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SDA 3 Day Boot Camp

  • Tuesday, November 06, 2018
  • 8:30 AM
  • Thursday, November 08, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 20


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Senior Dining Boot Camp is an intense educational workshop designed to support industry professionals in understanding the core set of skills and knowledge to help them run their operations efficiently.

This workshop is perfect for professionals new to the senior dining industry, those recently promoted & seasoned Chefs and Directors of Dining. 

You will learn:

Cost Control, Food, Labor and Direct Costs:  Understanding how to manage bottom-line costs more effectively with a focus on mitigating & reducing waste, increasing productivity and evaluating staffing patterns

Creating Structure & Accountability: Comprehensively focusing on developing and using systems to increase organization effectiveness

Improving Consistency: Exploring how operational inconsistencies negatively effect residents & staff. Learning ways to identify inconsistencies in your operation and develop sustainable systems to maintain that consistency

Menu Development: Learning best practices in menu engineering and increasing choice without increasing cost 

Culinary Demonstration: Engaging in interactive learning to sample new foods that could enhance your menu

Leadership Development: An essential skill of a leader is being a good communicator and a vital part of communication is having great listening skills. This interactive session will focus on developing skills to effectively communicate with your staff.  

Creating Synergy in the Community: Exploring ways to systematize and develop a process to work effectively with your other department heads to ensure continuity of service for the community 

Product Cutting: Learning how to evaluate the best products for your operation by comparing taste, yield and consistency among similar products

Modified Foods Demonstration: Learning enhanced techniques for making great purees & mechanically altered foods

Systemizing Kitchen Operations: Comprehensively focusing on developing and using systems to increase productivity, consistency and daily kitchen operations.

Menu & Recipe Development: Exploring best practices in menu engineering, product cross utilization and developing an effective recipe 

Food Cost Control: Determining how to manage food costs more effectively. With a keen focus on ordering, purchasing, reducing waste, improper costing, overproduction, using the right product for the right application 

Round-Table Discussion: Brainstorming about industry trends, best practices, retention strategies and sharing experiences 

C.E. Credits - Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a copy of the agenda to submit for C.E. credits. 

Facilitator: Harris Ader, Founder of the Senior Dining Association

Minimum of 10 participants needed per training class. Location may change if 15 or more register in the same geographical location or an additional class will be scheduled.


Dress:Business Casual 

Meals: A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included in your hotel rate.  Snacks, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners are included in the training registration.  

Travel:Round trip travel to Charlotte Airport (CLT) and most cities typically ranges between $250 - $400 plus airline fees.

Cancellation: A $50 administrative fee & credit cardcharges will be charged for cancellations. No refunds will be given for cancellations received 7 days prior of the start date. Any cancellations made on-site are not eligible for a refund. Cancellations made due to unforeseen circumstances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. email sdaevents@seniordining.org to cancel your registration.  

No-Shows:Refunds will not be issued to participants who do not attend the training.

Arrival:Please check into the hotel on August 13th. We will begin the training promptly at 8:30am the next day.

Hotel: HYATT PLACE CHARLOTTE ARROWOOD - 7900 Forest Point Boulevard, Charlotte NC 28273

wo room types available:
King Room – featuring one king sized bed - $119.00 per night
Double Room – featuring two double beds - $119.00 per night
Each room features a sectional sleeper sofa and each room is subject to 15.25% tax.

Please make reservations by Friday, October 12th, 2018 in order to obtain the special group rate.You will receive your hotel booking link once you register for the training.

Hyatt Place Arrowood Amenities: Complimentary hot buffet breakfast* Outdoor heated Pool * Fitness Center * 24 hour foodservice * Bakery Cafe featuring Starbucks coffee and full service bar * Complimentary wireless internet * Business Center 

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