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Chicago To Host National Restaurant Show In May

The largest restaurant and hospitality show in the United States opens next month. The 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 21-24 in Chicago, will welcome more than 2,200 exhibitors—and nearly 40% will be equipment and supplies companies.

The show in the North and South buildings, as well as the Lakeside Center, covers 637,000 sq. ft. (more than 56,000 sq.m) of space; it will take a solid two days to cover the entire show. A variety of specialty areas and pavilions are devoted to top trends, innovative products and emerging technology.

The KI Pavilion, located in the center of the South Hall, is home to the 2016 Kitchen Innovations Awards recipients. The 25 honored manufacturers will display their products and do live demonstrations. This year’s overlying theme: cost savings through labor reduction, energy and water consumption, increased speed and improved food-safety measures.

Also of note are the Conserve Solutions Center, featuring sustainable products, equipment and services, and the Tech Pavilion and Startup Alley, showcasing tried-and-true, new and breakthrough technologies.         

Finally, to get a sense of the food trends that will drive equipment needs, attendees can browse the World Culinary Showcase, Foodservice at Retail Program, Foodamental Studio, Alternative BiteStyle and the Organic & Natural Pavilion.

Show organizers also have slated 75 education sessions, culinary demonstrations and workshops. The big topics of discussion center on emerging trends, labor challenges and food safety.

And don’t forget to stop by and visit us at Foodservice Equipment Reports, in Booth 5244. More information on the show is at restaurant.org/show.

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