Upscale food and lifestyle event The Gourmet Experience will offer a trade-only segment for chefs and operators this year. Site is O'Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego.
HEY, WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
The University of Cincinnati plays host to the third annual edition of the National Signage Research and Education Conference. Not a trade show or expo, it's a venue in which you can explore your on-premise signage issues and concerns with experts. The Kingsgate Marriott, located adjacent to the UC campus, serves as the host hotel.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Find the latest in cleaning products and technologies by attending ISSA/Interclean. Site is the Las Vegas Convention Center.
What the heck is “World Casual” cuisine? None other than the Culinary Institute of America says it's the type of food that is reinventing the American foodservice landscape. The school will bring in more than 70 presenters to show attendees what this food is like and how they can make it. The event, the school's 14th annual Worlds of Flavors International Conference and Festival, takes place at CIA's Napa Valley campus in St. Helena, CA.
WOMEN OF THE WHISK
The Women Chefs and Restaurateurs organization heads to Cambridge, MA, for the 2011 edition of the WCR annual conference. The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is the host hotel. This year's theme: “An Educated Palate: Teaching, Tasting, Trading Stories.”
Kosherfest expects 350 exhibitors for its two-day run at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ.
The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show kicks off at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
NOSHING IN NAPA
They're bringing out the big culinary guns for the inaugural Flavor! Napa Valley Celebration of Wine, Food & Fun. Participants include Thomas Keller, Michael Chiarello, Ken Frank, Masaharu Morimoto and other Napa-area luminaries. Sites are the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA.
We frequently use the phrase “mark your calendars” on the RH Kiosk page, and 2012 is looking like a year in which many calendars will definitely have to be marked. How come? The National Restaurant Association has announced that the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will take place two weeks earlier than the previously announced date of May 19-22. The NRA Show is now set for Chicago's McCormick Place on May 5-8, 2012. Given the many allied events that revolve around the traditional NRA date — the last weekend in May prior to Memorial Day weekend — we're reminding RH readers that some schedule-juggling and travel-plan rethinking may be required of NRA attendees this year. What's behind the switch? The Global G8 and NATO Summit is scheduled for Chicago from May 15-22, 2012. That event's heavy security and logistical requirements would have made it tough for NRA attendees to move around Chicago during the show. NRA's companion beverage show, the International Wine, Spirits & Beer event, moves to May 6-7 (www.restaurant.org/show).