Conferences Everyone In The Restaurant Industry Should Attend

restaurant conferencesThere are hundreds of conferences and trade shows devoted to the restaurant industry. Food and beverage conferences can run the gamut from fine dining to fast casual, and they attract plenty of attendees. But we wanted to show you a few of our favorites. These are the conferences that we think just about anyone in the industry can benefit from attending, and we think you’ll agree. So take a look, pick your favorites, and mark your calendars because many of these are coming up soon.


2017’s Food Service Technology Conference Trade Show will be held in Anaheim, CA from September 17-19. The conference is dedicated to all of the latest and most exceptional technology in the food services industry. It’s about educating restaurant owners on everything from security and software to marketing and development. Technology is becoming a key to getting ahead in the restaurant industry, so don’t miss out on FSTEC if you can make it. (Look for us there, too!)


The Restaurant Finance and Development Conference will be held in Las Vegas on November 13-15. This one is all about the business side of the restaurant industry, and frankly, it’s one that many company owners and executives cannot afford to miss out on. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from banks, finance companies, private equity firms, real estate developers, and other financial intermediaries.

WFF Annual Leadership Conference

The 2017 Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Annual Leadership Conference has already happened, but the 2018 conference will be held in Dallas, TX on March 4-7, 2018. The Annual Leadership Conference brings together influencers and leaders in the foodservice industry to help women sharpen their leadership skills and prepare to be future leaders in their organization.

FARE Conference 2018

This past June saw another successful and exciting FARE Conference, and if you missed it, now’s the time to start keeping an eye on their 2018 Conference. FARE provides a unique opportunity for operators and suppliers from all channels to come together and share ideas, create new opportunities, and gain a broader understanding of the state of foodservice. You’ll find excellent opportunities to fill gaps in your knowledge, connect with suppliers, and see how peers in different segments work and deal with problems as they arise.


MUFSO is put on by Nation’s Restaurant News, and it’s one of the most exciting and influential conferences that you can attend this year. Held in Dallas, TX on October 1-3, MUFSO brings together leaders, industry experts, and innovators to help decipher the business trends in the restaurant industry. If you’re looking to stay on the cutting edge of changes in the restaurant industry, this is one conference you should have circled on your calendar.

Global Best Practices Conference

For the past decade, the focus of the Global Best Practices conference has been on conscious servant leadership that connects people, profits and our planet. It is hosted for the executive leadership of the restaurant industry. This unique gathering is the chance to share powerhouse research, insights and best practices that focus on the key intersection of people and profits. Whether you lead Operations, HR, Marketing, Finance or IT, this is the perfect place to start your year.

The 2017 event was home to 250 restaurant industry senior leadership and c-suite executives from marketing, operations and human resources, who gathered to share best practices, network and celebrate the Best Practices Award winners. 2017 winners included: Raising Cane’s, Ninety Nine Restaurants, Eat’n Park, Panera Bread, The Capital Grille and The Cheesecake Factory.

In addition, it was also the time TDn2K recognized industry excellence in human resource and operational performance with the Diamond Catalyst Award presented to Olive Garden, Heart of the Workplace Award presented to Red Lobster and the Workplace Legacy Award presented to Steve Carley of Red Robin.

The restaurant industry is a fast-paced environment, and it pays to keep up with the latest menu items, ingredients, technology, and ideas. All of these conferences are great for keeping you up-to-date and educated on the newest topics – like, for instance, how the right technology can help your restaurant grow. We’ll be at several of these conferences showcasing our Machine Learning Data Analytics software, built specifically for restaurant owners, but if you’d like to learn more now, contact us today for a free demo.

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