Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Come for work, stay for play at the 61st Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO

The perfect business trip awaits! The 61st Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO is August 2-4, 2014, will be here in the blink of an eye. Themed, “Opportunities Abound,” your EXPO weekend will be filled with numerous chances to increase your profitability, gain valuable knowledge and meet with your peers, old and new. Aisles and aisles of companies that supply the foodservice industry will be there waiting to dazzle you with the latest in technological advances, equipment, services, food products and beverage options.

It really doesn’t get much easier to gather industry intel than during the three days of the EXPO. If you had to research it on your own, it’d surely take months, even years, and who has time for that? That’s the reason the Louisiana Restaurant Association offers this benefit to the industry.

After you've gotten the most from your EXPO experience during the daytime, take a quick respite at the host hotel—the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, with the special EXPO rate of $99 per night—and get ready for New Orleans’ nightlife. Surely after a day at the EXPO, you’ll be starving for our world-famous cuisine in one of our countless restaurant dining rooms. The choices are limitless and we’ll be happy to make some recommendations or you can visit the LRA’s travel page courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau here.

If you can stand the humidity, Saturday night don your white linen attire and head out to Julia Street for Whitney White Linen Night, where 20,000+ attend the outdoor festival celebrating the arts. 

If you're like us and prefer to keep your make up and attire intact, join us indoors with air conditioning, cuisine and cocktails for the Five Star Futures Gala, August 2 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. We’ll honor this year’s remarkable Louisiana industry leaders and award $60,000 in scholarships to Louisiana’s deserving young culinarians. The event features a live and silent auction and a cork pull, and it all benefits the LRA Education Foundation.

To see the full EXPO line up, visit our website here. Register to attend the EXPO today here

Thank you to this year’s Platinum Sponsors!
Heartland Payment Systems, Louisiana Cookin’, Capital One, Republic National Distributing Company, UnitedHealthcare, Glazer’s of Louisiana, Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund and the LRA Education Foundation.

Gold Sponsor—Midlands, Generations Hall & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; and Silver Sponsors—Fisher & Phillips, LLP and Johnson, Johnson, Barrios & Yacoubian.

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