Past Events

2021 Event

Welcoming Remarks

Michael Dorf, Founder & CEO, City Winery

Bob Luz, President of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association

Operator Panel

Scott Kearnan, Food & Entertainment Editor, Boston Magazine Moderator

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

Joe Piantedosi, Radio Talk Show Host “Breaking Bread” on NorthShore 104.9FM. WBOQ, and Executive Vice President & Co-Owner, Piantedosi Baking Company, Inc.Moderator

Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, City of Framingham

Kimberley Driscoll,  Mayor, City of Salem

Jean M. Lorizio, Esq., Chair, Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

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2019 Event

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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2018 Event

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

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2017 Panels
25 Years of New England Restaurant Trends – What’s Next?Tracking a Quarter Century of Consumer Behaviors & What to Expect NextIngredients for Success: The Legal Sea Foods StoryPanel – Lessons Learned from Local Industry LeadersClick here to view full program invitation

2016 Panels
The Greater Boston/Cambridge Restaurant SceneCurrent Restaurant Trends – National OutlookThe Lettuce Entertain You Story – Corporate Culture MattersClick here to view full program invitation

2015 Panels
Current Restaurant TrendsGrowth Strategies for your restaurant groupLooking Back on 10 Years: The ES Case StudyClick here to view full program invitation

2014 Panels
Current Restaurant TrendsCreating an Innovative Public EnvironmentInnovation in the Restaurant IndustryClick here to view full program invitation

2013 Panels
Current Restaurant TrendsUpdate on Current Licensing and Permitting Issues and ChallengesReal Estate OpportunitiesFinancing Your Restaurant’s Growth through Friends, Families, and Supporters as InvestorsClick here to view full program invitation

2012 Panels
Boston’s Development and Economic GrowthCurrent Restaurant TrendsThe Developer’s Perspective – Restaurant DealsLessons Learned in Operating Your Restaurant BusinessClick here to view full program invitation

2011 Panels
Recent trends in the greater Boston marketSocial Media Marketing: How to Embrace it, Employ it and Measure itFarm to Table: Locavore and sustainable food sourcesDownload full brochure here

2010 Speakers
Charlie Perkins, The Boston Restaurant Group, Inc.
Panel Discussion by Louis Katz, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner & Rachel Roginsky, Pinnacle Advisory Group
Steve DiFillippo, Davio’sJohn Hamilton, Pyramid Hotel GroupRachel Roginsky, Pinnacle Advisor GroupRichard Dalton, Back Bay Restaurant GroupAnn Marie Lagrotteria, Back Bay Restaurant Group
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2009 Speakers
Charles Perkins, Boston Restaurant Group, Rachel Magni, WD Partners Cheryl Byrne, Consultant

Panel Discussion by Lou Katz, Ruberto Israel & Weiner, PC &
Ed McCabe, Cafco Construction
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + CafeTony Maws, Craigie on MainJon Olinto, b.goodJohn Pepper, Boloco
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2008 Speakers
Charles Perkins, Boston Restaurant Group
Michael Oshman, Green Restaurant Association

Panel Discussion by Ed McCabe, Cafco Construction
Alison Arnett, Former Boston Globe Food Editor
Michela Larson, Chef & Restaurateur
James Ringrose, Restaurant Confidential
Panel Discussion by Lou Katz, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, PC
Frank McClelland, L’Espalier & Sel De La Terre
David Hadden, Hadden Restaurant Development Co.

2007 Speakers
Charles Perkins, The Boston Restaurant Group, Inc.Steve Miller, McDermott, Quilty & Miller, P.C.Thomas Miller, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Panel Discussion by Lou Katz, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
Karen Bressler, Agar Supply Co., Inc.Joseph Nocera, The Chateau RestaurantsAustin M. O’Connor, The Briar Restaurant Group

Panel Discussion by Edward McCabe, Cafco Construction
Jim Apteker, Longwood EventsBarbara Lynch, No. 9 ParkJoanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe

2006 Speakers
Jeremy Sewall, Chef/Owner, Lineage Restaurant
Charles Perkins, The Boston Restaurant Group, Inc.
Michael Staub, Group M, Inc.
Edward McCabe, Cafco Construction
Aaron Spencer, Uno Chicago Grill
Debra Chionchio, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C.

2005 Speakers
Denise Korn, Kom Design
Kevin Harron, Burton’s Grill
Burton “Skip” Sack, National Restaurant Association

2004 Speakers
Jeffrey Davis, Mage, LLC
George Naddaff, Mage Capital Partners/Boston Expansion Capital Corporation Christopher Myers, Guapo! Restaurant Group

2003 Speakers
David Andelman, The Phantom Gourmet
Karen Bressler, Agar Supply Co, Inc.
Steve Shipley, Johnson & Wales University
Jamie Strobino, Not Your Average Joe’s

2002 Speakers
William Hale, The Hale Group
Timothy Greenleaf, Fairmont Capital
Joseph Micatrotto, Buca, Inc.