We will be providing an opportunity for owners and operators to schedule consultative appointments and meet with experts in the following categories: Concept & Design Development, Restaurant Operations, Financial & Accounting Management, Menu Optimization, Human Resources Compliance, Technology, Marketing, and more!
Below you’ll find a schedule for each of the categories. If there is a time that works for you, please click on that time to reserve. You will get a confirmation email once we’ve accepted the reservation. We only have a limited number of slots, so only one reservation per person.
CONCEPT & DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Focus: Thinking about a new build or remodel? Curtis Restaurant Equipment focuses on the design and planning of commercial kitchens for both chain restaurants and unique establishments, along with health care, and education facilities.
Meet with us: Ryan can assist with you with any questions regarding lead times and scheduling of projects, trends and directions of the industry both today and looking into the future, as well as how to prepare for a new build or renovation of your site.
Jeremy can assist with layout and planning of food service equipment within various types of facility and restaurant concepts, questions about current construction codes related to food service environments and the evolving issues and concerns that food service operators have when preparing construction plans and documents.
HUMAN RESOURCES COMPLIANCE
Focus: Think of your employee’s life cycle (recruitment, hiring, onboarding, training, development, performance, promotion or separation). HR Annie can advise as you motivate and inspire your teams while remaining true to legal compliance, your company culture and industry best practices.
Meet with me: With more than 18 years experience in hospitality leadership, Linda has led teams as General Manager, Director of Operations, restaurant owner and restaurant consultant. Her experience establishing training and SOP resources, hiring and developing teams, managing people, providing financial and work flow analysis, and leading strategic planning and vision/brand management were natural stepping stones to her dream job in Human Resources. Stop by to ask questions about your handbooks, tricky employee situations, communication flow, or anything that keeps you awake at night as an operator or owner!
FINANCIAL & ACCOUNTING MANAGEMENT
Focus: Bruce can see things through the numbers that tell a story about your business. He can help you understand the data and find solutions that work for you.
Meet with me: Bruce is responsible for delivering My Accounting Teams CFO Advisory services. He can answer questions and provide guidance on important restaurant metrics and performance analytics, financial health and preparing your company for growth, budgeting and forecasting discussions, as well as insights for business expansion plans and investor scenarios.
Focus: Karen has analyzed hundreds of menus during her career and can help you gain more focus, achieve optimal food costs, align menus with your overall concept and assure menu pricing logic is in play.
Meet with me: Would you like your restaurant to be performing better? Or are you are planning to open a restaurant and want someone to talk through your vision and/or challenges to achieve clarity? In many cases, restaurants have not clearly articulated their core concept to the public because the core elements are not integrated: the menu content, the style of food presentation, and the type of service and the decor are not harmonious. Let Karen help you avoid these common mistakes!
Focus: Nick can help you save money and increase your profits by giving you the tools to implement a sustainability program.
Meet with me: As food waste prevention and reduction becomes a higher priority for businesses the need to find solutions that overcome barriers of labor, employee engagement and impact to daily operations are imperative. Nick Isbister can help you identify areas of opportunity, advise on steps to address your concerns and connect you with a local expert for continued support.
Sustainability Adviser, City of Gresham
Focus: Seth is an expert in cost control, budget implementation, labor management and systems to simplify your daily process. Strong project management skills allow him to manage start-ups and help with the turn around along with leadership training.
Meet with me: Need a diverse array of industry knowledge including financial aspects, menu creation and costing, and service standards? Seth will work with you to help you reach your full potential in profit and leadership. Seth has helped to develop and open several new restaurants here in the Northwest. Working to help simplify the process and make it manageable, his understanding and solutions to your operations will be appreciated.
Focus: Megan can help navigate through your technology needs and create efficiencies within your business through cutting edge technology solutions tailored to you.
Meet with me: Technology is everchanging, with new trends coming out around every corner- let Megan Wright and her team of experts at Dell take the worry of IT off your plate and find the best technology solutions tailored to you and your business. From Point-of-Sale stations to cloud infrastructure solutions and all things in between, Dell can partner with your business to modernize your workspace and bring efficiency to the forefront. Need us to take a closer look? Along with meeting with Megan at the Northwest Food Show, you can schedule a complimentary onsite visit to your company nationwide for a full technology consultation.
Focus: FPW Media specializes in creating memorable brand experiences. From coordinating the brand consistency of your menu design to the configuration of lighting, interior decór, signage, and seating—we will equip you with compelling brand assets that will cultivate the ideal atmosphere for your operation.
Meet with me: Our vast experience with branding and marketing for the hospitality industry—from fast-casual restaurants to four-diamond hotels—has made us adept and well positioned to connect with the next generation of restaurant guests. We offer traditional advertising expertise along with a 360º approach to organizational experience design. Stop by to discuss opportunities for marketing and branding that will make you stand out above your competition and secure the loyalties of your ideal guests!