Wednesday, June 4, 2014

#LRAEXPO14: Let us whet your appetite

It’s no secret that the temperatures heat up during August in New Orleans—it’s a tropical climate after all. Let the humidity soak into your pores and the culture of America’s most authentic city soak into your heart. New Orleans has it all, and is ready to receive you August 2-4, 2014 for the 61st Annual Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO.

The old saying, “All work and no play…” doesn’t apply to your EXPO experience. During the day from 11 a.m – 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), roam the aisles of the largest foodservice trade show in the Gulf South.  Think of the EXPO as the biggest mall, selling only the things useful to your business. 

Investigate new exhibiting companies (20+ so far) and long-time exhibiting companies features products, services and equipment that can help you become more profitable and run your restaurant more efficiently. The restaurant business is a social one and you’ll no doubt see your fellow peers and suppliers as you make your way up and down the aisles, and meet new ones too! There will be countless new food products to explore and new alcoholic beverage brands to sample.  A hot new ingredient or cocktail may very well avail itself to you.

Take a reprieve in the IDEA ZONE, back for its third year, and enjoy expert express presentations designed to quickly educate you on emerging trends, operational best practices and professional development techniques. Swing by the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in the Seafood Pavilion and see the action and creativity of chefs from across the nation using seafood items indigenous to their states.

Once the EXPO concludes each day, get ready to experience the magic of New Orleans. Visitors from across the globe come to our city to fill their bellies with a cuisine nearly 300 years in the making. The food in New Orleans is a fusion of the seven nations: the Native Americans, French, Spanish, African, German, Italian and English, which evolved into the illustrious cuisine known as Cajun and Creole. But the fusion doesn’t stop there. A rise in popularity of Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine in recent years has visitors and locals flocking to these establishments too. Many restaurants also accommodate dietary restrictions like gluten-free, vegetarian and even vegan, with flare. Visitors have no problem finding something to eat that please even the most challenging palettes.

And the attractions, there’s so much to see. Whether you stroll down the street (any street) admiring the stunning architecture, take a walk in one of beautiful parks or make plans to visit our well-known art or history museums, New Orleans will leave you breathless. You will be changed for the better.

Register to attend the EXPO here and have the time of your life in New Orleans.

Enjoy special room rate of just $99 a night at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the EXPO. Book your room 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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