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Lifestyle Programs

The Lifestyle Program at the 2008 NECA Convention presents a renowned chef, author, and restaurateur. This will be your one chance to participate in the Lifestyle Program.

  • Monday, October 7, 2008
  • 10:00 am11:30 am
Culinary Extravaganza with Celebrity Chef
Art Smith

Art Smith a chef, author and television personality has brought back the meaning and symbolism to the word “table.” Families and friends have been reunited through the sharing of a meal, a no easy task in today’s modern households. But Smith has a few cooking secrets that are guaranteed to make dinner-time a family time, and he is sharing them at NECA 2008 Chicago! On Monday morning, Chef Art Smith will be conducting an interactive presentation with a few ways to tempt your taste buds and bring your family “back to the table.”

Smith’s long career in the culinary arts includes cooking for families all over the globe, including well-known politicians and celebrities. In 1997, he began an 11-year- position as personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. And last year, Smith opened a new fine dining restaurant in Chicago called “Table,” where he serves handmade organic foods gathered from some of the best farms in the Midwest.

Enjoy this one-time opportunity to learn from and enjoy one of the greatest chefs of our time. It is sure to be a delectable experience!

Lifestyle is included as part of full registration.

  • Schedule at a Glance

    The NECA Show is packed with valuable opportunities; take advantage of our exciting schedule and plan now!

    Schedule at a Glance

  • Welcome from NECA

    It happens every year in a different city, the excitement stirs, contractors come together to network, be educated, and learn about new products and services. The NECA Show is a place where you can renew old acquaintanceships, make new ones, take advantage of specialty pre-convention workshops, attend technical workshops, participate in informative management seminars, stroll the aisles with hundreds of manufacturers and distributors on the show floor. Every year it gets bigger and better. This year on October 4–7, 2008 you can find this all at the NECA Convention and Trade Show in Chicago, IL.

    The NECA Convention website will walk you through all the details and attractions of the NECA Convention and Trade Show. I invite you to join us for this exciting event … the NECA Convention and Trade Show!

    Beth Ellis

    Executive Director, Convention–Exhibition