If you can't wait to see Regis Philbin do a sports show for Fox Sports, he’ll be keynote speaker March 11 during the 2013 New England Food Show, running March 10-12 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Philbin talks at 1 p.m. and joining him will be Joe Piantedosi from Piantedosi Baking Co., to talk about the similarities between entertaining audiences, as the 81-year-old Philbin has done most of his life, and pleasing customers in the food and beverage industry. There will be more than 500 booths at the three-day event, which also includes many panel discussions lead by top chefs from Boston and the New England area.
The show is sponsored by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, which March 11 holds its annual awards dinner at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Honorees include Restaurateurs of the Year, Seth Woods, Matthew Burns and Jeffrey Gates of The Aquitaine Group; Purveyor Executive of the Year, Fred Casinelli of Sysco Boston LLC; Salesperson of the Year, Louis DiPrete of Hobart (a division of ITW Food Equipment Group); and Chef of the Year, Daniel Bruce of the Boston Harbor Hotel.
A keynote panel, "Once a Critic, Always a Critic," ends the event March 12 at 1 p.m. lead by a food writers: Amy Traverso, senior editor, lifestyle of Yankee Magazine; Jolyon Helterman, an independent writer; and Mat Schaffer, of Mat Schaffer Consulting, who will share anecdotes from their careers as food critics and writers. They will hold an open discussion on their opinions of what makes a great restaurant, as well as explore the new trends in dining and what trends should end.
Tickets are $60. To reserve and for more information, visit www.marestaurantassoc.org.