Hot Off the Menu!
Gerry Ludwig

Corporate Consulting Chef, Gordon Food Service

Chef Gerry Ludwig, CEC, is the corporate consulting chef for Gordon Food Service. In this role, Ludwig creates trend-based, sales-building culinary solutions for foodservice operators.


Absolutely Everything Counts
Rob Bell

Certified Speaking Professional & Business Humorist

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles, customer service and training, Rob makes it simple, clear and fun to improve customer service and gain leadership skills.

Sensual Nutrition
James E. Painter, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor Emeritus Eastern Illinois University
With his Ph.D. in human resource and family studies from the University of Illinois and his master's degree in food and nutrition from Oklahoma State University, Registered Dietitian James Painter has conducted numerous studies in the field of food psychology and mindless eating.


LYFE Kitchens: Social Responsibility
Mike Donahue
Partner, Chief Brand Officer, LYFE Kitchen
Michael Donahue is a founding partner of LYFE Kitchen, a restaurant that was founded on the idea that great-tasting food should be great for you. Mike's extensive background gives him the perspective and passion to help LYFE Kitchen fulfill its mission to bring delicious, healthy and socially-responsible dining options to people across the country.


MenuDirections provides several opportunities to gather all conference attendees with facilitated interactive discussions. These exceptional small group forums promise to provide you an abundance of ideas to implement and transform your foodservice operations. Dive in and see this year's lineup.

Establish relationships with some of the industry's top leaders and decision-makers while finding solutions to your everyday foodservice challenges.

Don't miss your chance! The MenuDirections Conference will bring you face to face with foodservice directors, managers and chefs from non-commercial foodservice. Register today and increase the exposure of your brand.

The Peabody Memphis, located in the hub of downtown, stands tall just blocks from Tennessee's top tourist attraction: Beale Street two miles of shops and bars chock-full of real Memphis history. Take to the pavement and experience all that "Blues City" has to offer authentic barbecue, soulful restaurants, and fantastic live music. Staying in? Enjoy your four-star accommodations and of course the Peabody Duck parade, a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933.

There is no better way to experience the best of Memphis cuisine than the renowned Dine-Around. 
Preview this year's destinations...

On Wednesday, participate in an industry tour to a location of your choosing. MenuDirections is offering all operators the unique opportunity to peek inside the daily operations of four non-commercial establishments. Learn what works for Shelby County Schools, the University of Memphis and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...take away solutions to implement into your business.

Interested in sponsoring MenuDirections?
Contact William D. Anderson at (630) 528-9239 or
"This is my favorite foodservice conference. I always go away with great, useful information."
- College Executive Chef

"I can't say enough good things about this conference. I'll see you next year!"
- K-12 Foodservice Director

"The workshops brought good ideas to the table and the vendor fairs allowed us to try unique flavors that we'll try in our establishment."
- B&I Operator

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