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Wednesday, March 23 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ben's Friends - A Path Forward for F&B Professionals Dealing with Addiction

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Whether you recognize it or not, you likely know a team member, colleague or hospitality acquaintance who needs help. Ben’s Friends was created to partner with bar and restaurant owners to ensure staffers fighting addiction once again become valuable employees. The goal of Ben’s Friends is twofold: assisting hospitality workers in their sobriety and, equally as important, ensuring jobs for people in recovery. Join this conversation to learn how to reach out to employees, deal with their issues, and support their move to recovery. In addition, during Bar & Restaurant Expo, Ben’s Friends will host a Sober Recovery meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:00pm, so check the agenda and app for more information!

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Hailey Hosler

Oregon Territory Manager, Athletic Brewing Company
With over 15 years in the hospitality industry, including opening bars in multiple countries and starting her own craft cocktail consulting and design agency (Heart & Honey). Hailey is now incredibly passionate about revolutionizing the F & B industry and seeks to create an inclusive... Read More →
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Philip Speer

Chef/Owner | Austin TX Chair, Comedor | Ben's Friends
Four time James Beard nominee and Austin chair of Ben's Friends, Philip Speer is the Co-owner and operator of Comedor, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin. Comedor was named among Esquire Magazine and Robb Report's top new restaurants in the US, as well as Restaurant of the Year... Read More →
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Sheri Hood

Winemaker/Owner, The Pressing Plant Winery
Former band manager turned winemaker Sheri Hood is part of Ben's Friends Portland team, leads the national online Ben's Friends Femmes meeting, and supports our meetings on the Zoom front. A graduate of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, she worked at wineries in Oregon, Napa Valley... Read More →

Wednesday March 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
NxT Stage, Expo Hall Floor