Three major restaurant industry trade shows are now under new ownership, and one of them will be co-located with the upcoming Pizza Tomorrow Summit, taking place November 8-9 in Orlando.
Restaurant Events, LLC, a new trade show management company formed by industry veterans Tim von Gal and Doug Miller, recently announced the purchase of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, and the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo from Clarion Events.
The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place at the Pizza Tomorrow Summit, which is owned by Grand Slam Events, in partnership with Restaurant Events. The Pizza Tomorrow Summit, which debuted in November 2022, provides independent pizza operators with an immersive and fun experience, a wide range of products, and a robust conference program, plus entertaining and informative pizza competitions and demonstrations.
Miller and von Gal are no strangers to the three major restaurant events or the industry they serve. In 2014, under the banner of Urban Expositions, they purchased the events from Reed Exhibitions and grew them until 2016, when they sold them to Clarion Events.
“We are thrilled to be re-acquiring these events, especially as the restaurant and hospitality industries are seeing exponential growth following the challenges during the pandemic,” said von Gal, partner in Restaurant Events, in a press release. “The recent International Restaurant & Foodservice Show, which was held in March, reported a 50% increase in attendance, bringing the audience nearly back up to pre-pandemic levels. The aisles were packed with solutions providers and qualified buyers, and there was an excitement for the industry to be back together. We look forward to building on this momentum for the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in August and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in November.”
The trio of trade shows and conferences offer access to the hottest menu trends, state-of-the-art design and decor, business education seminars and workshops, and hundreds of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant and foodservice community. The events highlight hundreds of leading vendors demonstrating and sampling the newest food products, technology and equipment for the restaurant, foodservice, specialty beverage and hospitality markets. Free education programs offer how-to sessions, business solutions, conversations with industry experts, culinary demonstrations, and competitions.
The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo takes place August 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center and is co-located with Coffee Fest Anaheim. It’s sponsored by the California Restaurant Association.
The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will be held March 3-5, 2024, at the Javits Center in New York City. It’s co-located with Coffee Fest New York and is produced in partnership with the New York State Restaurant Association.