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Sunday, March 26
 

2:00pm PDT

Registration
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Sunday March 26, 2023 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
 
Monday, March 27
 

8:00am PDT

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Monday March 27, 2023 8:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

9:00am PDT

WK1 - Developing HR Practices To Promote DEI: How Customer Satisfaction Begins
Hospitality is one of the most diverse industries, yet diversity, equity and inclusion remain an issue. From workplace culture to burnout and employee turnover, human resources has to manage people issues while trying to protect the company from employee lawsuits or discrimination claims. In this workshop, you’ll gain insight into building a diverse candidate pool, how to write inclusive job descriptions, and using the power of shared purpose to create a kickass workplace culture. Participants will:
  • Adopt strategies to keep unconscious biases in check
  • Know how to implement recruiting practices to attract and retain top talent
  • Gain best practices for creating an inclusive culture
  • Understand why this matters to your customers

Speakers
avatar for TaChelle Lawson

TaChelle Lawson

FIG Strategy & Consulting, Founder
TaChelle Lawson is a nationally recognized leader in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She is a dynamic public speaker, award-winning entrepreneur, and enlightened business leader highly skilled at aligning DEI with business goals and brand strategies to help build client revenues.As... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S220

9:00am PDT

WK2 - What to Do BEFORE You Increase Menu Prices on Food and Beverage
It’s true, menu engineering is awesome. You can reduce your food and beverage cost by three to seven points when menu engineering is done correctly the first time you use it. Right now, that probably seems like exactly what you need! But beware: menu engineering requires accurate, up-to-date recipe costing cards and is not a cure-all. You can’t just raise prices willy nilly. The good news is there are things you can do way before recipe costing cards and menu engineering that can have an equal or bigger impact on your bottom line. All you have to do is follow an important series of steps. In this session, David Scott Peters, restaurant expert and coach, will teach attendees what they need to know to change their food and beverage costs and price a menu correctly while still providing value to the customer and making money.
Participants will learn:
  • Why menu engineering and increasing prices is the last step
  • 10 things you must have in place before increasing prices
  • How implementing three simple systems WILL lower your food cost by 2-3% guaranteed

Speakers
avatar for David Peters

David Peters

Owner, David Scott Peters
David Scott Peters is a restaurant coach and speaker who teaches restaurant operators how to cut costs and increase profits with his trademark Restaurant Prosperity Formula. Known as THE expert in the restaurant industry, he uses a no-BS style to teach and motivate restaurant owners... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S221
  Workshops

9:00am PDT

WK3 - Don’t Fear the Numbers! Advanced Bar and Restaurant Math Made Easy
Moving from “theoretical” and "abstract" costs, to the cold hard numbers, is all about getting YOU,  the owner/operator, the real-time financial information you need to be successful. By using simple yet detailed food, beverage, and labor cost formulae as well as step by step examples, this interactive workshop will work with participants to:
  • Determine individual item and overall food, beverage, and labor cost percentages, and where they land on the spectrum of what are “good” controllable cost percentages for individual operators
  • Identify where you are losing potential profit and what areas have the potential for better margins (including yield costs, the "hidden" profit killer), as well as easy, actionable ways to address out of control costs
  • Maximize revenue and profits and gain a clearer, more concise financial perspective on the health of your food, beverage, and labor costs

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Knief

Kenneth Knief

Managing Director, Hospitality Resource Group
Kenneth has spent more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, stemming from his passion for cooking as a child. A native New Yorker, he humbly began his restaurant career in the cafeteria at Fordham University, until he was quickly lured away by the Steak and Ale Corporation, and... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S222
  Workshops

9:00am PDT

WK4 - Be the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Secrets to Using Service and Hospitality for Game Changing Guest Experience
The guest experience is what separates all venues in hospitality. It seems simple, yet it is the most commonly misunderstood element. The guest experience goes far beyond just food or beverage. In this workshop Michael Tipps will teach you how to become fully aware of the guest experience, and most importantly you will learn how to bend peoples perspectives on their own experience. Through the more comprehensive understanding of service and hospitality, Michael will show you how the subconscious informs the guest exactly what to think and FEEL about your venue. By the end of the this workshop you will know how to be a wizard behind the curtain.”

Speakers
avatar for Michael Tipps

Michael Tipps

Co-Founder, Invictus Hospitality
Michael Tipps has over 26 years of experience working, managing, and consulting in all facets of the hospitality world (throughout all positions, and including hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs). Michael Tipps’s Career started in Hospitality in South Florida where he worked... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S224
  Workshops

9:00am PDT

WK5 - Your Social Content Should Be As Good As Your Cocktails
Imagine a first time customer coming to your bar or restaurant and showing the server or bartender a video on their phone of a cocktail they saw on your page that made them want to come in and try it for themselves.
This seminar will give you what you need to start making visually dynamic content that brings your business to life online and draws guests into your bar or restaurant.

Brought to you by the team behind the world’s largest online craft cocktail community, Licensed to Distill.
We’re not just going to tell you how to make great content… we’re literally going to show you how to do it using your phone or a GoPro.

After this seminar, you’ll know how to:
  • Capture great video content using just your smartphone or a GoPro.
  • Use a simple formula and some key apps to edit and produce quality videos optimized for social media.
  • Optimize the messaging in your posts to achieve specific goals such as getting the attention of spirit brands you’d like to work with, increasing engagement, growing your follower base, getting more quality reviews, and ultimately increasing your revenue by bringing in more guests.
This seminar is as valuable for bartenders looking to elevate their personal brand as it for bar managers and owners looking to improve their bar or restaurant’s presence online. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy JF Thompson

Jeremy JF Thompson

CMO, Licensed to Distill
Prior to joining Licensed to Distill as Chief Marketing Officer, Jeremy JF Thompson served as the Director of Marketing for Tales of the Cocktail, and has spent the last 15 years as a spirit-industry marketing strategist and consultant in New York and New Orleans.He’s an INTJ, enjoys... Read More →
avatar for Jabin Troth

Jabin Troth

CEO, Licensed to Distill
As the old adage goes, “when you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” No one embodies that ideal quite like Jabin Troth. Founder of the world’s largest craft cocktail community and the creative mind behind the content, Jabin is a natural influencer and... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S225
  Workshops

9:00am PDT

WK6 - The "Experts" are Lying to You; The Reality of Marketing Your Bar or Restaurant in Today's Noisy Online World
Learn why social media marketing has lost its effectiveness over the years and how content marketing can give you a simple, much-needed edge. Master the "fishbowl vs. the ocean concept" and start increasing guest counts where the new customers are: Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp - not social media. Do not listen to the “one size fits all” social media people who put their own best interests ahead of your restaurant’s success. This interactive workshop will explore best practices as well as new and fresh ways to properly market your bar or restaurant organically while pacing ROI.
Participants will learn:
  1. How to properly use TikTok
  2. How to garner attention using Instagram Reels
  3. How to run digital ads while tracking walk through rates for ROI



Speakers
avatar for Todd Collins

Todd Collins

Chief Strategist, Beamed Media
With over 10 years of online reputation management, branding, and social media marketing, Todd has become a go-to in the restaurant, real estate, and automotive industry on how to strategize for the best results.


