Tuesday, March 10 7:30am – 12:30pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Delta Foyer
Tuesday, March 10 7:30am – 8:45am

Vendor Fair Breakfast

Location: Delta Ballroom B
Tuesday, March 10 9:00am – 11:00am

General Session 

Location: Delta Ballroom D
Future of Food

What will the foodservice landscape look like five years down the road? And, more importantly, how will that impact your business? FoodService Director takes a deep dive into the future of menu, supply chain and more to paint that picture and help operators stay ahead of the trends.


FoodService Director

FoodService Director

Presented By:
Blount Fine Foods
Boost Your Catering Business

Catering is already a revenue driver for many noncommercial operators---but it could be bigger. This panel discussion will explore tips, tricks and best practices for casting a wider net and expanding catering.


Senior Editor | Moderator
Restaurant Business Magazine and FoodService Director Magazine

Director, Food & Nutrition Services
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Director of Foodservice
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Executive Director of IU Dining
Indiana University

Presented By:
J.M. Smucker Company, The
Avoiding menu fatigue: LTOs, hot flavors and how to turn them into something guests will love

We all know that limited-time offers can help get diners in the door, but which sorts of LTOs make the most sense for your operation? Should you go with a total novelty item or something with broader appeal? Learn how LTO preferences can vary by gender, generation and region, and get some tips on how to draft the most enticing menu descriptions for your customer base.


Manager of Consumer Insights

Tuesday, March 10 11:00am – 11:15am

Networking Break

Location: Delta Foyer
Presented By:
Nestlé Professional
Tuesday, March 10 11:15am – 12:00pm

Culinary Workshops (choose 1 of 3)

Option 1: Game Changing Sauces That Create Crave!
Location: Bayou E

Signature sauces are quick and easy to prepare and can upscale a menu item like no other. Explore new ways to create cravable menus that promote customer loyalty using Texas Pete® products as a key ingredient.

Taste how good a signature sauce can be when you Sauce Like You Mean It! 


Vice-President of Foodservice Sales
Garner Foods - Texas Pete®

National Accounts Sales Manager
Garner Foods - Texas Pete®

Associate Sales Manager
Garner Foods - Texas Pete®

Presented By:
Texas Pete® By Garner Foods
Option 2: Comfortably Delicious with Smithfield Culinary
Location: Bayou C/D

Just what’s so comforting about comfort foods? Foods like pasta dishes, stews, roasts, chili, BBQ, pizza and more conjure up deliciously good times with both friends and family. Join Smithfield Culinary as we take a look at all the classics, some new takes on those old favorites, and some comfort foods with which you may not be that familiar, including on-trend and ethnic variations.


Corporate Chef
Smithfield Culinary

Presented By:
Smithfield Culinary