The Restaurant Zone

Immerse Yourself in Learning, Culinary Exploration, Sampling and Equipment Testing. Located on the Expo Hall

Official Sponsors & Partners

Kitchen Equipment Sponsor

Food Distributor Partner

Get Inspired with Chef-Crafted Food Samples.

Stationed inside Restaurant Zone: Lamb Weston Fry Bar, Pizza Zone & F&B Innovation Center.

F&B Innovation Center Demos

Demos and complimentary food samples included in all passes.

Tuesday, March 19

  • 12:30pm-1:00pm  Secret Vegan Nachos | Chef Tori Lubecki
  • 1:15pm-1:45pm • Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza) | Chef Sarah Tresser, Sponsored by Middleby
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm • Double L Ranch Smoky Sloppy Joe | Chef Brian Duffy
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm • Sponsored demo coming soon by Entegra
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm • Karaage Chicken Sand with Yuzu Aioli & Gochujang | Chef Kayla Robison
  • 4:15pm-4:45pm • Sponsored demo coming soon by JETRO
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm  Spanish Monte Cristo | Chef Aaron Fish
Bar & Restaurant Expo
Bar & Restaurant Expo

F&B Innovation Center Demos

Demos and complimentary food samples included in all passes.

Wednesday, March 20

  • 12:30pm-1:00pm • Red Thai Curry Wings with Crispy Coconut Rice | Chef Tim Witcher
  • 1:15pm-11:45pm • Sponsored demo coming soon by JETRO
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm • The Borscht Belt Pastrami Eggrolls with Riesling Kraut | Chef Nick Liberato
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm • Drive Delicious Profitability with Homemade Sausage | Chef Bobby Marcotte
  • 3:30pm-4:00pm • Coming soon!
Bar & Restaurant Expo

Kitchen Equipment Showcase, powered by Middleby.

Included in all passes.

Want your venue to have the kitchen of the future? Stop by the F&B Innovation Center, showcasing a state-of-the-art kitchen, powered by Middleby as Official Kitchen Equipment Sponsor. Here are just a few pieces of equipment you can see in action:

  • Debuting at Bar & Restaurant Expo! Evo® VentCore™ Universal Hood. This unique innovation recently received UL approval for ventless operation of electric cooking appliances and can handle high-volume output from equipment such as the Taylor® double-sided grill, Nieco® chain broiler, and Pitco® fryers.
  • Blodgett Houdini Combi Oven
  • Turbo Chef Plexor M2
  • Carter Hoffman Crisp ‘N Hold Crispy Food Stations
  • Evo Event Teppan Grill
Demo Middleby Equipment in Action:
Bar & Restaurant Expo

Experience a Full Restaurant Setting. (VIP Pass Only)

Tuesday, March 19 from 12pm-6pm | Wednesday, March 20 from 12pm-5pm

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

Portions are sample sized. Select up to (3) items per person.

  • Smokey Pickle Flatbread: Double L Ranch smoked brisket, pork and sausage with sharp cheddar, house made pickles, red onions and goat cheese on Parpan grilled flatbread with ranch drizzle. 
  • The Micro Dose (V): Fresh Origins micro greens salad with toasted grains, (quinoa and barley), spiced popcorn, pickled vegetables, crispy shiitake, charred tomato vinaigrette. 
  • BBL Smash Burger Slider: Beef, bison and lamb smash burger slider with tomato bacon jam, sharp white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion on a butter toasted bun. 
  • New Hampshire Three Way Tuckaway: Trio of house made sausages, mustard and pickles on crostini.
  • Chef’s Poutine: Lamb Weston Colossal Crisp fries, house seasoning, sausage, smoked pork, mozzarella and cheddar cheese curds, au poivre demi.