GREAT WHITE NORTH
Operators from seven states (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) travel to Minneapolis to take part in the 48th Annual Upper Midwest Hospitality, Restaurant and Lodging Show. Site is the Minneapolis Convention Center.
651-778-2400 or www.upshowonline.com 
MEAT OF THE MATTER
The National Barbecue Association fires up its 15th annual Conference & Expo. The Knoxville, TN, Marriott Hotel hosts this event.
688-909-2121 or www.nbbqa.org 
FUN COUPLE: Political talk show regulars Mary Matalin and James Carville will hold forth at the IFA event in Palm Springs.
BUY ONE, TRY ONE
Expect a lot of "he said, she said" when political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin keynote the International Franchise Association convention, set for the Palm Springs, CA, Convention Center.
202-628-8000 or www.franchise.org 
FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 1
MEETING OF THE MINDS
Foodservice operators (who attend for free) and manufacturers gather at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ, for the 2006 edition of IFMA's COEX (Chain Operator Exchange).
312-540-4400 or www.ifmaworld.com 
BLAZE OF GLORY
Discover hot new ways to give your menu the heat treatment when the Albuquerque Convention Center hosts the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show.
505-873-8680 or www.fiery-foods.com 
PARTY WITH THE PROS
Learn how to maximize revenue from your bar by attending the 2006 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention Center is the site for this event.
662-236-5510 or www.nightclub.com 
THE LATEST FROM THE LAB
Find out where the foodservice industry's cutting edge is, and meet many of the people who are out there on it, when the Research Chefs of America gather in Houston for their annual convention and trade show. The Hilton Americas Hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center are the venues for this fast-growing event.
404 252-3663 or www.culinology.org 
TROLL THE AISLES
Key players from throughout the world seafood industry head to Boston for the International Boston Seafood Show. Site is the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Back Bay.
207-842-5504 or www.bostonseafood.com 
A CLEAN SCENE
Want to learn the latest developments in the food safety arena? Travel to the Mandalay Bay Resort/ Casino in Las Vegas, the property that will be hosting Food Safety Summit 2006, It's billed as the country's largest expo and conference for food safety, quality assurance and food security professionals. This event is co-located with SNAXPO 2006, a conference/expo produced by the Snack Food Association.
800-746 9646 www.foodsafetysummit.com 
A GROWING TREND: Wondering how to capitalize on the trend toward wellness and healthful eating? Worried that customers will bypass your operation as they search for healthful dining alternatives? Hoping your competitors don't figure this market out before you do? Discover the marketing strategies and menu ideas that will help you make the most of today's hottest trend at Healthy Customers, Healthy Profits, a one-day workshop that will take place March 22 at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, CA. Seminar topics to be addressed by experts from co-sponsors Produce For A Better Health Foundation, RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY and FOODMANAGEMENT include Foodservice Trends and Healthful Eating; Healthful Menu Ideas; and How Nutrition Can Boost Your Sales. Register by Feb. 22 and pay just $99 per person ($125 after that). The registration fee includes free admission to Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 23-26. For more information, go to www.restaurant-hospitality.com or call conference director Katie Smith at 800-736-8660 (ksmith @penton.com).