ROC’15 – A Must Attend On Your “TO-DO” List

A-list Event Will Showcase Up-to-the Minute Legislation, Labor & Liquor License Updates, Culinary Competition, Vendors & Mixology Contest

On Monday, May 18th, the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) hosts its annual Restaurant Operators Conference, known as “ROC’15” at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey between noon and 4:00pm. This annual and very important event is packed with informational seminars, hands-on demonstrations, tastings, and contests. Attendance is complimentary to NJRHA members and non-members as well.

“This year, the cornerstone of the four hour event is the informational seminars which will address many of the serious legislation harming New Jersey’s restaurant and hospitality industry as well as other workplace concerns,” said NJRA President Marilou Halvorsen. The event will include four informational seminars called: Inside Trenton, How to be your own PR Person / Social Media 101, Safety in the Workplace and Avoiding Unnecessary Workplace Labor Issues. “I have no doubt attendees will want to know what might happen to their liquor license or if paid sick leave is going to go into effect sooner rather than later – just to name a few,” Halvorsen added.

Yet, ROC isn’t all about the negative issues affecting New Jersey’s restaurant and hospitality industry, the show will provide 20-25 vendors for attendees to peruse and interact, as well as a fun and visual culinary competition called “Can you Cook better than a High School Student?” between the 2015 NJ ProStart Kids Culinary winners and three professional chefs.  Lastly, bartenders will create tasty and colorful drinks while the compete in the 2015 “Mixologist of the Year” competition using Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin as the official liquor. 

ROC is the leading restaurant & hospitality conference of the year in New Jersey and is free of charge to all industry professionals.

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Mobilizing and unifying the restaurant and hospitality industry is a top priority of the NJRHA as it aspires to create a new and relevant image for the 70-year old organization while simultaneously protecting the reputational assault of the industry. In addition, the industry has been sideswiped by the increase in the minimum wage, aggressive Liquor license reform, pending paid sick leave and tipping wage legislation.

“Although we’ll address many serious issues, ROC’15 is also the time for our industry to come together and have fun, check out new products and services while being entertained by some colorful competitions,” Halvorsen said.
For more information on attending or exhibiting at ROC please contact Karen Geisel at 609-599-3316 or 

Established in 1942, the newly named New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) represents the Garden State's 25,000 eating and drinking and lodging establishments – the State's largest private sector employers, generating $14 billion in annual sales and employing over 315,000 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.