WFF HITS ORLANDO
The Orlando World Center Marriott Convention Center hosts the 2011 Women's Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference. Ivanka Trump keynotes.
GO INSIDE THE BELTWAY
Meet with members of Congress and other key decision makers whose actions impact the restaurant industry at the National Restaurant Association's 2011 Public Affairs Conference. Washington, DC's Renaissance Downtown is the host hotel.
Learn the latest about how you can avoid food safety issues at your restaurant by attending Food Safety & Security Summit 2011. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC is the venue.
GEARED FOR GROWTH
UCLA's extension division presents its 15th annual Restaurant Industry Conference. The speaker list includes DineEquity head Julia Stewart, Technomic's Ron Paul, Sizzler USA's Kerry Kramp and Think Food Group superchef Jose Andres. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles hosts the event.
Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center hosts the Specialty Coffee Association of America's annual exposition.
TOP OF THE CROP
Track new developments in the produce industry at the United Fresh Produce Association's United Fresh 2011. The New Orleans Convention Center is the venue.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's culinary celebration, Cooking For Solutions 2011, has a three-day run in Monterey, CA. The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the host hotel, but events will occur at the Aquarium as well as at other nearby venues. This year's chef honoree: Rick Moonen.
Kendall College and the National Restaurant Association present the International Foodservice Sustainability Forum. It takes place in Chicago immediately after the NRA Show concludes.
BIG EASY BLAST
The bacchanalia known as the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has a fiveday run at multiple venues in and around New Orleans.
Better step on it if you haven't booked your flight and nailed down hotel reservations for the 2011 edition of the NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION RESTAURANT, HOTEL-MOTEL SHOW, set for May 21-24 in Chicago. You'll want to be at McCormick Place when the show kicks off its four-day run on Saturday, because NRA's unmatchable mix of people, products and nonstop learning opportunities promises to be firing on all cylinders. Top educational options this year include “Using Social Media Technologies to Reward Brand Loyalty,” “Supply Chain Survivor: The Fight for Least Cost,” “McCafe Digital Menu Boards: An Ideal Blend of Ingredients for Maximizing ROI” and “Lessons From The French Laundry Culinary Garden.” NRA's companion show, the International Wine, Spirits and Beer event, returns for another two-day run with wine guy Kevin Zraly and Boston Beer's Jim Koch among the expert speakers. Be aware that an IWSB badge gets you into the NRA Show, but an NRA badge won't get you into IWSB. For more information, go to www.show.restaurant.org or call 312-853-2525.