Restaurant Expert Going to the Show

 In 1. David Scott Peters, Of Interest, Training

By David Scott Peters

If you’re in the restaurant world, then you probably know that May 16-19 is the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show and exhibition.

This year, I’m going to check out what’s new, but also because I get to present in one of the education session. My topic? “Five Systems for Controlling Labor Costs.” It’s scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 12 p.m. Since labor is one of the biggest expenses in a restaurant, and most independent restaurant owners struggle with controlling labor costs, I hope the session will be a popular one. If you’re going to the show, please come to my session. I promise you’ll learn something, and – BONUS – you’ll get a chance to receive a free restaurant evaluation for your restaurant courtesy of me.

But more on the session and what you’ll learn in a later post.

The National Restaurant Association’s show is an energizing, fun and overwhelming event. Hosted in a city with the same attributes, Chicago, it’s teeming with products and services you would otherwise never know about.

That’s what makes the trip worthwhile, in addition to connecting with people I only get to see once or twice per year, I get to see what’s out there for independent restaurant owners like you.

It’s an opportunity to see what’s new in the industry. The items, services, products for your business range from sanitation products to profit-building services to a product that will level your tables.

There isn’t anything in your business that you can’t find a solution for at this event.

I like to go to touch, talk and feel the products. And the beauty of it is, you can just walk away. You’re not beholden to a sales person, trapped in your kitchen with someone trying to sell you a gimmick. You’re free to roam and can compare what you find to someone else offering something similar somewhere else on the floor. It’s a great way to explore new products and services for your independent restaurant.

I go as the eyes and ears of my members and my future members. To go would be a major expense for many independent restaurant owners, but for me it’s a major expense that I can justify because I can share so much with my members after going. It keeps me on my game and ensures I’m offering you the latest and greatest in resources. It also connects me with more people I can use to help me help you with my SMART Systems. A new and improved SMART System is always welcome, isn’t it?

If you’ll be there, please check out Tracy Yandow’s booth on the exhibition floor. She’ll be offering our co-created restaurant training products that are completely customizable. Come touch and feel them for yourself. Training is a key to saving on labor costs, as well as turnover, and most of my members who have implemented these training manuals find them to be priceless.

Expect a full report upon my return from the event. I’m excited about what I’ll be able to bring back to you.

David Scott Peters is a restaurant expert, coach, trainer and speaker, specializing in systems for independent restaurant owners. He is known as the SMART Systems guy who can walk into any restaurant in the United Stated and find you $10,000 in undiscovered cash before he hits the back door … Guaranteed! Visit for more.

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