On June 5, the fourth annual Welcome Conference unfurls in New York at Alice Tully Hall, the hospitality summit created by Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park and Anthony Rudolf of Journee. Tickets go on sale today for a lineup includes Sean Brock of Husk/McCrady’s/Minero in Charleston/Nashville/Atlanta along with David Chang and Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You.
In the past, heavy-hitters like Mike Solomonov (Federal Donuts, Zahav), Andrew Zimmern, Gabe Stulman (Happy Cooking), and Danny Meyer have spoken, with Meyer reminding attendees that when it comes to hospitality, “being right is completely fucking irrelevant."
Blackberry Farm Proprietor Mary Celeste Beall is a featured speaker at the fourth annual Welcome New York City Conference in New York City. The incredible lineup of speakers is released today, and tickets are on sale now! Join Mary Celeste for this opportunity to explore the theme of Conflict and Change! @thewelcomeconference #wcnyc17
Apropos for the year, the theme is conflict and change: “With conflict, there is change — the changing of a mind, of a government, of a landscape. And with change, there is conflict — the nostalgia for what was, the prescription for what should be, the growing pains of what is.”
Here’s the speaker lineup:
Richard Melman, Founder/Chairman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle
Mary Celeste Beall, Proprietor, Blackberry Farm
Dr. John Medina, Molecular Biologist and Author
Frank Guidara, Former CEO, Uno Chicago Grill
Charles Carter, waiter, Antoine’s Restaurant
Sam Lipp, Director of Operations/Managing Partner, Union Square Café
Sean Brock, Chef/Partner, Husk, McCrady’s, Minero
Jordyn Lexton, Founder/Executive Director, Drive Change
David Chang, Chef/Owner, Momofuku restaurant group
Gary Noesner, Former FBI Negotiator and Author
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with coffee from Joe Coffee as well as breakfast, lunch, snacks, and canapes from Restaurant Associates. Tickets go on sale today at noon on the event's homepage — they're $225.