RC Show 2023: The Heart and Hustle of Hospitality and Food Service

RC Show 2023: The Heart and Hustle of Hospitality and Food Service

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    The Highlights

    The 78th edition of the RC Show 2023 returned to Toronto‘s Enercare Centre, combining the best of hospitality and food service. This year’s theme was HEART & HUSTLE, which highlighted an industry that has faced challenges and is now looking ahead to the future. There were multiple stages, immersive workshops, and enlightening panel discussions with lots of food and beverages to sample. This year had an increased amount of mocktails to sample.


    There were nine pavilions, including Bar & Beverage, Canada, Coffee Tea & Sweets, Design, Eco, Tech, Ontario, Quebec and World. Each pavilion had a multitude of exhibitors offering on-point products for the industry.

    There were also exciting competitions to witness with talent from across Canada: The Garland Canada Culinary Competition, RC Pizza Competition, Bocuse D’or World Pastry Cup, Beyond the Rail Cocktail Competition, Sommelier Service Competition, John Bil Oyster Shucking Competition, National Barista Competition and Twisted Tastes Competition.

    At the Speaker Stage, Restaurants Canada‘s President & CEO, Christian Buhagiar and Chief Economist & Vice President, Research, Chris Elliott, presented “The State of the Industry.”

    Over the three days, there were lots of interesting speakers and panels on topics “The Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Relationship Between Team Well-being and Business Success,” “State of the Nation: The Dining and Drinking Guest,” “The Future is Now, Are You Ready? Executive Technology Panel“, “How Food Waste Can Create Renewable Energy” and “Selling Surplus Food is Good For Business.”

Food Innovations Area

The Food Innovations area (created by veteran culinary professionals Matt Dean Pettit, Javier Castillo and Milosz Malycha) offered attendees a chance to enjoy bite-sized dining from Gaucho Empanadas, Primrose Bagels, Blackbird Bakery, Bad Attitude, Noce Gourmet Pizza, The Roasted Nut, Cheese Boutique, Salt Gourmet Foods, Pearl Diver Seafood, Preserve Indulgence, PowerPlant Superfoods and Soup Sisters.

Pop-Up Bar and Start-Up Lane

The Pop-Up Bar had Canada’s top bartenders from Cloakroom Bar, Atwater Cocktail Club, Simpl Thing, Bagheera & Mount Pleasant Vintage showing their unique creations

The RC Show 2023 was an incredible experience that left attendees feeling inspired and energized. The event was held at Toronto‘s Enercare Centre, a vibrant hub of activity that perfectly suited the theme of this year’s show: HEART & HUSTLE.
As soon as you walked through the doors, you could feel the excitement in the air. The sound of laughter, the aroma of delicious food, and the buzz of conversation all came together to create a stimulating and welcoming atmosphere.
One of the highlights of the RC Show 2023 was the nine pavilions, each with its own unique offerings. From the Bar & Beverage pavilion to the Eco pavilion, there was something for everyone. The exhibitors were friendly and knowledgeable, eager to showcase their latest and most outstanding products.
But it wasn’t just about the products – the competitions and demonstrations were equally impressive. The Garland Canada Culinary Competition, RC Pizza Competition, and Bocuse D’or World Pastry Cup were just a few of the events that drew crowds. And let’s not forget about the Pop Up Bar, where Canada’s top bartenders wowed the public with their innovative cocktails.
The Speaker Stage was another highlight, featuring a variety of thought-provoking panels and discussions. The State of the Industry presentation by Restaurants Canada’s President & CEO, Christian Buhagiar and Chief Economist & Vice President, Research, Chris Elliott, was particularly enlightening, offering insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the hospitality industry.
And then there was the Food Innovations area, a culinary wonderland created by veteran professionals. Attendees had the chance to sample delectable dishes from some of the city’s top restaurants, including Gaucho Empanadas, Primrose Bagels, and Pearl Diver Seafood. The flavours were bold and exciting, a true testament to the creativity and passion of Toronto‘s culinary scene.
Overall, the RC Show 2023 was a celebration of the heart and soul of the hospitality industry. It was a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, this community has resilience and a spirit that cannot be dampened. Please save the dates for next year’s RC Show #2024 because you won’t want to miss it!


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