This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News' special coverage of the 2015 MUFSO conference, taking place Sept. 20–22 at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion Tower in Dallas. Follow coverage of the event on NRN.com and tweet with us using #MUFSO. Stay connected on the go by downloading the MUFSO app.
Nation's Restaurant News honored emerging foodservice brands at the Hot Concepts and Best Concepts award celebration on Sunday, the first day of MUFSO 2015.
The 2015 Hot Concepts award winners, which were previously announced, are Bareburger, Cava Grill, Eureka!, Tortas Frontera and VertsKebap. Attendees at Sunday's celebration sampled food from the chains, which were recognized as forward-thinking restaurant brands at the leading edge of foodservice and positioned for significant growth.
Now in its 21st year, Hot Concepts is one of the industry’s most prestigious award programs. Winners are selected by the editors of Nation’s Restaurant News.
NRN sister brand Food Management honored its Best Concept Award winners, which were also previously announced.
Photos by Ron Ruggless
The MUFSO Premier sponsor is The Coca Cola Company.
Presenting sponsors are: Dinova, Fishbowl, The Beef Checkoff and The Coca Cola Company
Keynotes/general sessions are presented by: Avocados from Mexico, e*Restaurant from Altametrics and the Texas Restaurant Association.
Pillar sponsors include: Heinz Soups, Sweet Street Desserts and Tyson Foodservice (Culinary); Ventura Foods (Entrepreneur); Smithfield Farmland Foodservice Group (Ideas); and Paytronix (Marketing).
The Monday night awards reception and awards presentation are sponsored by: Avocados from Mexico.
Coca Cola presents the Shake, Sparkle & Stir event, and Texas Pete® are sponsoring the MUFSO Kitchen Hero Cook Off, benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Hot Concept/Best Concepts Celebration is sponsored by e*Restaurant from Altametrics.
MUFSO Breakfast sponsors are Community Coffee, Ole Mexican Foods and TABASCO®.
MUFSO Room Key is sponsored by Arby’s; Badge Holder Necklace is sponsored by Service Management Group.
Welcome Package is sponsored by Whirley-DrinkWorks!
Refreshment breaks are sponsored by Emmi Roth USA, Royal Cup Coffee, Saputo Cheese USA and Wrigley Foodservice.