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Meet the Experts


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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. Join the IRA on Wednesday, April 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at River Roast for Meet the Experts 2018.


Each year, this popular event offers restaurant operators the opportunity to speak one-on-one with industry experts from all walks of life.  The event will kick off with a networking hour followed by a keynote speech by Chefs John Hogan and Tony Mantuano from Levy Restaurants.  From there, Chefs Hogan and Mantuano, alongside a couple dozen of their fellow experts, will sit for semi-private networking meetings/sessions with Restaurant Operator Attendees.  There needn’t be an agenda—and you don’t have to sign up to meet with anyone—but rarely if ever will you have access to this caliber of people.

This has become the IRA’s Flagship Membership Event as it encapsulates everything there is about Membership in one magical night a year.

Meet the Experts is free for IRA operator members. To sign up as a member of the IRA, please call (312) 787-4000 or email for more information.

We thank the following sponsors for making Meet the Experts 2018 possible:




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