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Wednesday, March 27 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Making the Connection: The Value of Tech-Driven Eatertainment

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From social engagement apps to food delivery and entertainment, everything and anything is accessible with a tap of your finger. With the flood of options available at any time from the comfort of the couch, the justification to go out is becoming more challenging. In this increasingly "Netflix and chill" world, how can restaurants leverage technology to create unique and valuable experiences that their guests can’t get at home?

This session discusses the rise of eatertainment establishments, the changes in guest behavior that have ignited this trend, and the technology making it all possible. It goes in-depth about the experiential elements created to boost guest engagement and discuss the tools and techniques that you can bring back to your business to successfully drive traffic through technology-driven entertainment.

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Aaron Noveshen

Founder, The Culinary Edge
A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Aaron Noveshen is an award-winning chef, a restaurant entrepreneur and a leading authority on creating and operating successful food and beverage brands. Aaron is the founder of The Culinary Edge, a San Francisco innovation agency... Read More →

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Erron Halen

General Manager, Tom's Urban
While attending school, Erron began his career working as a bar apprentice and bartender at multiple bars on the campus of the University of Iowa.  Soon after taking on supervisory roles, he quickly rose up the ranks until eventually becoming a General Manager by the young age of... Read More →
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Bill Norris

Beverage Director, Alamo Drafthouse
Bill Norris, credited as “father of the modern cocktail” in Austin by the Austin American Statesman, joined the Alamo Drafthouse as Beverage Director in 2011.  During that time, the Drafthouse has grown from 12 locations, primarily in Texas, to 37 (and counting) nationwide. In... Read More →
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Matt Kenagy

Senior Director of Strategic Development, Caesars Entertainment
For over twenty years, Matt has been involved in various aspects of improving the guest experience in a variety of industries.  With a diverse background that includes time as an entertainer, author, marketer, and  developer, he has always worked to develop attractions, events... Read More →

Wednesday March 27, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
Room S226