August 2014: Volume 5, Number 8
By Karen Bremer, Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association
With the return of the Atlanta Foodservice Expo (AFSE) in October, the only event in Georgia and the Southeast to bring together sectors of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry under one roof, restaurateurs, chefs and restaurant staff will have the opportunity to explore the latest tools and resources to help their restaurants thrive and stay up-to-date on upcoming trends and products to help their businesses grow.
The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) serves as a supporter of the AFSE because the value of the expo is substantial to all operators and owners of Georgia’s restaurants. Additionally, the AFSE serves as a great opportunity for those in the restaurant industry to network and stay informed on the latest products, services and technologies from a broad spectrum of top suppliers in the industry. The expo will also offer a comprehensive educational program that will provide foodservice operators with key tools to grow and enhance their business. Topics such as food costing, recruitment and retention of staff, allergy training, social media marketing and more will be covered. Also, the educational sessions will have specific designations or tracks that will adhere to specific groups of people such as single-unit vs. multi-unit operators, assistant managers, general managers or owners.
Additionally, the GRA will be hosting a Chairman’s Reception immediately following the AFSE on Monday, October 13th at Ventanas from 6-8 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga. in support of the GRA PAC, the only Political Action Committee dedicated to serving the restaurant industry in Georgia. The Chairman’s Reception will take place in lieu of the Annual Chairman’s Luncheon and will be a great evening for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and networking with foodservice and hospitality professionals. Attendance is complimentary for all Georgia restaurants who register in advance, as well as present their expo badge at the reception. For more information, and to register, visit the events section on our website at www.garestaurants.org.
As a member of the restaurant industry, having access to an expo that can help expand your reach in the industry and allow you to have access to the best tools and practices for your business is vital for success in a competitive market. All GRA restaurant members will have access to a free AFSE show badge and GRA sponsors and partners receive a discount to exhibit. Not a GRA member? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about membership or visit our website at www.garestuarants.org. With the AFSE, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how they can make their operation run “faster, cleaner, better, tastier.” Do not miss your opportunity to attend the Southeast’s trade show of the year for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries.
For additional information on the AFSE, visit their website at www.AtlantaFoodserviceExpo.com or follow them on social media at www.facebook.com/AtlantaFoodserviceExpo or www.twitter.com/FoodserviceExpo.
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