The Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is being held Saturday through Monday at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Halls I-J, with an estimated 11,000 attendees expected.

The Expo is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.

The Expo will have more than 50 new companies exhibiting products and services and is open to restaurant owners, managers, buyers, hotel food and beverage directors and others in the industry.

An “Idea Zone” will feature “express presentations all three days, covering emerging trends, best business practices and professional development.

Sessions during the expo will include topics such as top tax benefits that exist for restaurant owners; an Affordable Care Act update; and presentations to help an operator stay profitable.

The Expo also features the Gulf Coast Seafood Pavilion and the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. The cook-off is open to the public and tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the two New Orleans area Whole Foods.

For more information, go to http://www.lraexpo.org.