Regional Conferences

2021 Regional Conferences - Registration Open

By Jarrette Moore posted 06-02-2021 12:35

  


Register NOW & SAVE

Late Registration Begins September 1

REGISTER HERE -- HOUSTON, TX: OCTOBER 3-6
REGISTER HERE -- COLUMBUS, OH: OCTOBER 24-27

REGISTER HERE -- VIRTUAL: NOVEMBER 8-10

REGISTRATION RATES:
All prices include meals, seminars, and three (3) nights in host hotel.

USBG MEMBER: 
Shared Room: $375  /  Single Room: $725
NONMEMBER: Single Room Only$850


USBG Regional Conferences provide valuable education, training, and opportunities to learn from others and improve your own skills and knowledge in the hospitality industry. Each year, these conferences are filled with stimulating seminars from individuals that not only inspire us, but also educate and build community amongst bartenders and industry professionals alike!

Each conference will offer a slightly different agenda, based on feedback received from different chapters in those regions regarding topics they want to learn more about such as, but not limited to:

  • Advanced Bartending
  • Bar/Restaurant Operations
  • General Leadership
  • Chapter/Community Governance
  • Holistic Development (Health, Wellness, and Personal Development)


SAMPLE AGENDA

SUNDAY: Arrival Day, Registration, Meet the Sponsors, Welcome Reception, Dinner
MONDAY: Optional morning activity, Brunch, Educational Seminars, Dinner
TUESDAY: Optional morning activity, Brunch, Educational Seminars, Dinner
WEDNESDAY: Chapter Leadership (all members welcome), Fun Day coordinated by Host Chapter (optional)


Confirmed Educational Seminars:

HOUSTON, TX

CREATING SPIRITED STORYTELLERS presented by Matt Ray and Rhiannon Enlil – Marketers have known for a long time that data doesn't create value for a guest-- stories do. Being a better storyteller can lead to more engaged clientele and a staff that is inspired to learn. The Sazerac House team shows you how we train both novices and pros to -wow- their guests with story.

LIFE AFTER BARTENDING presented by Matt Ray and Rhiannon Enlil - So, what does a post-bartending career look like? Our panel will discuss the options for bartenders that are thinking about hanging up their aprons for good, in search of growth, security, or less back pain. This includes obvious paths like management, but also production, consulting, and education.

PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY: The American Bar as a Place of Social Change presented by Elizabeth Pearce – The American bar has played a surprising and enduring its role in shaping the social and political culture of our country from its earliest colonial days to the present.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LAUNCHING GREAT COCKTAIL MENUS presented by Gui Jaroschy and Ben Potts – For most establishments, rolling out a new beverage menu is 1 part joy to 2 parts agony. The excitement of the creative process gives way to logistical nightmares, bar team mutiny and a bar manager holding the loose ends together until the kinks work themselves out (or don't).

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Keeping Your Employees Happy & Halting Attrition presented by Laura Newman & Larry “Mudd” Townley – In an industry with astronomically high turnover, how do you beat the odds? Larry Townley and Laura Newman share the secrets of how to attract great employees while you train & maintain your current staff. Remember, it costs less to keep a good employee than to hire a new one.

UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIES AND LABELING THE COCKTAIL MENU ACCORDINGLY presented by Camper English – We will cover the science (and pseudoscience) of allergies, top allergy inducing ingredients used at the bar, how to deal with allergens, and how to write a safe and sane menu. This will include nuts, gluten and dairy, vegan/vegetarian and other special diets, and much more.




COLUMBUS, OH:

PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY: The American Bar as a Place of Social Change presented by Elizabeth Pearce – The American bar has played a surprising and enduring its role in shaping the social and political culture of our country from its earliest colonial days to the present.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Keeping Your Employees Happy & Halting Attrition presented by Laura Newman & Larry “Mudd” Townley – In an industry with astronomically high turnover, how do you beat the odds? Larry Townley and Laura Newman share the secrets of how to attract great employees while you train & maintain your current staff. Remember, it costs less to keep a good employee than to hire a new one.

WINE PRESERVATION: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly presented by Gary Gottfried - Learn the facts and logic about wine and wine preservation. Why it changes and goes bad and the various options to minimize or prevent it. Most importantly, how to use the solution to your personal benefit.

THE FUTURE OF WORK presented by Jason Littrell – Learn more about the Bartender's role in the Post COVID Service Economy and how to survive and thrive as an independent creative service provider.

INGREDIENTS MATTER: A Guide to Drinking Well presented by Randy Tarlow – This seminar covers the importance of choosing quality ingredients when making cocktails. Examining spirits, liqueurs, syrups, juices, and ice. Why we choose fresh and premium vs artificial products. How these ingredients affect the taste and presentation of cocktails. USBG members will leave with the understanding of how expense for better products is justified, why they can charge more on their menus because of improved ingredients, and ultimately be proud of the end product they are serving guests over the bar.

 


Be sure to join the Regional Conferences Program Community to stay up to date on important updates and announcements. Complete Agendas for all conferences will be available at least one month in advance prior to conference(s).


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