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Special keynote address by Kevin Boehm, James Beard nominated restaurateur and co-founder of Boka Restaurant Group. Event proceeds benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

When: 5/12/2015
From 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop Chicago
2033 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60647
United States
Presenter: Kevin Boehm from Boka Restaurant Group
Contact: Christine DeSousa

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Here are this year’s experts.  Online registration is closed.  Arrive at 5pm to sign up for the expert(s) of your choice.

Please note, you do NOT need to sign up to meet with any of the experts, but you do NEED to register for the event itself by clicking register above.  Expert registration is limited to Restaurant/Foodservice Operators and Students in Foodservice.  


Thank you for your support of the Illinois Restaurant Association! 

Kevin Boehm


Boka Restaurant Group

Janet Isabelli


Isabelli Media Relations


Dan Raskin


Manny's Deli


Kevin Brown


Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Giuseppe Tentori 


GT's Fish & Oyster

Hank Meyer


BJ's Market & Bakery


Patrick Donelly

General Manager Hyatt Regency Chicago


Kristan Vaughan


Vaughan Hospitality Group


Barry Sorkin




David Manilow

Check, Please!


Scott Weiner


The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group


Alpana Singh


Seven Lions & The Boarding House


Darwin Claude

Edward Don & Co.


Ryan Arnold

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises


Patrick Wartan

Managing Partner

Axia Law


Jodi Fyfe


Paramount Events


Diane Corcoran

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises


Abby Kritzler
Boka Restaurant Group

Chris Johnston
Cheesie's Pub & Grub

 Clinton Wolf

Ross Thomson

Signature Bank


Corey Frank

Heartland Payment Systems

Doug Sohn
Hot Doug's

 Gabe Wiessen
Beavers Donuts

Nick Moretti


1st Ward Events Chop Shop


Derrek Hull Executive Director The Trotter Project


Ian Goldberg

VP of Operations

Boka Restaurant Group


Alex Pappas


Axia Law


Glenn Keefer

Lifelong Restaurateur Heil & Kay Insurance

Joe Baez

Clifton Larson Allen 


John Heil

Heil & Kay Insurance 


Kiran Pinto B. Hospitality Co.


Laurie Cairns

Creative Director

Blast PR

Tim McEnery


Cooper's Hawk


Tim O'Malley

Founder of Concierge Preferred and Social Media Beast 


Winston Lord

CEO/Co-Founder Venga


Chuck Taylor


Clifton Larson Allen

Matthew Woodburn


1st Ward Events Chop Shop


Angela Roman Aspito

The Signature Room at the 95th 



If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding registering to sit with any of our experts please call 312-380-4120 and leave a message or email  We will get back to you beginning Monday, May 4, 2015 and do everything we can to accommodate as many attendees as possible.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

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