Food Safety & Quality Assurance Expert Exchange

The Food Safety & Quality Assurance Expert Exchange offers you the opportunity to learn the latest on FDA insights, food safety regulations, foodborne illness, health inspections and allergens. Don’t miss your chance to talk through issues and learn directly from other food safety and quality assurance leaders in the restaurant industry.


The Table 2024

Connect with your Food Safety & Quality Assurance peers July 23 - 25, 2024 at the Hilton Austin at The Table 2024!

We’ll have the same dedicated networking and content in a unique new event. Learn more about The Table 2024 and join us in July. 

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The National Restaurant Association Community Platform, Restaurants Connect

We’ve upgraded our Listserv to a robust community platform, Restaurants Connect. This platform provides our members with an exclusive opportunity to engage, network, and connect with other restaurant operators – all through a seamless and intuitive interface.

The platform gives you the opportunity to:

  • Tailor your experience and join multiple discipline groups to receive critical resources and knowledge that will help solve your most pressing challenges.
  • Share your expertise, learn from your peers, expand on best practices, and improve your personal knowledge and business operations.
  • Continue important conversations before, during and after events.
  • Stay up to date on the latest Association news, events, discounts, and products that impact your bottom line.

To access the platform, email

*Note: this platform is open to National Restaurant Association Operator Members only.

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Steering Committee

Dr. Al Baroudi
Vice President, Food Safety & Quality Assurance
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

Christina Bongo-Box
Senior Director, Global Quality Assurance
Church’s Chicken

Janice Brady
Senior Director, Brand Protection, Quality & Regulatory Compliance

Jorge Hernandez
Vice President, Quality Assurance
The Wendy’s Company

Corrin Howard
Senior Regulatory Compliance Supervisory
Wawa Inc.

Matt Jenkins
Director, U.S. Restaurant Food Safety

Eric Martin
Director, Food Safety
Texas Roadhouse

Dennis Price
Director, Total Quality & Food Safety
Red Lobster

Kelly Stano
Manager, Quality Assurance
Little Caesars

Jessica Taylor
Senior Project Lead, Food Safety & Analytics
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Shelly Wallingford
Director, Food Safety
First Watch Restaurants

Thomas Yurchak
Director, Quality Assurance
Restaurant Growth Services


Contact Food Safety & Quality Assurance Program Director Jeff Clark at