The trip to this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans, LA was a learning experience in three ways: the changing show over the years, presenting at the show for the first time, and visiting New Orleans itself.
Changing KBIS – From Inspirational to Analytical
I have been to three KBIS conferences through the years. The other two that I went to were so much larger. There were huge booths designed by appliance companies that displayed their new appliances and appliance prototypes. It was sort of like the Detroit Auto Show for the kitchen world. One show I went to featured one of the appliance companies baking cupcakes that you could add a variety of sprinkles that were all around their lavishly decorated booth. The other show, mind you a few years back, had Ty Pennington in the booth shooting a commercial and talking with guest. During these events were also several other, less distinguished, celebrities doing little performances or shows. This year’s show was more down to business.
This year seemed more like a learning experience than a chance to be awed and impressed. The booths were still large, but featured companies with utility items such as hardware, sinks, cabinet workflow items, and faucets. The majority of the beauty items at this year’s show focused on cabinets and countertops. Then there were probably 80 different sessions and keynote topics you could attend. Making this year’s KBIS – very analytical not inspirational.
Presenting at the Show
The sessions were new this year and called “Voices of the Industry.” At the show I ran a session called “Using Metal in the Kitchen.” It was a great experience and I would recommend signing-up for a session if they offer this again next year. I only heard good things about them, but they were not well attended. I think if they offer them again, the attendance will improve. Sometimes new things don’t take off right away.
New Orleans is a great place and has many sides. Here is a tour of New Orleans through pictures:
Beignets for breakfast
(or lunch, dinner… Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day)The coffee here is almost as good as the beignets.
This is the Palm Court Jazz Club. They have great food and music, but like most places be sure to make a reservation.
The Ghost Stories
We did a ghost tour of New Orleans and learned a lot about the lore of the city.
My favorite place on Bourbon Street was Pat O’Briens and I loved their Fire and Water fountain.
We went on a boat down the Pearl and Dead River in Honey Island Swamp. The swamp was beautiful. It was a sunny day but the water was still a bit chilly. Those conditions bring the wildlife out to soak in the sun.
Turtles walking along logs.
Tons of snakes in trees trying to get warm.
Best of all an alligator sunning herself on a log. The baby was nearby still in the water but gathering sun on his back.
And a beautiful blue heron.