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Tuesday, March 27
 

11:45am

Red Carpet & Ribbon Cutting with Ron “Jaws” Jaworski
Following his Keynote, Ron Jaworski, NFL Analyst and CEO Quarterback, will officially open the 2018 Nightclub & Bar Show Expo Hall Floor!

After a 17 year distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, today Jaworski is coaching football fans on TV. ESPN’S Mike Tirico said, “If you made a list of 10 guys on TV in any sport as an analyst who you'd want to have a beverage with and watch a game, he's [Ron Jaworski] high on that list."

Red Carpet and Ribbon Cutting is sponsored by American DJ and Lytepost.


Tuesday March 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall Hours
Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

F&B Innovation Center
Located on the Expo Hall Floor, the F&B Innovation Center is a dedicated area of food and food service equipment suppliers with access to expert demonstrations and Chef meet and greets. Explore and find new enhancements to add to your bar menu with food offerings. The F&B Innovation Center is sponsored by The Middleby Corporation and in Partnership with Duffified Experience Group. Learn more

Speakers
avatar for Chef Keith Breedlove

Chef Keith Breedlove

Chef, Owner & Operator, The Culinerdy Cruiser
Celebrity Culinerdy Extraordinaire, Keith Breedlove, was born with a passion for learning and creating special dishes those close to him can enjoy. Along with the typical comic book interests of the average 10 year old boy, a young and awkward Keith was fascinated by his mother's... Read More →
avatar for Chef Brian Duffy

Chef Brian Duffy

Founder, Duffified Experience Group
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life, and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College... Read More →
avatar for Chef Chad Rosenthal

Chef Chad Rosenthal

Head Honcho & Chef, The Lucky Well & Banh Street
This Philly native eats, breathes, sleeps and creates all things food and especially barbecue. A self-taught chef who has been in the kitchen since age five, Chad found his calling in the world of barbecue, having won a series of competitions and events over the last 15 years. He... Read More →
avatar for Chef Matt Varga

Chef Matt Varga

Executive Chef, Gracie’s
Chef Matthew Varga is from Connecticut, where he would spend his childhood days crabbing, fishing, and soaking in the aromas of his family’s busy kitchen. He began his culinary training by taking cooking classes in high school, and started his first job washing dishes in a restaurant... Read More →




Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Putt with the Pros
CORE is teaming up with The National Football League Alumni Association and co-hosting a Silent Auction and a Putting Contest with Former NFL players. Stop by booth #200 to bid on silent auction items or go putt-to-putt with former NFL stars to win a grand prize! Participants can donate $10 to the organizations in exchange for the chance to putt against NFL alumni, Barrett Brooks and Victor B. Cohen.

There will also be a silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia along with other surprise items. All the proceeds from the putting contest and the silent auction will benefit both CORE and the NFLAA.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

USBG Shake It Up! Bartender Competitions
In partnership with the United States Bartenders' Guild, we proudly present the Shake It Up Flair and Classic Competition! Watch an elite class of Mixologists compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize to represent the United States at the World Cocktail Competition!

Competition is held on the Nightclub & Bar Show Main Stage (located at the back of the Exhibit Hall Floor) on Tuesday, March 27, 1:00pm-5:00pm and is open to all attendees.

Emcee
Pamela Wiznitzer, USBG National President

Tasting Judges
Lisa Brier
Juyoung Kang
Naderia Wynn

Classic Technical Judges
Tony Abou-Ganim
Reza Esmaili
Frank Martucci

Flair Technical Judges
Dario Doimo
Alan May
Anthony Pullen


Tuesday March 27, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Stage - Expo Hall
 
Wednesday, March 28
 

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday March 28, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

F&B Innovation Center
Located on the Expo Hall Floor, the F&B Innovation Center is a dedicated area of food and food service equipment suppliers with access to expert demonstrations and Chef meet and greets. Explore and find new enhancements to add to your bar menu with food offerings. The F&B Innovation Center is sponsored by The Middleby Corporation and in Partnership with Duffified Experience Group. Learn more

Speakers
avatar for Chef Pete Blohme

Chef Pete Blohme

Chef/Owner, Panini Pete’s Café and Coffeehouse, Sunset Pointe & Ed’s Seafood Shed
With a restaurant career spanning over 40 years and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. Pete has become a force in Hospitality/Food in the south. After many gigs in Kitchens, Hotels and Cruise Ships. Being a Chef / Owner finally became a reality and Panini... Read More →
avatar for Chef Brian Duffy

Chef Brian Duffy

Founder, Duffified Experience Group
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life, and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College... Read More →
avatar for Chef Nick Liberato

Chef Nick Liberato

Executive Chef, Venice Whaler
Absorbing culture and passing it on through food is part of Nick Liberato's heritage. Raised believing that every day is a holiday which should be celebrated with food, wine, great conversation, and loved ones, Nick has been cooking professionally for 18 years, and now calls the Southern... Read More →
avatar for Chef Kayla Robison

Chef Kayla Robison

Executive Chef, Nation Kitchen & Bar
Kayla Robison, executive chef at Nation Kitchen & Bar located in Cincinnati, OH, was raised in a small town in North Dakota where she began working in the kitchen at 14 years old.At 19, Robison moved to Cincinnati to attend culinary school for both pastry and culinary. Working as... Read More →




Wednesday March 28, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

Putt with the Pros
CORE is teaming up with The National Football League Alumni Association and co-hosting a Silent Auction and a Putting Contest with Former NFL players. Stop by booth #200 to bid on silent auction items or go putt-to-putt with former NFL stars to win a grand prize! Participants can donate $10 to the organizations in exchange for the chance to putt against NFL alumni, Barrett Brooks and Victor B. Cohen.

There will also be a silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia along with other surprise items. All the proceeds from the putting contest and the silent auction will benefit both CORE and the NFLAA.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall

1:00pm

Four Key Threats to Your Survival by 2TouchPOS
According to therestaurantbrokers.com, the average restaurant's life span is five years with up to 90 percent of independently owned restaurants closing in one year. Take a closer look at 4 key mistakes restaurateurs make that puts their business at risk for failure and learn what to do about it.


Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Main Stage - Expo Hall

2:30pm

Innovative Social Media Marketing Tool for Bars & Liquor Brands
Check-in Bar and American Nightlife Association are presenting INNOVATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TOOL FOR BARS AND LIQUOR BRANDS


Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Main Stage - Expo Hall

4:00pm

NEW! DJ Showcase
Witness the Art of the DJ during this live event on the Main Stage! Join DJ Exodus and amazing Las Vegas resident DJs - Cyberkid, C.L.A. and Josh Bliss - as they showcase a variety of skills and styles. Take an inside look at new trends and gain a better understanding of the talent driving your venue. What should you be looking for when booking the DJs that drive your business? Learn more here.


Wednesday March 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Stage - Expo Hall