, The Wasserstrom Company

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