Registration ENDS March 17th, 2017


Hotel Reservations


4/4/2017 - Tuesday
TIMEPiedmont Natural GasSpeaker
9:00-12:00Optional Field trip to Electrolux manufacturing facilityTransportation provided from Hotel
12:00-1:00Registration, Lunch & NetworkingLunch provided at Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG) Kitchen
1:00-1:15Welcome & Opening RemarksCarl Peterson, Piedmont Natural Gas; Ann Lovcik, CenterPoint Energy; Lorri Davidson, Southwest Gas
1:15-1:45KeynoteKarl Newlin, Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer, Natural Gas Business
1:45-2:15State of the Foodservice IndustryMohammad Jenetian, Hospitality and Tourism Alliance
2:15-2:30GFEN UpdateAnn Lovcik, CenterPoint Energy; Lorri Davidson, Southwest Gas
2:30-3:15Panel -Working with Foodservice Customers, with or without a demo kitchenJames Robinson, Alagasco; Monica Marlow, Apopka NG
3:30-4:00Panel Discussion: National Accounts Best PracticesCliff Carattini, Jack in the Box; Claude Clark, Bojangles; Bar Management; HMS Host; Moderator: Melanie Anthony, TECO Peoples Gas
4:00-4:30Foodservice Equipment InnovationsFrank Johnson, GTI and Richard Young, Fisher Nickel
4:30-5:00Equipment Demo - MontagueCraig Smith, Montague
5:00-6:30Networking - Hors d'oeuvres and Outdoor Space Demo, Pam Davis, Schwank; Patti Ellingson, Cooper-AtkinsPNG Outdoor Kitchen Area
6:30Tour of OMB - Dinner on Your OwnThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4/5/2017 - Wednesday
TIMEPiedmont Natural GasSpeaker
8:00Continental Breakfast - PNG Kitchen
8:15-8:30amTeam AssignmentsChef Doug Allen
8:30-9:20Panel Discussion: Foodservice Maintenance RepairMick Jackson, Whaley Foodservice; Dan Reese, CFESA; Moderator: Richard Young, Fisher Nickel
9:20-10:10Manufacturer Representatives' perspective on Dealing with the Foodservice Industry to include Gas vs. ElectricPaul Swanson, Swanson-Girard & Assoicates
10:30-11:15Tool TimeChef Doug Allen
11:15-11:45Woodstone Gas Fired Pizza Oven - Demo and "Business of Pizza"Linda Bedell, Woodstone
11:45-1:30Hands-On LunchAll Attendees
1:30-2:00Foodservice 101Richard Young, Fisher Nickel
2:00-2:40Foodservice Kitchen Design & Equipment SpecificationChef Doug Allen; Jeff Grun, E&S Marketing; Jim Morasso, Owner, Epic Chophouse, Chillfire Grill, Webb Custom Kitchen
3:00-3:45Angelo Po - Combi Presentation & DemoChef David Bettendorf and Tony Calvin, Holland & Associates
3:45-4:30State of Technology - Advances in ControlsWill Morris, SoCal Gas
4:30-5:30Vulcan Presentation & DemoPaul Forrest, Vulcan
5:30-7:00Hands-On Dinner
4/6/2017 - Thursday
TIMEPiedmont Natural Gas
8:00-8:30Breakfast - on your own Embassy Suites breakfast included
8:30-10:30Field trip to Vulcan
10:30-12:30Field Trip to Carolina Cooks Foodservice Equipment Sales - Tour & Lunch
12:30-1:00Recap & Adjourn

Photo Tour of the 2015 Workshop


The Gas Foodservice Equipment Network (GFEN), an Energy Solutions Center Consortium held its 2015 Foodservice Workshop on November 4-6 at the Southwest Gas Foodservice Demonstration Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The three-day event included a comprehensive look at some of today’s key natural gas fired equipment in the commercial kitchen including the versatile combi-oven. The workshop also covered a number of marketing presentations with a great closing presentation by Fisher-Nickel on how we might best serve the Foodservice Customer. ESC acknowledges the effort and support provided by SGA and Southwest Gas.

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