In just three days, MenuDirections delivers years of insights

Sunday, March 4

1:00 pm–4:30 pm

Registration & Information Desk

1:30 pm–3:00 pm

General Session

More Welcome to My City

A celebrity chef welcomes the group to New Orleans; talks about how menus, consumers and the competitive landscape is changing; and offers their own experience of jazzing up their operations.

More State of the Industry

He brings the stats and she adds the color commentary. Technomic’s Joe Pawlak lays out the economic drivers, consumer demands and legislative landmines impacting the noncommercial segments today, and FoodService Director’s Kelly Killian shares the operators, best practices and solutions to these industry evolutions.

Kelly Killian
Joe Pawlak
3:00 pm–3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm–4:15 pm

More Culinary Workshops (choose 1 of 4)

From the latest flavors to trending preparation methods, tune up your menu with ideas, insights and inspiration from these targeted educational workshops.

More Option 1: Take it Away: Increasing Off-Premise Sales

Salon F, G, H

Foodservice operators have been building grab-and-go and kiosk sales to capture busy customers. Some are now tackling delivery and even meal kits to feed even more meal occasions.

More Option 2: The Art and Science of Catering to Special Diets

Salon E

Your guests may have allergies or medical restrictions, or they may be following the latest fad. This session will examine operational best practices as well as customer service.

More Option 3: Increase Your Sauce-Ability

Take your sandwiches and other standards to the next level with sauces and spreads that meet customers’ demands for innovative and craveable dishes that also check the boxes for fresh and healthy.

More Option 4: Build Your Beverage Business

To take advantage of high-margin opportunities, operators are crafting their beverage menus as carefully as their food offerings. From customizable smoothies that double as snacks to stocking the right packaged beverages, this session will outline the trends and inspire ideas.

5:30 pm–9:30 pm

A Taste of New Orleans Culinary Experience

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