Welcoming Remarks
Michael Dorf, Founder & CEO, City Winery
Bob Luz, President of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association

Operator Panel

  • Moderator: Scott Kearnan, Food & Entertainment Editor, Boston Magazine
  • Eric Papachristos, Co-Owner of Trade, Porto, and Saloniki Greek
  • Peter Ungár, Chef and Owner, Tasting Counter
  • Rebecca Kean, CFO/Operations Manager, Brassica Kitchen

Current Trends in the Boston Restaurant Industry

  • Charlie Perkins, Founder, Boston Restaurant Group

Macroeconomic Trends Which Impact the Restaurant Sector

  • Chris Shaker, Partner, Retail & Restaurant, RSM

Government Panel

  • Moderator: Joe Piantedosi, Radio Talk Show Host “Breaking Bread” on NorthShore 104.9FM. WBOQ, and Executive Vice President & Co-Owner, Piantedosi Baking Company, Inc.
  • Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, City of Framingham
  • Kimberley Driscoll,  Mayor, City of Salem
  • Jean M. Lorizio, Esq., Chair, Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

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

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Session 1
Annual Restaurant Trends update of the current trends in the Boston restaurant area – Charlie Perkins of Boston Restaurant Group

Session 2
Radio program and panel discussion: The Next Great Generation – Millennials as Customers and Employees

Session 3
Panel Discussion: Sailing Through Unchartered Waters with Captains of the Local Restaurant Industry

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Special Restaurant Trends event, a tasting event to benefit 826 Boston, a non-profit youth writing and publishing organization.

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25 Years of New England Restaurant Trends

  • What’s Next? Tracking a Quarter Century of Consumer Behaviors & What to Expect Next
  • Ingredients for Success: The Legal Sea Foods Story
  • Panel: Lessons Learned from Local Industry Leaders

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  • The Greater Boston/Cambridge Restaurant Scene
  • Current Restaurant Trends – National Outlook
  • The Lettuce Entertain You Story – Corporate Culture Matters

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  • Current Restaurant Trends
  • Growth Strategies for Your Restaurant Group
  • Looking Back on Ten Years: The ES Case Study

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