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 and is still subject to change. 
Questions? Please contact Shoshanna Gross at sgross@ohiorestaurant.org or call (877) 265-7469.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Registration Opens

Hall B

8:30 a.m.

The Expo 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

 

10:15 a.m.

Breaking Barriers: discussing the benefits of second chance training program

Brandon Chrostowski, Anthony Berin, and Jessica Levy

Tech & Trends Stage

10:15 a.m.

 Making the Brand

Matt Fish, Founder and President, Melt Bar & Grilled

Innovation Stage

10:15 a.m.

Chef Shaun O'Neale 

Season 7 Winner, Master Chef

Demo Stage

10:15 a.m.

ORA 101 - Learn the full value of an Ohio Restaurant Association Membership

ORA Booth 

12:30  p.m.

Featured Speaker: The Age of Automation

Tom Grote, Chief Visionary Officer, Edge Innovation Hub

Tech & Trends Stage

12:30 a.m.

Chef Christian Gill - Sysco Sunday Kickoff

Executive Chef, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Bar

Demo Stage

12:30 p.m.

Knowing When to Grow: From Pop-up to Brick & Mortar and Beyond

Panel Discussion with Chef Bac Ngyuen (Ninja City) and Wendy and Letha Pugh (Bake Me Happy).

Innovation Stage

2:00 p.m.

Beyond the Trend: Building Sustainability into your Business

Panel Discussion moderated by Kyle O'Keeffe (Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio)

Tech & Trends Stage
2:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Martha Hoover 

President, Patachou, Inc.

Innovation Stage

2:00 p.m.

Kiki Cincy & Nation Kitchen

Sysco Sunday demonstrations highlight the range of Cincinnati's food scene

Demo Stage

2:00 p.m.

Shareables: Industry Insights

ORA Booth

2:00 p.m.

Cocktail Demo 

The Craft Stage

3:30 p.m.

Q&A with John Lanni

Co-founder & Owner, Thunderdome

Tech & Trends Stage

3:30  p.m.

Featured Speaker: Melissa Briggs - Phillips

Founder & Owner, Next Generation Behavioral Health

Innovation Stage

3:30 p.m.

Quan Hapa Demo

Sysco Sunday demonstrations highlight the range of Cincinnati's food scene

Demo Stage

3:30 p.m.

Cocktail Demo

 

The Craft Stage


Monday, February 24, 2020

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

Hilton - Lamp Bar 

9:00 a.m.

Burger Battle Competition

Pre-Registration Required

Competition Area

10:00 a.m.

Show Floor Opens

 

10:15 a.m.

Q & A with Claire Coder

Founder & CEO, Aunt Flow

Innovation Stage

10:15 a.m.

Chef Bac Ngyuen

Ninja City, Cleveland

Demo Stage

10:15 a.m.

ORA 101

 

ORA Booth

11:30 a.m.

Staying Home: Navigating the New Delivery

Panel Discussion with Bill Everett, Rusty Bucket and Jenn Hier, NextBite Brands

Technology & Trends Stage

11:30 a.m.

Stepping Up: Building a Safe & Inclusive Business

Panel Discussion with Rohini Dey, Ryan Coslett and Allison Kave

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

What's Trending in 2020?

Will Notini, Director of Research & Insights, Technomic

Technology & Trends Stage

12:30 p.m.

Featured Panel: Women in Corporate Leadership

Panel Discussion with Jane Grote-Abell, Lisa Ingram, Abigail Pringle and Britney Ruby Miller

Innovation Stage

12:30 p.m.

Chef Mario Rizzotti

 

Demo Stage

2:00 p.m.

What does it actually Cost?

Charlie Diebel, BevinCo

Technology & Trends Stage

2:00 p.m.

Vanquishing Gaps and Building Scale

Rohini Dey, Vermilion

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

4:00 p.m.

Show Floor Closes