Dave Becker
Chef/Owner, Juniper & Sweet Basil
Monday, February 27, 10:30 a.m.
NEFS ED-Quarters
 
A Newburyport native through and through, Dave Becker exudes the good-time vibe associated with the “Cape Cod of the North Shore.” Before the age of 24, Dave had worked his way through the ranks in kitchens far and wide, including Joseph’s and Scandia in Newburyport; Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley; Davio’s in Boston; and Hotel Imperiale in Ligure, Italy. In 2000, Dave took a leap of faith and became his own boss, opening Sweet Basil in Needham, Massachusetts. In 2014, Dave opened his second restaurant, Juniper, a 110-seat Mediterranean eatery in the heart of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Ever the artiste, Dave has taken his passion to the page, self-publishing two cookbooks with food photographer Nina Gallant.
 

SESSION
Recruiting, Training and Retaining (RTR) in a Tight Job Market
Monday, February 27, 10:30 a.m.
NEFS ED-Quarters

The discussion will focus on how both marketing and operations can work together to recruit and retain employees. Specific topics include the challenges and advantages in staffing extremely busy suburban restaurants; the experiences and strategies as they relate to a medium-sized restaurant group in the Boston area; and the nuances of staff retention in a large multi-unit regional chain.

 

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