Live Updates from NRA Show '09

Live Updates from NRA Show '09

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Live Updates from NRA Show '09

Monday

Getting into the Groove. After a couple of days, we’re finding our stride as we try to coordinate the teams, find the inside scoop and try to publish the ever growing mountain of video, photos and stories. Check back for Monday’s highlights – or stay with us in the moment through our Twitter feed.


Monday at the NRA: Our Top Ten Finds As we’ve done each day of the Show, The Food Channel Team scoured the halls, attended the seminars, stopped by the receptions and sampled the new products to come up with our Top Ten Finds for the day. Read on! read more…


Ted Turner Brings His Environmental Cause to the Stage In an exclusive interview with The Food Channel, Ted Turner discussed the impetus for his interest in the environment as well as the success he has enjoyed with his project to re-populate America’s bison population. read more…


A View from the Ivy Awards: Why They Do What They Do From the “Don’t You Wish You Had Been There” category comes this blog about the Ivy Awards the annual presentation from Restaurants & Institutions, with food from the Culinary Institute of America. read more…


Hennessy/Hill Award Winners Announced The National Restaurant Association (NRA) celebrated the winners of the United States Air Force’s John L. Hennessy Awards and United States Marine Corps’ Major Gen. W.P.T. Hill Awards.


Promoting a Taste of Korea So who’s ready for a kimchi quesadilla? Korea’s ambitious food globalization initiative was announced Monday morning at the Taste of Korea event at the NRA Show in Chicago. read more…


Chef Bill Briwa Shares His Secrets for Pairing Wine and Food Wine is not the beverage you drink to wash down your food. It’s an ingredient. It’s liquid flavor. And so begins the wine pairing session led by Chef Bill Briwa at Sunday’s NRA International Wine, Spirits, & Beer Event. read more…


Rick Bayless Draws a Crowd at NRA The Culinary Scene at the NRA Show was abuzz Saturday as Rick Bayless, the legendary chef of Chicago’s Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, demonstrated the secret to his signature tamales, flank steak, and chipotle salsa, plus a few family favorites. read more…


Blendtec Shows Power of Viral Marketing Ever seen Tom Dickson, founder of Blendtec, make a pitch? Guest blogger Steve Popp observed it at the NRA Show. The success of Blendtec and the “Will it Blend?” videos is an inarguable testament to the strength of viral advertising. read more…


On the Menu at NRA On the Menu: What’s Hot, What’s Not, and What’s Next was one of the sessions for restaurateurs offered during NRA. Think protein, portion, premium, and push-back. read more…

Sunday

Feeling the last day a little in the legs and the waistline, The Food Channel crew gears up for the second day of the show.


Back for More: My Second Day at NRA. After a long Saturday of incessant grazing at the food booths, my waistline begged that I try a different approach for walking the show on Sunday morning. So I made a beeline directly toward that wonderland of guilt-free bytes in the Technology Pavilion. read more…


Social Media Survival Stories. The Executive Leaders Breakfast at NRA was held on Saturday, and the buzz hasn’t stopped as people examine Word Of Mouth (WOM) marketing. McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krystal and more shared their case studies. Read on for this guest blog from Valerie Lea. read more…


Sunday at the NRA Show ’09 – Top Ten Finds. It’s Day Two of the National Restaurant Association Show, and our crews spent some time at the exhibition hall and associated networking receptions. Here’s what we came away with as our Top Ten Finds. read more…


Inspiration & Sore Feet: My Day’s Wanderings at NRA. Guest blogger Sabrina Robb gives her view of the NRA show’s hottest trends and new products. read more…


A View From the Floor – NRA Show ’09. A view from the Show Floor at NRA Show ’09 – from a food fanatic with a unique perspective. read more…

Even though we’re well stocked with Food Channel folks, we’ll need all four days do cover this massive event. A big thanks to the participants and attendees who have all been gracious with their time talking about their thoughts on the newest products, trends and their industries.

Saturday

And they’re off!. Lots of activity as NRA opens – watch our Twitter Feed for immediate updates. We’ll get the stories out as fast as we can.


