New Attractions Coming to 2019 Restaurant Show


CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2019 Restaurant Show takes place May 18 to 21 in Chicago and will mark the show’s 100th anniversary. For its centennial celebration, the show will bring back floor features and programs that made it a staple, as well as new attractions worth waiting for.

The 2019 Restaurant Show will feature hundreds of marketing and tech exhibitors, trendy chefs and culinary inspiration, the best in revolutionary equipment and more than 700 food exhibitors. There will also be unique features designed specifically for the event’s 100-year anniversary, including:

  • Culinary Experience CenterThe place to learn applied techniques and the latest trends in culinary, featuring new products that inspire creative and unique dishes.
  • ShowCentral Engage with the larger-than-life interactive display featuring live-streamed show sessions, proprietary research and interviews with industry heavyweights. The Operator Answer Center will also be highlighted, where subject-matter experts will share data, offer insights, answer questions and help attendees understand how to implement learnings at their business.
  • Digital Media Slam New digital-media solutions are launched at fast speed and what is new today is sometimes viewed as a waste of investment and time tomorrow. The Digital Media Slam was created for attendees to learn to navigate the digital landscape and grow business at quick-paced presentations showcasing restaurant and foodservice companies leading the way in digital media.
  • Free Educational Sessions Attendees can select topics from the Restaurant Show’s more than 100 education sessions to develop their professional abilities and address the needs of their business.
  • 100th-Anniversary Celebration This year, all after-hours networking opportunities were combined into one big celebration. Join show attendees on May 20 at Tao Chicago to celebrate the show’s centennial.

Over the years, the show has gotten stronger. In 2018, overall international registration increased 5.6 per cent and international exhibitors increased by four per cent.

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