Wednesday, March 3, 2010

{International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York}

Yesterday I attended the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York with my dad, stepmom, and the managers and chefs of all of our restaurants. It was held at the Jacob Javits Center, which is a weird venue because it is so ugly and utilitarian looking, but at the same time so unique and appealing.

The show is comprised of aisle upon aisle of every different type of vendor you could ever imagine being involved in a restaurant. Seriously, everything. Food, desserts, paper towel and toilet paper dispensers, vacuums, menus, lighting, outdoor heating, pizza ovens, drink flavorings, silver-and-plate-wear, chairs, even those beepers to tell you when your table is ready. It is a lot for your eyes, and stomach, to take in.

While at the show I consumed quite a variety of snacks, including crab cakes, LOTS of gelato, a ham and cheese wrap, lemon ice, chocolate chip cookies, and a cotton candy flavored martini. Yikes.

But, we did find a lot of really good things, especially for our new restaurant in National Harbor in Washington, D.C., so it was a pretty successful trip.

Made entirely out of sugar!
This machine is so cool. You put one ingredient into each side...
... then it combines them... you can make things like this!
Pizza-tossing competition.
Would you like your restaurant to have pizza-shaped...
... or lobster-shaped beepers?


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Molly! I love your pic of the sugar sculpture from our booth, I was there serving the gelato - glad you had a great time, we did too!

  2. Of course, Lily! I had the tiramisu gelato, it was SO good!

  3. Hmm, it seems like pagers are some of the most common tools in restaurants these days. They have turned somewhat into a necessity. That's probably the reason why beepers or pagers were also in that show. Btw, did you ever get a chance to take a video of that pizza-tossing competition? It looks amazing!