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Whether you want culinary inspiration or kitchen equipment, education or networking, find just what you're looking for to customize your experience and get the most out of the Show.

After-Hours Events

  • Restaurants Rock
  • Block Party
  • Young Professionals Event
  • IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards
  • Chicago Stars Mixology Competition

Restaurants Rock: Keith Urban in Concert

Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban rocks Chicago in a concert exclusively for Show attendees on Saturday night.


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Block Party

Chicago's most talked-about bars and clubs offer up free food, drinks, and entertainment to all badge holders.

Various venues along Hubbard Street.

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Young Professionals Event

Meet up, mingle, and network with an exclusive group from the next generation of industry leaders and influencers in a night of celebration.

By invitation only. Recommended 40 and under.

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IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards

These annual honors go to nation's top operators. Awards are granted in up to nine categories and one winner receives the Gold Plate Award at this stylish event.

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Chicago Stars

A Cocktail Party and Mixology Competition

Celebrate Chicago cocktail culture by watching the Chicago's STAR Mixologist competition and enjoying two hours of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

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Big Names

  • Signature '18
  • The Future of Restaurants
  • Restaurants Rock
  • World Culinary Showcase

Signature '18

66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sits down for a conversation with National Restaurant Association President & CEO Dawn Sweeney.

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SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Our industry changes fast and we all need to stay on top of how we can lead the future, rather than follow. At this year's SuperSession Daniel Burrus, a leading futurist, talks to operators and technology developers about what innovations will change the future of the restaurant industry, from robotics to facial recognition and beyond.


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Restaurants Rock: Keith Urban in Concert

Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban rocks Chicago in a concert exclusively for Show attendees on Saturday night.

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World Culinary Showcase

Booth #10357

The world's most talented chefs and foodservice thought leaders share not only their culinary prowess but their industry insight as well. From the latest menu trends and mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, you'll get a little of everything and a lot of new ideas.

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Improving My Beverage Alcohol Program

  • BAR at the Show
  • BAR Stage

BAR at the Show

Lakeside Ballroom

Here's where you'll find top suppliers, trendy ingredients, breakthrough products, and services.

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BAR Stage

Look for mixology demonstrations and beverage alcohol-specific education sessions.

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Learning from Industry Experts

  • On-Floor Education
  • World Culinary Showcase
  • Foodamental Studio
  • Equipment Insights
  • Beverage Alcohol Education

On-Floor Education

Whether you want to bone up on food & nutrition, workforce development, business operations, or technology, we have education sessions that will help you take your business—and your profits—to the next level.

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World Culinary Showcase

Booth #10357

The world's most talented chefs and foodservice thought leaders share not only their culinary prowess but their industry insight as well. From the latest menu trends and mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, you'll get a little of everything and a lot of new ideas.

Visit the World Culinary Showcase

Foodamental Studio

Booth #2389

Learn about the processes and techniques behind today's hottest food trends in hands-on workshops.

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Equipment Insights

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies will host roundtable discussions in the KI Showroom to provide attendees with perspectives on how kitchen equipment can positively impact the bottom line.

Beverage Alcohol Education

From wine trends to creating your own craft beer program, BAR Stage has beverage/alcohol education sessions to enhance your spirits savvy.

The National Restaurant Association

  • National Restaurant Association Booth
  • ServSafe Booth (#6000)

National Restaurant Association Booth

Get the latest updates on products, resources and advocacy from the organization dedicated to helping foodservice operators succeed. (Booth #6600)

ServSafe Booth (#6000)

Visit booth #6000 to learn about the ServSafe® program which provides food and alcohol safety training and certification to help protect businesses, employees, and customers.

The Next Big Thing in Food Service

  • FABI Awards
  • Kitchen Innovations Awards
  • Startup Alley
  • SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

FABI Awards

Booths throughout the Show Floor

The FABI Award recognizes food and beverage breakthroughs that tap into current food trends, are highly marketable, enhance your menu, and wow your diners. 

Kitchen Innovations® Awards

Kitchen Innovations® Award recipients represent the very latest cutting-edge equipment that specifically improves the back of the house.

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Startup Alley

Booth #5675

Startup Alley showcases the creative, innovative startups poised to make a big impact on the food industry.

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SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Our industry changes fast and we all need to stay on top of how we can lead the future, rather than follow. At this year's SuperSession Daniel Burrus, a leading futurist, talks to operators and technology developers about what innovations will change the future of the restaurant industry, from robotics to facial recognition and beyond.


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Spicing Up My Menu

  • Bellavita Italian Pavilion
  • American Food Fair
  • World Culinary Showcase
  • Culinary Demos
  • Global Food Expo
  • Organic & Natural Pavilion

Bellavita Italian Pavilion

Aisles 8300-9000

The largest made-in-Italy Food & Wine Expo on this side of the Atlantic delivers four days of amazing food, extraordinary wine, superb dishes, education, and more.

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American Food Fair

North End of Aisles 7500-8200

International operators—find quality U.S. products for export and talk to their producers and processors about how to add an American touch to your menu.
Visit the American Food Fair

World Culinary Showcase

Booth #10357

The world's most talented chefs and foodservice thought leaders share not only their culinary prowess but their industry insight as well. From the latest menu trends and mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, you'll get a little of everything and a lot of new ideas.

Visit the World Culinary Showcase

Culinary Demos

Celebrity chefs and experts share culinary techniques, recipe development, and other insights you can take back to your operation.

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Global Food Expo

Exhibitors from Brazil, Ecuador, France, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Thailand, and more showcase local food products for you to import to your menu.

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Organic & Natural Pavilion

Aisles 10100-10800

Find on-trend ingredients to satisfy your guests' appetite for organic and natural menu items.

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Technology

  • Innovation Hub
  • Social Media Bar
  • Startup Alley
  • TECH Pavilion
  • TECH Talks
  • The Future of Restaurants

Innovation Hub

Booth #5575

Find latest industry innovations and insights, unlock best technological practices and trends, and connect with tech-savvy startups poised to make a big impact in foodservice.

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Social Media Bar

Social media experts offer complimentary consultations to help you beef up your social media profile and use digital tactics to attract diners.

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Startup Alley

Booth #5675

The most creative startups poised to change the industry exhibit here.

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TECH Pavilion

North End of Aisles 5500-7000

Find all the top-to-bottom tech you need including mobile apps, mobile payment, POS, digital signage, data-driven solutions, and more to improve transaction speed, communication, efficiency, and cost.

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TECH Talks

30-minute presentations keep you abreast of the all the ways technology can assist your operation, both front and back of house.

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SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Our industry changes fast and we all need to stay on top of how we can lead the future, rather than follow. At this year's SuperSession Daniel Burrus, a leading futurist, talks to operators and technology developers about what innovations will change the future of the restaurant industry, from robotics to facial recognition and beyond.


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