NJRA Hosts Restaurant Operators Conference

On April 22, the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) will host the 2013 Restaurant Operators Conference, better known as “ROC,” at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey.

Attendance is free to NJRA members and non-members as well. “This is by far the most informative and fun event we host all year,” said NJRA President Marilou Halvorsen. “Because our industry is so widespread and affects a plethora of people and businesses throughout the Garden State, the participants speaking and displaying at the conference cover many genres and interests for attendees,” she added.

ROC is the leading restaurant conference of the year for New Jersey. The all-day event will include the following details:

  • Cooking demonstrations from Celebrity Chef, David Burke, Mauro Castano of TLC’s “The Cake Boss” & Carlo’s Bakery and renowned Chef, James Laird
  • The “Mixologist of the Year” Contest
  • Field inspection process updates
  • Discussion on the Department of Labor’s new grants

This is the first year the NJRA will open attendance for the conference free-of-charge to non-members. Mobilizing the restaurant industry is a top priority of President Halvorsen as she aspires to create a new and relevant image for the 70-year old organization while simultaneously rebuilding the industry, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. For more information on ROC, please contact Alyson O’Brien at 609-599-3316 or aobrien@njra.org. 

Established in 1942, the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) represents the Garden State's 25,000 eating and drinking establishments – the State's largest private sector employers, generating $14 billion in annual sales and employing over 311,000 people. Through member education, advocacy, networking, and support, NJRA has become an essential ingredient for successful and professional eating and drinking establishments, vendors, non-profits, schools and students.

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