Nation’s Restaurant News Announces Upcoming Event – Menu Trends & Directions

Menu Trends & Direction will be held September 27-28, 2011. If you are involved in menu planning, development, or promotion, this event offers the education and networking that restaurateurs want to keep up with culinary trends and menu planning.


The event is open to foodservice operators only. You must be a direct employee of a restaurant. If you are a consultant, marketer, manufacturer, or advertising agency, you will not be allowed on site. Official registration will be confirmed by NRN.


This year’s event will be held at Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The resort has over 400,000 square feet in meeting and exhibition space and over 4 acres of indoor gardens, dining, and shopping. For six years in a row, it has received the AAA Four Diamond Award.


Some of this year’s speakers include:


  •  VP of Food for Panera Breads, Dan Kish
  • President of Culinary Development at the Cheesecake Factory, Bob Okura
  • Vanderbilt University’s Director of Dining, Camp Howard
  • Executive Editor of NRN, Sarah Lockyer


The meeting will include interactive round table discussions, brainstorming sessions, and presentations on the current state of the economy and the effect of commodities pertaining to the foodservice industry.


If you work in the foodservice industry as a manager or executive, you are probably aware of the gravity of respect that is given to NRN. NRN acts as the main resource for trends, information, and news in the foodservice and restaurant industry. Housing over 19 full-time editors, the staff includes CIA graduates, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, food columnist and former restaurant and hotel executives.


If you are considering attending this event, it is a great opportunity to network in the foodservice industry and to learn about current trends in menu planning whether you work in fast food, casual dining, or fine dining. Registration is $350 and will be confirmed by NRN with a letter of acceptance.





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