September 16, 2020

Networking Events

Thursday, October 29

Events:  2:00–3:30pm PT/5:00–6:30pm ET

Lobby Bar:  2:00–6:00 PT/5:00–9:00pm ET

Limited space available; first-come, first-serve.  No Registration Fees! REGISTER HERE

The Manhattan Cocktail Project with Host Chris LeBeau

The Manhattan Cocktail Project with Host Chris LeBeau

Cheers!  Looking for new cocktails you can make at home?  Grab your favorite glassware and an ice bucket and prepare to participate in a virtual mixology class.  Information will be provided prior to the class and a recipe book of your new cocktail concoctions will be made available.  Once your glass is full, you can share a toast with your host, Chris, a talented and congenial mixologist, and network with your thirsty colleagues!

Cooking with Gourmands Dale and Tami

Cooking with Gourmands Dale and Tami

When “Forum Regulars” Dale Cantone and Tami McKnew get together at the Forum, the talk quickly turns to food, recipes, and recent culinary creations and experiments. Eavesdrop on their conversation with Immediate Past Forum Chair Eric Karp, enjoy their shared recipes, and ask questions at this virtual drop in. (Secret recipes included—no NDA required!)  Small group networking will follow the presentation.

The Grimm Escape (A Virtual Escape Room)

The Grimm Escape (A Virtual Escape Room)

In this virtual escape room game, players take on the role of a group of fantasy adventurers on an epic quest. Unfortunately, the party has stumbled into an enchanted forest and upon the lair of an evil witch - and she's not a fan of trespassers. She's put a curse upon the group, and if you're unable to break the curse within an hour, you'll be stuck inside of the enchanted forest forever.  You will work together with the others in your virtual group to break the curse and make it through the forest.

Museum Highlights: An Introduction to the Met’s Collection

Museum Highlights: An Introduction to the Met’s Collection

Take a guided journey around the world, experiencing highlights of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collections of master paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from ancient times to the present.  You will have an opportunity to interact with your guide and ask questions about the exhibits you visit.

Four Fundamentals of Coffee

Four Fundamentals of Coffee

Are you a coffee aficionado?  Learn how to brew your own specialty coffee creations at home using secrets from the experts and chat with your fellow coffee aficionados!  During this program, you will learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee every time.  We will explore the four fundamentals of brewing (water, proportion, grind and freshness) which affect everyone who brews coffee, regardless of which brewing method they use.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask a coffee expert any questions they have regarding coffee.  If you wish to follow along, have a French press, hot water, and your favorite coffee pre-ground and ready to brew.  Mike Fuller is a paralegal in the Law & Corporate Affairs department at Starbucks.  He is a certified coffee master and has been responsible for leading the department’s coffee education program for many years.  Mike is widely regarded as one of the department’s “go-to” coffee experts.  Plan to share your perfectly brewed cup of coffee in the networking breakout that will follow.

Meet Me at the Lobby Bar ? (Registration not required)

Meet Me at the Lobby Bar ? (Registration not required)

Are you missing the casual hotel lobby bar, where so many good Forum memories have been made?  Are you looking to just network with fellow attendees in a casual virtual environment?  Saunter up to the Virtual Franchise Forum Lobby Bar,  join your hosts, Ben Reed and Jason Adler, and catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and enjoy the camaraderie.  BYOB!   This event will also continue to be available after the other Thursday networking events, so drop by after the other events for more connecting with your colleagues!

If you haven’t registered for the Annual Conference yet, register here before choosing your Thursday Night track.

Tuesday, October 27
2:30-4:00pm PT/5:30-7:00pm ET

Tuesday, October 27

Tuesday, October 27

2:30-4:00pm PT/5:30-7:00pm ET

Let’s Cook a Persian Feast Together -- Spouse/Guest Event

Open to all spouses/guests of Forum attendees! 

$35 per attendee

Attendees should register their spouse/guest’s participation on the Forum Registration Site under his/her registration.

Already registered?  To add this event to your existing registration, call 913-387-5627.

Cook along with Chef Susan Barocas as she guides us through creating a delicious Persian meal of fish, rice and salad featuring the rich flavors of one of the world’s great cuisines. You will have fun during our 90 minutes together, while making a special dinner to enjoy.  Registered participants will receive the recipes, ingredient break down and instructions for advance preparation at least two weeks before the class. Ingredients will be easily accessible.  Susan Barocas is a writer, chef, teacher and caterer with a passion for healthy, no-waste cooking and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. She served as guest chef in the Obama White House three times. In addition to many food-related appearances on television and radio, Susan writes for such outlets as the Washington Post, Lilith magazine and the Huffington Post. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier international culinary society.