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
S226
  Workshops

10:00am PDT

Training I: Establishing A Successful and Profitable Aperitivo-style Happy hour with Livio Lauro

Limited capacity & transportation is provided! Learn how to attract customers to your establishment with a properly executed Aperitivo hour at this SGWS Beverage Academy training session! This famous Italian ritual, consisting of a pre-dinner drink accompanied by regional snacks and small bites, is over 200 years old and brings excitement and profits to your bar especially when executed properly. World renowned mixologist Livio Lauro of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits will be sharing his expertise in one-of-a-kind first-class inspiring settings. The seminar content covers which “aperitivi cocktails” to feature, proper food display, mise-en-place, menu engineering, fast execution, and fine hospitality. All of this to help you fine tune your beverage operation skills and increase your bottom line.

Monday March 27, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
SGWS Beverage Academy

1:00pm PDT

2023 Cocktail Trends to Boost Bar Sales and Grow Your Market
Speakers
avatar for David Crooch

David Crooch

Ritual Beverage Company, CEO/Founder
avatar for Shannon Mustipher

Shannon Mustipher

Author, Cocktail Consultant, Spirits Educator, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails
Shannon Mustipher is a cocktail consultant, spirits educator, and the author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails (Rizzoli/Universe).  After launching a Caribbean rum focused bar at Glady’s Caribbean in 2014, she went on to found  Women Who Tiki, a tropical cocktail-centric pop up that gathers a team of women bartenders to share their talents and collaborate on creating a one night only experience.  Shannon's writing, cocktail recipes, and opinions have been featured in a number of publications, including Imbibe, Punch.com... Read More →
avatar for Derek Brown

Derek Brown

Mindful Mixologist, The Drink Company


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S221
  Conference Session

1:00pm PDT

How to Build Bionic Managers—While Hiring More Effectively
We have the ability to build the first bionic manager; better, stronger—and they’ll show up on time! And as the staffing shortage continues, that’s the very manager our industry needs to save the day. So, how do we create a talent pipeline of bionic managers, while improving hiring across the board? The secret is to offer your most promising new hires a career path from day one. Six-million-dollar managers—those who can handle the toughest, wildest situations with grace and humor—do exist. But they’re hard to find, especially now. Which is why it’s time to build some yourself. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to do just that—and also how to
  • Interview and hire more effectively at every level
  • Boost employee engagement, retention and loyalty    ·         
  • Develop a foolproof managerial program based on training and advancement    ·         
  • Turn gig workers into superhero managers           

Speakers
avatar for Izzy Kharasch

Izzy Kharasch

President, Hospitality Works
Over the last 30 years, Isidore (Izzy) Kharasch has helped more than 700 restaurants, bars, and other businesses worldwide improve their operations and profitsHe has served as restaurant advisor for operations ranging from pizzerias and biker bars…to casino chains and five-star... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S220

1:00pm PDT

Key Financial & Economic Trends Impacting The Industry
Moderators
avatar for Angela Zoiss

Angela Zoiss

CMO
Highly experienced and resourceful marketing leader with a proven record building profitable brands, dynamic teams, and best-in-class guest experiences.    Angela practices servant leadership, balances data with creative instinct, and serves organizational missions with loyalty... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Chun

Andrew Chun

Managing Partner, Sidecar Hospitality
Andrew Chun is the managing partner behind San Francisco’s Sidecar Hospitality group, which includes Press Club, Schroeder’s Restaurant, Pacific Cocktail Haven and Kona’s Street Market. Andrew is a lifelong entrepreneur. Whether it was founding a women’s designer t-shirt company... Read More →
avatar for Mark Gray

Mark Gray

President/COO, Bottleneck Management
Mark Gray is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bottleneck Management, the parent company of City Works, Old Town Pour House, Sweetwater and South Branch. He joined the Bottleneck Management team in June of 2019 after being the former CEO of Barfly Ventures.His 24-year career... Read More →
avatar for Dennis McKinley

Dennis McKinley

CEO, Detroit Equities
Mr. Dennis McKinley leads the Atlanta-based branding company Detroit Equities, which runs the Atlanta-based businesses CRU Hookah Lounge and the Original Hot Dog Factory. Currently, he helps entrepreneurs and small businesses build their brands through strategic investments, and some... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S222

1:00pm PDT

The 5 Secrets to Grow Relationships and Revenue in 2023: The New Hospitality






Sponsored by Ovation

Speakers
avatar for Zack Oates

Zack Oates

CEO/Founder, Ovation
Zack Oates is an author, husband, father, entrepreneur, and hot tub aficionado (but not in that order, necessarily). He was voted Top 100 Entrepreneurs, rang the NASDAQ bell, won the world’s biggest business competition, and started 3 companies.He received his MBA from BYU, and... Read More →



Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S224

1:00pm PDT

The Amazon of Restaurants: Choosing the Right Technologies to Enhance Customer Retention
Speakers
avatar for David

David "Rev" CianCio

Owner/CEO, Branded Strategic
Rev is a New York City restaurant owner and knows exactly how hard it is to operate and brand a hospitality business. He is a hospitality marketing consultant, customer and technology evangelist at Branded Strategic Hospitality, with more than 20 years experience in B2B digital marketing... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S225

1:00pm PDT

Your Brand is Your Voice! But What Does That Mean, and Why Does it Matter?
What is your image? Can you sum it up in 3 words? Comfort, classic, cozy? Innovative, inspiring, inviting? These are the adjectives your customers will come to use when they describe their experience at your business. In this session, Jenna Oxford, Marketing Director for Westside Concepts, also Instagram's @sunnyjennadanielle (branding, marketing, tacos & sarcasm) will share her guru skills to help you identify your "voice" and use it to maximize current customers and entice new, repeat customers. This session will make the connection between providing a clear brand to your patron and an increased, recurring revenue stream.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Oxford

Jenna Oxford

Westside Concepts, Director of Marketing
Jenna Oxford was raised in the restaurant industry. Growing up in her dad's restaurants and bakeries, Jenna learned the value of hard work early on. By 3 she was creating amorphous dough sculptures, by 10 she was building deli sandwiches, croissants & birthday cakes. At 18 she was... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S226

1:00pm PDT

Back of House Tour I: Nightclubs at Zouk and Ayu

Limited capacity & transportation is provided!

Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s finest Nightclubs and Day clubs – don’t miss this unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at some of Vegas’ most acclaimed venues.  Zouk Nightclub is a new innovative space that is pushing the boundaries of dance music and is poised to become the most technologically advanced nightclub in Las Vegas. Ayu Dayclub is an outdoor oasis inspired by the beauty and harmonious atmosphere of Southeast Asia’s idyllic islands. You’ll get an insider’s look at the operations of these clubs from security and staffing, to lighting and sound systems, to promotions, special events and more.


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Resorts World

1:00pm PDT

Back of House Tour II: Restaurants at Fuhu, Carver Steak, Viva, and Wally’s

Limited capacity & transportation is provided!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit several of the world’s leading restaurants as part of Bar & Restaurant’s Back of House Tours. This expansive tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at four very different fine dining establishments at Resorts World: Fuhu, Carver Steak, Viva and Wally’s. Get an insider’s look at the operations of these restaurants, from reservations and seating process, to food and beverage offerings and strategy, to staffing, training and more. You’re sure to leave with insights and inspiration to bring back to your operation!


Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Resorts World

1:00pm PDT

Training II: Boost Your Revenues with Wine

Limited capacity & transportation is provided! Having an understanding of food and wine pairings can make a big difference in your ability to upsell customers and increase average check size. In this immersive training, a master sommelier from SGWS Beverage Academy will share simple and cost-effective techniques to train your staff about pairing wine with food – knowledge that can help them increase beverage sales and average guest check. Experience for yourself the impact different flavor profiles have on both food and wine, and hear creative ideas for creating wine flights to accompany small bites or a complete degustation menu. Apply your newfound knowledge to your own menu, and give your servers the tools they need to maximize your wine sales!

Monday March 27, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
SGWS Beverage Academy

2:00pm PDT

Introducing Menu Items and New Service Models that Boost Profits
Moderators
avatar for Alicia Shevetone

Alicia Shevetone

Managing Partner, Dink Cuisine
Chef Alicia Shevetone is a pop-up chef, cookbook author, television personality, and creator of Dink Cuisine, a food and entertainment organization that curates culinary experiences across print, digital, social, and live media. Renowned across Las Vegas for her wildly popular “Appy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Brooks

Lisa Brooks

Chef, Owner, Heart & Soul
With deeply rooted passions for quality family time and authentic Southern cuisine, Lisa Brooks is no stranger to providing those around her with delicious homecooked meals. After a 16-year stint in the corporate world in Chapel Hill, Lisa Brooks returned to her hometown of Charlotte... Read More →
avatar for Ebony Austin

Ebony Austin

Owner, Nouveau Bar & Grill
Ebony Austin is Owner of Nouveau Bar & Grill, which is an Atlanta-based restaurant that currently has locations in both College Park and Jonesboro.Before opening the restaurant, Austin worked for several years in corporate as a corporate specialist and business development manager... Read More →
avatar for Shunan Teng

Shunan Teng

CEO, Tea Drunk
Shunan Teng is the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, a New York City based tea house that has become a destination for those seeking exceptional tea and tea knowledge. Shunan is known for her relentlessness in-the-field pursuit of tea knowledge and her work in preserving Chinese tea traditions... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S221

2:00pm PDT

Maximizing Profits with the Right Technology
While we can’t predict the future, we know that our industry has to be ready for whatever comes next. Over the last three years, operators have learned how to pivot their operations to accommodate off-premise business, increasing costs and leaner staffing models. Through it all, operators continue to keep their eye on their bottom line. Join SpotOn to hear how restaurants are using the right technology, the right way to increase revenue, add efficiencies, enhance guest experiences, and improve labor retention.

Sponsored by SpotOn

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Holmes

Hillary Holmes

Strategic Partnerships Manager, SpotOn
With nearly two decades of hospitality experience, Hillary Holmes leads strategic partnerships at SpotOn, where she focuses on the best integrations and partnerships to provide top of the line offerings to those we serve in the hospitality industry. After 18 years in restaurants... Read More →



Monday March 27, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S222

2:00pm PDT

The #1 Reason Restaurants Struggle (And the Best Way to Fix It)!
The #1 reason restaurants fail is because they adopt a "Field of Dreams" mentality... "If I build it, they will come." Wrong! They won't. Why? Because as consumers we already have places we know, like, and trust. In this session Chip Klose will take attendees through the fundamentals of marketing and best practices. Attendees will be introduced to a framework called The ABCDs of Marketing:
  • Audience : How to clearly define your product 
  • Brand: Identifying the perfect customer base
  • Competition: Understanding who your "real" competitors are
  • Differentiation: How to stand out from the competition.




Speakers
avatar for Chip Klose

Chip Klose

Founder, Chip Klose Creative
Chip Klose is a NYC-based restaurant coach as well as the Host of the Restaurant Strategy Podcast. Over the past 20 years he’s worked with James Beard Award-winners and Michelin-starred chefs, and has opened numerous properties to rave reviews in one of the most saturated markets... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S226

2:00pm PDT

The 5 Pillars of Success for Restaurants
This session will convene a panel of senior industry leaders to explore insights on People, Processes, Purchases, Products, and Profits. Take care of the first four, and the profits take care of themselves! 

