Virtual Attendee

Welcome, Virtual Attendees! We will be live streaming select sessions so you, too, can be a part of all the action at from anywhere. See the agenda below and don't miss a beat.

Virtual Agenda

All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).

8:35 AM - 9:00 AM 

Keynote Speaker BILLY DEC

Emmy Award-winning TV personality Billy Dec breaks down the heartbeat of the culinary industry and what it takes to go from a one unit concept to a restaurant icon.

9:02 AM 

Off Premises Future

Is dining at home or on-the-go a trend operators should be paying attention to? Join Erle Dardick, author and expert on the future of what on-demand delivery, catering and mobile ordering mean for restaurant profits.

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM 

Think-tank Session with Don Thompson

Thompson’s 25-year ascension through the ranks of McDonald’s Corporation to become its President and CEO is one of the most respected career trajectories in corporate America. In 2014, Don left McDonald’s to form Cleveland Avenue, LLC, bringing together his vast restaurant expertise and engineering experience with his passion for innovation, digital trends and startup concepts.

12:30 PM 

General Session: Future Food

It's the hottest topic on the plate today — the future of our farms, our food system and the chef, operators and brands that are ringing in a new era of food. This session brings the top minds together to talk about what our next steps could be and should be.


Steve Heeley | CEO at Veggie Grill

Sara Brito | Co-founder and president at Good Food 100

Jack Griffin | President at Metropolis Farms

Heidi Coudal | Owner at Big Delicious Planet Catering, Canteen & Urban Farm

3:30 PM 

The American Food Artisans

The restaurant industry is pushing the creative envelope. Whether it's in the idea of sourcing, menu creativity, or other explorations into beverage and culinary, these artisans break out what's working in food trends from a new perspective. Forget what the analysts say — these are the trendsetters. Don't get left behind!


Greg O'Neill | Co-founder at Pastoral Artisan Cheese

Michael Ciapciak | Owner at Bang Bang Pie

Doug Ferriman | Founder at Oath Craft Pizza

Rachel Speckan | National Wine Director at City Winery