As you probably know from reading my monthly column or following me on social media, I travel the country and the globe in my search for table top greatness. I will go just about anywhere to find quintessential products to satisfy and exceed the expectations of my customers’ unique needs and requests.
I began this month by visiting The Dewberry Hotel and attending the Charleston Wine and Food Festival as a guest of Verterra. For three days, I awoke in “southern luxury” and was treated to “good old southern hospitality.” I devoured deep flavors on sustainable single-use dinnerware and witnessed a commitment of chefs to consider the largest implications of their craft. If you’re thinking about planning an affordable culinary driven vacation for 2018, book #CHSWFF immediately!
I also attended Catersource a few weeks ago, making its first and last appearance in New Orleans. Truly disenchanted by the limited number of exhibitors, it is still satisfying to return to a city that has become my second home this last year. If I could only eat in one town for the remainder of my days on this planet, it would undoubtedly be NOLA.
And I currently write these words while watching a magenta sky fade into auburn mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previewing the latest collections from Steelite International and their ever growing list of expansive factory partners at their annual sales conference affords me a glimpse into the starred future of tabletop. If you’re just beginning to retain everything you saw in their booth at NAFEM, you’re going to have a hard time keeping up with additional new collections from every one of their 25 factories at NRA.
Tomorrow I’ll brush the Hoover Dam on my way to Las Vegas with one of these partners. Plastic drinkware innovator Drinique is set to debut their latest Caliber collection at the annual Nightclub and Bar Show.
However, for the first time in a long time, I can profess that some of my most valuable days were spent in New York City. Scroll through the pages of this month’s publication and you are going to see images and toasts to the IRFSNY. The dining scene in New York is still as pioneering and cavernous as ever before and we once again have a trade show reflective of that.
Sometimes bigger is better… in the largest booth on the show floor, M Tucker and The Singer Equipment Companies introduced more new tabletop vendors than every other booth combined, and we still had space for an automated soft serve ice cream machine! It’s extremely gratifying to share these images with you if you happened to miss us at The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York.
We live a bustling, non-stop life in the New York City foodservice industry. The effort needed to make the IRFSNY show a huge extravaganza was worth all the time and energy. In the most distracted city, in the most distracted time, it’s always exciting to see our partners and customers come together for three successful exciting and productive days.
New York, it’s good to let you back in my heart.