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Looking Back at the 2017 Show

Last year's Show was filled with learning, networking, and inspiration that helped thousands of industry professionals drive their businesses forward — and 2018 promises to be even better. Here's a brief look at the highlights from the 2017 Show.


The 2017 National Restaurant Association Show



1.    We learned from the best of the best.

Renowned chefs like Rick Bayless, Maneet Chauhan, Ming Tsai, and Pat Neely came out to talk about the latest industry trends and demonstrate the newest techniques. These were just four of 15 fantastic celebrity chefs that inspired last year's attendees. 




2.    We saw mind-blowing technology. 

At last year's Show, we learned that the future of restaurants is now. Technologies like drone delivery and facial recognition for front-of-house guest greeting were on display for attendees to interact with and learn about. Since technology trends are changing all the time, this year's features just might take us to a whole new frontier. 


3.    We tasted new flavors and tried new trends. 

With plenty of cooking demonstrations and unique booths to experience, attendees definitely filled their stomachs with the latest trendy foods, international fare, and the newest beverages.



4.    There were learning opportunities for everyone.

There were more than 80 different breakout sessions for attendees to soak in all the game-changing ideas in the restaurant industry, covering topics from business operations and technology to food and nutrition to developing the workforce.  


5.    We launched the next wave of industry game changers. 

Professionals from around the world come to the Show to learn about new ingredients, supplies, partners, and technologies. In 2017, we helped launch hundreds of new products to innovate menus and make operations more efficient. Our Startup Alley also brought lots of up-and-coming partners to the table, including Bite and SeatNinja. 


6.    We made a lot of new friends. 

With more than 43,000 foodservice buyers attending last year's Show, there were plenty of opportunities to meet new people and network. Making business connections is one of the best reasons to attend the National Restaurant Association Show. Who knows who you'll meet?