81st Annual Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Recap
The Los Angeles Convention Center was host to the 81st Annual Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.
The Torch Award honors talented chefs for the brilliance of their careers and the impact they have had as a consequence.
I love that there is a true practice what you preach mentality to Curtis Stone and his behavior.
Other standout chefs and their dishes include some pretty fabulous selections.
- Chef Shaun O’Neale, Winner of Master Chef Season 7 and Author of “My American Table.” Shaun shared his Roasted Bone Marrow with Apricot-Bacon-Bourbon Jam and Sourdough Toasts paired With Newcastle Brown Ale.
- Rapid Fire Sandwich Edition Competition winner, Chef Paul Cao of Burnt Crumbs who won for his Fried Chicken Sandwich.
- Chef Stephen Agosto of Kelsey’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino who prepared a Smoked Lechon Sandwich.
- Chef Max Schultz of Sessions West Coast Deli who prepared a Summer Zephyr Sandwich.
- Peruvian Shrimp & Watermelon Ceviche Demonstration By Frankie The Bull.
- Chef Jenny Ross of 118 Degrees who prepared Lime Coconut And Jackfruit Nachos With Chipotle Cheese And Citrus Snow.
The Overall Winner in the Innovative New Product Showcase was Oumph! “The beans of a new generation.”
Best New Product in the Food Trends Experience was Mommy Sauce.
Best in Show was NavyZebra’s Elephant Foot Stamp Technology.
- Beer, Wine and Spirits Pavilion
- Sabor Latino Pavilion
- Healthy Pavilion.
At the close of the Show, the exhibitors of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo donated thousands of pounds of food to the LA Regional Food Bank.
I am curious, if you could present one question to a food service or hospitality professional, what would that question be?
- Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, Wednesday, October 11 – Friday, October 13, 2017, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
- International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York to be held Sunday, March 4 – Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Javits Center in New York.
The 2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will be held August 19- 21. 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
24 thoughts on “81st Annual Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Recap”
This looks like an interesting event. Thanks for sharing
Sounds like it was quite an event! I want some of that Mommy Sauce! Looks yummy
I am placing an order for that too. 🙂
What a great event with tons of cool products.
Yes, absolutely. I agree on both.
Sounds like an amazing event! And Curtis Stone – how cool! What an awesome experience 🙂
It truly was. I look forward to bringing my oldest this next year.
That looks like a great event. What fun to meet Chef Curtis Stone. He seems like a genuinely nice guy.
It is a wonderful event and I, obviously, think Curtis Stone is awesome too.
I just shared your post with my cousin who owns a small chain of mom and pop delicatessens! She wants to attend this and I’m hoping to go with her if I have childcare! Thanks so much for sharing!!
That is fabulous. I love these types of connections that help people to elevate their businesses.
This looks like an amazing conference! I’ve always liked Curtis Stone but hearing about his kindness and generosity warms my heart!
He is such a nice man. He seriously exudes warmth. It warms my heart, as well.
What a cool expo! I would have loved to experience all the great exhibits there. Maybe there will be a similar one up in Boston?
I will post on events so keep coming back to check.
Elise, I love this! I have new products now to seek out! Thank you!
You are so very welcome.
Hey Elise! This Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo does sound like a must see event! I love attending them as well! Sounds like we will be attending something like this in Denver this weekend! Great Share… Thanks, Chery :))
Wonderful. Be sure to tell me what you experienced. I would love to know.
Great recap, Elise. When I lived in Stamford, When I was a food and travel writer, I attended the Fancy Food Show and did a huge write-up for Woman Around Town. I think the question I would ask a food service professional would be “Is your career passion-directed or did you come into by chance and subsequently develop a passion for it?
What a great question. Thanks for sharing.
Looks exciting! This type of event isn’t something I would ever go to, but I attended countless conventions and expositions during my days working in the travel industry so I can appreciate the energy that comes from one of these events.
Yes, energy is a wonderful world to use in the description.