Taste of Travel Theater

Get A Taste of World Cuisine on the Taste of Travel Theater

Wake up your senses on this one of a kind, stadium seating styled theater located right on the show floor! Nothing connects a traveler to a destination more than food. At the Taste of Travel Theater, you’ll transport your taste buds to a different area of the world and discover the unique cultural flavors of local, regional and worldwide cuisines.

Hosted By:
John McCartney, 
Founder & President, Blast Marketing & PR

Schedule and performances subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Event MC:

John Digles, Marketing and Communications Executive

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

Chef Steven Gill, Assistant Executive Chef, Hofbräuhaus Chicago

Recipe: Pork Wienerschnitzel
Description: Classic breaded pork cutlet served crisp and golden brown with cranberries and homemade Bavarian potato salad.


11:45 am – 12:30 pm


Chef Ryan Clark, Chef de Cuisine at PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona

Arizona - Travel and Tourist Expo     logo_casinodelsol

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Arun’s Thai Restaurant

Chef Arun Sampanthavivat, Executive Chef, Owner, Arun’s and Thai Town


2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Fogo de Chao

Diogo Dos Reis, Customer Service Representative, Fogo De Chao
Christian Acasio, Customer Service Representative, Fogo De Chao

Stop by and enjoy samples of the Brazilian soda guarana while listening to the smooth sounds of Samba and Bossa Nova.


3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Coco Pazzo Café

Federico Comacchio, Executive Chef, Coco Pazzo Restaurants


4:15 pm – 5:00 pm


Beer Samples:
Lagunitas IPA – 6.2% ABV – A well-rounded, highly drinkable IPA.  A bit of caramel malt provides the richness that mellows out the twang of the hops.

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – 7.5% ABV – Way smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ish-ness…A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that hefeweizen fans dig it too.

From the first days of Tony Magee brewing the beer on his kitchen stove back in 1993, Lagunitas has lived by the slogan: Beer Speaks. People Mumble.  Let the liquid do the talking while we mumble our way into the community and figure out ways to turn beer into money for a good cause.

*Must be 21 to participate in beer sampling.


Event MC:

Anthony Martorina, Culinary Fight Club


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Community Tavern

Chef Joey Beato, Executive Chef and Partner of Community Tavern

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm


Chef Dudley Nieto


Mexico - Travel Show & Expo

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Culinary Fight Club

Host MC: Chef Paul Young, Executive Chef Reinhart Food Service
Cheferee: Anthony Martorina, Culinary Fight Club
Judge: Michelle Guilbeau, CBS Pulse, CBS Best of Chicago and CBS Let’s Get to Work
Judge: John McLean, Chief Proprietor, Good Eats Restaurant Group
Chef Paul Caravelli, Executive Chef, Knife and Tine
Chef Jessica Bograd, Culinary Research & Development Manager, CSSI Marketing + Culinary
Chef Kasey McDonald, Culinary Research & Development Manager, CSSI Marketing + Culinary
Chef Tim Davidson, Chef de Cuisine at Troquet River North

About Culinary Fight Club
If you’re into cooking, eating, drinking, networking with like minds and passion with interest in a little competition – then this is the monthly event for you!

WHAT’ IS CULINARY FIGHT CLUB?  SEE FOR YOURSELF… https://youtu.be/86Zvg_-pgR4   

Contestants have (60) minutes to impress (2) judges, using (1) 10k BTU Burner and (15) supplied & (3) surprise ingredients, all to be judged on that one perfect bite!

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2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Famous Daves

“Famous Danny” Specht, Famous Dave’s Pitmaster

Our passion for BBQ is famous! We’re honored to be consistently chosen as America’s favorite BBQ restaurant. We also like heading out to competitions and putting our BBQ up against what the other elite pitmasters are cooking. To date, we’ve won more than 700 awards!