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Main Street Summit: Los Angeles

The first-ever 2022 Main Street Summit: LA has wrapped, but the learnings and content will live on. Access full session recordings, free, at the link below.

Highlights from Main St Summit: LA

There were so many great sessions and noteworthy takeaways, but a few trends, insights, and candid perspectives stood out.

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Building a brand

Pinky Cole shared her journey to building Slutty Vegan's brand, from one location to nine and counting, recounting lessons learned along the way.

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Understanding employees

Kwini Reed of Poppy + Rose pointed out that restaurant employees aren’t necessarily asking more of their employers — they want better from the world.

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Creativity with costs

Briana Valdez of HomeState shared how restaurants can get creative with cutting costs, including changes to menus, opening hours, and service models.

Explore the agenda

Click on the tabs below to learn more about sessions, speakers, and more. Stay tuned for full session recordings.

9 am-5 pm

Welcome Desk

Come by the welcome desk to sign in Monday, November 7 at the Capital Milling Building at 1231 N Spring St, Los Angeles, any time throughout the day. Enjoy free valet parking and free breakfast and lunch from local chefs.

We look forward to seeing you there! Explore the full agenda at the tabs above.

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10-10:05 am

Welcome Remarks with DoorDash President Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne, President and Chief Operating Officer at DoorDash

Join Christopher Payne on the Main Stage to formally welcome you to Main Street Summit: Los Angeles and to share a preview of the forthcoming programming.

10:05-10:30 am

An Intimate Conversation Between DoorDash President Christopher Payne and Chief Restaurant Advisor Pinky Cole

Pinky Cole, Owner & CEO, Slutty Vegan and Chief Restaurant Advisor at DoorDash
Christopher Payne, President and Chief Operating Officer at DoorDash

Learn about Pinky Cole's role as Chief Restaurant Advisor at DoorDash, the growth of Slutty Vegan, and the importance of staying true to yourself while scaling a company.

10:30-11 am

The Restaurant Industry is Building a New Future

Lien Ta, Managing Partner, Here's Looking At You & All Day Baby
Briana Valdez, Founder & CEO, HomeState
Greg Dulan, Owner, Hotville Chicken, Dulan’s Soulfood Restaurant, & Dulanville Foodtruck
Kristen Hawley, Founder, Expedite.news

2022 has been a year of transition for restaurants, balancing consumer demands with labor, and inflation struggles. What will operators need to think about for success in the future? Kristen Hawley, founder of the weekly newsletter Expedite, will moderate a panel of restaurateurs as they share insights for 2023 and beyond.

11-11:30 am

What are LA Consumers Craving?

Alanna Shipley, Director of Audience Insights, DoorDash

In this not-yet-post-pandemic world, keeping up with consumers’ evolving behaviors is more challenging than ever for restaurant operators. Alanna Shipley, Director of Consumer Insights at DoorDash will review proprietary data from DoorDash to discuss Los Angeles delivery trends, including the busiest days for food delivery, top cuisines and categories, and the most popular delivery menu items.

11:30-12 pm

Preserving and Protecting a Brand

Jon Shook, Chef / Restaurateur, animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny's, Cookbook, Helen's Wines Market, Carmelized Productions Jon & Vinny's
Ben Shenassafar, President of The Hundreds/Family Food Style Festival

In a one-on-one conversation, Ben Hundreds, Founder of The Hundreds & Family Style Food Festival will interview chef/restaurateur Jon Shook of animal, Son of a Gun, and Jon & Vinny's about the challenges of creating, maintaining, and expanding an iconic LA brand.

1-1:40 pm

Spotlight on Restaurant Benefits: How to Attract and Retain Workers While Keeping Costs Down

Akira Akuto, Co-Founder, Konbi
Othon Nolasco, Co-Founder, No Us Without You LA
Kwini Reed, Co-Owner “Boss Lady"", Poppy + Rose, Poppy & Seed, Root of all Food
Chase Knight, Vice President of Business Development, Sesame

The staffing crisis has inspired restaurants of all sizes to adopt new and creative strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining great employees. We're starting to see restaurants improve their benefits across the board – wage increases, referral and signing bonuses, 401(k) and healthcare benefits, emergency childcare, and more – in a concerted effort to recruit talented team members from other sectors. During this session, we'll cover specific recruiting strategies plus ways to retain a happy workforce, in addition to revealing more about how DoorDash is supporting partners with this effort.

1:40-2 pm

The Neighborhood's Table: Combating Gentrification Through Intentional Hospitality

Jenny Dorsey, Executive Director, Studio ATAO

Review highlights from Studio ATAO's latest toolkit, A Guide for Hospitality Businesses to Take a Community-Invested, Anti-Gentrification Stance in Their Neighborhoods.

