FMFF Conference at a Glance

The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum is providing the gold-standard, industry-leading educational content that is practical and relevant for today's foodservice professional.

2014 Conference Schedule

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Operational Excellence

Effective Management Skills for Operating & Maximizing Profits

Darren Denington CFBE, Service with Style Hospitality Group

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hot Trends

How to Cash In On Green Restaurant Rebates and Rewards

Michael Oshman, GRA

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Winning Teams

Foodservice Council for Women – Women Winning in Business!

Chef Ferdinand Metz, Certified Master Chef and President Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America
Kathleen Wood, Kathleen Wood Partners
Betsy Craig, MenuTrinfo
Marisa May, SD26
Sally Minier, Sweet Sally’s
Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Maximize Profits

How to Price an Off-Site Catering Menu

Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Minimize Risk

IF THE GOVERNMENT COMES KNOCKING: Investigations, Audits and Best Practices For Your Organization

Doreen Martin (Partner) & Brian Turoff (Of Counsel) Venable

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Winning Teams

Your Network=Your Networth: How to Build a Career and Business Network

Kathleen Wood, Kathleen Wood Partners

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Build Loyalty

The Make or Break Initial Client Meeting

Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Winning Teams

Don't Just Speak Be Heard – How to Power Up Your Communication for Results

Kathleen Wood, Kathleen Wood Partners

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hot Trends

Why Meatless Monday is Good for the Health of your Business

Marisa May, SD26
Geoffrey Kornberg, Almond Restaurant, NYC
Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, BTD Nutrition Consultants, Nutrition & Health Blogger at US News & World Report
Moderator:Peggy Neu, The Monday Campaigns

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Maximize Profits

7 Simple Systems to Control Your Food Cost and Explode Your Profits

David Scott Peters, TheRestaurantExpert.com

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hot Trends

Gluten-Free Labeling Laws and Getting your Restaurant Certified Gluten-Free

Marlisa Brown Registered Dietitian,  author of “Gluten-Free Hassle-Free”, Cynthia Kupper RD, The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, Denise San Filippe, gluten-free food service trainer for Dr Schar

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Build Loyalty

Remove the Strings- How to Build Guest Loyalty with Email

Joe Gabriel, Fishbowl


Monday, March 3, 2014

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Maximize Profits

Building Beverage Profits

Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director, Technomic

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Build Loyalty

What's Hot & Not in the Social Media World for Restaurants Panel

Julie Yeagley, JTP Restaurant Inc.
Julie Zucker, Branded Restaurants USA
Farid Ali, Bogota Latin Bistro & Mojito Bar
MODERATOR: Joe Gabriel, Fishbowl

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Operational Excellence

Increasing the Accuracy of Your Food and Beverage Recipe Costs

Mark Kelnhofer, President & CEO, Return On Ingredients

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Winning Teams

NRA's Fast Casual Industry Panel presents Lessons from Leaders 2.0

Larry Reinstein, Salasrita’s
Geoff Alexander, Lettuce Entertain You
Kathleen Richardson, Urban Farmhouse
Sam Stanovich, National Restaurant Association - Moderator

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Build Loyalty

How to Ignite Your Web & Mobile Marketing With Video - On Any Budget!

Micki Pagano-Parente & Tony Parente, BRANDING SHORTS

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Minimize Risk

Complying with the Affordable Care Act: “Obamacare” Requirements that Restaurant and Foodservice Employers Can’t Afford to Miss

Michael Volpe (Partner) & Nicholas Reiter (Associate) Venable

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Operational Excellence

Utilizing Menu Engineering to Drive Profits For Your Food & Beverage Operations

Mark Kelnhofer, President & CEO, Return On Ingredients

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hot Trends

Fine Dining - Is it Dead?

Ed Brown, Premier Hospitality Division of Compass Group (Restaurant Associates, Flik International and Wolfgang Puck Catering)
Kerry Heffernan, Eleven Madison Park, South Gate
Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill
Certified Master Chef Ferdinand Metz

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hot Trends

2014: Trends and Opportunities

Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director, Technomic

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Winning Teams Building a Winning Hospitality Team in 8 Simple Steps Darren Denington, Service with Style

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hot Trends Making Menus Matter for Health, Gluten Free and Food Allergies Diners Betsy Craig, MenuTrinfo

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hot Trends

Restaurant trends – here today, gone tomorrow

Certified Master Chef Ferdinand Metz,
Tony May, SD26
Irena Chalmers, “The Last Word”, Chef Magazine
John Mariani, Esquire & Bloomberg News, Virtual Gourmet Newsletter
Michael Whiteman, Joseph Baum & Michael Whiteman Company
Stephen Michaelides, Restaurant Hospitality - Moderator

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Maximize Profits

Menu Engineering for Top Profits

David Scott Peters, TheRestaurantExpert.com

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Winning Teams

A Chef’s Challenges – A question and answer session with Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy, Owner, Benchmarc Restaurants
Certified Master Chef Ferdinand Metz

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Minimize Risk

Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals for DUMMIES

Dale Willerton, The Lease Coach



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Minimize Risk

Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals for DUMMIES

Dale Willerton, The Lease Coach

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Winning Teams

Stop the Turnover: Hiring and Retaining the Right People

Michael Chernow, The Meatball Shop Co
Dolly Nacario, Altamarea Restaurant Group
Evan Hanczor, Parish Hall
Alex Kalaf, Jobfinder.com

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Operational Excellence

Network Security 101: How to Protect Your Customers' Data

Chris Morris, NCR

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Winning Teams

10 Productive Team Habits Trending in Successful Restaurants

Darren Denington CFBE, Service with Style Hospitality Group

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hot Trends

6 Technologies Successful Restaurateurs Can’t Live Without

Bobbie Lloyd, Owner, Magnolia Bakery
Michael Chernow, Owner, The Meatball Shop Co
Dean Jankelowitz, Owner, Jack’s Wife Freda
Giancarlo Fiorarancio, Director of Information Systems, Shake Shack
Mark Buonagurio, Director of Sales, NCR - MODERATOR

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hot Trends

2nd Annual Farm to City Expo

Sponsored by Empire State Development, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University, Edible Magazine

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Maximize Profits

Utilizing Recipes for Just-in-Time Practices and Performance Benchmarking

Mark Kelnhofer, President & CEO, Return On Ingredients

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hot Trends

How Mobile Payments can Increase Loyalty and Build Your Brand

Alex Bard, IT Manager, Just Salad
Jessie Gould, VP of Retail, Organic Avenue
Craig Bloom, Webmaster, ST Management, Fresh & Co.
Ellen Kim, Witchcraft
Denee Carrington, Forrester Research - Moderator

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Winning Teams

The Secrets to Holding Your Management Team Accountable

David Scott Peters, TheRestaurantExpert.com

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