At the 2019 Chef to Chef Conference in New Orleans, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from top food-and-beverage and club industry suppliers as they share operating insights and showcase their products and services through special educational sessions that will be offered before the Conference officially began on Sunday, March 10.
Attendance at these extra sessions qualify for additional ACF and CMAA certification credits, in addition to those that can be earned from the regular Conference agenda. These sessions are offered at no additional cost—they are covered in full by Conference registration. Attendees can sign up for sessions during the registration process.
2:00pm – 2:45pm: Triar Seafood
Navigating the Changing Seas
Join Exec Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace and SoBou here in NOLA and his Chef d Cuisine Chris Lynch, Steve Redzikowski, Chef/owner of Oak on 14th in Boulder and Acorn at the Source in Denver, Exec Chef Robert Meitzer of the Windsor Club in Vero Beach Fl and formerly of Mountaintop Golf and CC in Cashiers NC and Peter Jarvis, owner/founder of Triar Seafood Co in Hollywood Florida as we discuss the ongoing challenges that Chefs face sourcing responsibly harvested, domestic seafood. Topics will include wild, vs. farmed, the challenges facing domestic aquaculture, how federal rules and regulations are affecting sourcing and allocations for the commercial seafood industry, the effects of global warming as it relates to seafood production, imports vs. domestic, recreational fisheries vs. the commercial seafood industry and what seasonally inspired seafood trends can benefit your members.
2:00pm – 2:45pm: KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
Employee Engagement Tools: “Minding the Gap” and the “Stay Interview”
The top complaints we hear from culinarians at clubs across the country are that they can’t get employees to show up for their first day of work (or even their first interview!) and that turnover rates are too high. This interactive session introduces two useful concepts to help promote employee engagement before they start their new job and once they are hired.
2:00pm – 2:45pm: VGM Club
The Club Chef Society: The organization for chefs, run by chefs
Presenters: Tom Birmingham, CEC, Executive Director of Club Chef Society and Matt Hinkle, CEC, AAC, ACE, Exmoor Country Club
Join in conversation with Tom Birmingham and Matt Hinkle as they share the great news about a newly formed opportunity made especially for club culinarians.
Come listen to how a local Chicago clubchef group spawned the idea of creating a nationwide organization made specifically for club executive chefs, sous, and pastry chefs. Learn more about what was featured in Club & Resort BusinessMagazine’s June publication last year and how club chef’scoming together can reap benefits for your success in the marketplace.
Learn how the organization can help you with educational benefits, professional growth, networking & competition opportunities, and even financial assistance. For more details on this session, feel free to reach out to Tom Birmingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to talking with you in New Orleans!
Harnessing the Power of Technology to Streamline Dining Operations and Enhance Guest / Member Experience
Presenters: Imran Balki – Chief Technology Officer & Brian Hall – Director of Sales, Northstar Technologies
In this interactive session you can experience how the Kitchen Display and Hand-Held Mini Tablet POS systems enable dining room staff and management to accurately measure service levels and intuitively anticipate their guests’ needs. You will discover how technology can help reduce service time by 4-8 mins / order, increase speed and accuracy of orders, provide personalized member service, keep the dining room “out of the weeds” with view of kitchen load and give you analytical tools to make better decisions.
Much more than a simple transactional platform, today’s systems are truly an amenity for Guests and Members. Smartphone Applications and Kiosks allow input for reservations and orders from virtually anywhere and can help transform your dining operations.
Spiceology is the fastest growing spice company and it’s for 3 simple reasons. We grind fresh, pack fresh, and ship fresh. Spiceology was started and continues to be operated by a group of professional chefs who were tired of paying for overpriced old spices that weren’t getting the job done in the kitchen. We wanted to disrupt the spice industry by delivering a product to our colleagues—you—that made a difference not only in our plates but the kitchen, too.
Our Periodic Table of Flavor is changing the look of the spice rack in a chef’s kitchen.
Aside from the spices themselves, we have changed the game by offering a loyalty program. Come listen to more of Spiceology’s story and how we started. Learn how you can become thrt of our Spice Tribe.
3:00pm-3:45pm: The Montague Company
The UDC “Plug-N-Play” Island Suite
“Island cooking suites have grown in popularity in the U.S since the concept was initially brought over by European chefs several decades ago. Benefits such as expanded communication between the culinary team, more reliable energy distribution across a large span of equipment and an aesthetically pleasing look offer chefs the opportunity to provide a truly front-of-the-house “theatre of cooking” experience to their patrons.
Interestingly, island suites have become, in the world of fast paced change, a victim of their own success. Modern foodservice business needs now emphasize design aspects that center around continual change and flexibility – whether hyper-focused on daypart differences OR seasonal changes OR even longer term changes such as a change in concept all the way to staff changes!
Montague is proud to announce the creation of the new UDC “Plug-N-Play” Island Suite concept that maintains the structural look and feel of a traditional island suite and now offers the additional benefits of flexibility and interchangeability of varying pieces of equipment without the need of a major overhaul or remodel project.
Come see how Montague can enhance your business with the most cutting edge kitchen design product line in the industry.”