Blaze Pizza CEO Mandy Shaw will deliver a keynote address on restaurant leadership and innovation tomorrow to kick off CREATE: The Future of Foodservice, a new content and event series from Nation’s Restaurant News.
In an interactive Q&A session at 2 p.m. EDT Shaw will discuss how the fast-casual pizza brand navigated the challenges of the past year with operations updates and a relentless focus on building a culture of authenticity and integrity.
Register now to hear how the pandemic led the fast-growing chain to get back to its disruptive roots with a “get-guerrilla mindset” and “lightspeed” decision making. Shaw will also discuss how she is positioning the brand for its next phase of growth.
Also on March 16, CREATE presents an interactive discussion with culinary strategists from three leading restaurant brands on how they’re evolving menus for a post-pandemic future.
- Chipotle’s Nevielle Panthaky — who fine-tuned the chain’s queso and led the carne asada and cilantro-lime cauliflower rice rollouts — on how his team is designing a takeout- and delivery-friendly menu that can keep pace with Chipotle’s skyrocketing digital sales.
- Jamie Carawan of Buffalo Wild Wings on developing a menu that can capture that sports bar atmosphere, regardless of whether customers are in the restaurants or in their living rooms.
- Amy Alarcon of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on how the chain’s juggernaut chicken sandwich drove sales during an unprecedented year — and how her team plans to maintain that momentum into the future.
A first-of-its-kind hybrid event series, CREATE will bring together forward-thinking restaurant leaders to learn, discover products and solutions, and connect with peers. The platform will include digital keynotes from industry thought leaders; interactive Q&A sessions on menu, operations and workforce strategy; on-demand product demos; and exclusive video conversations with the best minds in the industry. CREATE will culminate with a festival-style in-person event in Denver Oct. 4-6.
Visit the CREATE event and content hub to sign up for sessions all year long and explore on-demand digital content.