North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo

August 27-28, 2018

Charlotte Convention Center


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Industry Supporters


The N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) provides ultimate access to the resources and support restaurant and lodging professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. Leading the North Carolina hospitality industry since 1947, the association has built a powerful slate of advocates and a reputation as the definitive voice of the state’s hospitality industry.

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While our roots date back to 1947, the South Carolina Restaurant and lodging Association was formed in 2012 when the  South Carolina Hotel & Motel Association and the South Carolina Restaurant Association merged into a single organization.  SCRLA is a statewide, non-partisan trade organization. Our mission is to promote, protect and educate the foodservice and lodging industries of the state and to ensure positive business growth for our members. SCRLA strives to represent the best interest of its members on small business issues, hospitality and tourism concerns and towards the protection of South Carolina's quality of life.

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ACF North Carolina provides accredited educational programs, certification, competitions and networking designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and professional culinarians.



"When you want the best, it's Got to Be NC"! Those words represent the overall goals of the Division of Marketing for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Our mission is to promote North Carolina's agricultural bounty to consumers in our state, across the country, and around the world.           

Our professional marketing employees work daily to promote NC goods through retail grocery stores, wholesale channels, and also help farmers sell directly to the public. We work to build awareness of the vast array of products grown by our neighbors, harvested at the peak of quality, and promptly offered for sale to you, the consumer.           

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Heart of NC

Explore attractions unequal to any other area of North Carolina including Petty Enterprises Historic Site, the North Carolina Zoo, and Seagrove, the handmade pottery capital of the U.S. Visit the Heart of North Carolina where locals welcome visitors with a heartfelt generous spirit and North Carolina’s trademark southern hospitality!

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Restaurant Activity Report (RAR) has been reporting on new restaurant construction for over 18 years. Our goal is to find coming soon restaurants for restaurant vendors before anyone else. RAR provides hottest restaurant openings in your area, based on dozens of insider sources that we personally interview -- getting you in touch with independent owners first, through maximum detail like direct contact information. To learn more contact Joe Sachs at or 443-974-8897.

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The RDU Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) consists of members who are culinary entrepreneurs focused on providing quality service in a safe environment for the community.  The association promotes the local industry, advocates for legislation and regulation, and provides educational opportunities for the membership.

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Visit Charlotte has promoted the Charlotte region for more than 30 years as a destination for domestic and international visitors, a host city for meetings and conventions and a site for sporting events. It is comprised of sales, convention services, tourism, and partnership team members who constantly strive to advocate for the city and identify opportunities to positively impact the visitor economy. Visit Charlotte’s partnership program encompasses more than 650 restaurants, attractions, hotels, venues and service providers, creating a dynamic platform for the travel and tourism industry. In addition, the operation of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission falls under Visit Charlotte’s purview.

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A digital publication that stands out in design and content. featuring chefs, owners, and experts in all areas of foodservice from all corners of the globe. Food Fair is the sister publication to Foodservice Daily News NRA Daily and is designed to provide pre-show marketing leverage to the exhibitors of the show, Food Fair offers video driven content from the food scene as well as corporate messaging. Businesses can take advantage of the rising popularity of video marketing with a BusinessFocus profile in Food Fair.

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Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE supports the children of food and beverage employees who are navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions.

Since inception in 2004, CORE has helped over 120 children from families across the industry and the country. CORE takes referrals and applications for support via our website,  You can refer a family, become a COREporate member or event sponsor, host a promotion to benefit CORE, or become a CORE Ambassador and spread awareness for CORE’s mission!

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The North Carolina Chapter of ANFP is an affiliate of the national not-for-profit association. ANFP was established in 1960 that today has over 14,000 professionals dedicated to the mission of providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management.

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North Carolina Bed and Breakfast & Inns Association (NCBBI) is a non-profit organization that ensures high standards in safety, housekeeping, food service, comfort, and hospitality through rigorous inspections as a condition of membership. NCBBI also provides net-working, educational, and marketing opportunities to its member inns. As a result, guests at NCBBI member inns expect and receive a higher level of service and standards, the very best in bed & breakfast services and accommodations.

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The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the professional association for managers of membership clubs.

The objectives of the Association are:

  • To promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character;
  • To encourage the education and advancement of its members; and
  • To assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.

The Carolinas Chapter:

  • The Carolinas Chapter has close to 400 members across all classifications.
  • Carolinas Chapter manager members operate more than 175 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty and yacht clubs.
  • The Carolinas Chapter is headquartered in Greenville, SC, with two staff and is the third largest CMAA chapter.

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The CRVA works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing, and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community.

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