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National Restaurant Association Show 2023: A Recap

June 2, 2023 | Industry News | by Grant Gadoci

In May 2023, Restaurantology had the exhilarating opportunity to attend the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, IL.

Our experience at the premier event for the restaurant and hospitality industry was nothing short of extraordinary. With our own dedicated booth, we were thrilled to engage with both current customers and new prospects, gaining invaluable insights into the industry’s evolving needs. We were particularly energized and humbled by the overwhelming interest in Restaurantology’s market intelligence software, which provides seamless data synchronization into Salesforce CRM. The four-day event was a whirlwind of excitement, leaving us motivated to continue driving innovation in the restaurant industry.

Here’s a recap of our time at the show:

Event Details

The National Restaurant Association Show 2023 drew an impressive crowd, with 55,000 foodservice professionals in attendance. The event experienced an 8% growth in registrants compared to the previous year, reflecting escalating interest and engagement.

McCormick Place’s sprawling exhibition floor, spanning over 661,000 square feet, had a 17% increase in exhibitors compared to the previous year. It also had over 800 first-time exhibitors (Restaurantology included!), a substantial 61% increase, the event demonstrated its allure as a platform for cutting-edge products and innovations. The expansion in exhibit space by 12% further solidified the Show’s reputation as the go-to destination for discovering the latest trends and advancements in foodservice excellence across more than 900 categories.


The National Restaurant Association Show 2023 left attendees, including us at Restaurantology, inspired and driven to shape the future of the industry. The abundance of innovation, influential decision-makers, and exhibitors created an atmosphere brimming with possibilities. In short… it felt incredible.

With the successful conclusion of the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show, the foodservice industry stands poised for remarkable advancements and continued growth. The event served as a testament to the industry’s vitality, fostering collaboration, and driving innovation, shaping the future of an industry we at Restaurantology absolutely love to serve.