Top Ten Things Seen at Saturday’s NRA Show. Top Ten Things Seen at Saturday’s National Restaurant Association Show – our view of the first day of the Show Floor! read more…


Voices from the Industry: How to Be Ready for Post-Recession Success. The Food Channel brings you voices of the industry through this week’s National Restaurant Association Show. One of the hot topics during this week’s NRA Show is what happens when the Recession is over. read more…


Products Unveiled at NRA Show 2009. Here’s a quick look at some of the Hot New Products now being showcased at this year’s NRA Show. read more…


Oregon Food Pioneers Blaze New Trails in Chicago. The third annual Oregon in Chicago event, part of NRA Week, let visitors explore The New Oregon Trail, through the distinctive flavors and products of Oregon’s three primary growing regions: The Coast, The Gorge, and The Valley. read more…

Saturday is over – whew!. Our teams are covering as much ground as possible. Exciting days bring long nights as we try to bring you the best from the show.

Friday


Top Ten Things Overheard at the Black Party. I guess you had to be there. Here are the Top Ten Things Overheard at the Black Party. read more…


A Sampling of Voices from the Restaurant Industry. You heard it here first, live from NRA week – industry professionals talking about the economy, the future and the state of business. read more…

Stay Tuned – NRA Show kicks off tomorrow. Friday is the night of parties as the industry lands in Chicago. After a long night at the color party, and stopping by and visiting other happenings throughout the city, the pre-day is almost over.

Thurday


Food Channel Crew Heads off to NRA. This time of year, the food world congregates at the NRA show, and The Food Channel is no exception. After scheduling to be double and triple booked, our team is planning to be everywhere to cover the chefs, the brands and the parties that make NRA one of the largest and most exciting of the year. Check back as unpack our cameras and laptops!

Pre-Coverage


Be a part of the NRA Show through Facebook. If you can’t make it to the Show or you just need some info, follow the NRA Show 2009 on Facebook and Twitter. read more…



Schedule for National Restaurant Association Show. A schedule for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show and the second annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB), held Saturday, May 16 through Tuesday, May 19 in Chicago at McCormick Place. read more…



Culinary Scene To Feature Top Chefs, Master Butchers at NRA Show 2009. The National Restaurant Association has announced the lineup for the Culinary Scene, an interactive demonstration area featured at the 2009 NRA Show in Chicago. read more…



Return on the Individual. As part of The Food Channel’s coverage of the NRA, we are asking industry pros to look a little deeper. Not only, “What is causing you pain,” but, “What are you doing about it?” To give us some advance perspective, we sat down with Andy Ford. read more…



NRA Announces Winners of Faces of Diversity Awards. The NRA announced the winners of its 3rd annual Faces of Diversity awards. The awards ceremony will be held at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® in Chicago during the General Session & Keynote Executive Panel. read more…



NRA Joins Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out. The NRA announced the winners of its 3rd annual Faces of Diversity awards. The awards ceremony will be held at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago during the General Session & Keynote Executive Panel. read more…



Kristina Vanni is winner of Hot Chef Grilling Challenge. The National Restaurant Association has announced the winner of the NRA Show Hot Chef Grilling Challenge. Kristina Vanni. Vanni’s winning video submitted on YouTube featured her preparing maple-Dijon glazed grilled Arctic char. read more…



Menu Pairings Event Debuts at 2009 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event. The National Restaurant Association has announced a new feature at its International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event: the Menu Pairings Event. read more…



NRA Announces 2009 Kitchen Innovations Award Recipients. The National Restaurant Association has announced the recipients of its prestigious Kitchen Innovations Award for 2009. read more…



NRA Thanks President Obama for Dining Out. On May 8, the National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney sent a thank you letter to President Barack Obama. read more…



Nominations for 2009 SPIRIT Awards Now Being Accepted. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Nation’s Restaurant News, along with founding sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 SPIRIT Awards program. read more…



Restaurant Executives to Discuss Word of Mouth Marketing at NRA Show. The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will gather executives from top restaurant companies for a panel discussion on how chains and multi-concept operators are increasing revenue and guest loyalty through new media marketing. read more…



NRA Welcomes Industry to 90th Annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. Find all your basic information about the upcoming National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago here, on The Food Channel. Live reports start on Friday night! read more…



“Benefits of “Going Green Showcased at 2009 NRA Show. In addition to being the right thing to do for the environment, ‘going green’ can also have financial benefits – something the nation’s nearly one million restaurant and foodservice outlets are increasingly exploring. read more…



National Restaurant Association Show Explores Food and Drink Trends. The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® is the culinary world’s leading event to explore the hottest restaurant menu trends happening now, as well as the trends of tomorrow.Check back as unpack our cameras and laptops… and start the show! read more…

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