The people who bring you groceries head to Pittsburgh to attend the 2008 Foodservice Distribution Conference & Expo. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center hosts.
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
Search for new ingredients and sources of supply as the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center opens its doors to Natural Products Expo East/Organic Products Expo BioFach.
FINE DINING FEST
New Orleans' Royal Sonesta hotel is the headquarters for the multi-venued Distinguished Restaurants of North America's 2008 Gala and Educational Conference.
Billing itself as the world's largest food exhibition, the 23rd edition of SIAL, “The Global Food Marketplace,” gets set for its five-day run at the Paris-Nord Exhibition Center in Paris, France.
AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM
Learn from experts who come from up and down the foodservice supply chain by attending the National Restaurant Association's “Food Safety in the 21st Century Marketplace: Best Practices Throughout the Supply Chain.” The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead.
Les Dames d'Escoffier International head to Honolulu for the group's 2008 annual conference. The Halekulani Hotel hosts this gathering, which offers plenty of food-related sightseeing jaunts to nearby islands before and after the event
A cavalcade of renowned culinarians man the stoves as the 7th annual Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation dinner and auction takes place at Chef Andre Rochat's Original Andre's Restaurant in downtown Las Vegas.
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show sets up shop at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The keynote speaker is historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
NEW SOURCE OF SUPPLY
Colocated in recent years with other ethnic food expos, Kosherfest 2008 is reincarnated as a standalone event this year. Site is the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
MAKE YOUR MOVE: Ready to breathe new life into your existing concept or maybe open a new one? Then it's time to finalize your plans to attend Restaurant Hospitality's Concepts of Tomorrow Conference, set for Oct. 26-28 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, Spa in Las Vegas. The speakers include Howard Gordon, a driving force in the Cheesecake Factory's relentless expansion; Cameron Mitchell, who cashed in to the tune of $92 million when he sold out to Ruth's Chris; Phil Friedman, who took the franchising route to grow fast-casual standout McAlister's Deli from 30 stores to 260; and Jeffrey Chodorow, whose China Grill is just one of many successful high-profile ventures. Roundtable breakout sessions provide direct access to industry experts such as beverage promotions guru Patrick Henry, e-mail marketing whiz Boris Bugarski, site selection expert Tom Prakas and a dozen others. Attendees also get to mingle with RH's latest class of Rising Star culinarians and network at the Richard Melman Concepts of Tomorrow Awards dinner. For more information, call 800-736-8660 or go to www.cotconference.com.