Survival Guide: National Restaurant Association Show

The biggest restaurant industry show, the National Restaurant Association Show, is right around the corner! And we’re fired up to be part such an iconic event that welcomes over 2,300 exhibitors and 66,000 industry professionals from over 100 different companies.

From May 19th through the 22nd, the show floor at McCormick Place in Chicago will be packed with the latest restaurant trends, equipment, technologies, foods, and much more! But all this goodness can get overwhelming, so we’ve developed a survival guide to make sure you get the most out of the show and have fun!

Survival Guide

Establish Your Daily Plan

- The “Top Ten”: For each area of the conference (sessions, vendors, meetings, social events), create a ranked list of 10 (or 5 or 15, depending on the length of the conference and your appetite for scheduling) and use that list to dictate your schedules. Schedule your top sessions, with your ranking outlined and available to resolve scheduling conflicts. During times when there are no sessions, schedule your meetings and vendor visits using the same “rack and stack” approach.

- The “Blended Ten”: Maybe it’s easier not to segment your priority attendance by category. In a Blended Ten (or 5 or 20, again), make a ranked list of the most important things to do regardless of category. Start at number 1 and add things to your schedule until you’ve run out of time 

- The “Daily”: Using the conference calendar, build yourself a daily schedule based on what looks interesting. Check the daily schedule against your overarching goals to see if any adjustments need to be made.

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The Show’s Can’t Misses

Now, let’s dive into the actual events going down at the show:

World Culinary Show

The most celebrated chefs are all coming together to share their culinary talents on one stage. Sharpen your culinary skills and learn new techniques from the very best in the industry. A few (among many) notable chefs include, multi James Beard award winner, Rick Bayless, Top Chef winner, Joe Flann, and New York Times bestselling cookbook author and chef, Anne Burrell.

SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

Want a glimpse into the future? Well at the SuperSession, leading futurist, Daniel Burrus is leading a talk all about what’s next for technology. From robots to AR – don’t miss out on a chance to future-proof your restaurant.

Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR)

The aptly named acronym, BAR, features the latest alcohol trends, tastes, and techniques that are sure to boost your bottom line. Sessions include Craft Your Cocktails, Understanding the Wine Drinker, Craft Beer Panel, and yes keep hydrated at the State of the Bar Sampling Demos.

Revel Systems Booth

Of course, Revel will be exhibiting at the show! And our booth will include demo stations, a newsroom, presentations – and not to be forgotten, happy hours! Presentations include talks from our partners, restaurant social media experts, and our customers. Interested in being interviewed at our newsroom? Fill out a form here.

If you have yet to register – now’s your chance! Register here to attend the industry’s most talked about show.