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.
GET THE LOWDOWN
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 Trends and Directions restaurant conference. Site is the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
Expect 200 booths and 4,000 attendees at World Tea Expo 2011. 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.
Pastry whizzes and wannabes alike head to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix to attend the 2011 World Pastry Forum. First they can absorb four days of classes taught by top pastry industry pros. Then it's time for the World Pastry Team Championships, which take place on July 8-9.
The American Culinary Federation hosts its 2011 national convention at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Attendees will learn the latest culinary trends and watch chefs and student-chefs compete.
KEEPING IT FRESH
The Produce Marketing Association brings all facets of the fresh produce industry together inside the Monterey, CA, Conference Center for its annual Foodservice Conference, Tours and Expo event.
TRAIN THE TRAINERS
Expect a high-energy event when foodservice training experts gather at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 81st semiannual CHART Hospitality Training Conference. This year's theme: Taking Care Of Business.
Think the economy has gotten back on its feet and it's time to introduce a new concept or rev up the one you already have? Learn how to make either move the right way from the successful restaurant entrepreneurs who'll be sharing their wisdom at the new W.I.S.E. — Winning Ideas from Successful Entrepreneurs — Summit. Set for July 26-27 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, W.I.S.E. is sponsored by Restaurant Hospitality and Nation's Restaurant News. Attendees will learn key insights into growing their business and their profits as some of the biggest names in the industry reveal how they got where they are today — and how you can get there, too. Presenters include KFC developer Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr., Papa John's founder and c.e.o. John Schnatter, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concept genius Richard Melman, Raising Cane's Todd Graves and Antonio Swad, founder of Wingstop and Pizza Patron. Interactive roundtable discussions will enable attendees to get one-on-one business advice from our panel of knowledgeable entrepreneurs. For more information call 813-627-6992 or email [email protected].