Schedule Of Events

Sunday, March 4th  

Culinary Showcase Stage

11:30am -   Master Chef Season 7 Winner Shaun O'Neale will be mixing it up with a lively and entertaining cooking demo. A meet and greet and cookbook signing will follow.

Winner of MasterChef season 7, Shaun O'Neale has been orchestrating dance floors from the DJ booth for almost 20 years and refining his culinary skills in home kitchens for just as long.   He has an absolute obsession with all things food and spent years developing and fine tuning his culinary skills.  O'Neale came out of the home kitchen and into the spotlight on season 7 of the hit FOX show MasterChef. With his elevated plating and big bold flavors, O'Neale quickly became a front runner with 8 individual wins starting with the coveted white apron and ending with the MasterChef trophy. Having the honor to cook for and learn from true masters in the culinary world like Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Richard Blais, Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee and Kevin Sbraga has intensified Shaun's passion in the kitchen as he now moves on to the next phase as a Chef, DJ and Author of "My Modern American Table". 

2:00pm Where will our seafood come from in the future? Sourcing sustainable seafood in a protein short world.  Join fish expert, biologist and VP of Congressional Seafood, Tim Sughrue as he explores this topic and shares samples. 

3:30pm - Food on Tap - Cooking with Craft Beer - Sysco Eastern MD Chef Candace Hilger teams up with EVO craft beer to explore developing craft beer inspired dishes and incorporating craft inspired flavors into your menu. 

Educational Sessions - Room 210 Second Level

12:00pm - P.O.S.: Proven. Organizational. Success. Using technology to achieve better sales and reduced costs. Think  your POS software is just for ringing in the sale?  It’s not! Use technology to manage labor costs, reduce waste and spoilage, inventory management, increase customer turnover and increase average check values to increase profitability and efficiency. Learn about the newest to reduce costs and improve sales. Presented by Steve Silberman, MPI Point of Sale

1:00pm - Interceptors and Grease Traps 101 – Protecting Our Environment​ -Grease, Fats & Oils and the Proper Handling of Waste Discussion will involve all aspects of dealing with grease and how to keep it from flowing into our bays. Presented by Rich Ballard, Valley Proteins & Scott Brinsfiled, FiltaFry and the MD Coastal Bays

2:00pm -  Everyone’s a Critic, Deal with it! – Everyday customers are talking about your business on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and others.  Join this session to explore how to handle negative reviews and manage your online reputation.   Presented by: Todd Collins, COO at Restaurant Reputations

3:00pm  - Technology Ideas to Generate Repeat Guests - In this session, two industry experts discuss using a point of sale system, online ordering, loyalty programs, guest data and other available technology to help manage and grow your business as well as keep your guests happy, and happy enough to return. POS – Traditional and cloud based, Kitchen technology to make a better and more consistent product while reducing labor costs, Online Ordering, Loyalty Programs, Digital Menuboards, Email Marketing, SMS Text marketing, Twitter/Facebook Marketing. Presented by Henry Pertman, Cohn Reznick and Michael Tash, Essential System Solutions

4:00pm - Protect Your Employees, Protect Your Assets - Keeping Employees Safe & Procedures for Returning to Work - Learn about industry leading accidents and what business owners can do to protect their employees and their companies.  Hear the benefits of working with insurance providers to reduce exposure.  Presented by Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company

Show Floor Exhibition

12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm - Exhibit Booth # 2614 - Chesapeake Cafe by Eastern Shore Coffee & Water

Marvel in the magical creation of latte art.  This method of preparing coffee is created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. 

Monday, March 5th    

Culinary Showcase Stage 

11:30am -   Meet the Makers! Stop by to learn more about craft products & spirits and the makers that produce them.

1:00pm - Ocean 98 Presents MINGO - Music Bingo - Join us on stage for this entertaining and interactive chance to win prizes.  Featured music will  showcase food & beverage and hospitality related songs! 

2:30pmExecutive Chef Paul Suplee takes center stage and delves into the heart of the kitchen.

Educational Sessions  Room 208 & 210 Second Level

10:00am - ROOM 208 -- Paid Sick Leave Compliance - MD Working Healthy Families Act is Here, Now What? Join Niles, Barton & Wilmer as they explore the new law in laymans language. Presented by Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

11:30am -  Mine Your Data, Mind Your Business - Data is everywhere!  Learn how to use creative strategies to put that data to work to attract new customers, encourage repeat business and drive direct bookings.  Presented by John Gehrig, D3Corp

12:00pm - ROOM 208 - Legionella - What's in the Water: Assessment, Prevention & Remediation.  Discussion will include what legionella is, the new ASHRAE 188 Standard and how it will affect your property, how to prevent an outbreak and water system remediation. Presented by David Hollingsworth, ARC Water Treatment

12:30pm -Technology Ideas to Generate Repeat Guests - In this session, two industry experts discuss using a point of sale system, online ordering, loyalty programs, guest data and other available technology to help manage and grow your business as well as keep your guests happy, and happy enough to return. POS – Traditional and cloud based, Kitchen technology to make a better and more consistent product while reducing labor costs, Online Ordering, Loyalty Programs, Digital Menuboards, Email Marketing, SMS Text marketing, Twitter/Facebook Marketing. Presented by Henry Pertman, Cohn Reznick and Michael Tash, Essential System Solutions

1:30pm - Everyone’s a Critic, Deal with it! – Everyday customers are talking about your business on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook and others.  Join this session to explore how to handle negative reviews and manage your online reputation.  Presented by Todd Collins,  Restaurant Reputations

2:00pm - ROOM 208 - Buy your business network like you purchase your cell phone. Stop by and learn how you can save money by paying for your business networking equipment like your firewall, Wi-Fi, and phone system on a monthly plan! Presented by Telewire & ADTRAN

2:30pm - How to Maximize (ok squeeze) Your Marketing Dollars -Budgets today are not only tight for our clients and prospects but for us as well; but we must continue to market nonetheless. So with these tight budgets what does one do? This seminar discusses numerous ways to create affordable marketing touch points in a very tight economy.  Presented by David Addi, Fired Up Promotions

Show Floor Exhibition

12:00 & 2:00pm - Exhibit Booth # 2614 -Chesapeake Cafe by Eastern Shore Coffee & Water