The Monterey Bay Aquarium's culinary celebration, Cooking For Solutions 2011, has a three-day run in Monterey, CA. The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the host hotel, but events will occur at the Aquarium as well as at other nearby venues. The chef honoree: Rick Moonen.
It's a new venue this year for the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association's Gold & Silver Plate Celebration: The Grand Ballroom at Chicago's Navy Pier. The master of ceremonies for this reinvented gala will be Food Network chef Robert Irvine.
Kendall College and the National Restaurant Association present the International Foodservice Sustainability Forum. It takes place immediately after the NRA Show concludes.
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The bacchanalia known as the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has a five-day run at multiple venues in and around New Orleans. Don't miss chef Donald Link's Louisiana crawfish and rice seminar on the 27th.
NORTH TO ALASKA
Want unique products to serve in your restaurant? Find them first-hand by journeying to the small town of Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula to meet with Alaskan food suppliers at Global Food Alaska 2011.
The National Pork Producers Council presents World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
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No one stays on top of the restaurant industry like the experts at Technomic, and they'll be sharing their latest findings at the 2011 edition of the firm's Trends and Directions restaurant conference. Site is the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
Expect 60 seminars, 200 booths and 4,000 attendees at this year's World Tea Expo. Site is the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Natural Products Association's Marketplace 2011 is colocated with this event.
The Texas Restaurant Association's 2011 Southwest Foodservice Expo has a three-day run at the Dallas Convention Center.
We hope you've locked in your travel arrangements for the 2011 edition of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, set for May 21-24 in Chicago. That's because you'll want to be at McCormick Place when the show kicks off its four-day run on Saturday, when NRA's unmatchable mix of people, products and nonstop learning opportunities promises to be firing on all cylinders. You may even wish to come early to catch the NRA's marketing executives study group's meeting at the Fairmont on 5/18-20, or stay a little later to see what's going on at the NRA's information technology executives gathering at the InterContinental on 5/22-25. Either way, be sure to catch NRA's companion show, the International Wine, Spirits and Beer event, which returns for another two-day run with wine guy Kevin Zraly and Boston Beer's Jim Koch among the expert speakers. Be aware that an IWSB badge gets you into the NRA Show, but an NRA badge won't get you into IWSB. For more information, go to www.show.restaurant.org or call 312-853-2525.