The National Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show unofficially kicked off with the biannual meeting of the Marketing Executives Group, or MEG, in Chicago Thursday, under the theme “Learn How to Build a Brand that Connects in a 24/7 Marketplace.” Morning networking sessions gave way to a presentation from NPD Group vice president Harry Balzer titled “Eating Patterns in America.” Data shows people the obvious facts about how people ...

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