Annica Kreider, director of marketing for McAlister’s Deli, will lead a panel of industry experts in the second summer webinar from Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out, the annual nationwide dine-out that helps raise money to end childhood hunger in America. The webinar is July 15 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. (EDT).

The 2009 Great American Dine Out offers operators a flexible program to become involved; operators decide how they want to implement and promote the September 20-26 event, engage their employees, and raise the funds they donate—and the webinar will provide winning strategies and ideas from Kreider and other industry experts. Many of the panelists, including Kreider, participated in the Great American Dine Out last year. Registered operators can use these ideas straight-up, adapt them to suit their own business, or create their own. Register for the webinar today at

The 2009 Great American Dine Out is sponsored by Sysco, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Ecolab, Food Network, USA Today, and the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 3,000 restaurants have already registered to participate in this year’s event, but more than 5,000 are needed. Recent registrants include a 32-unit T.G.I. Friday’s franchisee, casual chain Taco Mac, upscale chain Lawry’s Restaurants, and fine-dining Simi Valley independent Amuse Bouche. Learn more and register to participate at

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