Attendee Audience

The Show for Foodservice. The Show for You! 

Who attends the National Restaurant Show?

The National Restaurant Show is the largest annual foodservice industry gathering in the Western hemisphere where over 35,000 decision-making operators, dealers and distributors representing the commercial chain, commercial independent, non-commercial, retail and lodging segments gather to find the latest innovations in food, beverage, equipment, supplies and more.

The Entire Foodservice Ecosystem


Discover new-to-market products, groundbreaking tech solutions and world-class industry insights—valuable resources that show you where the industry is headed and how you can capitalize.


Learn how to overcome your biggest challenges—from supply chain woes and operational inefficiencies to labor issues and more—and find the suppliers and products needed to execute newfound strategies and put new plans into motion.


Find the people, products and insights you need to elevate your offerings, wow diners and boost your bottom line. From the latest culinary techniques and labor recruitment strategies to food prep innovations and emerging plant-based ingredients—it’s all at the Show.


Find out how to revamp your to-go offerings, win customers and compete with QSRs. Get the latest data-backed insights on menu trends and consumer behavior, see award-winning food, beverage and equipment products and learn hot new culinary techniques.


Grow your F&B program through access to the latest menu trends, space-saving equipment, grab-and-go items and more. Get everything you need transform your operation into a dining destination that attracts guests and locals alike.  

Dealer/ Distributor

Reconnect with partners, see the latest products and get the scoop on upcoming trends. Gain an unrivaled perspective on all things foodservice and become the industry authority that operators can look to for innovative, up-to-date solutions.

Young Professionals

The National Restaurant Show presents foodservice as it truly is—a vibrant industry alive with possibilities and growth opportunities, perfect for young professionals looking to build exciting, fulfilling careers. 

Join us in 2024 to meet innovative thinkers, get the latest insights on trends and discover all you can be and where you can go in foodservice. 

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What attendees say?

Don't take our word for it, check out what our attendees had to say about the 2022 Show. 

“If you want to stay one step ahead of your competitor, you need to be here at The National Restaurant Show, because you'll find cutting-edge technology, all the new food trends to keep moving in the future. 

Sam Toia, CEO/President, Illinois Restaurant Association    

As a young professional in this industry, the Show taught me a lot, helped me money-wise and career-wise. Meeting people at  in the industry is a key part of of development and you can find it at The National Restaurant Show.

Jovahnny Montes De Oca            Restaurant Manager, Truly Evanston

This was my first time at the Show, and I had an amazing time. I was glad to have this experience and start learning everything about the Culinary World. It really is wonderful.

Antoinette Taylor, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Art

If you are in the industry in any capacity it is a must to attend the Show, it is the best experiences that you can give to students who are thinking of entering the industry if you bring them to the Show!

Scott Taylor Jr.,  University of Houston

It is the best tradeshow in the world.

Yuderka German, Ristorante Angelo, Dominican Republic