Editor's note: This is the third story in an eight-part series about the upcoming NRA Show.
At this year's National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, operators will be able to explore new trends and view the latest in foodservice technology. The 2006 show will be held May 20-23, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
NRA officials said the annual attracts about 2,000 exhibitors and nearly 73,000 attendees from all 50 states and 100-plus countries. One of the show's largest attractions is the Kitchen Innovations pavilion, where 10 NRA Kitchen Innovations Awards recipients are on display.
"Last year, more than 4,000 show attendees visited our industry-first Kitchen Innovations pavilion. By taking part in hands-on demonstrations provided by the Kitchen Innovations Award recipients, attendees were able to discover the world's most innovative foodservice equipment. We expect even more to do so this year," said association president and chief executive officer Steven C. Anderson.
Beverage Air — Miracool Series Cooler This product features an innovative refrigeration system with the condenser and compressor integrated into a removable cartridge at the bottom of the unit. When service is needed, anyone can easily remove and replace the cartridge with little downtime.
Cleveland Range — Convotherm Combi Oven Steamer This innovative product employs the Advanced Closed System +3 design that automatically maintains consistent humidity levels for cooking. The system automatically tailors the amount of humidity to the type and quantity of food, assuring optimum cooking results. The "Crisp & Tasty" feature eliminates excessive moisture for a crispier product.
MooBella LLC — MooBella Ice Cream System The MooBella Ice Cream System is an ice cream shop in the space of a vending machine that produces real ice cream in 96 varieties, made to order in 45 seconds.
Sani-Floor, LLC — Sani-Floor Self Washing Floor System Sani-Floor is an automatic, high-pressure, self-cleaning recessed floor system topped with pliable, non-skid, dish-machine-friendly fiberglass/resin grates. As a replacement for traditional mats, the Sani-Floor advantages are increased safety, significant reductions in water consumption and cross-contamination, and labor savings.
"These companies, selected by an independent panel of experts, will take potential buyers through interactive demonstrations in the exclusive KI Pavilion in the South Hall throughout the Show," said Mary Pat Heftman, the NRA's senior vice president of convention. "From refrigeration units, to ovens, to sanitation equipment, to packaging equipment, our KI Award recipients offer a wide range of products for any restaurant-and-foodservice operation.
"They all provide solutions to boosting efficiency, quality and service, for example by increasing the speed and consistency of cooking so consumers get the highest quality meals in a minimum amount of time."