2:45-3:30 pm

Growing Your Business: A Guide on Expanding Strategically

Pinky Cole, Owner & CEO, Slutty Vegan
Sara Kramer, Chef/Owner, Kismet and Kismet Rotisserie
Aaron Noveshen, Founder & CEO, Starbird
Ellen Bennett, Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett

The pandemic created opportunities for brands — global and local — to grow and expand their in-person and digital footprint via brick-and-mortar operations or virtual brands. There is a new white space for innovators to grow, but how can restaurateurs capitalize on these opportunities? Join to learn about expanding your business, leveraging technology and insights for your business, and more.

3:30-4 pm

Building an Authentic Brand on Social Media

Vincent Williams, Founder and Master Chef, Honey's Kettle
Tamearra Dyson, Owner, Souley Vegan
Shawn Lalehzarian, Co-Founder & CEO, The Red Chickz
Bricia Lopez, Restaurateur and Author, Guelaguetza

With social media channels like Instagram and TikTok becoming a necessary part of a restaurant’s marketing strategy, how can you ensure that you're getting the most exposure? How do you build an authentic connection with your customers? Learn how to leverage social media to personalize your guest experience, boost your brand’s recognition and sales, and more. Join Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza along with a group of panelists to discover how they use social media to their advantage.

4 - 4:10 pm

Closing Remarks with DoorDash's Danny Polanco

Danny Polanco, Manager, Business Development SMB, DoorDash

Join the leader of the team creating custom solutions and strategies for the top restaurants on DoorDash in the West for reflections on what we learned together, what inspired us, and the connections that will endure beyond today's summit. This is also your opportunity to take part in a live survey that will help us make future events even more impactful.

9:15-10 am

Store Essentials: The Basics for Success on DoorDash

Whether you’re new to DoorDash or just need a refresher, we’ll walk you through the basics for getting your store up and running. You’ll receive an overview of the portal, learn how to set store settings and hours, and leverage the Business Manager app for your store management.

11-11:30 am

Menu Manager: Small menu changes for big impact

Discover how to create an enticing menu with items and descriptions. Learn how to add and manage items, set prices, and more. Plus, get tips and tricks for attracting customers.

12-12:30pm

Insights Hub: Transform DoorDash data into actionable insights

Get key insights to help grow your business and track your store’s performance on DoorDash using financial, operational, customer, and sales reports.

12:30-1 pm

Store Financials: DoorDash payments made easy

Managing your store’s payment process on DoorDash is important. Learn about editing and accessing banking information, getting paid, reconciling canceled orders, and explore DoorDash Capital.

1-1:30 pm

DoorDash Marketing: Finding new customers and building lasting loyalty

Learn the secret to reaching new customers, building lasting loyalty, and increasing store sales. DoorDash Marketing offers easy-to-use Advertising and Promotion tools that can help you grow your business.

1:30-2 pm

Menu Manager: How to use photos to grow your sales

Explore ways to attract new and returning customers to your store with great menu photos. Find out how to add and edit photos, utilize the photo bank, take high-quality photos of your own, and learn about DoorDash’s photo guidelines.

3-3:30 pm

Storefront: Explore commission-free ordering on your website

Storefront is DoorDash’s commission-free ordering system that allows you to grow your business online. Learn about using Storefront, and how it can help grow your business.

3:30-4 pm

[Encore] Insights Hub: Transform DoorDash data into actionable insights

Get key insights to help grow your business and track your store’s performance on DoorDash using financial, operational, customer, and sales reports.

4:15-4:45 pm

[Encore] DoorDash Marketing: Finding new customers and building lasting loyalty

Learn the secret to reaching new customers, building lasting loyalty, and increasing store sales. DoorDash Marketing offers easy-to-use Advertising and Promotion tools that can help you grow your business.

9 am - 5 pm

Community Table

Network with local restaurateurs, enjoy catered food and beverage, and get to know your peers. Food and beverage will be available all day, with lunch catered from 12-1 pm and a snack from 2:30-3:30 pm. Catering provided by D’Vash, Chatty Matcha, Couplet Coffee, Sugar Babies Bake Shop, Chiki Chiki Boom Boom, Angella's Sweet Spot, Jitlada, Kismet, Dream Pops, and Konbi.

Family Meal

9 am - 5 pm

Solution Station

Get personalized support or just talk to a sales representative about your business needs. DoorDash representatives at the Solution Station can answer any questions you have about DoorDash products.

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Featured Speakers

Industry experts, well-known chefs, and enterprising local operators shared their stories.

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