2019 Expert Workshops

Workshops are focused, interactive four-hour sessions in the classroom to provide a more in-depth learning experience. Come away with new knowledge and ideas that you can immediately implement into your business. Nightclub & Bar workshops are an excellent way to deepen your knowledge in subject areas that are critical to you!

This years' topics include:

  • Managing Your Budget
  • Staff Training
  • Marketing for Bars 
  • Critical Systems
  • NEW! F&B Innovation Workshop with Live Menu Consultation!

Limited seating! 
Spots are limited and workshops fill quickly, so register early to ensure your seat.

How to register?
One (1) workshop is included in the VIP Pass or can be added separately to any registration pass for $149.

2019 Workshop Topics Click the link for full workshop description and speaker bio.

Powerful Promotions with a Small Budget - New & Updated! SOLD OUT!

Ron Cates - President, The Ron Cates Companies
Monday 3/25 9am-12pm

New and updated! This workshop covers the core elements of a successful marketing strategy, taking into consideration the budget and time constraints of running a business. Low cost and no cost online marketing tools that are simple and effective will be emphasized, along with strategies to use them together to amplify each other and save time. Advanced marketers will learn new tricks, but absolute beginners will never feel lost. Topics include: email marketing, social media, improving the effectiveness of your website (or who to turn to to do it for you), search engine optimization (getting found on the web), maximizing review sites, and much more. Want to know more? Click here.

Erase Your Fear of Budgets Forever & Become the Master of Your Profitability SOLD OUT!

David Scott Peters - Founder & CEO,
Monday 3/25 9am-12pm

Does the mere thought of writing a budget make your head spin and your heart beat with anxiety? You’re not alone. Most independent restaurant owners use their “gut” to budget their restaurants instead of the real numbers. But it’s not enough. Your budget is a guide to success. It points you to profitability. In this special three-hour session, David Scott Peters, restaurant coach and founder of, teaches restaurant owners how to build a budget the right way. Want to know more? Click here.

Teach & Coach Your Staff to Become Hospitality Heroes SOLD OUT!

Bob Brown - President, Bob Brown Service Solutions
Monday 3/25 9am-12pm

In Bob Brown’s power-packed interactive session, learn how to Build your Hospitality A-Team, Word to Lose and Words to Use, Turn Complaints in to Wows and deliver Dazzling Service, and teach and coach your team members to be hospitality heroes.  Bob’s tools and techniques have been incorporated into the cultures of industry leaders Marriott; Disney; Waldorf Astoria; Four Seasons, Hilton; Jumeirah, including the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai; Nordstrom; Viceroy; and the Morgans Hotel Group.  Want to know more? Click here.


The Mindset to Unlock Your Potential: An Award Winning Approach SOLD OUT!

Dushan Zaric - Founder, Employees Only
Monday 3/25 9am-12pm

Learn from Dushan Zaric, founder of Employees Only, about what makes a bar so successful. Employees Only isn't just any bar, it's one of the original craft cocktail bars in NYC and has gone on to spawn locations all over the world while piling up multiple awards including 'Best Bar in the World' from Tales and multiple appearances on 'The World's 50 Best Bar' list.  Dushan, winner of Mentor of the Year, will not only go through the approach that built this empire, but the psychology owners and operators need in order to sustain this level of success.  Learn how to become a better leader that breeds excellence to keep your customers coming back. Learn how to avoid burnout and provide world-class hospitality. Focus on the "why" to create the "what" and the "how". Want to know more? Click here.

Critical Systems to Lead Your Bar & Restaurant to Success SOLD OUT!

Fred Langley - Partner,
Monday 3/25 9am-12pm

If you’ve heard the saying, “Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made,” then you probably know the bar & restaurant industry is the best example of exactly that. Proper systems force communication and profitability, enabling bar& restaurant owners to replicate themselves for greater success and be great leaders within their businesses. Knowing who you are as a business operator is key in developing these systems and for achieving your goals. This Workshop helps attendees identify who they are as bar & restaurant owners or managers, and how to communicate and lead their team. Want to know more? Click here.

F&B Innovation Workshop - Live Menu Consultation SOLD OUT!

Chef Brian Duffy - Founder, Duffified Experience Group
Wednesday 3/27 9am-12pm

Located on the Expo Hall at the F&B Innovation Center! Lead by celebrity Chef Brian Duffy, this hands-on and interactive workshop shows operators and chefs the latest in food innovation’s best practices. Chef Duffy goes through the culinary technologies, equipment, the processes, and the culture needed to bring your operation’s success to the next level. End this Workshop with a behind the scenes tour of the F&B Innovation Center!

Get behind the scenes of this dedicated area, learn new techniques, skills and test products. Want to know more? Click here.