Thursday, May 27, 2010

NRA Show '10 attendees, exhibits up

The 91st annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event (IWSB) saw an increase in both attendees and exhibits from 2009. The NRA Show attracted more than 58,000 registrants--up 6 percent from 2009--and approximately 1,700 exhibitors showcased new products and services this year. Attendees trekked to Chicago for the show from 120 countries, up from 107 countries in 2009. IWSB, the industry's only professional event focused exclusively on growing restaurant and hospitality bar programs, saw a 17 percent increase in attendee registration over last year with more than 3,500 qualified registrants.

For more information on the show including photos, videos, and the Floored! blog, visit NRA Show 2011 will take place May 21 to 24 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The 2011 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will be held May 22 and 23.

Sullivan University chef-instructors celebrate Louisville Tourist Month

On May 14, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook author Albert Schmid appeared at a book signing event at the Louisville Visitors Center, Louisville, Ky., along with Sullivan University chef-instructors David Dodd, Katie Payne and Allen Akmon, who prepared tastings of dishes from the cookbook. The event was presented in celebration of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau's Hometown Tourist Month.

(l to r) Sullivan University chef-instructors David Dodd, Katie Payne, Allen Akmon and Albert Schmid (seated)