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Meredith

Bryan Meredith

Restaurateur Coach
Over the past 40 years I’ve started, operated, and sold several businesses. Some very successful and some that did ok. My first job out of the Navy was working as a Marketing Representative for my mother’s business. A business she, a single mother of three, built from our kitchen... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alison Anne

Alison Anne

Owner, Alison Anne Coaching
Working with restaurant owners to build their teams and their bottom line was never Alison's first choice of career. She was going to be... AN ACTOR. And this restaurant thing? Just a side gig. As you do, right? But that industry life got into her blood, and 16 years later she was... Read More →
avatar for Monte Silva

Monte Silva

Managing Partner, Steelbach Steak House
Monte Silva started in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old. He spent the next 15 years working as a prep cook, line cook, Busser, server, and bartender. After that, Monte spent over 20 years as a restaurant operator. He had a very successful restaurant... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S220

2:00pm PDT

You’re Only as Good as Your Worst Server: Why New Hires Need a Steps of Service Program
Do your staff really understand the difference between service and guest experience? There is no reason to spend so much time and effort on the guest experience without ensuring that your newest team members, often the first touch to new and existing customers, understand it's critical importance. In this session, hear from an experienced owner/operator on how they successfully implemented a Steps of Service program for new hires to:
  • Ensure that guests have a great experience
  • Gain new guests and keep your loyal customers coming back
  • Make sure you're not shooting yourself in the foot (and the wallet) by teaching your team what guest experience is, why it's important, and how to deliver it! 

Speakers
avatar for Larry White

Larry White

Owner, LoLo's Chicken & Waffles
Larry White is nationally known as the Owner of Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles. He’s also the owner of popular eateries: Brunch & Sip and Monroe's Hot Chicken located in Phoenix. White is the grandson of Elizabeth White, owner of Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe, a local institution that's... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S224

3:15pm PDT

77% Of Customers Look You Up Online: Ensure Your Website Is Helping, Not Hurting You
Speakers
avatar for Grant Kneble

Grant Kneble

Owner, Freddy J's Bar & Kitchen
Grant Kneble is the owner and operator of Freddy J's Bar & Kitchen established in March 2020. Within two years of opening, the facility has been ranked by Best of NJ as one of the best restaurants in the state with a strong digital presence. Utilizing his skills, Grant has built various... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S226

3:15pm PDT

From No, to Go! How One Bar Overcame Financial Roadblocks to Build a Success Story
Hear the story of how two college friends took their passions, ideas, and concepts into creating the Inner Circle Vodka Bar brand. Hear how they went from dealing with all the No’s and being turned down by banks and big-time lenders, to generating 5 million in revenue in four years at its first location in Tulsa, OK. Participants will gain insight from the Inner Circle journey, including the following:
- Navigating financial hardships and wins
- Doing the work before you start
- Discovering how to create a buzz before opening
- Taking concepts and design elements from ideas to reality
- Reaping the benefits of being confident and leading by example
- Setting the bar for others in the community (patio concept, events and parties, and service)

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Harper

Jacob Harper

Owner/Operator, Inner Circle Vodka Bar
Jacob Harper graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Leisure Service Management. Jacob has two decades of experience in the bar and restaurant industry. Jacob is co-owner/operator of both Inner Circle Vodka Bar's with a focus on building design and layout... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S222

3:15pm PDT

Health and Wellness Trends on the Menu
Already gaining speed before the pandemic, a focus on health and wellness continues a pace as a growing area of importance to clientele. Hear from three chef/operators who will share how to successfully develop tools to embrace this growing demand, manage food allergic customers, highlight plant-based alternatives and vegan cuisine, and integrate elevated guest experience with culinary creativity and healthy options on the menu that make guests feel good.  

Speakers
avatar for Heather Heath

Heather Heath

CEO/Owner, Vegan Vegas Culinary Institute & Eatery
Heather is a 30-year veteran of healthcare executive management and CFO responsibilities. Excellent at non-profit administration and the related fields of financial management, marketing and sales strategy and public relations on a global scaleA fervent supporter of plant-based alternatives... Read More →
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Keith Myron Norman

Asst Ex Chef/Food Safety Manager, South Point Hotel & Casino
As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world.  Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S221
  Conference Session

3:15pm PDT

People Work for People: Why your Employees Move On, Not Up, in Your Organization
The hospitality industry is known for its high turnover, but your restaurant or bar does not need to be. In this session, University of Beer founder and CEO, Nate Yungvanitsait, and COO, Sean Biggs, will share the secret to retaining your employees for the long term. Attend this session to:
  • Learn the #1 reason your employees quit
  • Create a growth and opportunity plan for your organization   
  • How to get your employees competing for leadership positions, rather than avoiding them

Speakers
avatar for Nate Yungvanitsait

Nate Yungvanitsait

President & Founder, University of Beer, Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen
Nate immigrated from Thailand at the age of fourteen and has become a symbol of hard work and young entrepreneurial success in both his local community and back in Thailand. Now 34 years old, he has 20 years of hospitality experience in fine dining, fast casual, and nightlife concepts.In... Read More →
avatar for Sean Biggs

Sean Biggs

COO, The University of Beer, Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen
Sean Biggs is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for University of Beer, a full-service, family-owned craft beer bar and elevated kitchen concept, operating seven locations in the Greater Sacramento Area of Northern California. In only six years as executive, Sean has overseen the... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S220

3:15pm PDT

Social Media Trends: Do You Need Them?
From TikTok to influencers to everything in between; what’s actually going to move the needle for your business? Moderated by  Sarah Archer, CEO and Co-Founder of hospitality focused digital marketing agency, Firecracker Marketing, this panel discusses the benefits, drawbacks, successes and challenges of utilizing trending digital strategies for your business. This panel aims to keep it real and tell what’s worth pursuing and what’s worth leaving to the Gen-Z’ers

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Archer

Sarah Archer

Founder/CEO, Firecracker Marketing
Sarah Archer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Firecracker Marketing, a social media and marketing consultancy focused on bringing hospitality brands to life with authentic storytelling, strategic marketing, and engaging activations. Specializing in strategic digital campaigns with thoughtful... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Best

Hannah Best

Co-Founder/President, Firecracker Marketing
Hannah Best is Co-Founder and President of Firecracker Marketing, a social media and marketing consultancy focused on bringing hospitality brands to life with authentic storytelling, strategic marketing, and engaging activations. A seasoned communications professional with an extensive... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S226

3:15pm PDT

Training, Energy and Attitude: A Return To Hospitality
Where is hospitality going and how can we correct the course? Join a diverse panel of experienced leaders and innovators, discuss WHAT has happened to our industry over the last 3 years, HOW it has affected hospitality as a whole in a negative way, and HOW we can correct the course and ensure that our guests are getting a truly hospitable purpose, whether in a fast casual environment, a dive bar, or a 5 star fine dining establishment?  

