Discover innovative solutions, fresh perspectives, and future-forward ideas through operator-led education. Available exclusively for Expo + Education badge holders, the Show’s newly revamped education provides a focused learning experience for growth-minded attendees.

In 2024, the National Restaurant Show is delighted to offer education with an increased emphasis on focused learning, collaboration, and connection. Attendees will have access to 40+ operator-led sessions, exclusive roundtable discussionsnetworking coffee breaks, and more. Held in a distraction-free setting just off the Show floor, 2024 education will be scheduled in a way that allows operators more flexibility and more time with suppliers. This enhanced education experience is available exclusively for
Expo + Education badge holders

Education sessions run from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. each morning of the Show, so you can connect with your community before visiting the show floor.

What’s included with your Expo + Education badge

Want the complete Show experience? Here’s what the Expo + Education badge offers: 

  • Exhibit Hall Access
  • Show Floor Theaters (including live demos)
  • Keynote & Featured Sessions 


  • 40+ Operator-led Sessions
  • Exclusive Roundtables Discussions
  • Networking Coffee Breaks
  • Session Recordings & Presentation Materials

  • Register Now

2024 Education Tracks and Topics

Preview 2024 topics by Track to get a taste of what will be covered in this year’s education.

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
  • 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 
  • New off-premise business realities
  • 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

Don’t miss your opportunity to access world-class insights, perspectives and strategies. Get your Expo + Education badge today.