Trocaire Hospitality Management students visited the New York State Restaurant Association’s annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York from March 6-8.
The show is the largest hospitality trade show in the New York region that exclusively serves the restaurant and food service industry worldwide. More than 16,000 people attended.
“From front to back of house and everything in between—you’ll connect with all the people you need to know,” the website reads.
Donald Spasiano, associate dean of Trocaire’s Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business, accompanied students Abigail Sullivan, Christina Weber, Michael Toczek and Elizabeth Salamon to the show.
“I think it truly opened the students’ perception on how vast the hospitality industry is,” Spasiano said.
The industry tour didn’t end there. The group ate at Carmines, an iconic Italian-style restaurant that’s famous for its delicious food and for being a celebrity favorite. They also visited 11 Madison, which has been ranked #1 in the United States and #5 in the world. Students met the dining room manager and even got a tour of the 3 Michelin Star-ranked restaurant.
The experience continued when they visited Eataly, a bustling Italian marketplace with 50,000 square feet overflowing with restaurants, take-away counters and a cooking school that serve the same, high-quality food and drink offered just steps away in the full market. It has annual sales of $85 million, which is the highest volume in the country.
“In addition to attending the show, staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and visiting over 15 restaurants, we also visited the 9/11 memorial, Grand Central Terminal, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Time Warner Center, Niketown, and several other hotel properties,” Spasiano said. “Our students were wonderful, and I was proud to introduce them to industry professionals from all over the country. They were eager to learn, and just as importantly, to explore.”