The 2008 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Opens Today at the Los Angeles Convention Center

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today the table is set for a feast of insights, ideas, and opportunities at the 2008 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. Today’s highlights include:

  -- The Hot Spot Culinary Extravaganza, an interactive, and entertaining
theatre featuring celebrity chefs and guest appearances to satisfy all.
Today's Features Include
-- 12:00 pm - Food Network Personality Guy Fieri and Restaurant
Marketing Expert and Author Linda Duke
-- 1:30 pm - Top 10 Most Renowned New Chefs Taylor Boudreaux
-- 3:00 pm - Founder of Intermezzo Roseanne Tully
-- The LA Wine Expo will be open from 12 noon to 5:00 pm and brings the
opportunity to sample wines from over 40 winemakers from around the
globe, speak directly to the wine makers and other wine principles, and
pick up tips on serving, pricing, and selecting the right vintage.
-- Keynote Speaker Nolan Bushnell, founder and former CEO of Atari
Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and CEO of uWink
will speak at 12:30 pm.
-- The Ultimate Barista Challenge brings professional baristi to face
challengers all preparing their signature espresso beverages for a
panel of judges.
-- The Innovative New Product Gallery is the place to source new food,
beverages, desserts, ingredients/condiments, equipment, environmental
safety, technology, and solutions in the industry.
-- The Second Annual Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum today's featured
seminars include:
-- Brewing Your Way to Profits
-- Get Smart, Go Green
-- Four Star Marketing and Promotions
-- Sustainable Food
-- Avoid Legal Landmines
-- Thai Cooking Theatre - Thai and Fusion Cuisine has taken the world by
storm, today's chefs include:
-- 11:15 am - Chef Ben Diaz
-- 12:15 pm - Chef Sal Mario
-- 1:15 pm - Chef Ray Haynes
-- 2:15 pm - Chef Tommy Tang

WHEN: Saturday, August 23, 2008 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, August 25, 2008 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: The Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA


The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is produced by Reed Exhibitions and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association. For more information visit or call toll free 1-800-840-5612.

Source: Reed Exhibitions

CONTACT: Amy Riemer, Media Relations, cell, +1-978-502-4895, Press Room:
307 — Los Angles Convention Center, +1-213-743-6205,, for Reed Exhibitions

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