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Six learning sessions to check out at ‘RC Live’ – the Restaurants Canada Show

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Toronto – Have you registered for the RC Show? Restaurant operators, chefs, baristas, bartenders, sommeliers, distributors and others in the food service to join live and participate in the first virtual incarnation of the annual industry event taking place next week from Feb. 28 to March 3.

The event will present many solutions-based sessions aimed at helping the industry prepare for current and future challenges in the restaurant industry.

Here are six sessions – among many more – that may be of special interest to pizzeria operators and their teams:

Sessions of interest

1. Are Canadians Ready to Come Back? Data Insights on Canadian Consumers

Presented by Corus Entertainment, Sunday, 11-11:45 a.m., Speaker Stage
Join Canada’s largest media company for an in-depth look at how consumers’ feelings have shifted throughout the pandemic and what that means for your future. Corus has been tracking Canadian consumer’s attitudes since last March and has deep insights into the different psycho-segments and regional differences. Hear what Canadian’s are thinking to help you prepare your business for the future, and win them back. Shauna Houlton, director of consumer insights for Corus Entertainment, and Janet Zuccarini, CEO and owner of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group will speak during this session.


2. Community & Collaboration: Diversifying Restaurant Revenue & Growing Margins through Smart Local Partnerships

Presented by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Sunday, 1-1:45 p.m., Culinary Stage
Afrim Pristine shares insights on how his family grew partnerships to turn Toronto’s now legendary Cheese Boutique into a profitable, diversified business. Afrim will discuss the opportunities created by newly-hatched entrepreneurialism within the restaurant sector, how to get started, and practical info on start-up costs and market demand. He will dive into how to craft private label products that resonate with customers, boost profits and harness the potential of co-packing and retail distribution.

Afrim will be joined by Chef Victor Barry of Piano Piano to share a real-world case study about how pizza, Ontario cheese and local partnerships helped close his revenue gap.

3. Made-in-Italy & Zero Waste: A Message of Authenticity & Sustainability

Presented by Bellavita Italian Pavilion, Sunday, 2-2:45 p.m., Culinary Stage

Massimo Bottura, world-renowned as the chef of three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana, has been listed in the top five of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010 and is a powerful social activist and Goodwill Ambassador for the UNEP. In this 1:1 discussion he dives into his work, from the development of refettorios (sleek soup kitchens) to fight food waste and social isolation through to how he selects the best Made-in-Italy products and runs his award-winning kitchen.

4. How to Bring Transparency & Consistency to Your Delivery Partnership

Presented by Uber Eats, Monday, 2-2:45 p.m., Speaker Stage
With delivery becoming a growing avenue for restaurants, it is important to create win-win relationships with your delivery partners. This panel is about making delivery work for your business with a partnership that is built on transparency, trust, and providing a top-notch and consistent guest experience to your customers. At this session we will be bringing insightful knowledge from Uber, one of the largest delivery operators, as well as, owners and operators who have found success with delivery. Learn how to make delivery work for you.

Asad Amin, Vice President, Ipsos
Robert Cifarelli, Director, Mobile Consumer Success, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
Dan Gunam, Founder & CEO, Calii Love
Nicole Wharry, Sales Manager, Uber Eats Canada

5. Delivering During the Pandemic: Fireside Chat With Domino’s CEO

Monday, 3-3:45 p.m., Speaker Stage

Domino’s has said they are “a tech company that sells pizza.” They were doing delivery before anyone else was, and as delivery has evolved, they have been at the forefront, with a strong technology infrastructure and innovative minds leading the charge. The one at the helm of this innovative, tech-driven revolution is Domino’s international CEO Ritch Allison, who will be sitting down with Tood Barclay, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada, for a rare, one-on-one fireside chat to talk about robots, drones and what’s next for delivery.

6. How to Make the Perfect Italian Pizza Dough

Presented by Bellavita Italian Pavilion, Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m., Culinary Stage
World Pizza Champion and business consultant Ralph Carlone will be live sharing his secrets on how to craft the perfect pizza dough. Chef Ralph will share insights on sourcing the right ingredients and the techniques to make the dough to allow your customers to enjoy an authentic Italian pizza.

Features of RC Show 2021 “Online Live” include:

  • A platform that includes augmented reality to experience business-to-business marketplace conference using hologram technology
  • Competition panels, education sessions, workshops with innovators and experts made available to an international audience
  • Exhibitor booths with live chat, on-on-one meeting and networking rooms
  • International buyers program to help attract global experts and buyers
  • “Buyer kits” that will bring brands to life and provide interactive learning and tasting experiences
  • Live and virtual Events in Toronto and across Canada that will provide networking and hospitality experiences led by top talent in our industry

Register for the annual industry event at

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