National Restaurant Association and Foodable Network Will Host New Industry Event – – at the Ritz Carlton Chicago May 20th

Leading Industry Executives will share Disruptive Trends, Insightful Interactive Sessions and Exposé Films at First-ever Food Industry Event and Film Festival:

National Restaurant Association and Foodable Network Will Host New Industry Event - - at the Ritz Carlton Chicago May 20thFoodable Network and the National Restaurant Association have teamed up to host the first-ever foodservice industry event pairing executive education, interactive dialogues with a food industry-explorative film festival,, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, May 20, 2016. is designed for leading food industry executives to gain meaningful insight into todays and tomorrow’s industry challenges, and expose disruptive trends in foodservice. promises to be a great new experience for foodservice executives,” said Paul Barron, chief executive officer and executive publisher at Foodable Network. “It’s the first-ever National Restaurant Association industry event which pairs a thought provoking film festival with executive education.  With the use of videos, interactive sessions and exposing the disrupters in the food industry, the event will focus on ideas and passion to help industry professionals understand trends that are here to stay.”


More than 300 foodservice professionals, including restaurant brand leaders, master chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists and filmmakers, will take part in interactive sessions that provoke thought, uncover future trends, and engagement with thought-leaders personifying the passion and power behind our food, beginning at Noon, May 20, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Illinois. is a two-phase event, with the afternoon programming beginning at Noon until 5:00 p.m., and cocktail party from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., exclusively for restaurant industry professionals, followed by the evening’s Film Festival programming, open to influential pro-foodies and notable food bloggers.’s exclusive afternoon programming features five short films in its five interactive moderator-led and top theorist/practitioner panel discussion tracks, covering topics such as disruptors in the industry, the craft beverage movement, bar and spirits innovations, the debate on tipping and the future of the food industry as it shifts to $1 trillion in revenue. The afternoon programming promises huge discussion and insights.’s Film Festival, following these exclusive interactive sessions and cocktail party, 10 custom feature-length documentaries and film shorts that share the inspirational stories of brands, operators and executives around the globe, and highlight the champions, heart and will of the segment. Attendees will be enjoying not only the robust discourse in the interactive sessions, they will enjoy excellent top-tier networking, a richly satisfying cocktail party, and the film festival in the evening, all within the excellent service provided by The Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Those sponsoring, such as PepsiCo, will directly engage and network with attendees during the event, and directly reach 256K professionals in the Restaurant and Hospitality industry, as well as 23 million social connections in the segment through Foodable Network journalistic coverage of the event. Additional exposure through Foodable Network and its partnerships increase the stature and visibility of to tens of millions of impressions before, during and after the event.

To view the agenda and the films screening this year, or to learn more about the mission, registering for or sponsoring this event, please  visit:

Launched in September 2013, Foodable WebTV Network is a media organization founded by restaurant industry publisher and producer, Paul Barron. With the largest social media audience and reach in restaurant trade, Foodable leverages the power of social, mobile and new media to combine tech, social, content, analytics, and digital agency services designed to reach chefs, operators and brands as the need for evolving business strategy continues to accelerate. With so much separation between broadcast food networks and trade media, Foodable fills the void, bringing rich, broadcast-quality production and strong editorial content to trade professionals and food enthusiasts. A hybrid of sorts, rooted in the power of big data and firsthand industry experience, Foodable WebTV Network is your backstage pass to the current and future state of all things restaurant and hospitality.  Visit or Phone:  954.416.3028.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 21-24, 2016, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.