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March 14, 2017Allison Zisko

McCormickPlaceCHICAGO—While new products will rightfully take center stage here in Chicago this week, there are also several great inspirational and educational opportunities planned during the International Home + Housewares Show.

The show begins on Saturday and wraps up Tuesday. A few highlights for your calendar:

• HFN editors will conduct a live focus group with a cross section of Millennials about their housewares shopping habits and preferences on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at McCormick Place’s Grand Ballroom in the South Building. HFN’s Maureen Azzato and Warren Shoulberg will moderate the panel consisting of eight Millennials, who will talk about where they shop for housewares, what they like and what is most important to them when purchasing products. Questions from the audience will also be entertained by the panel.

• Tom Mirabile—consumer trend forecaster for the IHA and senior vice president, global trend and design at Lifetime Brands—will address some of the biggest trends in the housewares industry on Monday, March 20 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom in the South Building. Topics will include new directions in the American household; rapid growth of the creative class; health becomes the new wealth; the reinvention of “value”; and consumers take control in the rise of innovation and technology.

• Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute, will discuss “Consumer Color Preferences: What Is Hot And What Is Not” on Tuesday, March 21 from noon – 1 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom in the South Building.

• The Innovation Theater will host hourly reports on trends, design and business developments throughout the show. Click here for more information.

• A full lineup of star chefs—Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless, Todd English and Ming Tsai among them—will appear in the Cooking Theater in the South Building to demonstrate their culinary talents. Click here for a full schedule.

HFN Dailies, which will be distributed at McCormick Place Saturday, Sunday and Monday, will keep you up to date on the latest news and events at the show. HFN Dailies will be distributed at select hotels and by hand at McCormick Place in all three buildings each morning. The dailies, as well as HFN’s March national issue, will be available at the publication bins located in all three buildings at McCormick Place.

See you in Chicago!

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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