Once again, the annual HX: The Hotel Experience will take centerstage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. HX 2018 is scheduled for November 11th and 12th, the show will offer a wide diversity of fare for the food and beverage professional.
“Attending HX 2018 is the best investment you can make in your hospitality business,” said Phil Robinson, SVP Group Show Director. “Whether you are a hotel owner, operator or departmental director, HX’s exhibit resources, education and networking will leave you well positioned to take advantage of where the industry and guest experience are headed,” Robinson added.
This year’s show features many new and fresh changes. The show will debut a new HX: The Marketplace. It will bring buyers and sellers together and feature some 300 exhibitors. On-Stage F&B will highlight some 30 plus educational sessions on the trade floor.
HX 2018 show manager Robinson has teamed with the New York City Hospitality Alliance’s Andrew Rigie, to create a fast paced lineup of educational seminars. They will include a Show-Sunday (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM) that will focus on Going Green in 2018: Panelist will include Brice Jones of the Freehold Brooklyn, Diner/NYC’s Elizabeth Murray, The Loveage’s Tarajia Morrell, From plastic straw bans to composting mandates, sustainable practices are driven by chefs, restaurateurs and regulators. Attendees will learn how to lead your restaurant’s operations into a sustainable future and navigate your way to regulatory compliance.
The Future of Restaurants in Hotels will be the focus on Sunday, November 11th from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM. Cobi Levi, Principal of Act 2 Hospitality Group, will join Lana Trevisan of Two Roads Hospitality to discuss What do chefs and restaurateurs need to know about landing a highly sought after hotel deal? This panel will discuss the risks and benefits restaurateurs face when running a standalone restaurant vs. operating under a management agreement in a hotel.
On Sunday, November 11th from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM, a session will spotlight How to Craft a Cocktail Menu. Speakers will include Dave Oz of Bathtub Gin and The 18th Room and Good Ice Marketing’s Karl Franz. The panel of experts discuss how bars, hotels and restaurants should go about crafting an interesting cocktail menu that stands out, including developing beer and wine lists, and non-alcoholic options.
The Office of Nightlife in the City that Never Sleeps will be a conversation between Andrew Rigie and Ariel Palitz. Palitz, the Senior Executive Director Office of Nightlife, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will make her show debut on Sunday from 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM. Earlier this year, New York City established an Office of Nightlife in city government and hired its first “Nightlife Mayor.” Learn how this office is promoting an economically and culturally vibrant nightlife industry that balances industry and community issues, while keeping New York the City that Never Sleeps.
Social media will be discussed with How Reporters Cover Stories and How to Pitch the Press scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2018: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM. Noted writer Andrea Strong and Assante Public Relations’ Marie Assante will delve into the mind of reporters who cover the hospitality industry. Gain insights into the stories they write and learn techniques to pitch the press.
There will also be a Monday session (1:00 PM – 1:45 PM) on How can the City of New York help you open a restaurant? Learn tips and the best practices for opening a New York City restaurant directly from government representatives. Find out how to streamline the permitting and licensing process to get opened faster and learn about small business loan opportunities. Whether you’re a first time restaurateur or an experienced pro, this is a discussion you don’t want to miss.
One of 2018’s most talked about panels returns again for this year’s event. TFS co-publisher Fred Klashman will moderate What’s Cooking for 2019. Scheduled for Monday (2:00 PM – 2:45 PM), the panel will feature Gennaro Pecchia of AOS by SOSA, author Karen Stabiner and The Institute of Culinary Education’s Steve Zagor. Fast casual restaurants and house made condiments were some of the trends in 2018. Now it’s your chance to get the inside scoop from this panel of experts who will reveal their predictions for restaurant trends in 2019.
Finally, Fox Rothschild’s Carolyn Richmond will moderate a Monday session on Hiring, Retaining and Creating Company Culture. In today’s competitive restaurant scene and tight labor market hiring and retaining talent is key to success. This panel will talk about how a company’s employment policies and culture can lead to success or failure, employee satisfaction and great customer experiences.
HX, a community for hotel and restaurant professionals, offers unparalleled access to market leading operators and suppliers, who are committed to sharing education, solutions, creativity and innovation in order to deliver an extraordinary guest experience and improved community profitability.
To learn more and register to attend, visit the HX 2018 website