BIG EASY EXPO
Show producer the Louisiana Restaurant Association is expecting more than 11,000 attendees and 500 exhibitor booths at the 2011 edition of Louisiana Foodservice Expo. Site is the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
WAY OUT WEST
The Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo celebrates its 75th anniversary with a three-day run at the San Diego Convention Center. It's colocated with Hispanic food and beverage trade event Expo Comida Latina.
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando hosts the 2011 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, whose educational component is overseen by the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum. Show registration entitles the badgeholder to also attend the PMQ Orlando Pizza Show, which is colocated with the Florida Restaurant Show this year.
Total U.S. tea sales, $7 billion in 2010, are forecast to reach $15 billion by 2012. If you want to get in on this rapid growth, why not head to Philadelphia for the inaugural World Tea East event? Site is the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
OFF THE SHELF
We know the restaurant world is big on local and sustainable foods. But it still might be worth your while to check out the latest new products and trend information available at the Prepared Foods New Products Conference 2011. Site is the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL.
JUMBO JAVA SHOW
Show off your skills in the latte art competition or just cruise the aisles to learn more about specialty coffee trends at CoffeeFest 2011. Site is the Washington State Convention Center in coffee-centric Seattle.
THE NATURAL WAY
Explore alternate channels and potential new product categories for your restaurant by attending Natural Products Expo East. The 2011 edition of this popular show will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center.
HEY, WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
The University of Cincinnati plays host to the third annual edition of the National Signage Research and Education Conference.
It's a question so fundamental for restaurant operators — “Where do we grow from here?” — that RH sister publication NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS has made it the theme of this year's www.nrn.com/event/mufso). MUFSO segues into NRN's Menu Trends & Direction Conference, which takes place on Sept. 27-28. It's a menu-focused, research-driven event that will address what's new and what's next for every foodservice industry segment (www.nrn.com/event/menutrends). For more information, call 813-627-6992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.(Multi Unit Fooodservice Operators) Conference. The 52nd edition of this event will take place Sept. 25-27 at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, TX. Some of the answers to this question will come from a trio of forward-thinking keynote speakers: Bill Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company magazine, New York Times social media guru David Pogue and former Apple evangelist and all-around tech wizard Guy Kawasaki. Others will emerge during workshops and panel discussions that will focus on key strategies and tactics that can boost any restaurant's bottom line (