LESSONS FROM THE LAB
Some of the most creative minds in foodservice head for Seattle to swap ideas at the Research Chefs Association's Annual Conference and Culinology Expo. Site is the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
GOING FOR THE GREEN
How many people truly embrace such current trends as “green,” “natural” and “sustainability”? Find out by attending the gigantic Natural Products EXPO West event. The colocated Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace provides a “Farmer's Market” forum for one-to-one interaction with organic producers.
The HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo convenes at the Wynn Las Vegas. Key sessions include “Want Fries With That Wage and Hour Lawsuit?”; “Taking a Bite out of Restaurant Employee Turnover”; and “Strategies to Attract and Retain Back of the House Employees.”
Check out the latest on the most important topic in foodservice at the Food Safety & Security Summit. FDA czar David Acheson is the keynoter for this event, now in its 10th year. Site is the Washington, DC, Convention Center.
NEED TO NETWORK?
Top executives from all corners of the restaurant industry travel to Scottsdale, AZ, to swap ideas at Restaurant Leadership 08. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa hosts this event.
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS
David Scott Peters presents his restaurant operations workshop, “Running A Profitable Restaurant: From Soup to Nuts,” at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas.
GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY
The 17th annual International Franchise Expo has a three-day run at the Washington, DC Convention Center.
The Women's Foodservice Forum's 2008 annual Leadership Development Conference take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. Keynote speakers: Gen. Colin Powell, Bertice Berry.
PACK YOUR PASSPORT
Discover new sources of supply at SIAL MONTREAL. Site is the Palais des Congres de Montreal Center. Be sure to check out new travel documentation requirements before you go.
BEAT THE CROWDS: Although it seems like the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago had most of the bases already covered, it's debuting a companion show this year: the International Wine, Spirits & Beer event. IWSB will be coolocated at McCormick Place with the NRA Show, but has a different schedule. The NRA Show runs May 17-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while IWSB is open only on May 19-20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is different, too. The IWSB badge ($135 before 4/11, $195 after) gets you into the NRA Show; an NRA badge ($35 before 4/11, $70 thereafter) won't get you into IWSB. You'll need additional credentials, too. “You will be required to present a government-issued photo ID, business card and event badge,” the IWSB website warns. “The names on all three items must match.” You can register for both events by emailing email@example.com or calling 312-580-5410. Overall NRA Show information is available at www.restaurant.org/show or by calling 312-853-2525.