The Call for Proposals for the 2024 Restaurant Show is now closed.

Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposal by November 1, 2023. If you don’t receive a notification by November 1, please check your junk or spam folders for an email from the National Restaurant Show ( 

2024 Education Tracks and Topics

We prioritize proposals that are tailored to one of the areas of focus for the 2024 Show, however we will consider other topics that are highly relevant and meet our selection criteria.

Culinary Insights: Through culinary-focused education, explore the latest in food and beverage trends, menu insights and optimizations to boost sales, and more. 

  • Culinary and menu innovations: secret menus, LTO’s and beyond
  • Emerging flavor trends
  • Managing supply chain and inflation challenges
  • Menu pricing
  • Menu optimization and efficiencies

Operations Solutions: Find strategies to improve operational efficiencies, maximize ROI, and navigate today’s new business realities. 

  • Emergency preparedness
  • Financing options for business growth
  • Food safety training
  • New off-premise business realities
  • Selecting the right online ordering platforms for your business
  • Navigating service fees and tipping

Marketing Matters: Learn new consumer trends, insights and engagement strategies to successfully market your brand and connect with today’s evolving consumer. 

  • Consumer myths and realities
  • Digital marketing
  • Lessons from successful LTO’s 
  • Marketing for different dayparts
  • Social media trends, best practices, and influencer campaigns

Technology Strategies: Discover how the power of technology can improve your business. 

  • AI: opportunities, challenges, and where to start 
  • Assessing & prioritizing technology needs
  • Location-based marketing tools
  • Loyalty program tech
  • Managing & leveraging customer data

Trends in Adult Beverage: From new revenue opportunities to what’s trending in beer, wine and spirits, find business insights to maximize your beverage program.

  • Beverage trends
  • Beverage LTO’s
  • Daytime drinking occasions
  • Low and zero-proof drinks
  • The evolving bar customer
  • The latest in to-go alcohol

Workforce Management: Gain tools to create a stronger workforce. Learn how to navigate the new labor landscape, bolster hiring, retention and training efforts, and prioritize DEI and wellness. 

  • Creating an inclusive work environment
  • Nontraditional hiring channels and platforms
  • Prioritizing authenticity in DEI work
  • Rethinking compensation models
  • The next generation of workforce
  • Training & reskilling


    How to Submit a Proposal

    The Call for Proposals closed September 29th. We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2024 Show at this time. 

    Before you submit your proposal, please make sure: 

    1) That you/your speakers have pre-established authorization from your/their employer (if applicable) to present.
    2) That you/your speakers have travel expenses covered.
    3) That you/your speakers agree—if accepted—not to cancel other than for medical or family-emergency reasons. Submitting and agreeing to speak is a professional commitment to be taken seriously.

    Submission Guidelines

    Please review the Submission Guidelines before starting a proposal. For a complete checklist of information collected in the proposal form, please see Appendix B of the Submission Guidelines.  

    Review & Selection Process

    Proposals are reviewed by a panel of industry experts representing various industry segments and areas of expertise. Reviewers score proposals based on the Selection Criteria, and proposals with the highest scores are considered for selection. The Show programming team will notify submitters of their proposal status by November 1, 2023.

    Non-Commercial Policy

    There is a strict non-commercial policy in place for speakers participating in the program. Review the Submission Guidelines for more details on the non-commercial policy.