Pictured from left, Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney, Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, and Ted Balestreri cut the centennial cake at this year's Restaurant Show.

More than 70,000 industry professionals converged on McCormick Place in Chicago, for the 100th National Restaurant Association Show, which runs through May 21.

The Show this year is extra-special because it is where the Association is officially celebrating its Centennial anniversary as well as the 100th edition of the convention. Our President and CEO, Dawn Sweeney, officially opened the Show Saturday, May 18, during a cake-cutting celebration of the occasion. She was joined by Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton and restaurateur Ted Balestreri, the 100th anniversary chair.

Show attendees are participating in the many festivities honoring the Association’s history and plans for the next 100 years during the Show.

Manufacturers and suppliers are displaying their newest products and services across more than 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with the newest technology and innovation in the marketplace. Attendees also will get a birds-eye view of the future of dining at several sessions, including our Signature ’19 and SuperSession panels.

In addition, there will be teachable tips and best practices on how to use digital media to its best advantage. The Show also is presenting a panel of women leaders talking about the challenges and obstacles they had to overcome to achieve industry success.

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