Speakers
avatar for David Benowitz

David Benowitz

President, Craft & Crew
David Benowitz is President and Co-Owner of Craft & Crew Hospitality, a growing restaurant group in the Twin Cities. After graduating from the business school at the University of Kansas, David quickly realized that the corporate world didn't move fast enough for him - so he joined... Read More →
avatar for Chad Michael George

Chad Michael George

Founder, Proof Productions
Chad Michael George is a Denver-based hospitality veteran and the founder of Proof Productions. He is also the former President and current Treasurer of the Colorado Bartenders Guild and the current President of EatDenver. Born and raised in St. Louis, he moved to Denver in 2012... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm PDT
S224

4:15pm PDT

Creating Innovative Concepts and Brands of the Future Today: Grow Your Brand While Increasing Revenue
Moderators
avatar for Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

Bar and Restaurant Consultant, Duffified Experience Group
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life, and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Philip Speer

Philip Speer

Chef/Owner, Comedor; Ben's Friends
Four time James Beard nominee and Austin chair of Ben's Friends, Philip Speer is the Co-owner and operator of Comedor, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin. Comedor was named among Esquire Magazine and Robb Report's top new restaurants in the US, as well as Restaurant of the Year... Read More →
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Erica Barret

Owner, SOCU Kitchen
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Jason Santos

Chef/Owner, Buttermilk & Bourbon
Jason divides his time as owner and chef at Buttermilk & Bourbon, a New Orleans influenced restaurant with as much character and charm as the city itself, and Citrus & Salt, a coastal Mexican restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay. His new restaurant, B & B Fish, in Marblehead, features... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
  Conference Session

4:15pm PDT

Mastering Pop Up Bars, Special Events & Booking Talent
In an increasingly tight economy, growing and engaging your customer base is critically important. In this session, participants will look at 3 different elements of bar entertainment models: pop up bars, special events, and booking talent, and gain a greater understanding on how each can boost revenues, improve profitability, and generating excitement and word-of-mouth buzz for your business. What are the unexpected elements to be considered when identifying and marketing to new customer profiles? What is the best model for your existing clientele, to create a fantastic guest experience and differentiate you from your competitors at a time when it takes more to get people out of the house, and through the door?

Speakers
avatar for Adam Goble

Adam Goble

Creative Director/General Manager, Downtown Olly's
Adam Goble (He/Him/They/Them) has been an entertainer performing for audiences across the country for twenty years. When not on stage, Adam is the General Manager at Downtown Olly’s as well as the Creative Director over special events and entertainment. Outside of typical management... Read More →
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Erik Shellenberger

Owner/Author, Bar Marketing Basics
My name is Erik Shellenberger and I’ve been in the restaurant industry since I was 13 years old, working in the food and beverage dept. of a local ski resort in Park City UT that my mother controlled. I’ve been in the bar and restaurant marketing business for well over a decade... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
S224

4:15pm PDT

Menu Marketing, Social Media and Supply Chain: Navigating the Current Landscape, and What You Need To Know to Drive Sales
Moderators
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Christie Lawler

Founder & Owner, CJL CONSULTiNG
Christie J. Lawler – Founder & Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG, Founder of The WITI Group and Creator & Owner of JAB MiXOLOGYChristie Lawler is a leading expert in beverage marketing as the Founder & Owner of CJL CONSULTiNG, a beverage marketing agency that houses a nonprofit organization... Read More →

Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
S226

4:15pm PDT

Survival Strategies for Independent Restaurants: Collaboration, Community & Partnerships
Moderators
avatar for Mikey Knab

Mikey Knab

Founder, Business for Good San Diego
Mikey Knab believes in an equitable and just world where all can thrive, and that is not possible without bold action to address the climate crisis. He is values-driven professional with over 15 years of leadership level experience in both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies... Read More →

Speakers
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Reem Assil

Founder, Reem's California
Reem Assil is a Palestinian-Syrian chef based in Oakland, CA and owner of Reem’s California, a nationally acclaimed restaurant in Oakland and Reem’s California Mission in San Francisco, inspired by Arab street corner bakeries and the vibrant communities that surround them.  Reem... Read More →
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Adrian Lipscombe

Chef/Owner, Uptowne Cafe & Bakery
Adrian Lipscombe is chef-owner of Uptowne Cafe and Bakery and founder of the 40 Acres Project. A native Texan, Adrian opened Uptowne Café restaurant on the Northside of La Crosse, WI, as a catalyst for urban change, working with the community to help revitalize the area. Uptowne functions as a community impact space, operating an open... Read More →
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Adam Orman

Co-Owner, L'Oca d'Oro
Adam Orman is the co-owner of L'Oca d'Oro, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Austin, TX. L'Oca d'Oro is known for housemade pastas in the kitchen and housemade liqueurs behind the bar. One of the first restaurants in Texas to include a service charge and guarantee all employees... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
S220

4:15pm PDT

The Best Bad Idea Ever: Dreams and Nightmares of a Restaurant Punk
So, you want to open a restaurant. Wow! What an original idea. And by that, I mean- of course, you do. Doesn't everyone? Everyone thinks opening a restaurant a restaurant is the best idea ever. Of course, no one thinks it's a bad idea at first- until you're teetering on the edge of neurotic, popping Advil like complimentary dinner mints, and so beyond sleep deprived that you're starting to wonder, 'is what good drugs feel like?' And you know what's magical about the restaurant world? It's both- all at once. It's the best bad idea ever. And if you love it enough, you might find wild success - until it kills you, that is.  Owning a restaurant isn't for the faint of heart.
In 45 minutes, hear stories from a lifetime in the industry, and the lessons learned from them.
Topics will include:
  • Buy it, B***h: leasing is a losing game.  
  • Guests First, EBITDA Last: your earnings don't matter if everyone knows your place sucks.  
  • Always Quote a Longer Wait time: wait time is the only time your guest will be excited that you lied about how long it is.  
  • Cleanliness and Your Culture: don't do yourself - or your team - dirty.  
  • FOH v BOH: making ballet out of battle         

