SW Foodservice Expo Special Events

Your opportunity to network, socialize and celebrate the restaurant industry is boundless when attending any or all of the special events held in conjunction with Expo. Whether you're in search of cutting edge culinary inspiration, an opportunity to toast another year of the finest restaurateurs in Texas, or a blow-out party, our special events guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Expo Opening Party
June 22, Hilton Americas Hotel, 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate Expo in style at the Opening Party featuring fantastic food, music and dancing. The party is open to all registered attendees and exhibitors. Your name badge is your ticket. Don't miss it!

Culinary Showcase Theater
June 22-24, George R. Brown Convention Center

Entertainers, experts and industry leaders will present their creative ideas and dishes in this unique stadiam style showcase theater. Audience members will be entertained, amazed and amused by the daily events such as the West Texas Culinary Showdown and US Pizza Team throwing dough!

Idea Centers
June 22-24, George R. Brown Convention Center
This year, Expo will present hour long, dynamic discussions on issues important to restaurateurs. These interactive sessions will take palce throughout the day at different locations on the show floor, making them easy to get to.

Ultimate Barista Challenge
June 22-24, George R. Brown Convention Center
Sponsored by WholeCup Consulting, this competition is a creative coffee and espresso event designed to showcase talented barista, creative espresso beverages and delicious brewed coffee. Baristi take their turns competing in qualifying rounds of Latte Art, Espresso Cocktail, Espresso Frappe and the Best of Brew Challenges to get the chance to compete for the title "Ultimate Barista."

2008 TRA President's Gala
June 23, Hilton Americas Hotel, 6:30 p.m.
Join the luminaries of the Texas foodservice industry as we honor outgoing president Carmelo Mauro and welcome the new TRA president, Gerard Cace. The Excellence Awards for back of the house, front of the house and manager will be presented. Outstanding Restaurateurs from across the state will be honored. And three industry legends will be inducted into the TRA Hall of Honor.

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