In partnership with the National Restaurant Association, we are thrilled to announce that DoorDash will host our annual Main Street Strong Restaurant Conference from October 13-14, 2021.

This two-day all-virtual event affords restaurant leaders — whether on the DoorDash platform or not — a unique opportunity to come together with like-minded folks to collaborate, get inspired, and learn from one another. 

We have dozens of influential industry experts and speakers lined up to address topics ranging from the ongoing staffing crisis to operations and supply chain management.

Strengthening our restaurants with community

As part of our larger Main Street Strong commitment, we are hosting this conference for local restaurateurs to connect with peers, allowing them to discuss pertinent issues during one of the hardest times the restaurant industry has faced to date. 

DoorDash believes in strengthening the restaurant industry in any way possible — through technology and smarter solutions, but also through community and the sharing of ideas and strategies. Conference attendees will benefit from:

  • Expert advice 

Find out how industry leaders are tackling today’s restaurant challenges, from staffing to running a profitable business and more.

  • Access to industry data & insights

Learn about the latest delivery, pickup, and online ordering trends, with actionable insights on how you can adapt.

  • Opportunities to network

Expand your network and connect in meaningful one-on-one conversations with like-minded owners and operators.

What last year’s attendees had to say

This really is an awesome conference!! Great panels, people and information! Thank you DoorDash. 
-Lewis Rudd, Ezell's Famous Chicken

I'm really enjoying the conference so far. It's helping to hear others in food and beverage talk about how they're working through some of the same challenges our small business is facing.
-Tamyra McKay, Paunchy Elephant out of Washington

This was a great concept for a food partner to deliver to its merchants. 
-Naijha Wright-Brown, The Land of Kush

A preview of conference sessions 

Similar to last year’s event, we’ll cover a wide variety of topics of interest to restaurateurs. Below is a sneak peek at some of the sessions we have planned. For a more extensive list, visit our conference website and check back regularly for additional updates.

Innovation in Restaurant Technology 

The COVID-19 pandemic drove drastic changes upon the restaurant industry, but it has also inspired an acceleration of technology and a burst of creative re-imagining.

Recruitment and Retention

Learn new strategies for hiring and training your staff as the labor shortage continues.

What Are Customers Craving?

Unpack the latest delivery, pickup, and online ordering trends, with actionable insights on how restaurants can adapt.

Diversify Your Revenue Streams 

Find ways to expand into new revenue streams and capitalize on customers’ current needs.

Conference speakers

Hear from some of the best in the business about how they’ve navigated recent ups and downs in the restaurant industry. Below is a sample list of just a few of the phenomenal speakers we’ve invited to join us:

  • Stephanie Izard: Chief Restaurant Advisor at DoorDash and Executive Chef and Owner, Girl & the Goat 
  • Geoff Alexander: President & CEO, Wow Bao
  • Nicole Marquis: Founder & CEO, HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner, Bar Bombón
  • Charles Bililies: Founder & CEO, Souvla
  • Hudson Riehle: SVP of Research & Knowledge Group, National Restaurant Association

We’ll be adding new speakers and sessions from now until October 13. Check back in at our Conference website for more details.

In addition to the amazing lineup of speakers and sessions we’ve organized, all attendees will have ample opportunities for networking with one another in an informal setting. 

We encourage all of you to attend Main Street Strong to continue to grow and thrive. Register now to join us!


Andrew McCarthy
Content Lead

Andrew McCarthy is the Senior Content Lead for B2B Marketing at DoorDash (both Merchant and Work divisions) where his mission is to help merchants grow and to make work delicious! Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has 5 years of experience working in the on-demand delivery space across the United States, Canada, and Australia. When he’s not managing the incredibly talented content team at DoorDash, you’ll find him dining at the hippest local restaurants or ordering ramen from the comfort of his couch.