Speakers
avatar for Yianni Karapanagiotis

Yianni Karapanagiotis

President, Kara Restaurant Group
Raised by parents who immigrated to New Jersey from their ancestral home in Greece, Yianni Karapanagiotis dove into the restaurant industry at age 16 when he began working as the self proclaimed "greatest dishwasher of all time" at the local dive steakhouse. Yianni picked up a few... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
S222

4:15pm PDT

The Future of Dining: Kitchen Electrification
As building electrification picks up momentum in the private and commercial building space, the conversation surrounding kitchens heat up. Join us as we dive deep into the world of all-electric kitchens with industry professionals who have made the switch. Our panel consisting of an operator, designer, and chef will walk us through the realities of working in these spaces as well as tackle the big questions and what the future of dining looks like.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Ross

Kate Ross

Global Real Estate & Facilities Sustainability Lead, Microsoft
Katie leads Sustainability for Microsoft's Real Estate portfolio. She is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their office portfolio. Katie's career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees... Read More →
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Chris Galarza

Founder, Owner, Chef, Forward Dining Solutions
Entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and podcaster Chef Chris Galarza is renowned for his work in kitchen electrification and is the Founder of Forward Dining Solutions LLC. As the country’s foremost expert in commercial electric-kitchens chef works with governments, manufacturers... Read More →
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Dylan Halaszynski

Food Service Consultant, Bayard FSD
Dylan Halaszynski founded Bayard Food Service Design in 2022. Dylan started his career with a Shawmut Design and Construction working on restaurant fit-outs in the New York tri-state area. After years in construction management, he pivoted to begin working as a food service design... Read More →


Monday March 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

Welcome Kickoff Party at Ayu Dayclub - Open to All!
OPEN TO ALL! Reunite and network with the restaurant and bar industry under the Las Vegas stars! The Welcome Kickoff Party will take place at Ayu Dayclub, an outside venue around glistening pools and multiple cabanas to meet with new suppliers, sample beverages, listen to live music, and more!


Monday March 27, 2023 6:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Ayu Dayclub, Resorts World Las Vegas

9:00pm PDT

Platinum Party I - JEWEL Nightclub
Platinum Parties are one of the most anticipated nightlife events at Bar & Restaurant Expo. Go behind the velvet ropes at exclusive nightclubs with early admission, complimentary drinks, no cover charge, and A-list entertainment.

Private Platinum Party hours exclusive for Bar & Restaurant Expo attendees run 9:00pm-11:00pm. Arrive early to avoid lines!

Platinum Party tickets included with VIP Pass, Expo + Party Pass, or add tickets separate.

Includes: Entry fee, complimentary drinks from sponsors, and DJ entertainment


Monday March 27, 2023 9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Aria Resort & Casino
 
Tuesday, March 28
 

8:00am PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.


Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

10:00am PDT

Raise the Bar
Speakers
avatar for Mia Mastroianni

Mia Mastroianni

Celebrity Mixologist, Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue, The Super Squad
With over 15 years of experience in the service industry from Boston to Miami, Mia Mastroianni became one of the founding bartenders of Soho House West Hollywood –the private members-only club where she remained a well-respected and often requested mixologist for the who's who of... Read More →
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Phil Wills

Co-Founder, Spirits in Motion
Phil Wills has been in the bar/restaurant business for over 20 years. He is the current owner/partner of The Spirits in Motion, a nationally recognized bar and beverage consultancy. He has worked in all types of locations from your corporate restaurants, small local bars, major night... Read More →
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Art Sutley

Director of Strategic Accounts, Savage & Cooke Distillery
Art Sutley, Nightlife & Hospitality Expert, has been in the restaurant/bar space for over 19 years. He was one of the industry experts behind Bar Business Magazine for 13 of them. As an educator in the industry, he speaks at many of the top restaurant and cocktail tradeshows globally... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 10:00am - 10:45am PDT

11:45am PDT

Red Carpet & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Arrive early to South Hall and watch celebrities walk the red carpet to officially open Bar & Restaurant Expo 2022!


Tuesday March 28, 2023 11:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall + Highlights
Explore the interactive Expo Hall Floor, find new products at show-only pricing, sample new food and beverage trends hitting the market, learn, and grow your business!

Expo Hall Highlights Include:
And More! View 2023 Floorplan and Exhibitor List


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - NxT
Get Inspired at NxT (pronounced as Next):
  • Leading beverage brands
  • Ventless Burger Bar
  • Live Music
  • Interactive Games
  • Power Talks addressing real-world challenges
  • Lawn Area with Food Demos
  • Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony
Learn more about NxT and view sponsors


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - Tea Bar
Tea Bar is a dynamic experience on the World Tea Expo Hall Floor showcasing the latest teas, tea products, mocktails, cocktails, and innovation that is shaping the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to sample new tea trends and find ways to attract new customers looking for unique non-alcoholic beverages.


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bar
Open to All! Free sampling of the latest beverages to hit the market and new ways to increase profits behind the bar. Learn more about The Bar and view sponsors


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

1:00pm PDT

Security Issues That Affect Your Profitability: Cash Management, Theft and Liability
Moderators
avatar for Greg Provance

Greg Provance

Owner/Principal, GP Hospitality Partners

Speakers
avatar for Robert Pomplun

Robert Pomplun

President, Serving Alcohol
Bob Pomplun is the President and Founder of Serving Alcohol Inc. and its sister company, Loss Control Services Inc. With over 30 years of experience in the alcohol and hospitality industry, Bob has conducted over 4,000 live training seminars and trained over 200,000 people throughout... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S222

1:00pm PDT

Social Media Presence is Not Enough! Developing a Digital Brand Strategy
Sure, social media is all the buzz and it works great—but it’s even better with an integrated digital strategy. Discover how to develop an omni-channel (paid, earned, and owned) marketing strategy to keep your brand consistent and in front of your potential customers. Learn how to implement the omni-channel strategy from choosing the best social channels and on-brand influencers, to a digital media buy—this session is for restaurants of all sizes looking to perk up their digital marketing strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Hensler

