ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 12, 2012) - Starting at 11 am today at the Anaheim Convention Center thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals from throughout California will attend The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo. The event, which runs through Tuesday, will offer thousands of new foods products from hundreds of exhibiting companies and dozens of exciting special events and educational programs. Special event highlights, include:
- Culinary Clash: Battle Anaheim, presented by Coca-Cola starts at 3:00 pm. The cooking competition benefiting the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will pit industry heavyweights against each other in an ultimate battle of skill and mettle. The event will feature chef and TV personality Pace Webb as emcee. Celebrity chef and Top Chef Contestant Betty Fraser will serve as judge. Teams include Real Mex, Ruth's Chris Steak House, BJ's Restaurants, Yard House Restaurants, Lawry's, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Roy's, Daly Grill, Cohn Restaurant Group and Maria's Italian Kitchen.
- Celebrity Chefs Culinary Demonstrations - Martita Jara -- Food Network Star Season 8 Finalist from San Diego whose specialty is Mexican Cuisine with a California Twist; Chef Jorge Ramirez, The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Orange Empire Chefs & Professional Cooks Association 2012 Chef of the Year; and Keigo Hama, a celebrity chef from Japan who specializes in Ten Qoo Marguro, the only Farmed Blue Fin tuna.
- ALL NEW Food Trends Experience is a tasting adventure providing direct access to products, flavors and ingredients driving the most recent trends in the market -- healthy, organic, sustainable, ethnic, artisanal, etc. Foodservice professionals will discover and learn about the new culinary innovations that will inspire creative and fresh menu ideas, delight customers and drive profits.
- Expo Comida Latina - The Hispanic/Latino Food & Beverage trade event offers everything from the everyday to authentic and specialty foods. Culinary demonstration today by Chef Alexander Reyes Jr.
Sunday, August 12, 2012, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
ABOUT: The 2012 Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo is produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association. For more information, call toll free 800-840-5612 or visit http://www.westernfoodexpo.com