This autumn, from 15 to 17 September, 'Bread and Games' Forum has been held at VILLA Boutiques & Restaurants in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The programme of the event had a lot to offer to everyone: culinary workshops, beer tastings, exhibitions of catering equipment and foodstuff. For those in the catering business, it was a perfect chance to learn about the latest innovations, find good suppliers, or even establish useful contacts with the men of light and leading of the hospitality industry. By fortune, many of them were at the Forum, including Dmitry Levitskiy, Vladimir Perelman, Bakhriddin Chustiy, Dmitry Khalyukov, Aleksandr Fink, Timur Abdullaev, and Yevgeniy Reymer.
Alongside other participants, Tillypad, teamed up with SoftPark, our representative in Kazakhstan, showcased the latest solutions for HoReCa industry.
The first product we presented in Almaty was POS Lite. In a nutshell, POS Lite is Tillypad POS on Windows OS. It's a standalone program for automation of fast food restaurants, which does not require connection to the server. With POS Lite, all you need to manage your restaurant is a Windows tablet (or a POS terminal if you wish), as all the data is stored in the cloud. Compared to the standard automation solution, the cost of automation using POS Lite is significantly lower: it does not require a server, POS terminals, or fully-functioning licenced software. All these and other features make POS Lite an efficient and inexpensive solution for automation of your fast food restaurant. More detailed info on our new POS Lite solution will follow later, in one of the next news articles.
Upgraded KDS (interactive Kitchen Display System) was another product presented by Tillypad. Faster and more compelling, KDS can now boast two new features: breakdown of dishes by course and a timer, displaying countdown of the required preparation time.
About the 'Bread and Games' Forum
Over three thousand people from Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries visited the event this September. The organisers marketed it as the only major professional forum for the restaurateurs in Central Asia.
The event is intended both for business-to-business and for business-to-consumer commerce, such format being a novelty for Kazakhstan. For three days, the most prominent figures of the hospitality industry shared their experience with the guests. HoReCa experts discussed development trends in the industry in Kazakhstan, cooperation during crisis, and promotion of the dining culture.
The Forum programme included performances from renowned chefs and barmen, interesting discussions, useful workshops, tasting sessions, and, of course, glorious food. Barmen demonstrated their serious skills at the Almaty Bartender Cocktail Competition, an international contest held in Kazakhstan for the first time. The judges were specially invited from Cyprus for this event.
The media covering the Forum highlighted the general opinion of the public and speakers alike that Almaty has a huge potential for development of the catering industry, and in days to come the city will set trends in dining for the whole country.