The EXPO is a must for restaurant owners, managers, buyers, hotel food and beverage directors and chefs. It’s the only place in Louisiana to gain valuable industry knowledge and shop hundreds of companies under one roof. Kick-off the opening of the EXPO, Saturday, August 8 at 10:45 a.m. in Hall I. National Restaurant Association Chair Jack Crawford will cut the ribbon and open the show with us!
Since its inception in 2012, the IDEA ZONE has become a fast growing draw for attendees. Expert, express presentations are held all three-days during the EXPO and cover emerging trends, best business practices and professional development. Be sure to look for the complete line-up in the summer issue of a la carte magazine and on our website here.
The Great American Seafood Cook-Off will co-locate within the EXPO for the 12th year in a row. Get a front row seat to see chefs from across the country battle it out to be crowned the King or Queen of American Seafood on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The competition takes place in the Seafood Pavilion, where attendees can find seafood offerings from Gulf Coast exhibitors and across the country. Who will represent Louisiana in the cook-off? Michael Bremer from The Sammich in New Orleans will go head-to-head against chefs from states across the nation, all vying for the title of King or Queen of American Seafood. The Great American Seafood Cook-Off is produced by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In its third year of sponsorship, the Farm to Table International Symposium (F2Ti) will be held in conjunction with the EXPO. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, author, autistic activist, livestock consultant and focus of the HBO film Temple Grandin portrayed by Claire Danes. The event will take place August 2-4 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
The EXPO is held annually in New Orleans, and we want you to take full advantage. After you hit the show floor, make sure you take time to the Big Easy streets. The city, known world-wide for its ambience and culture has so much to offer. The EXPO shares the weekend with the annual Red Dress Run and Dirty Linen Night. And what’s a trip to New Orleans without indulging in one or two (or three) of its famous restaurants? The EXPO partners with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring attendees a useful travel website with all the fun things to do and see in the city, recently ranked the 5th in the Top 25 U.S. Destinations by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Plan your nighttime in New Orleans here.
To see the full EXPO line up, visit our website here. Register to attend the EXPO today here.