Agenda Highlights

Expand your network and enhance your conference experience

RLC’s 2018 agenda was designed to deliver distinguishable ROI to those who participate in each happy hour, networking reception and shared meal. Over the next three days, take advantage of every introduction, handshake and impromptu conversation. The very connections you make at RLC could help your organizations grow to new heights.

Kickoff Happy Hour

To ease into RLC 2018, grab your colleagues and head outside for everyone’s favorite hour—happy hour! This event will take place Sunday, April 15 on the Tierra Madre lawn. For dinner afterward, be sure to check your RLC Event App for local restaurant suggestions.

Restaurant Leader of the Year

Hand-picked by the editors of Restaurant Business magazine, the Restaurant Leader of the Year title is awarded to one individual who takes risks, innovates, forges ahead of the competition and makes sometimes counter-intuitive decisions—all while staying true to his or her values.

Read more about 2017 Winner: Paul Brown at

RLC Running Club

Just because you are traveling doesn’t mean your fitness regime has to suffer. On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, a group of attendees will be waking early for the RLC Running Club. You just can’t beat the beautiful weather and scenery of Arizona in April! Join us for an invigorating morning run around the picturesque JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and get your day started on the right foot.

Meet & Greets

Rub elbows with the speakers you see on RLC’s general session stage. Nowhere else can you get this kind of access to industry and national leaders. Meet & Greets will take place throughout the Restaurant Product Gallery. This is your opportunity to shake hands, ask questions and even get your photo taken with the high-profile figures at RLC 2018.

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Book Personalizations

Select speakers at RLC will be signing books during the Restaurant Product Gallery. Seek out these designated stations to meet the authors and receive a signed copy of their book.

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Restaurant Product Gallery

With more than 200 restaurant suppliers on display, you’re sure to find all the industry-shapers within RLC’s Restaurant Product Gallery. This is where suppliers and operators gather to uncover the latest solutions, sample new products and even close deals. Remember—it’s all about the connections you make and the hands you’ll shake.

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RLC Night Club

When you attend RLC, the fun, excitement and networking opportunities extend well beyond the ballrooms and breakout rooms. RLC Night Club is the final evening event of the 2018 program and is THE place to unwind after a full day of education and exploration. End RLC on a positive note while setting the stage for successful future business endeavors.

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