Matt Hensler

Vice President, Digital Integration, ColinKurtis Advertising
Matt Hensler is a multi-award winning marketing leader, educator and speaker who is currently the Vice President of Digital Integration at ColinKurtis Advertising. With both in-house and agency experience, he works with small businesses, startups and Fortune 500 businesses, including... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S226

1:00pm PDT

Tea Sales Have Hit Boiling Point: Integrating Tea Service To Heat UP Your Revenue
Speakers
avatar for Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell

Founder, Rare Tea Company
Henrietta Lovell is known around the world as Rare Tea Lady. Since 2000 Henrietta has been travelling the world, working directly with small independent tea gardens, from the Shire Highlands of Malawi, to the foothills of the Himalayas.  Lovell is at the forefront of the tea revolution... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S224

1:00pm PDT

MS1 - Chef Masterclass: Elevating Your Culinary Presence and Compensation Through Creative Branding
Not everyone is aware of all the things that chefs do for free. In this professional development masterclass for chefs of all stages, participants will learn how to stop working for free, and ensure fair compensation. Using step by step examples, you’ll learn how to develop simple tools to brand your individual creativity and use that brand to generate additional revenue, outside of a paycheck.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Speer

Philip Speer

Chef/Owner, Comedor; Ben's Friends
Four time James Beard nominee and Austin chair of Ben's Friends, Philip Speer is the Co-owner and operator of Comedor, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin. Comedor was named among Esquire Magazine and Robb Report's top new restaurants in the US, as well as Restaurant of the Year... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S219

1:00pm PDT

MS2 - GM Masterclass: Hire, Train, Retain; How GM's Can Solve Staffing With Stellar Team Management Strategies
Other than a great food and beverage program, do you have the behind-the-scenes HR tools to train and retain staff? From developing training and branding guidelines to implementing a sustainable healthcare plan and an HR center; we’ll show you real life training and HR documents, how to build them, and the common mistakes made by managers as they develop and create employee benchmarks and training.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Trevino

Jacob Trevino

Owner/CEO, Gorilla Cinema Presents
Jacob Trevino, Founder and CEO of Gorilla Cinema Presents has specialized in bar consulting and developing cocktail programs for the past 17 years. He is the owner of The Overlook Lodge (ranked by Playboy Magazine and USA Today as one of the top bars in the United States) Tiki Tiki... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S220

1:00pm PDT

MS3 - Bartender Masterclass: Creating your Career Roadmap: Turbocharging Your Professional Growth
  • Discover the common career paths and opportunities to grow into
  • Understanding the skills that need to be developed for each role
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the tier system for spirit brands, who they represent and why it is important for your career growth.


Speakers
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ChrisTunstall

Founder, A Bar Above
Chris Tunstall is the co-founder of A Bar Above and serves as Chief of Brand & Product Development. As the dedicated hospitality expert for the Southern California-based company, he brings more than 15 years of experience in bartending, managing, and consulting for bars and restaurants throughout California.Chris is the face and... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S221

1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bistro (VIP Pass Only!)
The Bistro is a new 50-person restaurant located within the Restaurant Zone that provides a full restaurant experience for VIP Pass attendees during both days (Tuesday - Wednesday) of Bar & Restaurant Expo.

Designed to showcase the very best and latest food, beverage, FOH products, and technology products in a real-life setting.


Tuesday March 28, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

2:00pm PDT

Ready for Launch: Bar Strategies for Profitability and Scaling Up Operations
Speakers
avatar for Andy Driscoll

Andy Driscoll

Host, BarTalk
Andy hosts and produces three podcast and two YouTube channels. Other than a brief stint in a pizza kitchen, he has not worked in the industry but has spent the last 10 years running art events (like Paint night) in bars, breweries, and restaurants.
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Founder & Co-Owner, Death & Co, Gin & Luck
David has worked in the hospitality business since the age of 13.In the summer of 2006, at 24 years old, he opened Death &Company, a cocktail bar in the East Village of Manhattan, with his partner Ravi De Rossi. At the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Death & Co won American’s... Read More →
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Christine Wiseman

Beverage Director, Bar Lab
Christine Wiseman, Beverage Director of Bar Lab, which includes Broken Shaker, Hoja, Margot Natural Wine Bar, and MaryGold's, has been immersed in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Starting as a chef, she worked her way up to Director of Training for back of the house. It... Read More →
avatar for Travis Tober

Travis Tober

Co-Owner, Nickel City
Longtime bartender and accomplished mixologist, Travis Tober has 20+ years of experience at top restaurants and innovative cocktail bars across the country, working at nearly every position in the beverage industry. He has spent years creating and consulting on national beverage programs... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S222

6:00pm PDT

First-Time Attendee Happy Hour
Open to first-time Bar & Restaurant Expo and World Tea Conference & Expo attendees! Mix and mingle with industry colleagues, the Advisory Board, and Questex Staff. Complimentary drinks will be provided.


Tuesday March 28, 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Gatsby's at Resorts World

9:00pm PDT

Platinum Party II - OMNIA Nightclub
Platinum Parties are one of the most anticipated nightlife events at Bar & Restaurant Expo. Go behind the velvet ropes at exclusive nightclubs with early admission, complimentary drinks, no cover charge, and A-list entertainment.

Private Platinum Party hours exclusive for Bar & Restaurant Expo attendees run 9:00pm-11:00pm. Arrive early to avoid lines!

Platinum Party tickets included with VIP Pass, Expo + Party Pass, or add tickets separate.

Includes: Entry fee, complimentary drinks from sponsors, and DJ entertainment


Tuesday March 28, 2023 9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Caesars Palace
 
Wednesday, March 29
 

9:00am PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.


Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall + Highlights
Explore the interactive Expo Hall Floor, find new products at show-only pricing, sample new food and beverage trends hitting the market, learn, and grow your business!

Expo Hall Highlights Include:
And More! View 2023 Floorplan and Exhibitor List


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - NxT
Get Inspired at NxT (pronounced as Next):
  • Leading beverage brands
  • Ventless Burger Bar
  • Live Music
  • Interactive Games
  • Power Talks addressing real-world challenges
  • Lawn Area with Food Demos
  • Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony
Learn more about NxT and view sponsors


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bar
Open to All! Free sampling of the latest beverages to hit the market and new ways to increase profits behind the bar. Learn more about The Bar and view sponsors


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - Tea Bar
Tea Bar is a dynamic experience on the World Tea Expo Hall Floor showcasing the latest teas, tea products, mocktails, cocktails, and innovation that is shaping the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to sample new tea trends and find ways to attract new customers looking for unique non-alcoholic beverages.


