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SHFM Conference coming soon to NYC

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) will host its 2018 Critical Issues Conference on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the New York University Kimmel Center here, offering educational seminars on professional development and industry issues and networking opportunities.

The Critical Issues Conference originated in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and the foodservice and hospitality industry’s responsiveness to the community’s needs at that time. In its aftermath, SHFM members came together to host an area-wide conference and established the Critical Issues Conference as an annual event. Each year, inspired by a specific industry challenge and its opportunities, SHFM leaders select a critical industry issue as the focus of this conference.

This year’s  theme is Designing the Evolutionary Work Space Experience. Industry experts on space planning and execution will address demographic and generational shifts impacting space design, the impact of technology on design elements, and customer utilization, function, and flexibility as they relate to the workspace experience.

Speakers will include:

  • John G. Nackley, President & CEO, InterMetro Industries Corporation, MODERATOR
  • Michael Bonomo, Director of Global Workplace, CannonDesign
  • Mike Church, Managing Director, Deloitte Digital
  • Connie Dickson, Principal, Rippe Associates
  • Christine Gurtler, Design Director, Jacobs l Doland l Beer, LLC

For more details, contact Michelle Romero Director of Sponsorship & Marketing 502.574.9036 mromero@hqtrs.com

Additionally, another pre-conference session for SHFM Client Liaison, Self-Operator, Contractor and Integrated Facility Manager members allows an exchange of ideas with industry professionals who share similar membership classifications. The group will learn about who should be at the table and on the project team, as well as current retail restaurant trends. For the full agenda and other details about SHFM’s Critical Issues Conference visit: http://shfm- online.org/2018cic.


For more information, please visit http://www.shfm-online.org.

Thirst Boston returns to town this weekend

BOSTON – A favorite beverage events with a spirited spirits focus takes place this weekend here, kicking off its educational seminars at BCAE (Boston Center for Adult Education) in the city’s South End.

The pre-eminent cocktail event combines educational seminars about spirits, cocktails and locally made beverages with lively evening spirits-focused events.

Making it happen are Mauren Hautaniemi who began her career at age 13, carrying trays and today works with OFFSITE to produce events for the spirits industry. Joining her is Nick Korn who calls himself a “life-long student and self-identified nerd” with a background in anthropology and a love of travel. He brings his academic “lens” to the eating/drinking industry after a decade of working as a professional in the bar industry. Today he owns and manages OFFSITE, a boutique event and strategy firms with a beverage industry focus.

Thirst Boston kicks off with an opening party on April 28 at Shojo from 8 to 11 p.m. Cocktail Atlas with Beam Suntory will be followed by an after-party sponsored by St. Germain at Drink from 11 p.m. -2 a.m.

Saturday kicks off with a round of classes at BCAE…check them out on www.thirstboston.com, as many are already sold out and the rest, going fast. A unique event, the Ghost of Cocktails Past, will be a walking tour of Boston dive bars from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Brother Cleve.

Saturday evening is State Lines – Spirits and Carnival Games at Boston’s Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. Then move on to Kentucky Tiki with Four Roses at Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel.

On Sunday, check out Rhum Barbancourt, a look at Haitian spirits going beyond rum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at BCAE- Ocean Room followed by an Afternoon with Nico de Soto of New York’s MACE and Paris’ DANICO at Drink from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Drink. Go to ThirstBoston.com for the rest of the afternoon’s excellent looks into whiskey blending, Gin Lab, Irish Whiskey and Sugar, Sugar: Pastry & Cocktails.

The evening’s big event is Gender Bender Blender Bender, presented by Vitamix at Whiskey Saigon from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with an After Party with Fernet Branca to follow from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. at Silvertone.


PHOTO: Caitlin Cunningham