SoMe’s very own, Aalap Shah, will be moderating and speaking on several panels at the 16th annual Food & Beverages Show in Miami next week.

Seminar topics cover best practices for social media marketing and increasing profits and sales with effective marketing strategies. In addition, Aalap will be speaking and leading discussion on leveraging the hottest trends in the hospitality industry and parlaying that into online marketing strategies to drive traffic to restaurants.

This is an exciting opportunity for SoMe to showcase it’s work in the hospitality industry and talk to rockstar chefs and entrepreneurs on the panels and bring those ideas back to our clients in Chicago.

Aalap will live tweet key takeways from the panels on Monday @some_connect.

Official Press Release from the Food & Beverages Show below:

Miami’s Top Chefs Headline Americas Food and Beverage Show Sept. 24-25

MIAMI (Sept. 14, 2012) – Miami’s top chefs and restaurateurs will showcase their best dishes and keys to business success at the 2012 Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference ( Sept. 24 – 25.

The World Trade Center Miami-sponsored-show at the Miami Beach Convention Center will feature the likes of Mitchell Gomilla, owner, Red Koi Lounge, and John Kunkel, owner of Swine and Yardbird, as well as chefs Rachel Dominguez, The Dome Restaurant; Giorgio Rapicavoli, The Eating House Pop-up Restaurant (winner “Chopped” on Food Network); and Jimmy Carey of Jimmy Z’s.

“We really didn’t have to look very far for restaurant success stories,” said Charlotte Gallogly, president of World Trade Center Miami, based at the Port of Miami. “Some of the world’s best chefs and restaurateurs are here and they’re as innovative in business as they are in the kitchen.”

The America’s Food and Beverage Show will feature seminars for those in the restaurant business. Jimmy Carey, the chef behind Jimmy Z’s, an eatery with locations on Miami Beach and the Wynwood art district, will share his proven strategies for turning Internet visitors into paying customers.
“We’re all about social media and creating a community online in an effort to build our clientele. We’ve been able to convert our online audience into loyal customers,” said Carey, who, with the help of his staff, manages three Facebook pages, and accounts on Pinterest, Yelp, Twitter and Instagram.
Restaurant Seminars – Sept. 24

– Top 10 Trend-Setting Ways to Market Your Restaurant
– Latest In-Vogue Restaurant Trends That Work!
– Attracting The Right Customers and Making Them Your Promotional Tools
– Top Winning Tips for Turning Your Menus Into Sales and Profit Magnets

“We’re going to show you what you need to know and get you through the process to start importing to the U.S. and to extend your brand overseas,” Gallogly said. “The show has been highly successful in getting businesses to take that next step and get into other markets.”

The 16th Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference will feature more than 400 food producers from 27 countries and top chef food demonstrations. The show is the largest specialty food trade event in the hemisphere, generating a total of $4.5 billion in recorded sales and helping some 125,000 businesses expand into new markets in 16 years.

2012 Americas Food and Beverage Show Numbers to Date
425 booths
372 exhibitors
10,000+ buyers or small business representatives (A country breakdown is not available yet.)

The Americas Food and Beverage is a trade-only event that is closed to the general public. Attendee registration and media is open at