at NRA 2014 – Chicago, IL

It’s that time of year again, Chicago-bound for NRA 2014. nra2014

Being one of the best foodservice industry trade shows in the USA, the NRA show is where American and international manufacturer’s show off their equipment. They show their tried-and-true and what’s new for all to view.

There are business seminars scheduled throughout the days of the show, as well as demonstrations with celebrity chefs presenting market trends for restaurants and bars.

I look forward to attending the show and visiting the Windy City…Chicago is my kind of town: big, foodie friendly, mid-west enough where the people are welcoming, and gritty enough to be interesting.

Being it is a foodservice industry trade show, in Chicago, eating plays a big a roll. I am still working out dinner plans for the duration, but know for sure that I will be dining at least once at the Purple Pig (one of my favorites).

One restaurant I’ve been dying to try is Girl and The Goat; the last three times I’ve been to Chicago I haven’t had the opportunity, hopefully fourth time’s a charm.

Kabocha Japanese Brasserie with Chef Shin Thompson (a happy customer and proud owner of a Jumbo 42 II) would have been a great option, but unfortunately they have closed their doors. (I can’t wait to enjoy his next project.)

Since I will be traveling with a colleague from Peru, we may just end up at world-renown Peruvian chef, Gastón Acurio’s restaurant, Tanta, and this would be just fine by me.

I hope to return home having enjoyed a successful show, well fed, and with good stories and pictures to share…and perhaps some not to share 😉

See you in Chicago!