2018 Education Release

8,000+ Food Industry Professionals Will Gather in September to taste the education menu at the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

ORLANDO, FL July 27, 2018 – The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will offer dozens of educational sessions across six separate tracks covering operational excellence, marketing & social media, hot trends, healthy, building a winning team, and bar & beverage. This complimentary education program will be offered during the Expo & Conference taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, September 6-8, 2018. Restaurant, foodservice and catering professionals will learn about the latest trends, technologies and methods by attending over 60 education sessions delivered by industry experts who will cover topics vital to the restaurant and foodservice industry.  

“Restaurant and foodservice professionals from throughout the Southeast will be able to experience and immerse themselves in the newest trends, including a focus on healthy food, through our extensive education program which provides attendees with exciting new skills and knowledge to bring back to their businesses,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio. “Our speakers are truly a who’s who list of experts in the industry who will share up to date information, case studies and provide actionable tools.” To view the full conference schedule, visit this link.   

The Bar & Beverage sessions will feature Peter Camps from Heineken USA who will talk Increasing Revenue with Beer through product assortment, beer & food pairing suggestions, proper menu merchandising, and proper service standards.  In addition, David Scott Peters, founder of TheRestaurantExpert.com will talk about Preventing Theft Behind the Bar.

Emma Vaughn, lead of Main Street Hub’s business outreach will discuss 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant in the Marketing & Social Media track. Other education sessions will include presentations on How to Use Your Online Reviews to Fill Your Restaurant During the Week with New Customers as well as Next Gen Marketing, and Turn Up Online Messaging for Social Media.

The Theory of Profitability: Understanding the Theoretical Food Cost will be part of the Operational Excellence sessions.  Kevin Paider with Culinary Software Services will take a look at the baseline food cost calculation, what key items need to be tracked, and how to analyze the difference between your theoretical cost and actual cost.  Other topics will address franchises, protecting cash flow, optimal customer experience and much more.

Darren S. Dennington, CFBE, will present The Nine Dysfunctions of a Restaurant Team and provide ways to bring a team together, improve morale, drive productivity and allow managers the time to focus and ability to work on the areas of the operation that truly need their attention in the Building a Winning Team track. Other sessions include Diversity and Inclusion for All by Oasis Outsourcing and a panel discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Johnson Jackson LLC.

The Hot Trends track will offer insights surrounding launching your business, increasing your sales, robots to augment your serving staff's capabilities, weed in the workplace, building customer loyalty, and knowing how a professional critic looks at your operation. One session featuring restaurant coach Donald Burns will discuss What Will It Take to Win Over Gen Z as Foodies? Another session led by CEO & founder of MenuTrinfo Betsy Craig will present 10 key principles to launch your business or take you to a new level personally based on Betsy’s successful experience.

Attendees of the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will also have access to an additional education program. New this year will be Healthy Food Expo Florida which will include an education program featuring sessions such as Gluten-Free: Not Just a Fad Anymore but Your Future, presented by Marlisa Brown award-winning Registered Dietitian, Chef and Author of 4 gluten-free books, and Poke Craze! The Proof is in the Poke with Patrick Eichstaedt Co-Founder of Tupat’s Hawaiian. For more information on educational sessions offered as part of Healthy Food Expo Florida, visit https://www.healthyfoodexpos.com/healthy-food-florida.

Featured workshops include How to Become a RockStar Restaurant with Darren S. Denington who will give the tools on operating a successful restaurant in today's challenging environment. This is open to servers, bartenders, key employees, managers and owners. A fun and exciting Why Whiskey education and tasting workshop led by Tom Fischer, Founder of BourbonBlog.com and co-founder of the first whiskey marketing school and sommelier program. For those in need of allergy training, Betsy Craig, CEO and Founder of MenuTrinfo will offer AllerTrain, an ANSI accredited, manager level, food allergy and gluten-free training course with a test at the end for certification. All of these workshops are being offered at a special Show rate.

The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held Thursday, September 6 - Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The tradeshow and conference will provide 8,000 industry professionals with access to hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.  For more information, visit www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com.

The tradeshow and conference, is managed by Clarion UX, (www.clarionux.com) and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (www.frla.org). The 2018 event will be co-located Healthy Food Expo Florida, and attendees will have access to both events with just one badge.  

About Clarion UX
Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth. Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ. www.clarionux.com