• Mid-Am. Restaurant, Soft Serve & Pizza Show set for Feb. 23-24

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) will host its annual Mid-America Restaurant, Soft Serve & Pizza Show on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 23-24, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

According to the ORA, the show draws more than 14,500 independent restaurant owners, chain operators, managers and industry suppliers from a six-state area

Along with more than 330 exhibit booths showcasing food products, restaurant equipment and services, a full schedule of seminars and speaker presentations beneficial to pizzeria owners are scheduled. On Sunday:

* Mid-America Pizza Pizzazz/U.S. Official Pizza Team Trials. The two-day event (gourmet pizza is judged on Sunday followed by traditional pizza on Monday) will see the selection of two winners of an all-expense paid trip to Salsomaggiore, Italy, to compete in the world pizza championships in the spring.

* Xavier A. Teixido, FMP, owner-operator of Harry's Savoy Grill in Wilmington, Del., and chairman of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) will speak on pro-restaurant legislation and developments in obesity lawsuits filed against industry quick-service chains.

On Monday morning:

* General Mills' Tim Huff will lead a seminar entitled "Pizza Dough 101."

* Restaurant marketing guru Tom Feltenstein will speak on "The Magic of Neighborhood Marketing & Four Walls Promotion."

* Bill Eves will speak on "How to Sell/Buy a Restaurant."

* Dave Covell with the Cuyahoga County Health Department will discuss "What to Expect From Your Local Health Inspector."

* Nick Hall, IRS Area Director will answer the question, "Can the IRS Really Help Me?"

* Shelly Prueter will address labor concerns in her presentation entitled "Relationship, Recruiting: Hiring Intelligence, Experience & Motivation Isn't Enough."

The show is open only to foodservice industry personnel. Registration is $15 before February 8, '03, and $25 on-site. Show registration may be completed online at www.ohiorestaurant.org.

For registration information on the U.S. Pizza Team Trials, contact the Ohio Restaurant Association at (800) 282-9049.

For exhibit information contact Exhibition Productions Inc. at (800) 909-SHOW (7469).

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