There’s no Sunday funday quite like spending it with your bestie at The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo!

Megyn and I had a blast discovering thousands of new products and services for restaurants, caterers and foodservice establishments at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The annual trade show and conference is co-located with  Coffee Fest and Healthy Food Expo West and features hundreds of new and returning exhibitors… all of whom we got to meet and mingle with. We also got to take part in an expansive educational program, cooking demonstrations, and other exciting events, and of course, the liquor section 😉

The event is produced by Clarion UX and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association, and Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio, producers of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, presents awards to winning companies! Here are the winners:

The Overall Winner in the Innovative New Product Gallery was Somabar for their automated bartender.  For more information, visit

Best New Product in the Food Trends Experience was Sea Kingdom for their premium tea leaves, matcha, boba, and teapresso machines.  For more information, visit

Best in Show for Pitch the Press
:   Editors from several leading industry publications identified 12 innovative new products that were presented to the media and buyers.   The best new product from Pitch the Press was RP & Associates for their Grub Tub.   For more information, visit

The 1st Place Runner Up was FreshBytes for their custom mobile ordering app built for restaurants.  For more information, visit

The 2nd Place Runner Up
was Flat Tech for their automatic self-stabilizing table base. For more information, visit

We also loved meeting friends from Melrose Bakery, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, Fresh Origins Edible Flowers, El Pirata Hot Sauce, Chicas tortilla chips, Valley Springwater, CannaVinus Wines, San Diego Pretzel Company, and more!

Here are some snapshots of our experience! 🙂


Jacqueline Chambers, Jackie Chambers, Los Angeles blogger,

Since 1936, hundreds of thousands of restaurant and foodservice industry professionals have attended The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo to gain experience and knowledge on how to become more informed, more educated, more competitive, and more profitable in the industry. The tradeshow and conference is produced by Clarion UX ( and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (  For more information, visit

The 2019 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo will take place August 25-27, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Thanks again for having us! We hope to see everyone again next year!

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.