New For IRFSNY + Healthy Food Expo: Why Whiskey, Farm To City, and Foodservice Council For Women

25th Annual IRFSNY 2019 Center Stage

Early Bird Registration Deadline is February 2, Register Today to Save

From March 3-5, the Javits Center in New York City will be the place for thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals to meet with hundreds of exhibiting companies and participate in dozens of exciting special events during the 2019 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York which will be co-located with the Healthy Food Expo and Coffee Fest. For more information and to register before the February 2nd early bird registration deadline, visit

IRFSNY Healthy Food Expo“Our staff has been hard at work adding new and exciting special events to the agenda for the upcoming event. There truly will be something for everyone in the food industry from the Foodservice Council for Women panel discussion, Why Whiskey Tasting, Farm to City Expo, new culinary demonstrations, and much more,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. “Attendees at the 2019 event will also have access to Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo.”  

On Sunday, March 3rd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Tom Fischer, Founder of, will host Why Whiskey.  Attendees will taste previously unreleased whiskeys in New York and discover new Bourbons. This epic tasting is perfect for those who own establishments, bartenders, and anyone who regularly works with spirits, to learn how to enhance their Bourbon and Whiskey programs. To learn more and register, click here.

On Monday, March 4th from 12:30 – 1:30 pm The Foodservice Council for Women (FSCW) networking panel will feature women leaders in the foodservice industry who are transforming the hospitality industry through their strength, perseverance and forward thinking demeanor’s. Panelists will include Amanda Cohen, Chef/Owner, Dirt Candy (2019 Beacon Award Recipient); Elizabeth Falkner, Chef/Author/Artist; Anita Lo, Michelin Star Chef, 3-Stars New York Times, Iron Chef Winner, Top Chef Winner; and Claire M. Marin, Proprietor, Catskill Provisions.  The panel, moderated by Kathleen Wood, Co-Founder, Foodservice Council for Women will discuss what it takes to succeed in the foodservice industry today. 

On Tuesday, March 5th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will host the 9th Annual Farm to City Expo with a focus on Small Business Guide To Perfecting Your Pitch & Disrupting The Marketplace. This workshop is mainly for the 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. The panel will be moderated by Linda LaViolette, Special Assistant, NY Department of Agriculture and Markets.  Speakers will include Christine Rico, Founder, CFO of Speed Dial and Shen Tong, Founder & Managing Partner, FoodFutureCo.

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There have also been two new additions to the Center Stage Demonstration Line-up.  On Sunday, March 3rd from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Master Mixologist George Duval and Open Hospitality’s Owner Lisa Lindo will present a Mixology Demonstration.  The duo will prepare and demonstrate how to make three unique signature cocktails infused with fresh ingredients and small batch organic syrups. Together, they will speak about the bartending, mixology and hospitality industry and on the importance of a great cocktail and beverage program in your restaurant or establishment.  

Also added on Tuesday, March 5th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Chef Ron Duprat, Food and Beverage Director/ Executive Chef at The Bridgewater Golf and Country Club, Carmel, Indiana also, best known as one of the top competitors on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” will demonstrate a Crawfish Boil in honor of Fat Tuesday.  As a restaurateur and expert in exotic flavors, Chef Don Duprat has a zest for life that’s fueled in the kitchen by a passion for cooking.

The 2019 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 provide thousands of industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and hundreds of leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit

The 26th annual trade show 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 and greatest 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.

The show is owned and managed by Clarion UX (, and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association ( Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.