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Food For Thought with Doug Fahrenholz


Doug HeadshotFor more than 25 years, the Wasserstrom Company has been a proud exhibitor of the greatest, most dynamic regional tradeshow in the Midwest.

The Mid-America Restaurant Expo allows our company to display new products while meeting our valued customers. And while the Expo in its current format is only a few years in the making, it continues to evolve, with the 2020 show featuring four new Education Tracks through Expo University.

These panels with diverse speakers and topics will allow our team to reflect on our business while planning for new trends and changes in the industry, discussing marketing to sustainability, as well as experience live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

As a longtime exhibitor and attendee, I’ve witnessed first-hand how this show is geared toward independent operators, regional chains, franchises and national operations. Year after year, it continues to be a great investment for both attendees

and exhibitors. The best part is that it’s right in our backyard — Ohio! There’s no better way to experience trends and topics relevant to restaurants and foodservice businesses while networking with your peers and industry leaders.

As Chairman of Expo Committee and ORA board member, I urge all members and everyone pa

rt of the restaurant industry to register for the Mid-America Restaurant Expo on Feb. 23–24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. And, be sure to stop by the Wasserstrom Company booth #213 to say hello!

In addition, join us for the annual Industry Awards Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 23 to enjoy an unforgettable evening celebrating our industry. Information for both events can be found at

Don’t miss out on this incredible weekend of events surrounding everything related to Ohio’s restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, especially since it’s included in your membership. It’s your once a year opportunity for you and your business to be inspired and energized by the Expo. I look forward to seeing you there!


Doug Fahrenholz is vice president of sales for the Wasserstrom Company, as well as a long-time board member for the Ohio Restaurant Association and its Education Foundation. Visit Doug and the Wasserstrom booth #213 at the Expo.

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