TEXAS RESTAURANT SHOW COOKED UP BUSINESS IN HOUSTON
The Texas Restaurant Show and the Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference was co-located in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Texas Restaurant Show marked its 86th year with a spectacular event from July 7-10, 2023, in Houston, TX. With over 5,000 participants, 60 influential industry leaders conducting educational sessions, and 500 exhibit booths, it was a grand success.
Attendees of the Show were able to take part in free educational sessions covering everything from family-owned business succession planning, day-to-day management opportunities, employee retention, technology advances, customer service, and marketing. The tradeshow booths featured products ranging from restaurant equipment, food products, delivery and staffing technology, insurance solutions to point-of-sale systems.
Highlights of the 2023 Show were "At the Table" interviews by Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) President & CEO Emily Williams Knight with Brandon Busch, Regional Vice President, Landry's Inc., Josh Halpern, CEO, Big Chicken, and Alicia Kelso, Executive Editor, Nation's Restaurant News. An additional highlight was a surprise performance by BMI recording artist and Yellowstone actor Ryan Bingham. The performance was enjoyed along with a tasting of Bingham Bourbon by TRA PAC donors and supporters.
The show also provided numerous networking and socializing opportunities for attendees, including a preferred partners reception on Saturday Night, a past-presidents dinner and the Texas Restaurant Awards & Lonestar Bash, at the 713 Music Hall, hosted by the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit and workforce development arm of the Texas Restaurant Association.
New in 2023 was the co-location of the OnTrend Concepts Ghost Kitchen Conference with the Restaurant Show adding to the industry insights and innovations seen throughout the show floor. This conference focused on the emerging ghost kitchen, virtual food delivery, and cloud-based restaurant technology trends.
The Texas Restaurant Association serves as the advocate and indispensable resource for the foodservice industry in Texas. As a leading business association, the TRA represents the state’s $95 billion restaurant industry, which comprises of upwards of 55,000 locations and a workforce of 1.4 million employees.
For more information about membership and partnership opportunities with the TRA and for updates on the 2024 Texas Restaurant Show in July of 2024 in San Antonio, TX please visit www.txrestaurant.org.
Tony Abruscato (Chief Marketing Officer) & Kelsey Erickson Streufert (Chief Public Affairs Officer)
ABOUT THE TEXAS RESTAURANT SHOW
The Texas Restaurant Show is the Texas Restaurant Association's annual restaurant and foodservice show. The largest of its kind in the Southwest, it is backed by TRA’s 86 years of industry leadership, and is as bold, unique, and packed with opportunity as the Lone Star state itself.
Part trade show and part educational conference, the Texas Restaurant Show motivates and inspires everyone – from first time restauranteurs to industry veterans. Engaging seminars and interactive panels are offered by industry thought leaders on trending topics and specialty pavilions offer an exciting, diverse, and valuable glimpse into the latest products and services that the market has to offer. For more information, visit www.txrestaurantshow.com
ABOUT THE TEXAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) serves as the advocate and indispensable resource for the foodservice industry in Texas. As a leading business association, the TRA represents the state’s $95 billion restaurant industry, which encompasses upwards of 55,000 locations and a workforce of over 1.4 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of the TRA, the association proudly continues to protect, advance, and educate a growing industry as the TRA enters its 86th year. For more information, please visit www.txrestaurant.org.
ABOUT ONTREND CONCEPTS
OnTrend Concepts is an organization that excels at sharing information and providing connections to help our customers to stay informed about the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in their industry, while simultaneously providing access to many of the leaders, influencers, and decision-makers in that industry.
Founder Peter Cook recognized the need for a dedicated information sharing forum tailored to business leader needs in these quickly changing sectors. OnTrend Concept’s mission is to address these needs by providing thoughtful events and information for industry executives, investors, and supplier partners. The format, topics, and speakers at our events are carefully selected to advance this mission. Beyond OnTrend Concept’s live gatherings, our weekly news digests are must-reads for professionals working in those sectors. For more information, please visit www.ontrendconcepts.com.