Ghost Kitchen Conference 2021

Please join us at the Hyatt Regency Dallas for The Ghost Kitchen Conference!  The emergence of virtual kitchens as a vital part of the restaurant industry has brought rapid change, new challenges, and great opportunities to an industry looking for solutions as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event will bring together leaders from national restaurant chains, ghost kitchen concepts, third-party delivery providers, technology solutions, host kitchens, private equity, equipment providers, marketing and branding experts, and industry analysts to share insights, form new partnerships, and network with industry leaders.  Food ordering can be done online, not conferences.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Early Registration

$695
First 150 Registrants

General Registration

$895

Registration Includes:

  • Access to the exhibit hall and all the presentations
  • Access to presentations and attendee list following the conference
  • Breakfast both days, a plated lunch, and multiple refreshment breaks
  • Networking Reception
  • Steeply discounted room rate at the hotel!

Your COVID Guarantee

OnTrend Concepts guarantees that if we cancel, postpone, or take this conference to online-only, you will have the option to receive a full refund of your conference registration.  There is a lot of uncertainty related to COVID, so we want you to know that you can register for the conference with confidence.

 

The purpose at Hyatt – to care for people so they can be their best – is guiding their decisions as they support you and your time at their facilities.
The Hyatt’s priority for welcoming guests, customers, and colleagues back is doing it with your safety and wellbeing in mind.


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Topics to Include:

  • The pros and cons of each approach to ghost kitchens, virtual kitchens, host kitchens, cloud kitchens, franchising, etc.
  • Branding and Marketing Ghost Kitchens
  • Delivery Solutions
  • Menu Development
  • International Markets
  • Data Management and Loyalty Programs
  • Finance & Investment
  • Opportunities and Challenges for National Chains
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Single Site and Regional Restaurants

The event will also include “Roundtable Discussions”, where attendees can spend 15 minutes in small groups with topic experts for some in-depth discussions and Q&A.

Contact Pete Cook ([email protected]) if you would like to suggest a potential agenda topic and/or speaker.

Topics to Include:

  • The pros and cons of each approach to ghost kitchens, virtual kitchens, host kitchens, cloud kitchens, franchising, etc.

  • Branding and Marketing Ghost Kitchens

  • Delivery Solutions

  • Menu Development

  • International Markets

  • Data Management and Loyalty Programs

  • Finance & Investment

  • Opportunities and Challenges for National Chains

  • Opportunities and Challenges for Single Site and Regional Restaurants

The event will also include “Roundtable Discussions”, where attendees can spend 15 minutes in small groups with topic experts for some in-depth discussions and Q&A.

Conference Speakers

Scott Absher

Scott Absher

Co-Founder & CEO
ShiftPixy
Geoff Alexander

Geoff Alexander

President & CEO
Wow Bao
Wade Allen

Wade Allen

Senior Vice President of Innovation
Brinker International, Inc.

Bader Ataya

Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer
Kitopi
Nick Avedesian

Nick Avedesian

Founder & CEO
BOLT Kitchens
Michael Beacham

Michael Beacham

President
REEF
Alex Canter

Alex Canter

CEO & Co-Founder
Ordermark
Marc Choy

Marc Choy

President
Ghost Kitchen Brands
Jodie Conrad

Jodie Conrad

Chief Marketing Officer
Fazoli’s
Pete Cook

Pete Cook

President & Publisher
OnTrend Concepts
Alp Franko

Alp Franko

Founder
The Local Culinary
Justin Green

Justin Green

VP of Hospitality & Strategy
Milwaukee Bucks
Ryan Gromfin

Ryan Gromfin

Founder
The Restaurant Boss
John Ha

John Ha

Founder & CEO
Bear Robotics
Aziz Hashim

Aziz Hashim

Founder & Managing Partner
NRD Capital
Rom Krupp

Rom Krupp

Founder & CEO
onedine
Nancy Kruse

Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company
Paul Mangiamele

Paul Mangiamele

Owner, Chairman & CEO
Legendary Restaurant Brands
Corey Manicone

Corey Manicone

Co-Founder & CEO
Zuul
Pete Mora

Pedro “Pete” Mora

Founder & CEO
Fajita Pete’s
Randy Murphy

Randy Murphy

Founder & CEO
FourBurner Technologies and OrderB4
Rishi Nigam

Rishi Nigam

Principal
Franklin Junction
Massimo Noja De Marco

Massimo Noja De Marco

CEO & Co-Founder
Piestro
Camilla Opperman

Camilla Opperman

Co-Founder & CEO
Nimbus
Juan Orrego

Juan Orrego

Founder & CEO
Cuboh
TJ Schier

TJ Schier

Co-Creator
Off-Premise Domination
Atul Sood

Atul Sood

Chief Business Officer
Kitchen United
Anna Tauzin

Anna Tauzin

Chief Revenue and Innovation Officer
Texas Restaurant Association
Devin Wade

Devin Wade

Co-Founder & CEO
Crave Delivery
James Walker

James Walker, CFE

Senior Vice President - Restaurants
Nathan’s Famous, Inc.
Emily Williams Knight

Emily Williams Knight

Chief Collaboration Officer & EVP of Industry Relations
National Restaurant Association

