2017 is packed with informative workshops and engaging keynotes
Location: Grand Promenade
Location: Grand Ballroom ABC
Location: Grand Ballroom D
Presented by: Bush’s Best Beans
First Lady Michelle Obama credits chef Sam Kass with “inspiring families and children across this country to lead healthier lives,” noting that his work in the White House and as executive director of Let’s Move! “made a real difference for our next generation.” Kass, whose celebrated culinary career also included working in the kitchens of standout restaurants such as Avec and 312 in Chicago, is now the NBC News senior food analyst, reporting on topics ranging from health to policy. In a lively and interactive session, Kass will share his adventures with food, then participate in an audience Q&A—one of his favorite exchanges outside the kitchen!
Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy (2010–2014); Executive Director of Let’s Move! (2013–2014)
Presented by: Land O’Lakes
Location: Providence Promenade
It’s all about the food at MenuDirections 2017! Experience educational workshops that will inspire your menus to evolve with both your business and customers in mind…you won’t find this caliber of content anywhere else.
Presented by: Avocados from Mexico
Location: Providence Ballroom I
There’s a Secret to these Sauces. And it’s available 365 days a year.
We’re spreading the word! Join Chef Mark Garcia, Avocados From Mexico, as he demonstrates how to upgrade your ho-hum sandwich offerings with delicious, avocado-inspired sauces and spreads that are fresh, healthy and in-demand. You’ll leave with creative, yet simple ideas + techniques on how to add value to the menu all year long!
Director, Food Service Marketing
Avocados from Mexico
Presented by: Texas Pete
Location: Providence Ballroom II
Flavors are getting more extreme as hot and spicy grows in popularity. Sour and even bitter flavors are also appealing to more customers. What’s next on the flavor continuum?
Director of Foodservice Sales
Presented by: King & Prince Seafood
Location: Providence Ballroom III
Fish and seafood suit a myriad of menu trends and can be used in innovative ways to please demanding customers while saving time and costs and providing unique health and nutritional benefits.
Director of Programs & Education
Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Presented by: MEIKO USA
Location: Hotel Lobby College Street Entrance
Eat your heart out at three tried-and-true Charlotte eateries, featuring mouth-watering southern classics, fresh menu offerings and stunning new concepts in the center and soul of Charlotte! Our ever-popular Dine-Around offers the ultimate opportunity to experience Charlotte’s local dining scene and takeaway new tastes and ideas!
Situated above the Sky Condos on Caldwell Street, Chef Rocco Whalen’s restaurant features amazing, un-paralleled views of the Queen City and inventive new American cuisine alongside an extensive wine list, craft cocktails and local draft beers. Also featured on the roof are linear fire pits, a social pool and seasonal herb garden.
204 North is Uptown Charlotte’s newest farm-to-table concept, with locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted cocktails. You’ll find some of your favorite traditional Southern cuisine and new takes on classics.
Dressler’s is an upscale contemporary restaurant, featuring a menu of steak, imaginative seafood and creative appetizers paired with an extensive wine list.