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Restaurant Innovation Summit


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Register now for a summit filled with mind-expanding, profit-building insights into where restaurants are headed and advances you can apply today. Streamlined into an intense two days to fit your schedule, RIS 2018 takes place in the cool, industrial-edge The Empire Room, located in Dallas' trending Design District. Also included in the summit is the chance to connect, network and chill at select special events (think Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium!). Some events are first come only, so use the tech at your fingertips now to register, a great value at only $299 through Sept. 5 with early bird pricing.

Join other innovation-focused senior to C-level leaders from restaurant categories including big brands, casual, fast-casual, family dining and quickservice to learn how to elevate the guest experience, maximize operations and stay ahead of trends in technology. 


Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the summit as a sponsor.



Here's an inside look at why you should be at this year's most innovative event!



Tuesday, November 6

7 - 9 p.m.                   Welcome to Dallas Fly-In Reception & Election Night Watch Party
  W Dallas - Victory hotel

Wednesday, November 7

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.               RIS Run
  Meet in lobby of the W Dallas - Victory hotel for a run/jog/walk on the nearby
  Katy Trail.
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Buses depart the W Dallas - Victory hotel for The Empire Room
  Note: A shuttle to and from the W Dallas will run throughout the day. 
9 - 5 p.m. Restaurant Innovation Summit: Day 1 - Innovations of Today
  The Empire Room
  Opening Session - Benchmark Everything
  This eye-opening look at the state of the industry focuses on the latest
trends and technologies, and provides information to help you benchmark
your business. Presented by Adam Hasley, Director of Advocacy
Research and Insights at the National Restaurant Association.
  Where Mobile Payment is Heading
  Mobile payment technology is already changing the world’s payment
landscape. Base your upcoming business decisions on trends now
capturing the attention of digital payment and loyalty program providers.
  "C" What's New
  Get to know the day-to-day concerns, critical responsibilities and lessons
learned of the newest “C” in the suite: our industry’s Chief Digital Officers,
charged with securing a digital-first approach to a restaurant’s front and
back of the house. Presented by experienced CDOs.
  Rapid-Fire Solutions/Delivery
  5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds each — that’s all each Ignite presenter
has to present their real-life solutions and ideas, gleaned from today’s delivery
trenches. These fast and to-the-point sessions are for operators, integrators,
and delivery start-ups.
  Kiosk Design UX, CX and You
  Get clear guidelines for designing kiosks around user and customer needs —
essential for delighting your customers, increasing sales, and making sure
your investment pays off.
  Follow the Tech Money
  See where the smart money in technology investment is headed, a sure
indication of which innovations will be available to your business in the near
future. An investment-focused panel discussion.
5 - 7 p.m. Restaurant Innovation Summit Reception Presented by American Express
  The Empire Room
7:30 - 10:30 p.m.     Exclusive Field Trip to Dallas Cowboy's AT&T Stadium
  Limited to the first 50 registrants! Click here to learn more. 

Thursday, November 8

7 - 7:45 a.m.                    RIS Rise Yoga
  Meet on the roof/pool deck of the W Dallas - Victory hotel for sun
  salutations and stretching.
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Buses depart the W Dallas - Victory hotel for The Empire Room
  Note: A shuttle to and from the W Dallas will run throughout the day. 
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Restaurant Innovation Summit: Day 2: Innovations of Tomorrow
  The Empire Room
  Robot, Where's My Milkshake?
  Join this fireside chat with The Future of Work author Darrell West
on how automation — especially robots — are about to transform society,
economy, politics, restaurant operators, our industry’s workforce, and
possibly your business.
  Blockchain in the Kitchen
  At last! Get a truly comprehensible explanation of the technology behind
Bitcoin, along with the 100% sourcing transparency that blockchain offers,
and opportunities for restaurant operators to put it to work in their own
supply chain.
  What Gen Z Wants
  Because you either target next-gen customers or perish, hear firsthand
from Generation Z (18-22 year-olds) their views on the role of restaurants
in their lives, what’s important to them, what they see ahead, and best
practices for winning their business. An interactive session with members
of Gen Z, along with Gen Z experts.
  On The Rise: Alternative Proteins and Plant-Based Menu Innovations
  Explore the potentially growing impact of plant-based and alternative
proteins on restaurant menus and our industry, as foreseen by Nestle’s
estimate that already 87% of Americans consume plant protein and
two-thirds of them do so once a week.
3:30 p.m. Complimentary RIS Shuttles to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) and Love Field (DAL)


Register by Weds. Sept. 5, 2018 and save $100 off registration. 

  National Restaurant Association
National Restaurant Association
By Sept. 5, 2018 $299 $799
After Sept. 5, 2018 $399 $899
*Sending your team? Contact us at to add their names and email addresses to your company's roster to ensure they receive the member rate.
Operator Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 will be fully refunded. For more information, please contact



The Empire Room
1225 N. Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207 


Forget stuffy ballrooms. RIS 2018 takes place at the center of sleekness, The Empire Roomrecognized as one of the best venue selections located in Dallas' aptly named Design District. Look for a fresh take on everything - including Dallas' hottest food trucks right on the patio. There's also a new, purposefully thoughtful approach to on-site sponsors - this year limited to only a small number of key supporters.

Transportation to and from the W Dallas - Victory hotel will be provided.



Exclusive Field Trip to the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium
Limited to the first 50 registrants!

The first 50 RIS 2018 registrants who opt to join us at this evening event will head to AT&T stadium, known for its cutting-edge technology and in-person fan experience. Enjoy a drinks-and-dessert reception in the Cowboys' locker room, and a foodservice and technology tour and time on the field at the 50-yard line for pictures and football passes. Transportation will be provided to and from the W Dallas - Victory hotel. Don't miss out - register now!

Welcome to Dallas Fly-In Reception & Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, November 6 at the W Dallas - Victory hotel

You'll have an opportunity to speak with a member of the National Restaurant Association Government Affairs staff, on hand to discuss what the week's 2018 mid-term election results mean for the restaurant industry. 

RIS Run & RIS Rise
Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8

Wake up on the right foot with our new morning RIS Run on the famous nearby Katy Trail and RIS Rise Yoga Session at the W Dallas - Victory hotel roof and pool deck.




W Dallas - Victory Hotel
2440 Victory Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75219

Room rate: $245/night + tax (single/double)
Deadline to reserve your room: October 12, 2018


When in Texas, go big — as in bigger, bolder and brasher at W Dallas - Victory hotel. Nestled in the center of uptown Dallas, the hotel is brimming with luxury amenities, boutique style and charming Texas hospitality. Hang your hat (cowboy or otherwise) in the sumptuous guest rooms and suites and experience all that uptown Dallas has to offer. 

Attendees are responsible for making their hotel reservations. You will receive instructions on how to book your reduced-rate hotel room within your conference registration confirmation email. Please wait for this email to ensure you are within the reduced-rate room block. 


United and Delta offer discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Restaurant Innovation Summit attendees. 

To save, book online at and enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box or call United Meeting Reservations at (800) 426-1122, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. CT and Saturday - Sunday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET. Please ensure DFW is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between November 1 - 12, 2018. 

To save, book online here and enter Group Code NMRLY or call Delta Meeting Reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT.  Please ensure DFW is entered as the destination airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between November 1 - 12, 2018. 



Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the Restaurant Innovation Summit as a sponsor. For 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Patty Morin, Vice President of Partner Development & Sponsorships at







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