NRA Show Organizers Expect 58,000


CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is gearing up for the annual NRA Show, set to take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place from May 5 to 8, when more than 58,000 attendees and visitors from more than 100 countries are expected to take in the latest products, services and industry insights.

The show will kick off with a keynote address from President Bill Clinton, on behalf of the William J. Clinton Foundation, followed by award ceremonies, including the inaugural Operator Innovations Awards, which will be presented to top operators in the categories of Sustainability, Technology, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition and Menu Development.

Meanwhile, cooking demos will be led by celebrity chefs, including Rick Bayless, winner of Top Chef Masters, Todd English of Boston-based Olives restaurant and Maneet Chauhan, executive chef at Chicago-based Vermilion restaurant.

New this year is the Healthier Kids Fare pavilion, featuring food and beverage manufacturers that promote nutritious items for kids; and information sessions, including a sodium and calorie talk by Dr. Adam Drewnowski, a nutrition researcher and Dr. Joy Dubost, RD, director of Nutrition for the National Restaurant Association.

“We are continually reinventing the NRA Show to meet the needs of our evolving industry,” said David Gilbert, NRA’s chief operating officer.

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