Pre Show Prep

Maximize your Business Efforts

It's all about... Operations

With ever-changing consumer desires, it's time to step back and take a closer look at what's working and what can be done in another way.

From business-building ideas to tangible takeaways, proven upgrades to technology and entrepreneurial ideas, you'll discover a variety of ways to improve operations and move business forward at the Midwest Foodservice Expo.

  • Revenue generating ideas
  • Ways to connect with customers
  • Tips to drive business
  • Products to streamline operations

Sustainability Practices at Miller Park

Monday, March 11 at 11:30 am

Seth VanderLaan - Executive Chef, Delaware North - Miller Park

Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, takes a major league approach to sustainability, local sourcing, and green business initiatives. In this session, you’ll learn about the ballpark’s GreenPath Stewardship platform and hear key examples on environmental management, facilities and asset protection, interpretation and education, community involvement, and healthy living.

Walk away with ideas for:

  • Sustainable efforts and going green in your own business.
  • Hyper-local sourcing from a Chef’s Garden.
  • Strategies to recycle and reduce waste.

ServSafe Food Manager Review & Certification Exam

Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 am | TBD

WRA Education Foundation -

The ServSafe Food Manager Certification program offers a combination of self-study and one-day review with certification exam. Fees include the book in advance for study, review with lunch and proctored exam. Advance registration required - register by 2/28/19.

$160 for industry professionals + s/h & tax
$125 for WRA members + s/h & tax

Check-in: 8:00 am
Review: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Best Practices for Business Finance and Cash Flow

Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 am

Joseph Hastreiter - Accountant & Marketing Director, EWH Small Business Accounting

Ed Hastreiter - Owner & President, EWH Small Business Accounting

Having a full understanding of your cash flow – what’s coming in and going out - is the only real way to make the most profitable decisions in business. When you know how to read profit and loss (P&L) statements, your balance sheet and key performance indicators (KPIs), you’ll be well on your way to avoiding the top 5 critical accounting mistakes in business finance.

You’ll also get valuable guidance on:

  • Internal bookkeeping
  • Payroll options
  • Income tax planning
  • Audit trails

By the end of this valuable session, you’ll be able to identify the areas you need to get financial advice on and why it’s essential to put the right team of advisors around you.

Innovative Dining Concepts

Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 pm

Bartolotta Restaurants | Fooda - Panelists TBA

More sessions to come - watch for announcements!

MFE Seminar


Full-length sessions cover a wide range of topics - including operations - to help you and your managers reach your business goals.

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MFE Quick Bites Session
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Focused training in continuous 15-minute presentations offers great tips and best practices for driving business.

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MFE Equipment Exhibitor
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Find products and partners to help with menu trends, technology, customer data, and more in 100s of foodservice exhibits.

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