NEW YORK -- The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York starts today at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The show runs March 1-3 and features National Restaurant Association chairman Michael Kaufman as the keynote speaker. Kaufman's address, America's Restaurants - Serving our Nation, will be held at 1 p.m.   
 
Educational sessions for the day include:
  • "Menu Targeting Trends: See what Generation Y and the Millenials are Eating Before they Hit Your Market," presented by Rob Harison, a chef with Princeton University Dining Services - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • "Fast Casual - Changing the Way America Eats," a panel discussion hosted by Linda Duke, CEO of Duke Marketing. Panelists include Paul Barron, publisher of Fast Casual magazine; Ed Frechette, senior vice president of Au Bon Pain; Louis Basille, CEO of Wildflower Bread Company; and James Strobino, SVP, new concept development, Uno Chicago Grill - 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • "6 Reasons Why You Should Franchise Your Restaurant," presented by Tom Dufore, executive vice president, Francorp - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Co-located with this year's event is the New York Pizza Showcase. The showcase features performances by the U.S. Pizza Team and the Hall of Fame Award presentation. Dom DeMarco of Di Fara's Pizza and chef Santo Bruno of Marsal & Sons are recipients of this year's awards.
 

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