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Restaurant Symposium 2017

Igniting Passion, Preventing Burnout

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo

Monday 6th March, 2017


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The Restaurants Association of Ireland is hosting its Restaurant Symposium, its 46th Annual General Meeting and Conference at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo on Monday 6th March 2017.

The Restaurant Symposium provides an important business and social platform for Restaurant Owners, Managers, Chefs, industry professionals, service and product suppliers.

This year, some of the biggest names in the industry will come together to share insights, nurture ideas and to help formulate strategies that will help drive business over the next twelve months.


10.00am – Registration

10.30am – 11.30 – Annual General Meeting of the RAI

11.45am – 5.30pm Restaurant Symposium

7.00pm – Presidents Dinner

Igniting Passion, Preventing Burnout is the theme for this years Restaurant Symposium. The conference will run from 11.45am – 5.30pm and is divided into panels that will explore;


  • Restaurant Industry Performance & Trends
  • How to become a world class restaurant?
  • Foodie Destinations – Putting your town on the foodie map
  • Igniting Passion and Preventing Burnout (How to retain Hospitality Staff)
  • Preparing for Growth – Are you ready?


We are delighted that John McKenna, McKenna Guides Ireland will once again be our MC for the day.

Confirmed speakers;




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 The Presidents Dinner 2017

Monday 6th March, The Lodge at Ashford Castle.

Following the conference that evening (7pm) our Presidents Dinner will take place with a sumptuous 4 course menu designed by The Lodge’s Head Chef, Jonathan Keane.

The prestigious Mike Butt Award will be presented on the evening, recognising, industry representatives for their contribution to the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Please note the Presidents Dinner is a black-tie event.

There will also be a surprise after-dinner guest speaker on the evening!