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State of the Industry Conference | International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

March 03, 2024 11:00 AM until March 05, 2024 05:00 PM

Join us as we bring together leading hospitality professionals for three days of different panel discussions, speakers, and networking so you can connect and learn about the latest issues and trends impacting the restaurant and nightlife industry.  

MARCH 3

State of The Industry (Full Service)

11am - 12pm

 Is the full-service restaurant industry booming back in 2024 or are many businesses still facing challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic? This panel of experts will explore the economics, operations, trends, and government policies affecting their businesses and the greater hospitality industry. Join us to glean essential insights and practical business tips from industry insiders and leaders of the hospitality sector during this not to miss panel discussion.

Moderator: Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance

David Burke, David Burke Hospitality Management

Susannah Koteen, The Lido Group

Laura Vulaj, SL Green


Building Your Restaurant and Nightlife Group

1pm - 2pm

Restaurant and nightlife groups often start with a single location and a dream. Then, with popularity comes success and the ambition and pressure to scale. Take the journey to learn about how TAO Group and Quality Branded went from local NYC hotspots to leading global hospitality brands.

Bill Bonbrest, Tao Group Hospitality

Michael Stillman, Quality Branded


Restaurant Technology: Learn How to Stack Your Tech Stack

3pm - 4pm

How is technology addressing workforce management at restaurants? Where does delivery technology go from here? How to monetize customer analytics? How are restaurants using A.I.? Join this panel to learn how to stack your tech stack.

Moderator: Peter Romeo Restaurant Business Online

Alice Cheng, Culinary Agents

Yann de Rochefort, Boqueria

Yousuf Hasan, Primi Digital/Whetstone Hospitality Consulting

Matt Zibell, TouchBistro


MARCH 4

State of The Industry (Fast / Limited Service Casual)

11am - 12pm

Is the limited-service restaurant industry booming back in 2024 or are many businesses still facing challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic? This panel of experts will explore the economics, operations, trends, and government policies affecting their businesses and the greater hospitality industry. Join us to glean essential insights and practical business tips from industry insiders and leaders of the hospitality sector during this not to miss panel discussion.

Moderator: Michael Halen, Bloomberg Intelligence

JJ Johnson, FIELDTRIP

Bobbie Lloyd, Magnolia Bakery

Kevin Takarada, Makimaki Sushi


Building a Restaurant That Retains a Talented Workforce and Earns Rave Reviews

1pm - 2pm

The restaurant and nightlife industry is a labor-intensive business. Food & beverage quality, service standards, and hospitality can make or break your brand’s reputation. This panel will explore the state of the hospitality workforce and how restaurants and bars are attracting, retaining, training, and investing in talent so they can secure rave reviews and create a successful work environment and business brand.

Moderator: Carolyn D. Richmond, Fox Rothschild LLP

Jodi Menell

Lisa Moran, Employment Practices Group LLC

Elizabeth Murray, The Marlow Collective


The Future of ‘Mom and Pop’ and Family Owned Restaurants in a Modern World

3pm - 4pm

Everyone feels connected to a mom-and-pop and family owned restaurant they grew up with. But rising rents, the complex regulatory environment, and evolving consumer dining habits threaten the existence of many beloved businesses. Learn the strategies these neighborhood gems are using to survive and thrive in their communities for many years to come. 

Moderator: Roger Clark, Spectrum NY1 News

Jake Dell, Katz's Deli

Loycent Gordon, Historic Neir's Tavern

Dawn Kelly, The Nourish Spot


MARCH 5

State of The Industry (Nightlife)

11am - 12pm

A look at how nightlife is recovering in a post pandemic world and the opportunities and challenges that exist for bars and nightclubs. This panel of experts will also shed light into the culinary side of nightlife, along with the economics, operations, trends, and government policies affecting their businesses and the greater hospitality industry. Join us to gain essential insights and practical business tips from industry insiders and leaders of the nightlife sector during this not to miss panel discussion.

Moderator: Ariel Palitz, NYC Hospitality Alliance 

Theodore Arenas, Rise Bar, The Spot and Red Stache

Lamia Funti, Lamia's Fish Market

Richie Romero, Simple Venue


How Restaurants Can Get Tourism Dollars 

1pm - 2pm

New York City is projected to have nearly 70 million international and domestic visitors in 2024. Join us for a data-driven conversation on who these visitors are, where they are traveling from, and how they are spending their money. Learn best practices from a panel of pros about how your restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and hotels across the five boroughs and tri-state area can capture their spending.

Moderator: Cristyne Nicholas, Nicholas Lence Communications

Kelly Curtin, NYC Tourism + Conventions

Anthony Ramirez II, The Bronx Beer Hall

Andrea Roman, Fireman Hospitality Group


Dining Out NYC Program Overview

2pm - 3pm

Hear from NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodrigez 

& the NYC DOT Team


Learn About NYC Government’s Services for Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs

3pm - 4pm

The NYC Department of Small Business Services helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Within this important agency lies the NYC Food & Beverage Industry Partnership and NYC Office of Nightlife. Learn from the leaders of the agency about the free resources and programs available to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and workers, ranging from small business finance to workforce development. 

Moderator: Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance

Jeffrey Garcia, NYC Mayor's Office of Nightlife at NYC Small Business Services

Steven Picker, NYC Food & Beverage Industry Partnership


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About the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

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The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is the once-a-year event that focuses on serving the foodservice industry in the Northeast. We offer you the opportunity to see the best in the restaurant and food service industry. From the newest food trends to the best in technology to fit your restaurant and everything in between. This is your opportunity to find the latest and greatest for your operation.


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