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Because the SDA knows the senior dining industry, we understand that time and resources can be limited. Our events are designed to be convenient, efficient and valuable to all attendees.

SDA events will range from short evening events to multi-day conferences – all with the same foundation of fostering the senior dining industry. With a combination of feature speakers, topic-driven round-tables and (of course) great food samples, we will dive deeply into the senior dining market and emerge with great findings for all attendees.


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott, Charlotte Airport North 2700 Little Rock Road, Charlotte NC 28214
    • 37
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    Engaging one day training offered to all sales associates serving the senior dining industry, focused on the ins & outs of daily operations of a senior living community. Key emphasis on understanding the customers they serve; challenges operators face, budgeting, meal plans and trends in the industry.

    You will learn:

    Senior Dining Operations: Analyzing daily dining operations in various types communities and challenges operators face

    Meal Plan Options: Understanding various types of meal plans including their purpose and implementation Budgeting & 

    Spend: Discussing food, labor & direct costs and how budgets are developed for different sized communities Revenue 

    Opportunities: Learning how communities can generate revenue internally & externally 

    Senior Dining Trends: Delving into current trends and best practices as modeled around the country 

    Round-table Discussion: Reinventing the role of industry partners supporting senior dining operators 

    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. 

    Information

    Dress: Business Casual 

    Meals:  Complimentary snacks and lunch 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 card charges will be charged for cancellations. No refunds will be given for cancellations received 21 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: We will begin the training promptly at 9:00 am.

    Location:
    Courtyard by Marriott, Charlotte Airport North   Room Rate: $169 plus tax

    2700 Little Rock Road

    Charlotte, North Carolina 28214

    Phone: 704-319-9900




    • 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.

    Information

    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

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    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 

    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 89
    Register

    Learn about the new international standards for thickened liquids and texture modified diets that aim to keep our residents with chewing and swallowing problems safe.  Become familiar with new standardized terminology and labeling standards.  In addition, see how the International Standardized Diet Initiative (IDDSI) will impact senior dining operations when serving and preparing texture modified diets such as ground diets and puree diets.

    Learning Objectives:

    At the completion of the presentation the learning will be able to:

           Identify key characteristics of dysphagia

           Gain understanding of current state of dysphagia diets and need for change

           Describe how and why IDDSI came to be

           Understand the new IDDSI framework

           List details on each of the IDDSI levels including testing methods

           Outline next steps for successful IDDSI implementation

    Presented by: Margaret Roche, MS, RD, CSG, CDE, FADA

    Margaret Roche is a nutrition and healthcare consultant who for over 25 years has been championing optimal nutrition for the older adult. 

    Maggie and her team at Roche Dietitians develop and implement nutrition and dining programs that help senior living communities distinguish themselves through their dining services.  With an understanding of the vital role that meals play in the quality of life, health and well-being of senior living residents, Roche Dietitians also develops cost effective, healthy menus and therapeutic diets that hit high marks in resident and family satisfaction. 

    Maggie is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition.  She has advanced credentials as a certified diabetes educator, is board certified as a specialist in gerontological nutrition and is distinguished as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


    Cost

    Members - Complimentary 

    Non-Members - $39.00

    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Web Video Conference
    • 14
    Register

    Margaret will be on hand for a chat session at 2 p.m. November 15th, to cover any follow-up questions that may be left over from the webinar. 

    This SDA Chat session will be open to the first 15 people who sign up.

    Format: Live video conference call



    • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 99
    Register

    It takes a lot to get a senior dining operation up and running. From the ovens and other equipment to the space, supplies and staffing, your dining operation is a major expense.

    So why not use your assets and expertise to bring extra money back into your community?

    Join Senior Dining Association founder Harris Ader for “Making Money with Your Senior Dining Operation,” a webinar that will show you how make the most out of these valuable resources.

    Dining operations offer many income opportunities beyond basic resident meal plans. Your residents, their families and others in the outside community all have needs that you can readily turn into a regular income stream.

    Harris is a 20-year senior dining veteran. He will draw on his own extensive experience to help you understand the myriad ways a senior community’s dining operation can enhance its bottom line.

    Cost

    Members - Complimentary 

    Non-Members - $39.00

    • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Web Video Conference
    • 14
    Register

    Harris will be on hand for a chat session at 2 p.m. October 11th, to cover any follow-up questions that may be left over from the webinar. 

    This SDA Chat session will be open to the first 15 people who sign up.

    Format: Live video conference call



    • Thursday, January 10, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Webinar
    • 99
    Register

    A resident's experience with dining services occurs throughout their day, not only when they enter a dining venue.  

    They wake up wondering what gluten free options are available for lunch or if their dinner reservation has been confirmed.  They think about how lovely lunch was yesterday and hope you know how much joy waiter Ben brings each day.

    Join us as we explore real ways to enhance all residents' dining experience with technology regardless of their personal appetite for the digital life.

    Katie Griffith, principal of Bright Solutions will present her second SDA Tech webinar. 

    Cost

    Members - Complimentary 

    Non-Members - $39.00

    Sponsors Welcomed

    • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Web Video Conference
    • 14
    Register

    Katie will be available to answer your questions during the chat session at 2 p.m. January 11th, 2019 and will cover any items that may be left over from the webinar. 

    This SDA Chat session will be open to the first 15 people who sign up.

    Format: Live video conference call



        

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