For two decades, the American Express Restaurant Trade Program has been a unique opportunity for restaurateurs to learn, taste, and network with those who shape the world of hospitality. The Restaurant Trade Program’s 20th anniversary in 2009 featured some of country’s most successful and experienced chefs and restaurateurs, who candidly shared their expertise and opinions. A summary of the 2009 seminars:
Meet the Legends: 20-Year Retrospective. A candid discussion about how the role restaurants play has changed and opportunities for the future.
Danny Meyer, president, Union Square Hospitality Group
Jacques Pépin, celebrity chef and author
Alan Stillman, founder of TGI Friday’s, Smith & Wollensky, and Fourth Wall Restaurants
PERFECT PAIRING: Balancing Creativity and Commerce. A look at how successful entrepreneurs develop concepts and structure their businesses to bring them to life most effectively.
Joe Bastianich, restaurateur and winemaker
Bobby Flay, chef, restaurateur, author, and Food Network host
Steve Ells, ceo, Chipotle Mexican Grill
Traci des Jardins, chef/partner, Jardinère
THE MONEY EQUATION: Evaluating Obstacles and Opportunities. A conversation about risks, opportunities, and potential rewards in today’s economy.
José Andrés, executive chef and restaurateur, ThinkFoodGroup
Mario Batali, chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author
Michael Kaufman, past chairman, National Restaurant Association and co-president, Enovo Restaurant Ventures, LLC
Julia Stewart, ceo/chairman, DineEquity, Inc.
HOME-GROWN TALENT: Investing in the Future. An exploration of the mutually beneficial relationships between mentors and protégés in the kitchen and dining room and the value of investing in developing their talent.
Paul Kahan, chef/partner, avec, Blackbird, and The Publican
Barbara Lynch, chef/owner, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
Drew Nieporent, owner/ceo, Myriad Restaurant Group
Jonathan Waxman, author and chef/owner, Barbuto
MEDIA TRAINING: How to Successfully Navigate Any Media Interview. A how-to session on successful interactions with the media.
Steve Dolinsky, founder, Culinary Communications and food reporter
Ming Tsai, chef/owner Blue Ginger and host/executive producer, Simply Ming
Michael Symon, chef/owner, Lola, Lolita, Roast, and Bar Symon
SOMMELIER SPOTLIGHT: Rare Vintage Round Table. A tasting seminar with the opportunity to experience and discuss some unique wines.
Robert Bohr, wine director, Cru
Ray Isle, deputy wine director, Food & Wine
David Lynch, sommelier and author of Vino Italiano
2010 Restaurant Trade Program
Join us in Aspen from June 18-20, 2010 for the 21st Annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program. Attendees will gain insights on the latest trends and best practices to advance their businesses, as well as new Trade-Only Power Lunches designed for mingling with fellow attendees during lunches prepared by some of the Classic’s top talent. For program updates, to learn more, and to register, visit foodandwine.com/classic.