FLYOVER: Opening ceremonies for the International Bison Conference take place at the foot of South Dakota's Mt. Rushmore.
This event regularly sells out several weeks in advance, so buy tickets immediately if you want to attend the celebrity-laden Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen.
The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta hosts World Tea Expo 2007. A three-seminar (each costs $50) foodservice educational track will tell you how to make more money from this fast-growing category.
FAR NORTH FOOD FEST
Find out all about the Alaskan food products you already know and many you probably don't by attending Global Food Alaska—2007. The Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna, AK, hosts this unique foodservice industry event. Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula, is a 21/2-hour drive from Anchorage.
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington honors the DC area's top chefs and restaurateurs at the 2007 RAMMY Awards Gala. It's the 25th anniversary of this event. Site is the Marriott Wardman Park.
LONE STAR STATE
The Texas Restaurant Association presents the 2007 Southwest Foodservice Expo at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville hosts the World Pastry Forum. It's an educational session that offers a five-day class for pastry professionals. The final two days of this event run concurrently with the World Pastry Team qualifier, in which a dozen three-person teams will compete for the right to represent the U.S. in next year's world competition and a $50,000 first prize. This year's design theme: Country Western Music Titles.
FOCUSED ON FRESH
The Produce Marketing Association hosts its Foodservice Conference, Tours and Expo event at the Monterey, CA, Conference Center.
The Chef's Garden/Culinary Vegetable Institute in Huron OH, presents the 2007 Chef Summit on the 20th, followed by a food & wine celebration/ fundraiser on the 21st.
BELLY OF THE BEAST
Chefs can rub shoulders with bison purveyors at the 3rd International Bison Conference. The Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City, SD, hosts this event.
The focus remains the same for the 9th edition of Restaurant Hospitality's Concepts of Tomorrow Conference—it's where operators come to pick up new strategies to strengthen their existing operation and to learn how to take it into new markets. But the location is brand-new: the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. Set for Oct. 28-30, the event's speaker list includes keynoter Elizabeth Blau, credited as the driving force in the metamorphosis of Las Vegas from a culinary wasteland to one of the country's finest dining locations. Raving Brands head Stephen LaMastra will tell you how to succeed in the fast-casual segment, and Big Bowl president Dan McGowan will provide an in-depth look at how operators can rejuvenate their existing concept to make it expansion-worthy. Also new this year: An afternoon of round-robin breakout sessions that will provide one-on-one access to experts in 10 key areas critical to concept development. From strategy to operations to equipment to finance, we'll have you covered. For more information, go to www.cotconference.com or call Katie Smith at 800-736-8660.