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Monday, July 18, 2016

TRA partners with Second Servings® of Houston at TRA Marketplace – 4K lbs of food distributed to Houston charities

By Texas Restaurant Association

  TRA Marketplace, Texas’ largest foodservice show, generated over two tons of food over the course of two days, which was distributed to three local charities, via Second Servings® a Houston food rescue non-profit. It was the 79th year for the show, which took place on June 26 and 27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) partnered with Second Servings® of Houston, a fast-growing, non-profit organization that rescues excess prepared food from hotels, restaurants, caterers, retailers, conventio
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Friday, July 15, 2016

How to ride the Pokémon Go phenomenon as a restaurant owner

By Texas Restaurant Association

The latest craze to hit the U.S. tech market is an application called Pokémon Go! It’s a game that requires the user to walk around and visit specific locations across the user’s city to ‘capture’ Pokémon and attempt to collect them, along with other items like poke balls, eggs, potions and more. Whether or not you are familiar with game details, and regardless of your desire to collect the creatures yourself, you can capitalize on this now-epic movement. People are flocking to businesses of all kinds to gather the little cartoon crit
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Friday, July 8, 2016

79th Annual TRA Marketplace spotlighted trends, technology

By Wendy Woodland
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Texas’ foodservice industry served up a tremendous turnout for the largest event of the year, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace, June 26 and 27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. In May, the show was announced as one of the nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a leading trade show industry authority. In its 79th year, the TRA Marketplace is part tradeshow, part conference, with over 500 exhibiting companies participating, showcasing everything from arti
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Wayne Kostroski founder of Taste of the NFL comes to TRA Marketplace SUNDAY

By Texas Restaurant Association
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Wayne Kostroski, 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year, is the founder of the Taste of the NFL, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and dollars for hunger relief. Now entering its 24th year, the Taste of the NFL has distributed more than $15 million for local and national food banks across America. Wayne will speak at TRA Marketplace in Houston on the TIPS Stage this Sunday about giving back to your community and how it translates to better business. We interviewed Wayne about what attendees can expect to hear from him this year
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Ginger Johnson gets beyond the deep fryer at TRA Marketplace

By Texas Restaurant Association
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Everything tastes better – fried. But….does it? That’s certainly the old adage and looking at the average American menu, that would seem to be true. If we can grow it, by golly, we can fry it. One woman however, is trying to relax our death-grip on the deep fryer and help us get past our dependency. Ginger Johnson, CEO of Women Enjoying Beer, LLC, is a nationally-known marketing expert, speaker and coach who is (literally) writing the book on how to market specifically to women. In an age of global cuisine and sustainable food, the sk
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

‘Utilizing Technology to Improve the Customer Experience’ at the Technology Pavilion at TRA Marketplace

By Texas Restaurant Association
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One of the most exciting aspects of TRA Marketplace is seeing and hearing about the latest super-cool technology, and the role it plays in virtually every aspect of the restaurant industry. TRA Marketplace, taking place June 26-27 in Houston, has an entire pavilion dedicated to technology, with exhibitors, interactive demonstrations and engaging presentations. We are very fortunate to have Debra Lukacsko, Co-Founder and CEO of Original Review, an exciting, new customer insight solutions company, and Technology Pavilion Partner, speaking both bo
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TRA Marketplace announced as one of nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows

By Texas Restaurant Association
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The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace was recently announced one of the nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a trade show industry authority. Total TRA Marketplace attendance increased 13% from 2013 to 2015. TSNN selected a total of 50 of the fastest-growing association and for-profit shows in the country for attendance and net square footage from 2013 to 2015. The shows will be honored at an awards celebration October 28-30 in Atlantic City, N.J. The winning shows span a dive
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chef Johnny Hernandez on creating an authentic brand

By Texas Restaurant Association
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Johnny Hernandez is a nationally-renowned chef based in San Antonio, driven by his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. From growing up in his father’s restaurant, to attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York and working as a chef for well-known businesses such as the Mirage Hotel & Casino and the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Chef Hernandez has seen it all. Upon returning to his home state to open a new restaurant, Hernandez’s sole mission was simple, “We want to own Mexican food and be the dominant player
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