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Early bird pricing!

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egister by Friday August 10, 2018 and save $99 off registration.

Conference registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor.

About

Our annual conference brings you face-to-face with experienced colleagues and cutting edge ideas. Speakers and content are focused on responsibilities you handle daily, including FDA insights, food safety regulations, foodborne illness, health inspections and allergens — exclusively as they apply to the restaurant industry.

Listserv

Our group's member-only Listserv is an effective way to ask your colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to professionals in your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of quality assurance for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe. To send questions to the listserv, email qa@lists.restaurant.org.

2018 Agenda - Coming Soon!
 

Pricing

Register by Friday, August 10, 2018 and save $99 off registration.
  National Restaurant Association 
Member*
National Restaurant Association
Non-Member
Before August 10, 2018 $400 $800
After August 10, 2018 $499 $899
*National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, please contact membership@restaurant.org
 
Operator Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, September 7, 2018 will be fully refunded. Cancellations between September 8 - 21, 2018 will be assessed a 50% administration fee. Cancellations after September 21, 2018 will not receive a refund. For more information, please contact nrameetings@restaurant.org.


Hotel Accomodations

Ritz-Carlton St. Louis
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105
Room rate: $239/night +tax (single/double)
Deadline to reserve your room: Septmber 10, 2018
Attendees are responsible for making their hotel reservations. You will receive instructions on how to book your reduced-rate hotel room within your conference registration confirmation email. Please wait for this email to ensure you are within the reduced-rate room block. 


Airline Discounts

United and Delta offer discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Food Safety and Quality Assurance conference attendees. 

United
To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel and enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Please ensure STL is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between October 6 - 14, 2018. 

Delta
To save, book online here and enter Group Code NMRLY. Please ensure STL is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between October 6 - 14, 2018. You may also call Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT. 


Sponsorship

Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor. For 2018 conference sponsorships, please contact Stephanie Krasner at skrasner@restaurant.org

 

2017 Conference Recap

More than 100 of the restaurant industry's food safety executives came to Washington, D.C. Oct. 16-18, 2017 for the annual Quality Assurance Executive Study Group conference. At the event, attendees shared information and best practices that keep their companies, customers and food supply safe.

Highlights from the event included discussions about the future of food safety and what brands need to know to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak. When presenting on her predictions for the future, keynote speaker Beth Johnson, Founder and CEO of Food Directions, LLC, said she expects the food safety landscape to look a lot different over the next few years under the Trump Administration. She also explained how advances in blockchain technology and predictive analytics are going to help keep food safer.

During the Best Practices in Food Safety Panel, Chipotle's Executive Director of Food Safety, Jim Marsden, talked about the future of food safety and what brands need to know to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak. Marsden said Chipotle, which is recovering from the E. coli crisis it experienced in 2015, said the company requires its employees to complete the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe training courses, is committed to stringently following HAACP rules, enforces strict handwashing protocols and is fanatical about ensuring its food is safe. It even blanches all produce except lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro, as part of its food prep procedure. Those produce items, he said, are "subject to validated interventions at the supplier level."

Click here for the full 2017 Quality Assurance Executive Study Group conference agenda.

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