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EVENT DAY:  Thursday, March 2, 2023

ADVANCE SHIPPING ARRIVALS:  TBD

SHIPPING FORM DUE:  Monday, February 27, 2023

FOOD & BEVERAGE SAMPLING FORM:  Friday, February 10, 2023

ELECTRICAL ORDER FORM:  Friday, February 10, 2023

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION FORM DUE:  Friday, February 10, 2023

Planning your trip to

Chicago

booking your flight

The Chicago airports are:

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is about 45 minutes to an hour from the hotel.

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is about 20-30 minutes from the hotel.

The Inspired Home Show is sharing their airline discount with us.  Click the airline for the link, then use the code.

American Airlines: Visit the below website and use code 4122DE after your flights have been selected to receive up to 5% off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares). You may also call the American Airlines Meeting Services Department at +1-800-433-1790. Travel must occur from February 22 through March 22 to receive the discount. 

United Airlines: Visit the below website and use code ZMNN213289 before searching for flights to receive up to 10% off published fares (excluding basic economy fares). You may also call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at +1-800-426-1122. Travel must occur from February 26 through March 13 to receive the discount.

booking your room

The Inspired Home show has  group-rate room block at several hotels in the Miracle Mile area of Chicago.

To see the hotels and book through their room block, click here.

There are 3 hotels on Cermak Road that are within walking distance to the Revel Motor Row venue:
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place
Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place

Event venue location

Revel Motor Row
2412 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(773) 292-9100

Exhibitor Information

Form

The Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Exhibitor Information From is required and due by Friday, February 10.

Please have the following information ready for this form:

  • Your brand logo for your name badges;
  • Name and contact information for whomever you choose to be the press contact for the media’s Exhibitor Contact Sheet;
  • Names and contact info for the representatives you want to work your booth for your name badges and urgent communication;
  • Your special services order form ready for upload (if applicable).

Day of the Event

Details

EVENT Room

Tented Courtyard

Please do not attempt to gain access to the event room prior to 3:30 PM, as the venue staff are setting up the room delivering boxes, running electric, etc. 

prep & storage Room

There will be a storage and prep room available for exhibitors who need to prepare food samples or other prep prior to the Happy Hour.

If you need to use that room for food prep, there will be a place to request space on The Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Exhibitor Information From is required and due by Friday, February 10.

The room is available for box and equipment storage during the event.

We will have access to this room from 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 2.

day of EVENT agenda

Thursday, March 2, 2023

TIMEAGENDA
3:30 PM to 4:00 PMExhibitor Arrival
3:30 PM to 7:30 PMPrep Room Open for Exhibitors
3:30 PM to 4:30 PMVenue set up for furniture, box delivery, etc.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PMExhibitor Setup
5:00 PM to 6:30 PMHappy Hour Open to the Attendees
6:30 PM to 8:00 PMBreakdown & Load Out. Courtyard must be cleared by 8:00.

Exhibitor Arrival

Please arrive between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM

Your boxes will be moved from the storage room at the same time.

Your badges and other information will be available at check-in.

We have a short window to set up, so please do not arrive any later than 4:00 PM.

exhibitor load in & SET UP

SHIPMENTS TO THE EVENT ROOM

If you shipped anything in advance of the event, your boxes will be brought to your booth between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM. 

You must complete and submit the Taste Maker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Shipping Form in order for us to make sure your boxes are properly sorted and delivered to the event by the storage and transport company.

Please, see shipping information section below for complete details.

SHIPMENTS TO YOUR hotel ROOM

If you shipped something to your hotel room, we do NOT need those tracking numbers on the Shipping Form.

You are responsible for bringing them to the venue. 

booth set-up

You can bring anything to make your booth enticing, provided it does not interfere with another booth or extend beyond your booth’s dimensions.   

Make sure you bring all the tools you need to assemble your booth display and signage. 

You cannot attach anything to the walls or floor.

pre-event clean up

By 4:45 PM, please have your booth completely set-up, and staff will come through and clear trash away.

ON-SITE STORAGE

There will be a storage room available for extra supplies, boxes needed after the event, luggage, etc.  Anything that is not part of your display, can be in the storage room. 

DOORS OPEN TO THE attendees

Doors will open promptly at 5:00 PM and stay open to 6:30 PM. 

SHIPPING OUT AFTER THE EVENT

We will arrange for pick-up at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 2.

More details coming soon.

Attendee & sample

Information

attendee contact information

 

Details coming soon.

samples for the media

We suggest having at least 75-100 samples and/or press materials available.  

You are not required to hand out samples to the media, however, it is a good idea to send them back with something to remember your company and product.

FOOD & BEVERAGE SAMPLES

If you are planning to service food or beverages at your booth, you must complete the Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Food & Beverage Sampling Form before Friday, February 10.

Booth Design

Information

Please visit our CREATE YOUR BEST BOOTH

page for important information on:

Booth Design Rules & Guidelines

Product Display Inspiration

tips for samples

Dimensions & Furniture

Layout

booth dimensions

The entire display must be contained within the perimeters of your booth.

There is a storage area for items you do not need during the event.

Cocktail Bar

Booth Dimensions:  10 x 6 feet
Furniture:  One (1) 8 x 2 foot service bar

Appetizer bar

Booth Dimensions:  10 x 6 feet
Furniture:  One (1) 8 x 2 foot service bar

Dessert bar

Booth Dimensions:  10 x 6 feet
Furniture:  Two (2) 3-foot round highboy tables

Tabletops

Booth Dimensions:  8 x 5 feet
Furniture:  One (1) 3-foot round highboy table

Special Services

Order Form

electricity FOR YOUR BOOTH

To order electricity for your booth, please complete the Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Electrical Order Form, due Friday, February 10.

Once completed, please upload the form to the Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Exhibitor Information Form, due Friday, February 10.

Your product & representative

Registrations

Products on display

The only products allowed are the products you have registered to bring.  You can create your display with various colors, shapes, patterns, etc. for each of the products.  If any products other than the registered products are on display, you will be asked to remove them.  If you cannot remember which products those were, please contact Nicole at nicole@newproductevents.com.

The following number of products are included in your registration fee:

Cocktail:  Any ingredients you need to make your signature cocktail or beverage.  Ice is provided.
Appetizer:  Any ingredients you need to prepare your appetizers.
Tabletop:  2 products

If you would like to have additional products at your booth, the cost per product is $600.  

Click here for complete pricing information. 

You can make this request and pay the fee directly on theTastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Exhibitor Information Form, due Friday, February 10.

pRODUCT EXCLUSIVITY

This event does not offer product exclusivity.

EXHIBITOR REP ATTENDANCE

The following number of company/brand representatives are included in your registration fee:

Cocktail Bar:  Three (3) representatives, not including the two bartenders provided by New Product Events.

Appetizer Bar:  Three (3) representatives, not including food prep assistants in the prep room (not provided by event).

Dessert Bar:  Three (3) representatives, not including food prep assistants in the prep room (not provided by event).

Tabletop:  2 representatives, not including food prep assistants in the prep room (not provided by event).

If you would like to have additional attendees at your booth, the cost per person is $600.   You can make this request and pay the fee directly on the Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Exhibitor Information Form, due Friday, February 10
Click here for complete pricing information.  

Room layout & booth

Assignments

Room LAYOUT WITH BOOTH NUMBERS

2023-TMC-CHI-Booth-Layout-for-info-guide

booth assignMents

When filling out forms and addressing your boxes for shipping, please use the brand name and booth number shown below.

 [1]   Tommy Bahama Spirits
 [2]   La Caza Spirits
 [3]   The Skinny Butcher
 [4]   O&H Danish Bakery
 [5]   Hamilton Beach
 [6]   Proctor Silex
 [7]   Wolf Gourmet
 [8]   Farm Rich
 [9]   Minute Rice
[10]  California Fig Advisory Board
[11]  Emmi Roth
[12]  Emmi Roth
[13]  ZOJIRUSHI America
[14]  Riveridge Produce
[15]  Fresh Express
[16]  Emile Henry USA
[17]  MEATER
[18]  Egglife 

Booth assignments are subject to change at the discretion of New Product Events, such as electrical access, load in/out issues, etc.  Requests for booth changes are not accepted.

information for advance

Shipping

 

DETAILS COMING SOON

package handling fees

 

Information coming soon.

addressing your shipments

Make sure that all of the below information is on your box.  Whatever doesn’t fit on your shipping label, please write directly on the shipment or create labels.  

Each box must be numbered with the total number of boxes (box # of #).

what to include on your carrier shipping label and/or bill of lading

 

DETAILS COMING SOON

REQUIRED INFORMATION TO BE ON EACH & EVERY ITEM/PARCEL/BOX

 

DETAILS COMING SOON

required tracking information

For every box you are shipping in advance of the event, you must submit the tracking information on the Tastemaker Conference Happy Hour Media Event Shipping Form, due Monday, February 27.  

We will be checking in every box and will contact you with any missing boxes the night before the event. 

Any box that is not listed on the form is not guaranteed to be at your booth the day of the event

Nearby Business

Services

Printing & shipping

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
located in the Marriott Marquis Chicago
2121 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-0379
9 minute walk from the venue

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
located in McCormick Place
2301 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-2100
15 minute walk from the venue

The UPS Store
1245 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 431-1850
5 minute drive from the venue

Things to Remember

Checklist

  • Order samples for the media.  
  • Do trial run booth set up to make sure everything fits inside the booth dimensions.
  • Bring serving supplies for any food or beverage samples, such as gloves, paper plates, toothpicks, napkins, etc.
  • Bring all the tools needed to set up and break down the booth display.
  • Bring anything needed to repack boxes to ship out after the event, such as packing tape, bubblewrap, etc.
  • Ship boxes with required information on every item confirmed to arrive on indicated dates.
  • Bring hotel reservation information.
  • Bring tracking information with a note as to what is in each box so if one goes missing you know what you need to replace.
  • Bring UPS or FedEx shipping labels with your account information for outbound shipments
  • Keep our cell phone numbers handy just in case, Nicole 704-560-4917 and Amy 818-389-1003

See you there!