Special Events

Our Special Events are designed to enhance your experience while attending the Western Food Expo.
Center stage

Center Stage

A highlighted feature of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo - Center Stage is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay up to date in the industry. Come see our featured chefs, watch their cooking demonstrations and taste their samples.


VIP Programs

VIP Programs

The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo offers two opportunities to participate as a VIP! Do you make or influence purchasing decisions within your organization? Do you have open to buying some time in the next 12 months? If so one of these programs may be for you!


2019 Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo Torch Awards

The Torch Award

The Torch Award, presented by The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and The California Restaurant Association was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.

Foodservice Council for Women

The Humanitarian Spotlight Award

The Humanitarian Spotlight Award is presented to a company or individual who exemplifies philanthropy and gives back to the foodservice and hospitality industries. 

beacon award winner

The Beacon Award

The Beacon Award recognizes a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. Join us to congratulate this year's honoree!

rapid fire

Rapid Fire 

Chefs are encouraged to get creative and be ready for your one shining moment! Stay tuned for the 2023 theme.


hip sip

Hip Sip 

Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition comes to life at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. Stay tuned for the 2023 theme.