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Meet the Experts


You have questions. We have Experts.


Imagine a room full of restaurant and hospitality industry experts ready to help you with your business. That's "Meet the Experts" and you're invited.

Each year, this popular event offers restaurant operators the opportunity to speak one-on-one with experts in a variety of fields including staffing, insurance, taxes, purchasing, marketing, public relations, licensing and more. While enjoying a fun, casual evening with good food and drinks, attendees can sign-up to sit with selected experts to ask questions, get advice, and exchange business info to keep the conversation going in the future. It's speed-coaching and power networking!

We are pleased to announce Meet the Experts 2017!

Tuesday, April 4

The Illinois Restaurant Association presents its 4th Annual Meet The Experts with Keynote Speaker Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner and Founder of the Alinea Group of restaurants: Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and Roister, and founder and CEO of Tock, Inc. At the event, registered restaurant/bar/hospitality operators will be able to reserve fifteen (15) minutes speed coaching sessions with the experts of their choosing, subject to availability. Thank you to our event sponsors: Old Crow Smokehouse, Reinhart Food Service, Taft Law, Stahl Cowen and CliftonLarsonAllen.

To view past events and experts click here:    2016    2015    2014


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