IRFSNY 2019 Set To Offer Expanded Seminar Slate

25th Annual IRFSNY 2019 Center Stage

The 26th Annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will be held Sunday, March 3 – Tuesday, March 5 at the Javits Center in New York.

The tradeshow and conference will be co-located with Healthy Food Expo New York and Coffee Fest, and one badge will grant attendees access to all three events offering the largest food & beverage experience in the Northeast. Healthy Food Expo New York will bring attendees access to the latest healthy products from organic, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-safe to hormone-free, non-GMO, plant-based, low-sodium, low-fat, and more. Coffee Fest will bring all things tea and coffee under one roof to provide attendees with the most innovative products in the industry. All events at IRFSNY 2019 will take place on Center Stage in booth #1667 unless otherwise indicated.


Exhibit Hall Open 10:00am – 5:00pm

Keynote Presentation (10:30 am – 11:00 am): Michael Oshman, Founder, Green Restaurant Association, will discuss the importance of integrating sustainability into the fabric of a restaurant.

Chef Pankaj Pradhan (11:00 am – 11:30 am) will join Michael Oshman and demonstrate how to add a stellar vegan item to menus.

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Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open (11:00 am – 1:45 pm, Hall A Aisle 2500) This exciting 64 competitor, bracket style, sudden death format features head-to-head competition as “a match” between the competitors.

Be Italian Welcoming Cocktail Reception (11:30am, Booth 1010) opens with vol-au-vent with fondue, skewers of mozzarella and tomato, crab croquettes, marinated olives, mixed cheeses, Genoese focaccia, and gelato (Italian ice cream).

Behind the Scenes of Real Food Real Kitchens (11:45 am – 12:45 pm):  Craig Chapman, Producer of Real Food Real Kitchens, and Owner of OEG Media LLC along with guest Chef John LoCascio will share the “secrets” behind the Amazon Prime hit cooking show.

Coffee Fest America’s Best Cold Brew Competition (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Hall A Booth #2508) Attendees get to judge also and determine who will be the winners and acknowledge the best tasting cold brew and nitro.

Chef Rochelle Trotter (1:00 pm – 1:30 pm): TV Personality, Speaker, Author and President of R’Culinaire, and creator of Aw, Sugar Wellness Program, will feature “The Natural Sweet Spot” Utilizing Dates, Sweet Potatoes and Carrots to Sweeten Menu Items.

Mareya Ibrahim (1:45 pm – 2:30 pm), award-winning entrepreneur, chef, and author of Eat Like You Give a Fork (coming out in June) will feature zucchini noodles with romesco sauce and real vitality tonic. One lucky attendee will receive a copy of her new book.

Marcus Samuelsson Amanda CohenPresentation of the Torch Award to Chef Marcus Samuelsson (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Center Stage): The Torch Award was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs and will be presented to Marcus Samuelsson, the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P.

Mixology Demonstration (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm) with Master Mixologist George Duval and Open Hospitality’s Owner Lisa Lindo featuring 3 unique signature cocktails.

Gluten Free Experts Share Industry Restaurant Tips (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Room 1D05) A dynamic panel will discuss how restaurants and manufacturers have added gluten-free selections to their offerings. The first 100 attendees will receive a gluten-free workbook.

Why Whiskey? Tasting and Education Workshop – (4:00 pm – 5:30pm, Room 1C04) Attendees can be among the first to taste previously unreleased whiskeys in New York and discover new Bourbons, hosted by whiskey expert Tom Fischer.

Coffee Fest Opening Night Reception (5:15 – 8:30 pm) @ Beer Authority at 300 W 40th St, NYC.


Exhibit Hall Open 10:00am – 5:00pm

AllerTrain Training Workshop – (9:00 am – 11:00 am, Room 1D05) is an ANSI accredited, manager level, food allergy and gluten-free training course which teaches food service professionals about the top foods causing food allergies, proper protocol for preparing food to avoid cross-contact.

