The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Opens Today at the Anaheim Convention Center

Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:33pm EDT

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  ANAHEIM, CA, Aug 12 (Marketwire) -- 
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

 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


For further information, contact:
Amy Riemer
Media Relations
978-475-4441 (office)
978-502-4895 (cell)
Press Lounge - Room 205A 

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