28th Annual Restaurant Trends

Bounce. Back. Better.

The first Restaurant Trends was held in 1993 at The Bay Tower Room in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of that presentation was “How to Open and Operate a Successful Restaurant.” Based on the record attendance and the success of that first event, we agreed that these should be annual events. The purpose being to facilitate discussion on important industry issues and provide an opportunity to network with peers. 

Thanks to the over 150 industry professionals who were able to attend the 28th Annual “Restaurant Trends” event on September 13, 2021 at City Winery in Boston, which focused on lessons learned from COVID and changing guest expectations.  

Below are video links to the presentations which include a welcome from Michael Dorf, City Winery, introductory remarks from Bob Luz (MRA), presentations from Charlie Perkins (Boston Restaurant Group) and Chris Shaker (RSM), and panels including Scott Kearnan (Boston Magazine), Eric Papachristos (Trade, Porto, Saloniki), Peter Ungar (Tasting Counter), Rebecca Kean (Brassica Kitchen), Joe Piantedosi (Piantedosi Baking Co.), Mayors Kim Driscoll (Salem) and Dr. Yvonne Spicer (Framingham), and Jean Lorizio, Esq. (ABCC).

A portion of the proceeds from the event went to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a non-profit food rescue.

Video Links:

Welcoming Remarks:

Bob Luz:

Operator Panel:

Charlie Perkins:

Chris Shaker:

Government Panel: