Call For Proposals


Call for education session proposals has been extended through September 30th!

For over a century, the National Restaurant Association Show has served the needs of the foodservice industry by providing powerful learning opportunities that address the most critical topics in our community. We welcome industry experts and operators to submit proposals for unique, engaging, and highly relevant education sessions to present in-person at the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, May 20-23, 2023.


  • Foodservice and hospitality operators that are subject matter experts and have direct experience in the proposed topic area.
  • Subject matter experts from service organizations, educational institutions, or media and insights firms that serve the foodservice and hospitality industry.
  • Note for Suppliers: If you are a supplier company that is interested in leading an education session at the Show, please contact us at 312-853-2542 or nraexhibitinfo@winsightmedia.com to discuss opportunities. Suppliers must exhibit at the Show and sponsor a session in order to participate in the Show’s education program.

  • NRS Call for proposals
    NRS Call for proposals
    NRS Call for proposals


    As a subject matter expert, you are joining us in our mission to deliver impactful in-person education that will help build the future of the industry. Your experience and perspective may help your peers answer their biggest questions, build their business, and strengthen our community.

    Speaker benefits include:

    • Complimentary registration to the 2023 Restaurant Show (does not include evening events or additional paid programming).
    • Increased visibility throughout the National Restaurant Association Show’s broad international community. Speakers, their companies, and their sessions are promoted across various marketing platforms
    • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the industry and your profession.
    • Opportunity to network with peers and industry professionals at the event.
    • Platform to demonstrate your value, expertise, knowledge and acumen by presenting relevant and timely subjects in an effective manner, often leading to business and career development.

    Speaker Expense Reimbursement

    The National Restaurant Association Show does not pay speaker fees or reimburse for travel expenses. Most speakers and their companies recognize the importance of being part the Show’s educational program and embrace the spirit of giving back to the industry by funding their own travel and lodgings.

    The Show provides speakers the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and experience, as well as to network with industry professionals for business development purposes.


    The tracks and topic areas below are education focus areas for the 2023 Show. Proposals must be tailored to one of these areas of focus.

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

      Topic areas within this Track

      • Food and beverage trends
      • Menu efficiencies and optimization
      • Managing supply chain challenges
      • Menu innovations – secret menus, LTO’s and beyond
      • Menu pricing
      • Plant-based products

    • Off-Premise: Get a closer look at what you need to stay competitive in the vast off-premise landscape. Explore consumer behaviors, menu efficiencies, and marketing and operations strategies for different concept styles.

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Off-premise marketing
      • Off-premise menus
      • Navigating 3rd party delivery services
      • Packaging trends and innovations
      • Selecting the right online ordering platforms for your business
      • The evolving off-premise landscape

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

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Labor efficiencies
      • Restaurant and kitchen design
      • Robotics and automation
      • Supply chain challenges and impact mitigation
      • Sustainability
      • Traceability solutions
      • Crypto, NFTs, and the metaverse and what they mean for foodservice

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

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Consumer myths and realities
      • Digital marketing
      • Loyalty programs
      • Mindful marketing during times of social and cultural strife
      • New revenue opportunities
      • Public relations
      • Social media

    • Technology Strategies: Discover how the power of technology can improve your business. From prioritization to implementation and beyond, learn how to successfully navigate the technology landscape.

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Prioritizing technology needs
      • The restaurant of the future
      • Robotics and automation
      • Selecting a technology vendor
      • New revenue opportunities
      • Vendor consolidation

    • Trends in Adult Beverage: From new revenue opportunities to what’s trending in beer, wine, spirits, and zero-proof drinks gain business insights to maximize your beverage program.

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Beverage trends
      • Beverage LTO’s
      • Experiential menus
      • Low- and zero-proof drinks
      • The latest in to-go alcohol
      • The new drinking occasions

    • Wellness: There has never been a more critical time to prioritize health and wellness for yourself, your colleagues, and your employees. Explore useful tools to help maintain your well-being and put your best foot forward.

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Creating an inclusive work environment
      • Employee perks and benefits
      • Mental health & wellness
      • Physical wellness programs
      • Substance abuse and addiction recovery

    • Workforce Recruitment & Development: From hiring & retention to diversity & inclusion, create a stronger workforce to strengthen your business.

      Topic areas within this Track:

      • Creating pathways to leadership for marginalized groups
      • Nontraditional hiring channels and platforms
      • Optimizing training
      • Recruiting incentives
      • Rethinking compensation models


    Presentations must be highly relevant to the National Restaurant Association Show’s target audiences, and provide actionable takeaways that these professionals can implement in their own businesses.

    • Foodservice and hospitality operators from all industry segments: casual dining and quick service, fine dining, bars and breweries, non-commercial foodservice, retail foodservice, and lodging.
    • Approximately 60% of commercial foodservice operators who attend the Show are Independents, and 40% are multi-unit.
    • The majority of the Show operator attendees are in the following roles: manager, director, owner/operator, or executive-level


    The Show will select session proposals based on quality factors, including but not limited to:

    • Relevance to today’s foodservice industry and target audience(s)
    • Practical application of educational content
    • Uniqueness of content and delivery method
    • Impact of content in an in-person learning environment
    • Content is devoid of overt and covert commercialism)
    • Incorporation of audience engagement & experiential elements
    • Speaker presentation skills and experience
    • Speaker is knowledgeable, engaging and experienced with the topic submitted
    • Speaker’s role in the industry
    • Overall quality of the written proposal


    How to Submit a Proposal

    Submit your proposal using our online application. The application period is August 12 - September 30, 2022.

    Submission Guidelines

    Please review the Submission Guidelines before starting a proposal.

    Selection Timeline

    Submissions are due by end of day, September 30, 2022. The Show Programming Team will review proposals and notify submitters of the proposal status by October 14, 2022.

    Non-Commercial Policy

    The National Restaurant Association Show encourages speakers to provide digital assets to attendees or additional information useful during the session and post-Show. However, 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.

    For questions regarding the Call for Proposals contact programming@winsightmedia.com.

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