Bar & Restaurant Expo

Experience a mix of education, food sampling, and equipment showcase.

Located in the center of Expo Hall Floor | Open Tuesday - Wednesday

Whether your venue needs equipment, food, or a better guest experience, the Restaurant Zone is 15,000 square feet of space dedicated to four distinct activations: 

  • NEW! Kitchen Equipment Showcase, powered by Middleby 
  • The Bistro (VIP Pass only)
  • Food & Beverage Innovation Center with complimentary food samples
  • Lamb Weston Fry Bar: Sample Colossal Crisp 3/8" Regular Cut, Seasoned CrissCut® Skin-On Original Recipe, Stealth Fries® Potato Dippers®, Sweet Potatoes Mini Tater Puffs® and Potato Stix. (Plus sauces including Land O' Lakes Queso Bravo White Cheese, Land O' Lakes Queso Bravo White Bacon & Cheddar, Teriyaki Crema, Beer Demi Glace and more!)
  • The Piano Bar Prosecco Lounge, Sponsored by Beyer Entertainment and Enovation Brands Gemma de Luna. View entertainment schedule
  • An expo floor filled with the coolest restaurant suppliers presenting the latest products and innovations 
Bar & Restaurant Expo

NEW! Kitchen Equipment Showcase, powered by Middleby 

Included in all registration passes!

Want your venue to have the kitchen of the future? Then stop by the Food & Beverage Innovation Center, showcasing a state-of-the-art kitchen, powered by Middleby as Official Kitchen Equipment Sponsor of Bar & Restaurant Expo 2023. The Kitchen Equipment Showcase, powered by Middleby, will bring together a wide variety of the newest, in-demand, and electric technology and equipment for your kitchens. Here are just a few pieces of the equipment you’ll be able to see in action: 

  • Blodgett Houdini Combi Oven
  • Turbo Chef Plexor M3
  • Carter Hoffman Crisp ‘N Hold Crispy Food Stations
  • Evo Event Teppan Grill
Demo Middleby Equipment in Action:

Food & Beverage Innovation Center Menu

Included in all registration passes!

Top chefs present live, dynamic cooking demonstrations with complimentary food samples, beverage pairings, and more!

Tuesday, March 28

  • 1:30 – 2:00pm: Larissa DaCosta – Short Rib Penang Curry Pressed Sandwich
  • 2:15 – 2:45pm: Kevin DesChaines – Modelo-Braised Nashville Hot Bao Buns
  • 3:00 – 3:30pm: Brian Duffy – Plant-Based New Wave Shrimp Fried Rice
  • 3:45 – 4:15pm: Ippy Aiona – Honolulu Street Garlic Shrimp
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm: Russ Zito  - Nikkei-Style Crispy Pork Belly Causa

Wednesday, March 29

  • 12:30 – 1:00pm: Tori Lubecki – Asian Style BBQ Mushroom Sliders
  • 1:15 – 1:45pm: Kayla Robison  - Furikake Loaded Fries
  • 2:00 – 2:30pm: Bobby Marcotte – Southern Style “Arancini”
  • 2:45 – 3:15pm: Barry Sexton  - Beef & Wild Shroom “Stroganoff”
  • 3:30 – 4:00pm: Special Guest Demo
Bar & Restaurant Expo
Bar & Restaurant Expo

The Bistro

Included with VIP Pass Only! Seating is first-come, first-served.

Tuesday, March 28 | 12:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, March 29 | 12:30pm-4:00pm

Your guests expect an elevated experience alongside quality food and beverages, and VIP Pass attendees are invited to drop by the 50-seat Bistro for a full restaurant setting—complete with food, drinks, and the latest technology for a distinctive guest experience.  

The Bistro Menu:

  • Salmon Burger: Sun dried tomato, caper relish, avocado mayo, butter lettuce & pickled onions on a bun
  • New Wave “Shrimp and Tuna” Poke Salad: Plant-based with pickled cucumbers, red onion and beets with a miso citrus dressing
  • Cheesy Poutine Brisket: Lamb Weston fries, Land O' Lakes Queso Bravo White cheese sauce with sharp cheddar, mozzarella & cheddar curd with smoked brisket & demi glacé
  • Plant Based New Wave Shrimp Po Boy: Cajun Fried “Shrimp”, Shredded LTO, Horseradish Remoulade & toasted Hoagie Roll
  • SmashBurger: Seared ground sirloin, caramelized onion, pepper jack cheese and BBQ mushrooms, shaved LTO
  • Sticky Spiced Baked Wings: Za’atar and honey served with harissa ranch dipping sauce
  • Spicy Margherita Flatbread: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cruschi peppers, & basil oil