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The GHRA Restaurant Industry Summit scheduled for September 19th at the Houston Food Bank has been rescheduled to March 6, 2018 at the Houston Food Bank.

Join the Greater Houston Restaurant Association as we host our annual half-day conference for restaurateurs, managers, marketing teams, operations, finance and chief executives. We bring together an experienced group of restaurant professionals whose common interests and concerns are brought to the table for discussion. The Summit’s format allows the collective wisdom “in the room” to be distilled into concrete, actionable ideas that attendees take home with them.

First Look: This year's Restaurant Industry Summit sizzling topics and special guest speakers are...

Session I | Food Allergies
Understand the needs and safety precautions required when serving guests
Facilitator: Felicia Krumbeck | Customer Relations
Associate, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply
Chirag Bhatt | Director, Regulatory & Technical Services,
Phil Willis | Director of Training and Products,
Texas Restaurant Association

Session II | Spread the Word (Promoting your Business)
Public Relations, Marketing, Social Media
Facilitator: Thomas Nguyen | CO-Founder, Peli Peli
Eric Sandler | Food Writer, Culture Map
Phaedra Cook | Longtime food writer who covers the
Houston restaurant scene
Anna Tauzin | VP Marketing & Innovation,
Texas Restaurant Association

Session III | Concept Enhancements
Facilitator: Jonathan Horowitz | Chief Executive Officer,
Legacy Restaurant
Group & GHRA Board President
Robin Blanchette | President & CEO, Norton Creative
Dawn Arcieri | Gensler
Jerry Alexander | Gensler

Keynote Speakers
Chris Tripoli | President, A’ La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group
“Where are we going? An Overview of the restaurant Industry landscape.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall St.
Houston, TX 77029

Early Bird Special
GROUP TICKET $1,000 ($900 before September 1st)
General admission for 10 plus 1 sponsor ticket for an Educator or Student
SUPPORTING SPONSOR $150 ($135 before September 1st)
General admission for 1 plus 1 sponsor ticket for an Educator or Student
SINGLE TICKET $110 IN ADVANCE ($99 before September 1st)
General admission for 1
EDUCATOR/STUDENT TICKET $75 ($65 before September 1st)
General admission for 1