Catering conference to showcase garden centre best practice and new ideas

The HTA has confirmed its full line-up for next week's catering conference which will include an interview with Dobbies Garden Centres restaurants head Costas Constantinou by Horticulture Week's Matthew Appleby.

The event at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands on 13-14 June 2017 has a focus around Strategy and Operations on day one, and Food on day two and will also hear from 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and National Trust food and beverage head Matt Drew.
Other garden retail speakers include David Yardley and Keren Feeney from Klondyke, James Debbage from Green Pastures and Mark Farnsworth and Sharon McNair from Tong Garden Centre.
Workshops on day one include: Wage Cost versus Food Costs – the balancing act in operating a garden centre catering operation. How can you ensure that you are getting the balance correct to ensure you are not wasting money and still deliver on quality and service? Artisan coffee maker Ben Minter of Matthew Algie, looks at best practice, while Compass Group UK & Ireland will be exploring the outsourcing model using various experts including Simon O’Shea, Michelle Allen and Andrew Fordyce.
Workshops on day two include: How to get the most from your salad bar with Rob Owen, executive development chef at Creed Foodservice and James Davidson, executive chef at Rich Sauces. Caroline Benjamin will discuss allergens and hospitality and food marketer and trainer, Karen Fewell will be sharing some of the findings from her recent family dining study, exploring what family-friendly looks like in the digital era.
The rest of conference will feature speakers from the wider hospitality industry including Peter Avis, restaurant manager from London’s Babylon restaurant and chef Dominic Teague from One Aldwych.

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