Past Meetup

How Tech Is Revolutionizing Restaurant Operations

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Price: $25.00 /per person


150 Broadway, 20th Floor · Manhattan, NY

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Input elevator code 2020# then press 20th floor button

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From online ordering to POS (point of sale) and CRM (customer relationship management) tools, startups are developing new technologies to help restaurants streamline operations and improve margins.

Come network with the community and meet some these innovators at our February Food+Tech Meetup. You'll get an inside look at their business models, products, challenges and lessons learned.

There will be snacks from Forkyoo (, Thaithentic ( and Munch Hours Inc. ( and drinks from Woodward Extracts (, Five Acre Farms ( and more.

Are you a restaurant operator who has experience with different restaurant technologies? We're looking for one more presenter. Email nina[at]foodtechconnect[dot]com with more information about your company if you're interested.


7:00 - 7:45: Networking + Snacks

7:45 - 9:00: Presentations + Q&A

9:00 - 9:30: More Networking


Chris Webb, co-founder & CEO, ChowNow ( - ChowNow is the leading online ordering platform that specializes in branded mobile apps and a suite of marketing services for restaurants. Since 2011, ChowNow has built personalized ordering systems for more than 3,000 restaurants nationwide. ChowNow’s mission is dedicated to providing restaurants with the tools needed to compete in an increasingly technical world.

Shu Chowdhury, founder, SALIDO ( - SALIDOPowers The Future of Restaurant Operations. Using one interconnected system, SALIDO lets a restaurant focus on what drives its core business: the customer experience. We call this the restaurant operating system, rOS. The SALIDO team is passionate about creating a world-class system that puts power in the hands of restaurant owners, enabling them to run successful and profitable businesses. The SALIDO rOS empowers businesses to control, analyze and leverage their critical data.

Winslow Bao Lord, co-founder & CMO, Venga ( - Since being founded in 2010, Venga has been helping restaurants better understand and engage with their guests. In 2013, Venga released its unique OpenTable and point-of-sale integration, developed with industry leaders like Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup. By connecting the dots between guests and their purchases, Venga unlocks the data restaurants have never been able to put to use and provides the tools to increase guest satisfaction and frequency.

Steve Fredette, co-founder & president, Toast ( - an all-in-one restaurant technology platform devoted to transforming the restaurant experience. Built specifically for restaurants, Toast brings together many solutions from integrated online ordering, gift card, and loyalty programs to labor and sales reporting all on a mobile, cloud-based POS system. Since launching Toast in 2013, the company has grown to hundreds of employees and thousands of customers nationwide, ranging from restaurants and cafes to nightclubs and enterprise franchises. Toast is committed to improving the lives of restaurant owners and transforming the way we eat out (and sometimes, eat in).


Presenting Partner

Dine Market ( is a powerful marketplace designed to enable the food service industry make better business decisions. We provide an efficient and transparent platform for restaurants and vendors to transact and interact. Dine Market offers tools to manage the operations of the businesses as well as strengthen relationships between buyers and suppliers. Our mission is to enable a collaborative and sustainable ecosystem by driving value to all participants in the network.

Supporting Partner

BlueCart ( is an app designed to strengthen the relationships between buyers and sellers in the hospitality space. Our app allows restaurants to place all their orders to all their suppliers in one click, and automatically organizes all those orders for suppliers on the other end.