Illinois Restaurant Association to offer webinars on reopening

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ROCKFORD — The Illinois Restaurant Association will offer webinars on reopening at 10 a.m. May 28 and June 4.

The May 28 webinar will focus on financial considerations, including strategies to order effectively, prepare cost-effective menus, and operate in a COVID-aware environment. It will explore financial analysis and break-even considerations for alternative food service models, such as food subscription and grocery market kits.

The panel will include Chef Dustin Allen of Edge with University of Illinois food science and human nutrition staff member Jorden Brotherton, clinical assistant professor, and Carter Phillips, instructional chef and quantity food manager. Gretchen Ernst, customer support manager with Gordon Food Service, will provide broadliner perspective.

The June 4 webinar will feature compliance resources and disinfectant practices which allow for a safe physical environment for patrons and staff. Strategies for instilling consumer confidence will be offered, and approaches for enhancing the customer experience while adhering to new operational guidelines will be discussed. Tristan Popadziuk, owner and roastmaster for [CxT] Roasting Co., will provide advice as an operator.

To register for the May 28 webinar: go.illinois.edu/FinancialConsiderations. To register for the June 4 webinar: go.illinois.edu/ScalingUp.

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