Thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals will gather this month at the Javits Center in New York for the 2020 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. Once again the show will be come to Manhattan’s Westside from Sunday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 10. The trade show will be co-located with the Healthy Food Expo New York and Coffee Fest and attendees will have access to all three exhibit halls and education programs.
Among this year’s show highlights is the annual Rapid Fire Challenge that is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm. With a dessert theme chefs were encouraged to get creative and submit their most delicious and creative dessert for a chance to be crowned the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show Rapid Fire Champion, receive $1,000, and bragging rights.
“The Rapid Fire Challenge has become a must see event during the International Restaurant Show and we invite local chefs to compete and be recognized for their creative desserts. We thank our professional judges, our partner Total Food Service and our sponsor Boldric,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. “We are looking forward to receiving the dessert recipes local chefs enter and seeing who our loyal social media audience selects to compete live during the Show.”
The IRFSNY Show will have access to a full agenda of subject matter experts that will lead 58 complimentary education sessions. The Education Program will include six tracks focused on Bar & Beverage, Employees & Staffing, Health & Diet, Hot Topics, Marketing & Social Media, and Operational Excellence.
“The restaurant industry is constantly changing and we are pleased to be working with industry thought leaders who will deliver 58 timely and informative sessions offering restaurant and foodservice professionals insight on everything from corporate social responsibility, delivery systems, CBD in drinks and food, negotiating leases, and much more,” said Loughran. “We know one of the top reasons industry professionals attend our show is to have access to our excellent faculty and this year they will focus on the most pressing issues and hottest topics impacting restaurants and foodservice establishments.”
The Health & Diet Track, which is part of the Healthy Food Expo, will feature sessions with topics ranging from CBD in Drinks and Foods, Food Allergies, Gluten-Free, Healthful Menu Choices, Aquaculture, Specialized Diets, Plant-Based Diets and much more. Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foodie and founder of eatcleaner.com will emcee the Center Stage at the event and will lead a session on the 8 Hottest Healthy Food & Beverage Trends for 2020 and how they will impact restaurant businesses. The Bar & Beverage Track will feature Michael Farrell, CEO, The Forest Farmers who will discuss Tree Saps & Syrups for the Beverage Industry; a dynamic panel of experts who will discuss Building a Rockstar Beverage Program; Doug Radkey of KRG Hospitality will present Developing an Epic Beverage Program; and Peter Camps of Heineken USA will present The Quality of Beer: The Perfect Pour, Maintenance and Improving Sales.
The Employee & Staffing track will offer sessions on Building Healthier and Happier Kitchens, Managing Generations Y and Z, Ergonomics, Talent in the Kitchen, Faith in Your People, Inspiring Employee “Buy-In”, and Restaurant Psychology. Einav Gefen, Executive Corporate Chef and FairKitchens Representative for Unilever Food Solutions will talk about FairKitchens, the initiative that aims to table real issues and creative positive, grassroots change in professional kitchens focusing on culinary management, employee retention, and creating more empowering, equitable workplaces.
There will be 30 sessions in the Hot Topics Track with discussions focused on Delivery Through Technology, Maximizing Instagram, Succession Planning, Catering Profits, Creating Memorable Guest Experiences, Creating Value for Clients, and much more. Peter Ivey, CEO/Founder, The Reggae Chefs and Mission:FoodPossible will talk about Using Corporate Responsibility (CSR) to Tackle Global Problems and Increase Profits.
The Marketing & Social Media Track sessions will include such topics as Profits in Email Marketing, SEO Strategies, Psychology Based Marketing, Communicating Your Culture, Marketing Healthy, and more. Enjelika Kour, Founder and CEO of DigitalDesign NYC will discuss how apps and innovative food technology have influenced the way consumers eat and how food businesses operate. Attendees will receive a comprehensive analysis and understanding of how technology and the rise of the digital age are altering diners’ eating habits
Speakers in the Operational Excellence Track will talk about New Employment Laws, Negotiating Restaurant Leases, Theoretical Food Cost, Accommodating Food Allergies, The Right Recipe to Franchise Your Restaurant, Controlling Food & Beverage Costs and more. A team of seasoned hospitality industry professionals will break through the smoke and mirrors of what it takes to develop, operate, and sustain a successful restaurant in the session Dirt to Digital: Key Aspects of Opening a New Location. This spirited conversation will concentrate on the critical aspects of opening a restaurant from the real estate, to operations, to marketing, and ultimately, to launch.
The 2020 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will be held Sunday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 10 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: Battle of the Modern Bartender, Rapid Fire Challenge, Cake Decorating & Gelato Competitions, several culinary demonstrations and two awards presentations, as well as, hundreds of leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit www.internationalrestaurantny.com.
The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show is produced and managed by Clarion Events, and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association. The event will be co-located with Coffee Fest and the Healthy Food Expo New York and all attendees have access to all three events. Clarion Events produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tulsa, OK; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.