Join us for fine dining and ERP insights

You’re key to keeping everything running at your organization, and delivering on the needs of the business. You work hard. The hours are long. It’s time for a night off, and the VIP treatment, for you — and a guest!

Join us for an intimate dinner at the private estate of Chef Fabio Viviani, just north of Chicago. You and your guest can enjoy delicious food, wines from around the world, and ERP insights.

Rimini Street CTO Eric Helmer will share key takeaways he's gathered from recent industry events, including how companies are de-risking their enterprises. He will also discuss insights on IT modernization from 25 years of working with and advising global organizations.

Fabio will prepare a custom, five-course meal right before your eyes. You can even participate in the cooking and the wine pairings. And everyone will receive a gift bag from Fabio.

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Fabio Viviani
Fabio Viviani

Fabio Viviani has harbored a passion for food since his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. Between training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at top hospitality schools and working with culinary luminaries such as Alessandro Panzani and Saverio Carmagnini, Viviani also owned, operated and successfully executed several concepts in Florence by the time he was 27, including two nightclubs and five restaurants. Although a well-respected businessman in Italy, he was ready for a change and in 2005 Viviani moved to California where he opened his first USA based restaurants and Hospitality Ventures, Café Firenze, Firenze Osteria, Bar Firenze, and Mercato by Fabio Viviani, all of them in the Los Angeles Metro Area.

In 2013 Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group decided to expand the hospitality business to the Midwest and team up with Chicago Operator, DineAmic Group, where he opened Siena Tavern, Bar Siena, Prime & Provisions, Builders Building Event Venue and 2 locations of BomboBar all in Chicago.  Fabio also opened several more Mercato by Fabio Viviani concepts across the country.

In 2016, Fabio expanded his brand into Airport Business with the opening of Osteria by Fabio Viviani, which won USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Airport Sit Down Dining” in 2018. In 2017, Fabio opened Portico by Fabio Viviani in New York’s del Lago Resort & Casino and Teamed up with PNG Group to expand his footprint into the Casino Business. Fabio opened “The Eatery by Fabio Viviani” a massively successful Modern Food and Beer Hall including several concepts featuring very diverse cuisine such as Mercato, The Classic, Zen Noodle, Joe & Dough and an always locally sourced Beer Hall concept, currently in 4 locations with more to come.

Expanding his reach into the hotel management business in 2018, Fabio teamed up with Yellow Door Hospitality to take a crack at opening two hotels in 2020 and 2021 in Detroit, and several locations of one of their Italian Brand’s “Bar Verona,” as well as teaming up with Cicero Hospitality for hotel business in Chicago and Florida catering to business centers, events spaces and Hotel food and beverage with one of Fabio’s flagship brands called “Osteria by Fabio Viviani”.

Fabio also expanded his hospitality empire in other areas of the country last year by opening Osteria, Mole Y Abuela and Shibui restaurants in Tampa, Osteria and Bar Cicchetti in Oklahoma City, and Chuck Lager and Dixie’s in Delaware.  Over the next 3 years Fabio Viviani Hospitality will open 4 more concepts in Tampa, 4 new venues in Oklahoma/Tulsa as well as planning the franchise and expansion of both Chuck and Dixie’s brands to a nationwide reach, with dozens of locations already in the developing phase.

Fabio Viviani Hospitality has opened 34 restaurants to date, and in the next 18 months Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group is scheduled to open 14 more venues, including 5 Hotels in partnerships with different operators.

Best known for his participation in Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 5 and 8 – earning the “Fan Favorite” title – his on-screen appearances and off-screen successes have propelled him to become one of the most influential culinary and hospitality names in the country.

Fabio is a recurring guest on national television shows such as Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and countless Food Network Shows, such as Cutthroat Kitchen: All-Star Tournament, which he won.  Since 2016, Viviani released a successful YouTube cooking series, “Fabio’s Kitchen,” now in its third season.

Off-screen, Viviani is a regular headliner at global food events, and aside from his restaurant businesses, in addition to owning lines of cookware and culinary gadgets, he is also a spokesman for international brands such as Bialetti Cookware, Lavazza Coffee and several others. He has authored four successful cookbooks: Café Firenze Cookbook, New York Times Best-Seller Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, Fabio’s American Home Kitchen, and most recently Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian released in May 2017.

Eric Helmer
Eric Helmer
SVP & Chief Technology Officer

Eric Helmer is an information technology executive with 25 years of experience and  proven leadership delivering strategic corporate IT transformational projects. He has a strong track record in designing and implementing technical, complex enterprise technology initiatives that provide real return on investment, competitive advantage, and growth for companies.

Mr. Helmer has a broad consulting background with firms such as Linium, ADI Strategies, and The Hackett Group, where he has delivered successful IT projects throughout the U.S., the U.K., India, the UAE, Singapore, and Thailand.

As Chief Technology Officer at Rimini Street, Eric is charged with advising clients on strategic innovative initiatives that align with financial, technical, and functional long-term corporate goals across various applications including Oracle, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft.  These initiatives are designed to maximize the effectiveness of their mission-critical enterprise software systems.

Before joining Rimini Street, Mr. Helmer was a vice president at Velocity Technology Solutions, where he led the application services team in delivering transformational cloud and IT solutions for Oracle enterprises.

He is a published author, Oracle ACE alumni and a sought-after, award-winning industry speaker in Oracle conferences. He also has served on many board of directors including the Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG).

Mr. Helmer holds a Master’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.