The Danny Meyer of Homelessness

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Rev. Bill Golderer is trying to turn lives around by applying the famed restaurateur’s principles of five-star hospitality. Can homelessness be defeated, Shake Shack style? 

The speakers at this week’s Welcome Conference in New York City, where a star-studded foodie lineup gathered Monday to share ideas about the meaning and practice of hospitality, included Steve Ells, founder and CEO of Chipotle and Daniel Humm, chef and co-owner of New York restaurants Eleven Madison Park and NoMad. The closer was, of course, Danny Meyer, the guru of hospitality. Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, owns restaurants ranging from Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café to Shake Shack. He’s the author of the bestseller Setting The Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality In Business which made hospitality into something of a movement.

Read more at the Philadelphia Citizen. 


The Welcome Conference is Back: Bigger, Better, Awesomer ("Oh Yeah!")

Two decades ago, some of the most inspiring conferences we attended were organized over the James Beard Foundation Awards weekend, taking advantage of the fact that the country’s greatest culinary talents and minds were all gathered in New York City — where there was a huge audience eager to learn from the nuggets of wisdom dispensed.

Read more on Karen and Andrew's blog. 

Read Danny Meyer’s Motivating Speech on ‘the Irrelevancy of Being Right’

At yesterday's Welcome Conference — a hospitality-focused, TED Talk-like gathering organized by Eleven Madison Park's Will Guidara andJournee's Anthony Rudolf — Danny Meyer gave a rousing speech to close out the day. He reflected on the conference's 2015 theme of "Being Right," and shared stories about dealing with restaurant critics, uninformed customers, and downright angry and vengeful patrons. 

Read Danny's speech on Grub Street. 

7 Inspiring Lessons from the 2nd Annual Welcome Conference

Yesterday, we had the privilege of attending the Welcome Conference, Will Guidara and Anthony Rudolf’s one-of-a-kind hospitality conference in Manhattan. In its second year, the event drew 375, up from 250 in 2014, of the world’s most renowned and hardworking hospitality professionals, from speakers — including Danny Meyer, musician Jon Batiste, and critic Alan Richman — and attendees such as Drew Nieporent.

There were laughs, tears, and cheers – and a lot of hugs (we all have restaurateur Tim Harris of Tim’s Place for inspiring everyone in the audience to bear-hug our neighbors!). A woman seated next to us remarked that the whole day was akin to being at church. Certainly, there was a feeling of spiritual revival that permeated the whole energizing event.

Read more at OpenTable's Open for Business Blog 

Forget About Being Right: 10 Important Hospitality Lessons

Service professionals descended on New York’s Times Center yesterday to answer the question, “What does it mean to be right?” Welcome to the second annual Welcome Conference an event hosted by Will Guidara and dedicated to hospitality. Whether attendees hailed from barbecue joints in Southern Illinois or posh five-star hotels in London, speakers spoke, musicians jammed, all the feels were felt, and lessons were learned.

Here are the most important takeaways. 

Highlights From the Second-Annual Welcome Conference

Welcome Conference hosts Will Guidara (Eleven Madison Park, The Nomad) and Anthony Rudolf (formerly of Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) have discussed in the past the inspiration behind the conference, and they kicked off the day-long event by elaborating on the idea, saying they felt it was something that was truly missing in the hospitality world. The central question being posed at this year's gathering is what it means to be right in the hospitality industry. Similar to last year, several big names in the restaurant world took the stage and shared inspirational words — some emotional, others humorous, but all thought-provoking.

Read more at Eater. 

A Case for Deliberate Collaboration

We’re very excited to attend this year’s Welcome Conference, heading to New York City along with hundreds of our industry peers to listen and join in discussions around restaurants, service, and hospitality. It’s an exciting and important time to be working in and around restaurants; and as we began to think about our industry and the potential impact that a conference like this can have, we began reflecting on collaboration. The way we see it, collaboration is increasingly crucial and will help to propel our industry forward.

Read more at The Industry Press.