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

1:00pm PDT

Leading Through Uncertainty
Navigating uncertainty is a core and often neglected stressor for hospitality operators.
This session offers BRE2023 attendees a blueprint for hospitality success in people, staffing and operations. Sharing teachable stories and offering step-by-step systems, this presentation enables attendees to learn about success achievable through actions.

You'll learn to:
  • Pre-map your solutions
  • Identify your issues to pinpoint your solutions
  • Minimise risk of failure by 30%

Aimed at both operators of single and multiple venues, this session empowers attendees to lead through uncertainty.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt

CEO & Managing Director, Hunt Hospitality
Stephen Hunt is the Managing Director of Hunt Hospitality International. Focused on recalling tradition with a twist of today, Hunt Hospitality has multiple successful venues along Australia's East Coast. Named Australia's Top 10 Business Persons of The Year 2021, Stephen Hunt is... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
S221

1:00pm PDT

You are HR - The Top 10 things Bars and Restaurants Should Be Concerned About
Speakers
avatar for Michelle Craig

Michelle Craig

Managing Partner, Transcendent Law Group
Michelle Craig is a Louisiana native and proud graduate of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center. Michelle is a former Partner in the Labor and Employment group of Adams and Reese, LLP, an Am200 regional law firm. Michelle represents clients including, but not limited to... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Manowitz

Sarah Manowitz

Proprietress, Paralegal, Betty’s Bar and Bistro, Transcendent Law Group
Sarah is the Proprietress of Betty’s Bar and Bistro in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter and as well as a Paralegal at Transcendent Law Group, and student at Tulane University. Sarah has 20 year’s experience in the hospitality industry and has previously served as General... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

WK7 - Chef Brian Duffy Live Menu Read
Speakers
avatar for Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy

Bar and Restaurant Consultant, Duffified Experience Group
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life, and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S222
  Workshops

1:00pm PDT

Understanding Agave Spirits: a Deep Dive into Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Raicilla and More
Agave Spirits Institute presents this exclusive intensive course, designed for beginners and advanced bartenders, owner operators or other industry professionals. Open your window into the vast and diverse world of agave spirits.

BONUS!
Participants will receive accompanying kits, hands-on education, tastings, and a diploma of completion.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez

Director of Education, Agave Spirits Institute
Certified Sommelier Daniel Rodriguez Gonzalez. His passion for wine began as a child while listening to his grandfather tell stories of making wine in Spain; from his first sip at age 12, he knew wine had many stories to tell. After studying film in Mexico City, he began to travel... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
S221

1:00pm PDT

WK8 - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Build it right, and they will come. How to Define, Re-define, and Create Your Concept
Cool concepts that make an impact and turn heads have been lacking in the hospitality industry since the beginning of the business. Only a small percentage of companies and independent owners have been able to build concepts that turn heads. This applies to everyday dive bars all the way to restaurants and hotels. This Seminar will teach you how to break a concept down, create a new concept, or redefine what you have in 3 easy steps. Your concept affects almost every operational decision you will have to make, from the product you should carry, to the music you should play. If you want to make more revenue, you have to make an impact with your concept.

If you feel your concept is more of an idea with a name, this workshop will have you laying out full concepts on your own with complete confidence to take your business to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Tipps

Michael Tipps

Co-Founder, Invictus Hospitality
Michael Tipps has over 26 years of experience working, managing, and consulting in all facets of the hospitality world (throughout all positions, and including hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs). Michael Tipps’s Career started in Hospitality in South Florida where he worked... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
S226
  Workshops

1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bistro (VIP Pass Only!)
The Bistro is a new 50-person restaurant located within the Restaurant Zone that provides a full restaurant experience for VIP Pass attendees during both days (Tuesday - Wednesday) of Bar & Restaurant Expo.

Designed to showcase the very best and latest food, beverage, FOH products, and technology products in a real-life setting.


Wednesday March 29, 2023 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

1:00pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

Managing Instability in Supply Chains While Scaling for Growth
Speakers
avatar for Derek Gibbons

Derek Gibbons

Owner/Managing Partner, Glu Hospitality


Wednesday March 29, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S222

2:00pm PDT

No Dogma - A Work/Life Masterclass for Small to Large Businesses
We will share success and failure stories from industry leaders small and large relaying that there is not one cure-all method to achieving work/life success. It starts with asking the right questions for your specific business. This panel will provide real world examples along with the ethos that we can all work together to increase morale, retention, productivity, ubiquitous financial wealth (for all stakeholders), and create that harmony the industry all wants and deserves.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Newman

Greg Newman

Finance and Administration Lead, Lush Life Productions
Greg Newman is the Finance and Administration Lead for Lush Life Productions. His previous work has included being the Human Resources, Events, and Partnerships Director for Gorilla Cinema Presents with a focus on employee health and well-being and creating unique guest experiences... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kim Haasarud

Kim Haasarud

Liquid Architecture, Owner, United States Bartender Guild, President
From her humble beginnings as a bartender in the 90’s in New York City to becoming James-Beard honored mixologist and author, Kim Haasarud has embraced innovation and hospitality throughout her work on hundreds of projects with clients ranging from hotel groups, restaurant chains... Read More →
avatar for Anjali Kundra

Anjali Kundra

Co-Founder and Vice President, Partender
Anjali has always taken the road­ less traveled, from couch­-surfing through Europe and covering IMG Fashion Weeks in Manhattan and Mumbai, to working as an incognito maid in London and becoming an expert in medical billing. Due to an obsession with anything gastronomy, her F&B... Read More →
avatar for Mia Mastroianni

Mia Mastroianni

Celebrity Mixologist, Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue, The Super Squad
With over 15 years of experience in the service industry from Boston to Miami, Mia Mastroianni became one of the founding bartenders of Soho House West Hollywood –the private members-only club where she remained a well-respected and often requested mixologist for the who's who of... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
S219

4:45pm PDT

Expo Hall - Closing Toast at The Bar
For the first-time ever, gather on the Expo Hall Floor at The Bar (located on the Expo Hall Floor) for a closing toast with the industry!


Wednesday March 29, 2023 4:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
 
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