SAVE THE DATE: State of the Restaurant Industry Symposium May 17

Tuesday May 17 2011: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Piedmont Room at the Clyde's Gallery Place (707 7th St NW, Washington)

COST: $30 CHA members, $35 general admission         Download REGISTRATION FORM

Foodservice Monthly columnist and noted industry expert Jay Treadwell will moderate a panel of experts to get a fix on the pulse of the restaurant industry. The Cornell Hotel Society, the Washington/Baltimore chapter of the worldwide alumni organization of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, is hosting the first Restaurant Symposium held in this area.

 Jay Treadwell is a principal of The Optimum Group, that consults for restaurants, schools and business and industry accounts; he is also a specialist in organizational development and team building. He is a past president (2008) of the Cornell Hotel Society. For more information on attending the symposium, contact Mr. Treadwell:, or at 301-656-8335. 

The purpose of the symposium is to examine, from various perspectives, the state of the restaurant business, one of the fastest growing service segments of the hospitality industry. There will be a panel of five, highly regarded professionals representing the Association of restaurateurs, the owners, the chefs, a professor from Cornell, schooled in restaurant operations research and the critical press with perspective on the general public who dine in these establishments. The questions will focus on:

  • The impact of the recent recession
  • The current state of responses to restaurant dining experiences
  • The trends affecting the growth of the industry
  • Food and popular trends affecting customer buying decisions and the effect of the Internet
  • What the future holds, one, two, and three years out

The panelists will be asked to discuss specifics with respect to these topics and asked, at the end, for an overview of their point of view.. The panelists are:

            Jay Treadwell– General Partner- The Optimum Group- Moderator

            Lynne Breaux– President- Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)

            David Moran-Managing Director-Clyde’s of Gallery Place and The Old Ebbitt Grill

            Phyllis Richman– Former Food Critic of The Washington Post

            Geoff Tracy– Chef/Owner- Chef Geoff Restaurants

            Gary Thompson, PhD, Cornell School of Hotel administration- Restaurant Operations                          Management

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration is seeking sponsors to support their scholarship fundraising initiative. The Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) is committed to upholding the initiative of Cornell University to eliminate need-based student loans for families with the most need and cap need-based loans for many families. In this spirit the CHS Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter accepted a challenge by the Cornell Hotel Society Foundation in April 2008 and created a new $50,000 chapter scholarship. The Foundation’s challenge matches $1 for every $3 raised, so the chapter is committed to raise $37,500 and the remainder $12,500 will be matched by the CHS Foundation. So far CHS Washington, DC/Baltimore has raised over $20,000 through generous donations from local alumni and businesses.  The initiative allows many Cornell School of Hotel Administration students to graduate debt-free and relieve economically disadvantaged parents from having to make a contribution. This initiative provides generous benefits to students from low/middle income families, but also addresses the needs of all families who qualify for need-based financial aid.

The proceeds from the Restaurant Symposium and State of the Industry are critical to reaching our goal and will support the School of Hotel Administration in its commitment to fulfill the University’s initiative. 





About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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