The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo ~ Summer 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 21, 2018 – The Experience Magazine was on hand for the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The annual trade show and conference is a combination of Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo West.

Thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals attend the opening day of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo at the LA Convention Center

This event features hundreds of new and returning exhibitors. Many industry professionals came ready to see and taste new and healthy food products.

Vendors Justin and Sasha from Tightvac

One of the interesting products was Tightvac. This is a vacuum sealed container used in the storage of coffee, dry goods or anything that you want to keep fresh.

Sharokina Shams (left), VP of Public Affairs and Lorraine Salazar (right), from Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, Fresno and Incoming Chair of the California Restaurant Association presented Caroline Styne (center), Sommelier and Restaurateur of The Lucques Group with the Torch Award for her knowledge, leadership and philanthropic efforts at the Western Foodservice Expo
The Culinary & Cocktail Clash to support the California Restaurant Association Foundation brought together restaurant executives with high school culinary students. Teams that competed included Black Bear Diner (in the photo) House of Blues, California Fish Grill, Pacifica Hotels, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, BJ’s Restaurant, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Specialty Restaurants Corp., Wedgewood Weddings, Urban Plates, and Hard Rock Café. A list of all of the winners can be found at
Kathleen Wood (left), moderated the Foodservice Council for Women panel discussion with a dynamic group of women including (from left to right) Niki Nakayama, n/nka; Erin Wade, Homeroom; Chef Tati Polo; Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill; Dominique Crenn, Winner of the Beacon Award; and Chef Nina Curtis

There were samples being munched on as well as new products and methods. In addition to the huge educational program there were various demonstrations, and other exciting events to enjoy. The event is produced by Clarion UX and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association.

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