F&B Innovation Center










Located on the Exhibit Hall Floor, the F&B Innovation Center is a dedicated area of food and food service equipment suppliers with access to expert demonstrations, tastings and Chef meet and greets.

On-Premise Owners, Operators and Chefs can explore and find new enhancements to add to their bar menu with food, beverage and pairing offerings.  Download the 2017 F&B Innovation Center Recipe Book.

Tasting Stations & Food Demos

Combined, these Chefs have 150+ years of combined experience in the restaurant & hospitality industry.

Tuesday, March 27

  • 12:45-1:00pm Welcome with Chef Brian Duffy
  • 1:00-1:30pm  Chef Matt Varga, Executive Chef, Gracie’s.
  • 2:00-2:30pm  Chef Chad Rosenthal, Head Honcho & Chef, The Lucky Well & Banh Street.
  • 3:00-3:30pm  Chef Keith Breedlove, Chef, Owner & Operator, The Culinerdy Cruiser.
  • 4:00-4:30pm  Chef Brian Duffy, Founder, Duffified Experience Group.
  • 4:30-5:00pm  Q&A FORUM WITH DAY 1 CHEFS

Wednesday, March 28

  • 12:45-1:00pm  WELCOME with Chef Brian Duffy
  • 1:00-1:30pm  Chef Pete Blohme, Founder, Panini Pete’s.
  • 2:00-2:30pm  Chef Nick Liberato, Executive Chef, Venice Whaler.
  • 3:00-3:30pm  Chef Kayla Robison, Executive Chef, Nation Kitchen & Bar.
  • 4:30-5:00pm  Q&A FORUM WITH DAY 2 CHEFS

Past Partners & Sponsors

Official Food Equipment Sponsor

Exclusive Ingredient Sponsor

In Partnership with

Official Restaurant Supplies Company

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