Six educational workshops, created to focus on the topics restaurateurs and foodservice professionals have said are most important to their business, have been added to the education offerings at The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. The workshops will provide actionable solutions and ideas, from industry subject matter experts focused on motivation techniques, negotiating commercial leases, menu modifications for gluten-free customers, building financial confidence, urban aquaponics, and managing labor and staffing shortages. The workshops, part of the Food & Beverage Academy, will run during the event from Sunday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 18 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Six Workshops at NY Restaurant & Foodservice Show

The schedule of workshops, include:


  • Finding the Spark: How a Boots on the Ground Manager Found Success in Motivating the Unmotivated (Sunday, March 6 from 10:30 -11:30 am) Julia Bernstein of JC Bernstein will share her insight of the uniquely blended perspective of a day in the life of an operator combined with raw insight from hourly employees. Join Julie for some thought-provoking perspective gained from hearing true stories from managers and employees, while learning and experiencing the strategy designed to hone the skills every manager needs to build a motivated team.  Click here for session details.


  • 7 Reasons You Might not be able to Sell Your Restaurant (Sunday, March 6 from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm) Dale Willerton, The Lease Coach, will provide insights on the seven obstacles tenants often encounter with landlords. He will discuss how to approach the landlord and set the stage before listing a restaurant for sale, and how to avoid future liability if the buyer doesn’t pay the rent. Session attendees will receive a complimentary autographed book Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES authored bythe presenter Dale Willerton – The Lease Coach. Click here for details.


  • Modifying your Menu to Accommodate Gluten-Free Customers and Increase your Bottom Line (Sunday, March 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm). Marlisa Brown, Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator-Chef-Author-Speaker and president of Total Wellness Inc. will provide tips on accommodating customers on gluten-free diets and help attendees find a way for them to use their existing menu to drive extra business. This program will restaurant owners and operators develop easy changes in their menu and ordering procedures that will make it possible for to implement and market to gluten-free customers. Click here for session details.


  • Building Confidence in Financials: A Bootcamp for Restaurant Owners (Monday, March 2 from 10:30 am – 12:45 pm) Anne Gannon, CPA, principal, and founder of The Largo Group will teach the fundamentals of the two most important financial statements for restaurant owners – a balance sheet and income statement. These reports are the key to understanding the health of a business day to day and month to month. They are also the reports most often required for any lending, whether you’re looking to expand a business or invest in new equipment. Click here for details.


  • New York Seafood Summit: Urban Aquaponics (Monday, March 7 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm). New York Sea Grant, in collaboration with industry, academic and other professional seafood stakeholders, offers its annual “NY Seafood Summit,” where a group of enthusiastic professionals with a vested interest in seafood will meet to foster active communications and build relationships among the various seafood producers and users of New York. This year’s summit will focus on Seafood and Health. Click here for details.


  • Total Team Makeover – Restaurant Workshop (Tuesday, March 8 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm) Darren S. Denington, President and Founder, Service with Style Hospitality Group, will discuss how operating a successful Restaurant, Bar, Café, Resort or Hotel is only possible with an incredible team, but the industry is struggling with ways to attract, recruit, train, manage, evaluate and assemble a strong team that works together. Darren will provide the must-have strategies for managing labor and staffing issues in a changing market. Click here for details.


In addition to these workshops the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show will offer four new Education Summits focused on the most important issues including business solutions, marketing tips, operational efficiency and staffing solutions. Attendees will also have access to all of the events on Center Stage including the presentation of the new Humanitarian Spotlight Award, The Torch Award and the Beacon Award as well as the Hip Sip Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition and the Rapid Fire Challenge Plant Based Competition. For information about exhibiting, sponsoring, or attending, visit

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