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ACE Monthly Meeting - Dec 18, 2015

  • December 18, 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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Surviving in a Market That Has Become Increasingly Competitive and At Times Cannibalistic

The restaurant industry! Everyone needs to eat, most rather enjoy this necessary process as one of the greater joys in life, so the topic of food is an enjoyable one that everyone can relate to.  But instead of discussing tastes and recipes, this talk will focus on the business side of those who bring us our food service - what it takes to be, and remain, successful in a market that is becoming increasingly competitive and, at times, cannibalistic.

We will examine how destination restaurants keep people coming back year after year, while taking a look at some of the most common mistakes made by would-be restaurateurs today.

Joe Ricchio has been in the restaurant/wine business for 20 years and will be happy to answer any questions about the industry, so get ready to attend the most delicious presentation of the year! 

Joe Ricchio is a Portland, ME based author who specializes in food, drink, and travel. He is the food editor for Down East Magazine and Dispatch Magazine, in addition to freelancing for such publications as Bon Appetit, Vice, Boston Magazine, and The Guardian.  Previously he was the Food Editor of Maine Magazine for six years.

His blog, Food Coma, spawned a string of successful web-series entitled Food Coma TV, The Food Coma Show, and Off The Wagon with Joe Ricchio.


Roundtable Details

Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional


“The power of participation”


Learn how to turn any presentation or workshop into an interactive project, in which the “audience” members feel like vital participants whose input and experience is central.  But strong players are weary of programs in which all that the participants do is share what they already know.  We’ll examine how to actively TEACH in this participatory format.  Come with your stories of the best and worst classes you ever took or workshops you attended.  And — perhaps most important of all — come with a story of the most interesting and useful mistake that you’ve made in your business and what you learned from it


Presented by Arthur Fink




The Facts...


The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations are required by December 15, 2015. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.


You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

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