Restuarant Scene: Taste of Valpo and annual Restaurant Show

2013-05-17T00:00:00Z 2013-05-20T18:17:04Z Restuarant Scene: Taste of Valpo and annual Restaurant ShowEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Food, glorious food will be in the spotlight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 23 during "A Taste of Valparaiso" at Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road, Valparaiso.

The event, presented by Tri Kappa, will feature food from various region restaurants as well as a silent auction. Among participants and restaurants will be ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana, Asparagus, Bistro 157, Bon Femme Cafe, Designer Desserts, Don Quijote Restaurant, El Salto Mexican Restaurant, Margaritas Bar & Grill, Semento's Napoli Cafe, Strongbow Inn, South Bend Chocolate, T.J. Maloney'sVegas Baby at Blue Chip Casino and many more.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available at Town and Country, Strongbow Inn & Bakery, Purdue University North Central, Bartholomew Insurance, and Tudor Floors Carpet One

National Restaurant Show

Chefs, restaurateurs and other food industry personnel in the region will want to check out one of the popular trade shows of the year. The 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will be held May 18 through 21 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will also be held in conjunction with the show. Both shows are open to industry personnel.

Celebrity chefs, food and beverage experts, and industry personnel will be on hand to present talks, demos, products, and more during the show.

Among special guests will be Howard Schultz of Starbucks, who'll deliver the keynote speech on May 19. Chef Anthony Bourdain will deliver a feature presentation and sign his books on May 20. He'll also host the Restaurants Rock industry celebration on May 19.

Food and Beverage Product Innovations Awards and Kitchen Innovations Awards will also be presented during the show.

Various chefs will demonstrate dishes on the World Culinary Showcase stage throughout the show. They include Rick Bayless, Homaro Cantu, Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez and more.

Specialty pavilions, demo lounges,  education sessions and much more will be featured. FYI: Visit

Bourdain to visit Macy's

Chef Anthony Bourdain and Daniel Vaughn will speak and do a book signing at noon May 19 at Macy's on State Street, Chicago. The presentation will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. with book signing at 12:30 p.m. FYI: Visit

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