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.

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Product showcase

Product Showcase

While attending the expo, be sure to stop by our Product Showcase on the exhibit floor to see the EXPANDED area and to satisfy your taste for innovation and the newest products! The Product Showcase is your first look at the latest and greatest products in the industry.

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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 buy sometime in the next 12 months?
If so one of these programs may be for you!

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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.

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Foodservice Council for Women

Foodservice Council

The Foodservice Council for Women has created a platform for women in the food and beverage industry to connect, share, inspire and learn from on another.  The panel features women leaders in the foodservice industry who are transforming the hospitality industry with their outstanding contributions.

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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!

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rapid fire

Rapid Fire 

This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Meatless Monday! Bring on your favorite dishes minus the meat! Chefs are encouraged to get creative and be ready for your one shining moment! 

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hip sip

Hip Sip 

Battle of the Modern Bartneder Competition comes to life at the Western Foodservice & Hospitlaity Expo. Stay tuned for more information about our 2022 Hip Sip competition. 

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Live At Your Table Schedule

Increase Loyalty

Sun 27 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Speakers:

Steven Tan, MD
Co-Founder, Selectivor
Daniel Lemin
Co-Founder, Selectivor

Presentation title

The Post-Omnivore Era: Why the Future of Foodservice & Hospitality Belongs to Selective Eating Niches

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Sun 27 Aug 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

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Presentation title

Driving Sales through Grass Roots Marketing, a Productive Team and Smart Operations!

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Mon 28 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Presentation title

Social Media Strategies for Measurable Results

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Mon 28 Aug 2:00 am to 2:45 am

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Presentation title

3 Reasons Why Your Independent Restaurant Needs a Marketing Plan Now

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Mon 28 Aug 4:00 am to 4:45 am

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Speakers:

Emma Vaughn
Regional Development Representative, Main Street Hub

Presentation title

Using Customer Engagement to Double Customer Visits

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Tue 29 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Speakers:

Kevin E. Kelley
Co-Founder & Principal, Shook Kelley

Presentation title

The Power to Convene: How to Create Your Own Brand Bonfire

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Hot Trends

Culinary Demonstration

Sun 27 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Speakers:

Rob Floyd
Rx Liquid Chef, Sip Boldly

Presentation title

Molecular Gastronomy and Beverages Trending Demonstration by Rob Floyd, RX Liquid Chef

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Sun 27 Aug 2:00 am to 3:00 am

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Speakers:

Chris Sayegh
The Herbal Chef

Presentation title

Culinary Cannabis: The New Frontier Demonstration by Chef Chris Sayegh

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Sun 27 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Speakers:

Shaun O’Neale
DJ/Chef/Author "Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX"

Presentation title

Roasted Bone Marrow with Apricot-Bacon-Bourbon Jam and Sourdough Toasts paired with Newcastle Brown Ale Demonstration by Chef Shaun O'Neale

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Mon 28 Aug 2:00 am to 2:30 am

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Speakers:

Curtis Stone
Chef/Owner, Maude & Gwen

Presentation title

Barbecued Lamb Ribs served with Labne with Calabrian Chiles and Fresh Herbs with a Passion Fruit Fizz Cocktail Demonstration by Curtis Stone

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Mon 28 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Speakers:

Frankie The Bull
Celebrity Chef

Presentation title

Peruvian Shrimp & Watermelon Ceviche Demonstration by Frankie the Bull

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Tue 29 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Speakers:

Denise Vivaldo
Culinary Consultant / Chef / Author

Presentation title

9 Tips for Perfecting Your Social Media Pictures - Food Styling Demonstration by Denise Vivaldo

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Tue 29 Aug 2:00 am to 2:45 am

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Speakers:

Dakota Weiss
Executive Chef/Partner, Sweetfin Poke

Presentation title

Culinary Demonstration by Dakota Weiss

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Tue 29 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Speakers:

Jenny Ross
Owner and Executive Chef, 118 Degrees

Presentation title

Lime Coconut and Jackfruit Nachos with Chipotle Cheese and Citrus Snow by Jenny Ross

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Operational Excellence

Sun 27 Aug 2:00 am to 2:45 am

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Speakers:

Kit Zorsch
Client Services Account Manager, Ctuit Software

Presentation title

COGS Troubleshooting 101 a.k.a. Did My Lettuce Always Cost $3,000?

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Sun 27 Aug 2:00 am to 2:45 am

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Moderator:

Salar Sheik
Founder, Savory Hospitality

Speakers:

Brad Johnson
Owner, Post and Beam
John Weir
Owner, Cinco
Andrea Borgen
Owner and General Manager, Barcito
Chef Pizzaiolo Ali Haider
Chef & Owner, 786 Degrees
Patricia Perez
Co-Founder & President, Pho Show

Presentation title

How Do You Turn Your New Restaurant into a Standout Restaurant?

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Sun 27 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Speakers:

Kevin Paider
Training Manager, Culinary Software Services - ChefTec

Presentation title

Profit is a Predetermined Figure-Menu Engineering for a Maximum Profitability

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Mon 28 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

Presentation title

Leasing Restaurant Space? Negotiate to Win!

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Mon 28 Aug 3:00 am to 3:45 am

Presentation title

5 Things that Will Make You the Most Profits in Catering

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Mon 28 Aug 4:00 am to 4:45 am

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Speakers:

Matthew Favier
SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions

Presentation title

Automation and AI are Knocking: How Will Your Restaurant Answer?

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Mon 28 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Moderator:

Jackie Gutierrez
Member Services Manager, CRA Helpline

Speakers:

Lukas Clary
Associate, Weintraub & Tobin
Anthony Zaller
Founding Partner, Zaller Law Group
Bruno W. Katz
Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Katherine P. Sandberg
Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Presentation title

Legal Center Live at Western Food Expo

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Tue 29 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

Presentation title

Selling or Buying a Restaurant? Learn the Tips, Tricks, and Traps You Will Encounter

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Tue 29 Aug 1:00 am to 1:45 am

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Speakers:

Beth Schroeder
Attorney, Raines Feldman LLP
Anthony Zaller
Founding Partner, Zaller Law Group

Presentation title

How to Legally Include Back of House Workers in a Tip Pool

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Tue 29 Aug 3:00 am to 3:45 am

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Speakers:

Kevin Wise
Founder & Partner, SCI Business Group

Presentation title

2017 Survival Guide that Every Restaurant Manager and Owner Should Know

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Tue 29 Aug 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

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Speakers:

Jonathan Fraser Light
Managing Attorney, LightGabler

Presentation title

I'm So Confused! New 2017 Wage & Hour Laws, and More!

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