The Texas Restaurant Show marked its 86th year with a spectacular event from July 7-10, 2023, in Houston, TX with over 5,000 participants, 60 influential industry leaders conducting educational sessions, and 500 exhibit booths, it was a grand success.
Attendees of the Show were able to take part in free educational sessions covering everything from family-owned business succession planning, day-to-day management opportunities, employee retention, technology advances, customer service, and marketing. The tradeshow booths featured products ranging from restaurant equipment, food products, delivery and staffing technology, insurance solutions to point-of-sale systems.
Highlights of the 2023 Show were “At the Table” interviews by Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) President & CEO Emily Williams Knight with Brandon Busch, Regional Vice President, Landry’s Inc., Josh Halpern, CEO, Big Chicken, and Alicia Kelso, Executive Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News. An additional highlight was a surprise performance by BMI recording artist and Yellowstone actor Ryan Bingham. The performance was enjoyed along with a tasting of Bingham Bourbon by TRA PAC donors and supporters.
The show also provided numerous networking and socializing opportunities for attendees, including a preferred partners reception on Saturday Night, a past-presidents dinner and the Texas Restaurant Awards & Lonestar Bash, at the 713 Music Hall, hosted by the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit and workforce development arm of the Texas Restaurant Association.
New in 2023 was the co-location of the OnTrend Concepts Ghost Kitchen Conference with the Restaurant Show adding to the industry insights and innovations seen throughout the show floor. This conference focused on the emerging ghost kitchen, virtual food delivery, and cloud-based restaurant technology trends.
The Texas Restaurant Association serves as the advocate and indispensable resource for the foodservice industry in Texas. As a leading business association, the TRA represents the state’s $95 billion restaurant industry, which comprises of upwards of 55,000 locations and a workforce of 1.4 million employees.
For more information about membership and partnership opportunities with the TRA and for updates on the 2024 Texas Restaurant Show in July of 2024 in San Antonio, TX please visit www.txrestaurant.org.