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Free business seminars at Fine Food Queensland 2012

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The Fine Food Queensland 2012 will feature a host of free business seminars presented by leading experts and local operators on important issues concerning the food industry.  

Key issues to be covered at the free business seminars include cost control, marketing, menu planning, nutrition, equipment, technology, new products and staff management.  

Seminars will be presented at the Business Seminar Theatre on the Show Floor and include interactive opportunities for the audience. The seminars are highly relevant for cafes, restaurants, caterers, clubs, aged care facilities and hotels.  

Sunday 11th March  

11.00am Session 1: Kitchen Cost Control
By Ken Burgin, Profitable Hospitality
18 ways to cut expenses and increase efficiency with staff, purchasing, equipment, recipe costs and utilities.  

12.15pm Session 2: Design Makeover
By David Moore and Craig Lee, Drift Brookwater
Creating a fresh look without breaking the bank, attracting more attention and sales with low-cost menu design and presentation changes.  

1.45pm Session 3: Cutting Water, Gas and Electricity Costs
By Ben Pearson, Green Skilled
Expert, practical information on how a business can reduce utility costs and increase profits.

3.00pm Session 4: How to Attract More Customers in Tough Times
By David Moore, Drift Brookwater
Smart sales, marketing and social media tips, with great examples from clever operators.

Monday 12th March  

11.00am Session 1: Smart Recruitment in 2012
By Diane Gallagher, Chefs on the Run and Brenda Fawdon, Mondo
How to find, train, motivate and keep the best staff in a very competitive environment.  

12.15pm Session 2: Menu Masters
By Martin Duncan, Freestyle Tout and Tony Percuoco, Tartufo
Local restaurant and café owners, and chefs speak on healthy food and creative menu planning.  

1.45pm Session 3: Smart Caterers - Profit Tactics for 2012
By Kathy Heath, Kathy Heath Catering
Leading Brisbane caterer speaks on competition, new equipment, customer trends and cost control.  

3.00pm Session 4: Wages & OH&S Update
By Anton Duc, Baking Associations of Australia and Kelly Flahavin, Restaurant and Catering Association
Latest information on wages, award changes, Fairwork Australia policies and Workcover updates.  

Tuesday 13th March  

11.00am Session 1: Gourmet and Regional Produce
By Martin Duncan, Freestyle Tout and Petra Frieser, Local Harvest
How local chefs are using regional produce, new products and suppliers to build on Queensland's great reputation.  

12.15pm Session 2: Smart Pub Food
By Mark Bell, Airlie Beach Hotel and Aaron Tapper, Full Moon Hotel
Successful local managers and chefs speak on how they're attracting the right customers and creating a profitable business.  

1.45pm Session 3: Meet the Operators
By Brenda Fawdon, Mondo, Rhian Rodrigues, Executive Chef – The Walnut Restaurant, Royal on the Park Hotel and Nicolle Toohey, Sono Restaurant
The inside information on success tactics from leading Queensland business owners including marketing, menu trends, cost control and staff management.  

3.00pm Session 4: The Digital Manager
By Ken Burgin, Profitable Hospitality
The latest in online rostering, table bookings, cost control and management services with new technology.

Organised by Diversified Exhibitions Australia , Fine Food Queensland 2012 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11 March to 13 March, 2012.

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