Competition | May 2016 | By QSR Staff

2016 NRA Show Preview

A day-by-day guide to the year’s biggest foodservice conference.


The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual show is a sight to behold. With more than 60,000 attendees, thousands of vendor booths, and a smorgasbord of good eats, the NRA Show has become the restaurant industry’s biggest can’t-miss event, offering plenty of opportunities to learn and network. (Want to be rewarded for all of those steps you take at the show? Find out how you can win a Fitbit just by Walking the Floor.)

Haven’t been yet? Not to worry. Our annual preview offers a day-by-day guide to the NRA Show so you can make the most of the event, held May 21–24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Visit QSR’s booth #5415



10 a.m.

Hire, Train, Reward, Retain: Developing a Team of Top Performers

Finding great people who do great work is a huge challenge. Learn more about cutting-edge recruiting and hiring tactics, robust training for multi-generational staff, incentive and bonus programs, and methods for increasing retention. / ROOM S403

11:30 a.m.

The New Way to Run a Restaurant

The chef/owners of Chicago fast casual Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski, share their tested and unique approach to running a restaurant, including insights into how they create a positive work culture while still meeting goals for their three bottom lines: food, service, and finance. / ROOM S405

1 p.m.

Sensible Strategies for Clean Menus

As consumer trends shift toward health-conscious and sustainable eating, integrating a clean and nutritious menu strategy is increasingly important. Learn from Chick-fil-A’s director of menu strategy how to seamlessly make the move toward a cleaner and healthier menu. / ROOM S403

3 p.m.

Social Responsibility: Engaged Employees Drive Bottom Line

Cause-based marketing comes from all sources. Your staff could be the best advocates for your passion project—and, in turn, create a stronger work culture. Hear from leading industry executives how supporting a cause has transformed their culture while driving strong business results. / ROOM S402b

Next: Sunday