April 15-17
Go Forth and Multiply
Create or expand your restaurant portfolio at the 8th annual multi-unit Franchising Conference. The event has a three-day run at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

April 27-29
Keep It Clean
Unfortunately, it seems that just as soon as one food safety crisis is brought under control, another one, often worse, arises. Which is why there will be plenty of important issues up for discussion when NSF International hosts its 2009 Food Safety Summit. The event takes places at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.


May 2-4
Totally Tea
Expand your beverage portfolio by heading to Las Vegas to participate in the 2009 World Tea Expo. You can even enter the concurrent World Tea Championship, which offers both hot and cold divisions. Site is the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

May 4
Ready for the Red Carpet
Dust off that tuxedo or designer dress and journey to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City to attend the industry’s most glamorous event: the James Beard Foundation’s 2009 Awards Gala and Reception.

May 6-7
Man vs. Machine
Slash your labor costs to zero? You can at least come close if you shop carefully at the KioskCom Self-Service Expo that takes place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Remember, a food kiosk isn’t a soulless machine; it’s customer-facing technology!

May 11-15
Beyond the Food Blog
Break into the food-writing business by heading for The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, to participate in the Symposium for Professional Food Writers.

May 15-16
Stars of Sustainability
Thomas Keller and Alton Brown are the celebrity honorees at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking For Solutions 2009 event. The focus: sustainable cuisine, particularly seafood.


June 18
Status Check
Assess the ever-fluctuating state of the restaurant industry by attending Technomic's Restaurant Trends and Directions Conference. It will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

June 19-21
Rocky Mountain High
Where else can you rub elbows with food world royalty at one session and then learn their deepest secrets at another but at Food and Wine magazine's annual Classic at Aspen. Three words: Buy tickets early.

June 21-24
Chain Gang
The International Corporate Chefs Association hosts its 2009 Summit at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX.

June 28-30
Deep in the Heart
The Southwest Foodservice Expo has a three-day run at the Dallas Convention Center.


July 1-7
Way Better Baking
Polish your skills at the 5-day World Pastry Forum, then watch the 2009 National Pastry Team Championship. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel in Phoenix hosts both events.

July 8-9
Island Time
The Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo has a 2-day run at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.

July 8-12
Imbibe the Vibe
Craft cocktails are the focus when Tales of the Cocktail 2009 starts pouring in New Orleans. The Hotel Monteleone is the overall headquarters; individual events take place at multiple venues across the city.

July 9-11
Vegas, 'Natch
TheNatural Products Association presents Natural Marketplace 2009 at theSands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. It's colocated with theBrilliance of Nature 2009 event.

July 11-14
Wall-to-Wall Chef
The Orlando World Center Marriott hosts the American Culinary Federation's 2009 national convention.

July 18
Vegging Out
Forty chefs offer tastings at the Culinary Vegetable Institute's Food & Wine Celebration in Milan, OH.

July 24-26
Green and Growing
All segments of the produce industry head for the Monterey Convention Center in Monterey, CA, to participate in the Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference, Tours & Expo. This year's theme: Innovation.

July 25-28
Summer School
The articulation of service standards will reach a peak when members of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers gather at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland for CHART's 78th semi-annual Hospitality Training Conference.


August 5-8
Deep in the Heart
Trackthe latest trends in the specialty cheese market at the American CheeseSociety's annual conference, set for the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX.

August 30-September/1
A Show Headed South
Interestedin attending the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo but notcrazy about L.A.? Your time has come. This year's event has been moveddown the coast to the San Diego Convention Center. Colocated eventsinclude Expo Comida Latina and All Asia Food.


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September 13-15
RH Conference of Tomorrow
This year's San Fransisco conference includes the following speakers: Il Fornaio's Larry Mindel Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Richard Melman Former Buca Inc. CEO Joe Micatrotto Kimpton Group's David O'Malley Lark Creek Restaurant Group's Michael Dellar

September 17
Data Dump
Catchup on restaurant industry developments by attending IFMA's FoodserviceForecast & Outlook Seminar. The site of the first edition is theNewark, NJ, Liberty International Airport Marriott. The event repeatson 9/25 (in San Francisco )and 9/30 (in Chicago).


October 17-20
American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo
Denver, CO
Phone: 312.899.4807
Presented by: American Dietetic Association (ADA)



November 6-9
American Dietetic Association (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo
Boston, MA
Phone: 312.899.4807
Presented by: American Dietetic Association (ADA)

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