Leading lights from all corners of the restaurant world head for Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City for the James Beard Foundation's annual awards gala. This year's theme: “Artisanal America: The Craft of Cuisine.”
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Texas operators gather in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for the 71st annual Southwest Foodservice Expo. The Texas Restaurant Association produces this event.
Washington, DC's top culinarians grab honors at the 26th Annual RAMMY Awards. The Marriott Wardman Park is the venue.
CHEFS HIT THE STRIP
Culinarians from every corner of the U.S. gather in Las Vegas for the American Culinary Federation's 2008 National Convention. The MGM Grand hosts.
Want to find out how to hire, or even become, a secret shopper? You can do both by attending the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's Fifth Annual Educational Conference For Shoppers. Event site is the Pittsburgh Westin.
FRESH TO THE MAX
Learn about the newest products and trends in the fresh produce industry by attending the Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference & Exposition. The Monterey, CA, Conference Center is the site. The PMA's Fresh Produce Academy has a two- day run prior to the conference, on 7/24 and 7/25.
THEIR TURN TO LEARN
The top teachers in foodservice gather at the Gaylord National just outside Washington, DC, for CHART's 76th semi-annual training conference.
WAY OUT WEST
The Los Angeles Convention Center hosts the annual three-day run of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.
The World Pastry Forum offers two- and five-day courses of instruction in the pastry arts. The World Pastry Team Championship follows on Aug. 31 — Sept. 1. Both events will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.