Pitch the Press – (10:30 am – 11:30 am, Education Station – Booth 1253) is a unique one-hour event to learn about a specially selected group of the most intriguing new products, services, and trends.  Each presenter can pitch for 2 minutes, followed by a 1-minute Q&A for press and buyers

Chef Jeff Trombetta and JP Vellotti (10:30 am – 11:30 am) – Is kelp the new kale? JP Vellotti, President, East Coast Kelp Farms teams up with Chef Trombetta, Culinary Professor of Norwalk Community College to discuss kelping today! Kelp is a sea vegetable that is versatile, tasty, local and sustainable.

Chef Anita Lo (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) – Michelin Star Chef, 3-Stars New York Times, Iron Chef Winner, Top Chef Winner will present a cooking demonstration and a limited number of signed copies of her new cookbook Solo: Easy Sophisticated Recipes for a Party of One will be distributed.

The Beacon Award Presentation and Foodservice Council for Women Panel (12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) The Beacon Award, which recognizes a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for the industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. Following the presentation will be The Foodservice Council for Women panel discussion with: Moderator: Kathleen Wood, Founder, Kathleen Wood Partners; Amanda Cohen, Chef/Owner, Dirt Candy (Beacon Award Winner); Elizabeth Falkner, Chef/Author/Artist; Anita Lo, Michelin Star Chef, 3-Stars New York Times, Iron Chef Winner, Top Chef Winner; Claire M. Marin, Proprietor, Catskill Provisions

Chef Amanda Cohen (1:45 pm – 2:30 pm) – After receiving the Beacon Award, Amanda will present a culinary demonstration from her award-winning vegetarian restaurant and a limited number of signed copies of her book Dirt Candy: A Cookbook will be distributed.

Take Back Your Budget: The Key to Profitability Workshop – (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Room 1C04). David Scott Peters, Developer of SMART Systems Pro will teach and provide the 7 crucial steps needed to be profitable, focusing on the single, most-controllable number in any restaurant.

Chef Fabio Viviani (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm) will prepare and share a Fresh Fettuccini with Roasted Pinenuts and Basil Pesto and a limited number of signed copies of Fabio’s 30-minute Italian to be distributed.

Rapid Fire Challenge: Meatless Monday Edition (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm) sponsored by Total Food Service and supported by Meatless Monday will feature three selected chefs who will present their finest and most creative meatless dish for a chance to win $1,000. Judges include: Maria Loi, Chef, Restaurateur, Greek Food Ambassador, Author, Healthy Lifestyle Expert; Peggy Neu President, The Monday Campaigns; Pecchia, Partner, @aosbysosa/co-host @rolandsfoodcourt @siriusxm; Fabio Viviani, Chef, Culinary Personality, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author. Moderator: Fred Klashman, Co-Publisher, Total Food Service


Exhibit Hall Open 10:00am – 4:00pm

9th Annual Farm to City Expo Featuring Small Business Guide to Perfecting Your Pitch & Disrupting the Market Place – (10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room 1D05). This workshop is for small food companies who are looking for ideas on how to differentiate their products and develop a sustainable narrative to help them sell more products and increase investor appeal.

Chef Scottish Francis, The Donut King (10:30 am – 11:30 am) will provide attendees with mouthwatering Beignets.

Chef Adam Lathan (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) will demonstrate his award-winning Gumbo made with his signature 2-hour roux, and secret blend of herbs and spices.

hip sip competition battle cocktail bartenderHip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition – Mardi Gras Edition, (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm), sponsored by Professional Bartenders Association and Bar Business Magazine will feature three bartenders who will compete to win $1,000. Judges include: Tom Fischer, Founder,; Warren Bobrow, 6x Author/Chef/Barman/Cannabis Alchemist; Claire M. Marin, Proprietor, Catskill Provisions.

Chef Ron Duprat (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) will be delighting the audience with a Crawfish Broil, a long standing family tradition in Louisiana and the south in honor of Mardi Gras.

The three trade shows are owned and managed by Clarion UX (, and the International Restaurant Show of New York is sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (