The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is pleased to announce that Jon Taffer, Executive Producer and Host of Spike TV’s #1  hit show Bar Rescue, will address their Summer Fancy Food Show on June 27, 2017.

The session, titled The Reality of Small Business Success, will feature Jon Taffer, Executive Producer and Host of Spike TV’s #1 hit show Bar Rescue and Phil Kafarakis, president of SFA. Together, they will discuss the future of foodservice and what it takes for a small business to succeed in such a fast-changing and competitive marketplace.

“We are thrilled to have Jon join us at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show,” said Phil Kafarakis, president, Specialty Food Association. “He has a lot of stories to share that clearly demonstrate some ‘universal truths’ for achieving business success. His knowledge gained in the hospitality industry will easily transfer to specialty food businesses, and that, combined with his gold standard management methods will be sure to inspire our members and attendees of the show.”

“I look forward to sharing my experiences as it relates to small business success at this years Summer Fancy Food Show,” said Jon Taffer. “These businesses are critical to families, communities, and our economy and it’s an honor to pass on what I’ve learned to help them succeed.”

With nearly three decades of hands-on experience, Jon Taffer is an award-winning hospitality expert, best-selling author, highly respected management advisor and top-rated television personality.

Taffer’s Reality of Small Business Success session will be part of LevelUP – a multi-faceted, future-focused attraction debuting at the Summer Fancy Food Show in celebration of the SFA’s 65th anniversary.  LevelUP will showcase global food innovations, premier industry research, and the future of food and commerce.

For additional information on the Summer Fancy Food Show, LevelUP, or the Specialty Food Association please visit

The SFA Summer Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. For qualifications and to register, please visit

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,400 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

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