Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, the week-long SF Chefs 2010 bills itself as the country's only urban food, wine and spirits festival. The Grand Tasting Tent sits on San Francisco's Union Square. Don't miss the “Hog in the Fog” opening party.
WAY OUT WEST
Operators from California and beyond head to Los Angeles for the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo 2010 at the L.A. Convention Center. It's co-located with Expo Comida Latina.
MEAT OF THE MATTER
The Beef Checkoff Program promises to unveil several new cuts of beef at the 2010 Innovative Beef Symposium. Site is the Warwick Hotel in Denver.
There'll be plenty to talk about this year when the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show has its three-day run in Orlando. The Orange County Convention Center hosts this annual event.
BOTTOM LINE BOOSTERS
If you think all your finance and accounting departments do is keep track of numbers, you'd better head to SS&G's CFO Restaurant Bootcamp in Las Vegas. It's a seminar-style event that covers financial management topics essential to the restaurant industry. The Signature at the MGM Grand hosts this gathering.
THE BIG PICTURE
We sure hope attendees conclude the answer is “yes” at the 5th annual Food System Summit, whose theme poses the question “Can We Trust Our Food?” 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.
NEW AND NATURAL
Join the 25,000 attendees scouting for new products and ideas from the 2,000 exhibitors who'll be at Natural Products Expo East. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is the venue.
Springboard: 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]).