New England Food Show 2016 Schedule Announced

Top 10 reasons to attend NEFS 2016 features engaging keynote speakers, enhanced educational programming, a new focus on technology, and more

March 3, 2016 – (Boston) The National Restaurant Association and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association today announced the full schedule for the 2016 New England Food Show (NEFS), taking place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, March 13-15, 2016. Restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality professionals can register for NEFS here to gain valuable insight from experts in their field.

“The New England Food Show always offers endless opportunities for our region’s foodservice community,” says Bob Luz, Massachusetts Restaurant Association President and CEO. “And in 2016, we’re excited to share an expanded show floor, enhanced educational programming and events designed to get business done, and celebrate the hospitality industry.”

Don’t miss out on the top 10 reasons to attend NEFS this year:

1) Keynote Speakers: On Sunday, March 13, Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith and Founder & Chairman of Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee, teaches how to turn passion into a business. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivers his remarks on Monday, March 14, and touches on the restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, and hardworking individuals who bring fresh, healthy and hearty food to our tables—and their impact on both our culture and economy.

2) The Star of the Bar® Mixology Competition: Sponsored by Jägermeister, the Boston Regional Star of the Bar® Mixology Competition showcases bartenders in the New England Region and their cocktails, with the winner heading to NRA Show in Chicago this May to participate in the National Finals. The first round of the regional competition takes place at Empire (One Marina Park Drive) on Sunday, March 13 from 6–8:00 p.m., where bartenders will mix cocktails at Toast, the official after-party of the 2016 New England Food Show. Tickets can be purchased here. Three winners will be selected to compete in round two on the NEFS Center Stage, Monday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.

3) The 2016 Annual Awards Dinner: On Monday, March 14, The Massachusetts Restaurant Association recognizes individuals and organizations that have exemplified leadership and excellence in the restaurant industry at a gala dinner. Reservations for the awards dinner are required and can be made by visiting:

4) Greater Boston Culinary Cook-Off: Sponsored by Costa Fruit & Ingredients and Paul W. Marks Co., Inc., three top New England chefs throw down in a heated 45-minute kitchen battle on Sunday, March 13 from 3:45-5:00 p.m. They’ll use their sharp skills to create two dishes based on a mystery ingredient.

  • Chef Mitch Brumels, Executive Chef, Ocean Prime
  • Chef Greg Torrech, Executive Chef, The Beehive
  • Chef Adam Kube, Executive Chef, Bastille Kitchen

5) Culinary Demonstrations: Featuring some of the region’s hottest culinary talent on the NEFS Center Stage sponsored by Snap Chef, including:

  • Nick Calias, Executive Chef, The Colonnade Hotel and Brasserie Jo
  • Pino Maffeo, Executive Chef, Lucia Ristorante
  • Jason Santos, Chef, Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s
  • Carlos DaMoura, Chef, Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse
  • Nicole Barreira, Corporate Chef, T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s
  • Megan Robinson, Director of Catering and Events, Great NH Restaurants
  • Paul Turano, Chef/Owner, Cook Newton and Tryst Restaurant
  • Steven Grostick, Chef, US Foods’ Food Fanatics Live

6) Education Sessions: A thoughtfully curated program of topics from restaurant industry trend leaders and operators, with such wide-ranging insights on everything from tips for booking your private event space to trends in craft beers. Additional topics designed to engage guests include: emerging restaurant technology; best practices for training; marketing to millennials; developing an actionable marketing plan; desserts to drive profits; seafood sustainability; and trend forecasting for 2016.

7) US Foods Presents Food Fanatics Live: The US Foods traveling roadshow will co-locate with NEFS on Tuesday, March 15. NEFS 2016 badge-holding attendees will have the opportunity to access Food Fanatics LIVE at no additional charge; likewise badged Food Fanatics Live attendees will be permitted to visit the NEFS floor.

8) Exhibitors: Nearly 300 exhibitors will offer up some of the latest products and services in the industry for attendees to engage with over the course of the event. The NEFS exhibit floor will be open 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13 – Monday, March 14 and, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15.

9) Tech Talks & DigiTECH Bar: NEFS is laser-focused on technology in the restaurant space this year with multiple education sessions dedicated to the topic, ranging from the Top 15 must-have productivity apps to mobile payments. New this year, attendees will also be able swing by the DigiTECH Bar, which will be staffed with experts ready to tackle any and every attendee tech issue.

10) Alcohol Pavilion: Featuring exhibitors from the beverage alcohol and supplies industries, including such vendors as August A Busch & Co., BuzzBar, Harpoon Brewery, Serralles USA, SmartBrew, St. Kilian Importing, Stirrings.

Information can be found at

Restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality professionals can register for NEFS 2016 here.

About The New England Food Show
The 2016 New England Food Show is a three-day event from March 13-15, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, United States Of America. This event convenes the entire New England restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry and showcases product from Agriculture & Forestry, Meat, Poultry & Seafood, Food & Beverage, Tea & Coffee, Wine & Spirits industries. The New England Food Show is a once-a-year opportunity for the region to come together and identify new and innovative ways to grow the New England foodservice businesses.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 21-24, 2016, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit

SOURCE: National Restaurant Association