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CUTTING-EDGE TOOLS, TACTICS AND TAKE AWAYS

At this year’s Northwest Foodservice Show, our educational program brings you information and training you need to stay ahead in our fast-paced, competitive industry. Hospitality experts and leading restaurant consultants take on the big topics and introduce you to practical tools and effective strategies for building winning teams, increasing sales and improving your bottom line.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14

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11:00 am

HEALTHCARE & BENEFITS FOR RECRUITMENT AND RENTENTION

Garth Rous, Garth T. Rouse & Associates

Our presentation will cover the reasons that employee benefits are more important today as a “retain and attract tool” than ever before. We will discuss the costs associated with both offering as well as not offering benefits and the different types of plans available. There are affordable options that many have not even considered. We will go over those options and the pros and cons associated with each.

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1:00 pm

LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Jason Brandt, President & CEO, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Greg Astley, 
Director of Government Affairs, Oregron Restaurant & Lodging Association
Julia Gorton, 
Director of Government Affaris, Washington Hospitality Association

Join Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) President and CEO Jason Brandt as he moderates a small panel discussion on Government Affairs issues in both Oregon and Washington. Jason will be talking with ORLA Director of Government Affairs Greg Astley and his counterpart, Washington Hospitality Association (WHA) State Government Affairs Director Julia Gorton. At times, Washington will follow in Oregon’s policy footsteps and just as often, Oregon will follow in Washington’s policy footsteps. Although there are many similarities between Oregon and Washington when it comes to laws and regulations affecting the hospitality industry there are also important differences. This discussion will cover both as well as national issues we are working on. Working together and in conjunction with the California Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association, ORLA and WHA are often at the forefront of wage and hour policy, food safety regulations and even innovations in the industry lacking formal regulations. The cooperation and information sharing are crucial to whatever success we might gain and those victories we are able to secure for members and the industry. A brief rundown of current issues will be followed by audience Q&A so come prepared to learn what you need to know to operate smarter given the current business climate in Oregon and Washington and bring your questions!

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2:00 pm

MENU AS A DRIVER

Karen Malody, FCSI, Principal – Culinary Options, LLC

No design work should proceed without a menu from which to base the design.Though this seems so logical, many decisions and purchases are often made without having thought through the menu requirements on all levels. Karen will illustrated specific ways in which the menu manifests the concept intent and impacts every other element of the operation.

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3:00 pm

EMERGING TRENDS, CBD RICH CONSUMABLES IN THE GENERAL MARKETPLACE

Jonathan Cook, Octco Consulting

Hemp is heading for the mainstream and the impact has major potential. Recent U.S. federal and state legislative changes have opened the gates of commerce to the 800 pound octopus in the corner and its tentacles are already making ripples in the food world. In this presentation / Q and A session, we will explore the emerging trend of hemp derived, CBD rich consumables in the general marketplace.

MONDAY, APRIL 15

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11:00 am

ACCESS DENIED: ADA INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY CLAIMS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM.

Shane Swilley, Partner, Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Sarita Stevens, Founder, Drive Interative

Join attorney Shane Swilley, from the law firm Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP, and web-designer Sarita Stevens, from Drive Interactive, for a discussion about legal obligations to make websites and mobile apps accessible for the disabled, and how to comply with those obligations in order to avoid being the target of a lawsuit.

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 12:00 pm

STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DONATION PROGRAM

Alli Condra, Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Sharon McFadden,
Oregon Food Bank

Learn how to donating quality, wholesome food to food rescue programs committed to servicing those who experience hunger. Alli will help you understand the legal protections and tax benefits associated with food donation and Sharon will discuss actionable steps to implement within your company. This is a great opportunity to hear about successful examples of food donation and learn how to make it a part of your business.

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1:00 pm

SEEING 2020: TOP LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN THE NEXT YEAR AND NEXT DECADE

Rich Meneghello & Alex Wheatley, Fisher Phillips

From the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to the Democrats’ new supermajority in the Oregon legislature, recent developments have the potential to drastically rewrite the future of the employment relationships in Oregon. This at a time when President Trump’s National Relations Board is scrapping Obama-era rules as fast as it can, and ICE has dramatically increased its aggressive agenda against undocumented workers. Come hear about these events and their potential impact on Oregon’s employment laws in the coming years. We will also explore the most significant bills currently being considered by the legislature during its 2019 session—including the possibility of paid family leave—as well as other laws and legal issues of particular concern or relevance looking forward—such as Oregon’s equal pay law and issues of harassment and equity in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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2:00 pm

MOBILE FRIENDLY WEBSITE FOR RESTAURANTS

Diane Economaki, President & Founder, Fuze7

In today’s mobile environment, more and more people are searching for restaurants using their phones or other mobile devices. The focus of this discussion will be on the importance of having a mobile friendly site and the necessary site features recommended to make your establishment most successful.

Schedule and speakers subject to change without notice.

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