THE BIG PICTURE
We sure hope attendees are able to conclude that the answer is “yes” at the 5th annual Food System Summit, whose tag line poses the question “Can We Trust Our Food?” Both current and emerging issues will be discussed. The Center for Food Integrity sponsors this event, which will take place at the InterContinental O'Hare in Chicago.
PART OF THE PACKAGE
No, there won't be much from-scratch preparation of local farm-fresh ingredients at the National Association of Convenience Stores 2010 Convention. But this event is the mother lode for food products you buy premade and sell to your grab-and-go clientele. The NACS Show takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This year's closing speaker: President George W. Bush.
Operators from seven states and the District of Columbia head to Baltimore for the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo. Site is the Baltimore Convention Center.
Here's one reason you should attend the National Signage Research in Education Conference in Cincinnati: “An effective on-premise sign allows a less visible business site to perform comparable to a high exposure site.” The Signage Foundation hosts this event, which will take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
NEW AND NATURAL
Join the 25,000 attendees scouting for new products and ideas from the 2,000 exhibitors who'll be exhibiting at Natural Products Expo East. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is the venue.
JUMP INTO JAVA
Upgrade your coffee program — or even become a certified barista — by attending Coffee Fest Seattle 2010. Site is the Washington State Convention and Trade Show.
SERIOUS ABOUT SOY
Find about the soyfood options that have growing use in restaurants at the 2010 Soyfood Symposium. Key seminar: “What Can Be Done to Meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.” The L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC, hosts.
NY STATE OF MIND
Learn the latest about hospitality by attending the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. It has a four-day run at the Javits Center in New York City.
Last Chance: Wondering how some restaurant concepts made it through the economic downturn unscathed and returned to growth mode so fast? Find out how they did it and how you can do the same by attending Restaurant Hospitality's New Directions Conference, Oct. 24-26 at the Trump International Hotel & Towers in Chicago. The speaker lineup ranges from executives who know how to breathe new life into stagnant chains (Sizzler's Kerry Kramp; Lane Cardwell, new c.e.o. of Boston Market; Fred LeFranc, architect of the Steak N Shake turnaround) to noted chefs who have figured out how to expand by downshifting from fine dining into more casual operations. These presenters include Top Chef Masters champ Rick Bayless; Next Iron Chef winner Jose Garces; Miami cooking legend Jonathon Eisemann; and Chicago's Paul Kahan. As always, ace concept creator Richard Melman will be on hand, presenting his namesake award, this year, to chef Jose Andres. For more information, go to www.restaurant-hospitality.com/nd  or contact Lauren Carroll at 216-931-9714 ([email protected] ).