Preliminary Schedule

Questions or comments regarding the agenda please email us at [email protected]

June 16th

6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup Begins
7:00PM
Speaker/Sponsor Reception
10:00PM
Exhibitor Setup Ends

June 17th

6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup
8:00AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:30AM
Welcoming Remarks
  • Peter Cook, OnTrend Concepts
8:45AM
Industry Overview
  • Speaker to be announced
9:30AM
Successful Ghost Kitchen Approaches: Panel Discussion
  • Anna Tauzin, Texas Restaurant Association [M]
  • Corey Manicone, Zuul
  • James Walker, Nathan's Famous
  • Geoff Alexander, Wow Bao
  • Wade Allen, Brinker International
10:30AM
Morning Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
11:00AM
Brand Development & Digital Marketing Strategies
  • Scott Abshire, ShiftPixy [M]
  • Jodie Conrad,Fazoli's
11:45AM
Local & Regional Restaurants Panel
  • Ryan Gromfin, The Restaurant Boss [M]
  • Pete Mora, Fajita Pete's
  • Alp Franko, The Local Culinary
  • Justin Green, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Camilla Opperman, Nimbus
12:30PM
Networking Lunch
1:45PM
Delivering the Goods Panel
  • TJ Schier, Off-Premise Domination
  • Devin Wade, Crave Delivery
  • Dino Northway, Protillo's
2:30PM
Technology Panel
  • Alex Canter, Ordermark
  • Rom Krupp, OneDine
  • Massimo Noja De Marco, Piestro
  • Rishi Nigam, Franklin Junction
3:15PM
Afternoon Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:45PM
Ghost Kitchen Design
  • Nick Avedesian, BOLT Kitchens
4:00PM
Case Study
4:30PM
Roundtable Discussions
5:45PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

Evening free for client dinners

June 18th

6:00AM
Exhibitor Setup
8:00AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:30AM
Welcoming Remarks
  • Peter Cook, OnTrend Concepts
8:45AM
Capital Markets Panel Discussion
  • Aziz Hashim, NRD Capital
9:15AM
International Ghost Kitchens Panel
  • Bader Ataya, Kitopi
  • Marc Choy, Ghost Kitchen Brands
10:00AM
Morning Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30AM
Menu Development Panel
  • Nancy Kruse, The Kruse Company
  • Paul Mangiamele, Legenedary Brands
11:00AM
Case Study
11:30AM
Key Takeaways Panel Discussion
  • Emily Williams Knight, National Restaurant Association [M]
  • Atul Sood, Kitchen United
  • Juan Orrego, Cuboh
  • Randy Murphy, OrderB4
  • Chris Lorance, Bear Robotics
12:00PM
Conference Closes
12:00PM
Exhibitor Break Down
Hyatt Regency Dallas Room View

Conference Venue & Lodging | Hyatt Regency Dallas

Located downtown next to an iconic Dallas landmark Reunion Tower, Hyatt Regency Dallas is a gateway to the best of the city. Live, work and be yourself at our inviting, contemporary hotel near the Dallas Convention Center and within walking distance of many tourist attractions, including Dealey Plaza and the Historic West End.  With easy access from Dallas’ commuter rail (DART), access from either Dallas area airport is convenient (and saves you money from needing to rent a car or pay for downtown parking).

Discounted Room Rate

$129 per night

 Hyatt Regency Dallas • 300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 • (214) 651-1234 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your company’s goods and services in front of growth-oriented restauranteurs!

Your COVID Guarantee

OnTrend Concepts guarantees that if we cancel, postpone, or take this conference to online-only, you will have the option to receive a full refund of your sponsorship fee.  There is a lot of uncertainty related to COVID, so we want you to know that you can sign up to sponsor this conference with confidence.

Sponsorship Add-Ons

  • Espresso Bar Sponsor $7,500

    Hosted espresso bar at your booth. | Only 2 Available

  • Lunch Sponsor $2,500

    Sponsorship credit on signage and the opportunity to place your company info at each seat for the main, plated, served lunch on June 17th. | Only 1 Available

  • WiFi Sponsor $3,500

    Recognition at the event as the provider of the conference WiFi | Only 1 Available

  • Room Drop Sponsor $2,500

    Opportunity to have 1 marketing item provided to each conference attendee staying in our conference room block, upon check-in or dropped in their room by hotel staff on the night of June 16th. | Only 1 Available

  • VIP Reception Sponsor $1,000

    Sponsorship credit on signage at the VIP Speaker/Sponsor Reception held on June 16th. | Only 2 Available

  • Networking Reception Sponsor $1,000

    Sponsorship credit on signage at the main Networking Reception held late afternoon on June 17th. | Only 2 Available

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