Sunday, March 03 11:00am – 4:30pm

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Georgia Prefunction
Sunday, March 03 2:00pm – 3:30pm

General Session

Location: Capitol Ballroom
From Noma to K-12: How a High-end Chef is Tackling Noncommercial Foodservice

Brigaid founder, and former Head Chef of Noma in Copenhagen (perennially named the best restaurant in the world), Dan Giusti discusses his transition from the restaurant world to K-12 school foodservice.

Speakers:

Editor-at-Large
Winsight Media

Founder
Brigade

Presented By:
Bush Brothers & Company
Annual State of the Foodservice Industry

Technomic’s Joe Pawlak lays out the economic drivers, consumer demands and legislative landmines impacting the noncommercial segments today.

Speakers:

Managing Principal
Technomic

Sunday, March 03 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

Location: Georgia Prefunction
Presented By:
Sweet Street Desserts
Sunday, March 03 5:15pm – 9:30pm

Taste of Ponce City Market

Location: 9-Mile Station

9 Mile Station, an elevated beer garden in the heart of Atlanta, is located on the top floor of the city’s famous Ponce City Market. This beautiful space has some of the best views Atlanta has to offer, with expansive unobstructed views of the skyline, from Buckhead to Downtown. Join us as we sample craft beers from local brewers—and taste some of the most delicious cuisine this vibrant culinary city has to offer.

Please check in at 5:15pm at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (Capitol Foyer). Transportation will be provided to Ponce City Market.

Monday, March 04 7:30am – 4:00pm

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Georgia Prefunction
Monday, March 04 7:30am – 8:45am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Capitol Ballroom
Monday, March 04 9:30am – 10:00am

Networking Break

Location: Georgia Prefunction
Monday, March 04 10:00am – 12:00pm

General Session

Location: Capitol Ballroom
Sustainability: Meeting the Needs of Today's Diners and Protecting the Diners of the Future

Sustainability is the responsibility of all members of the food community, from farmers and laborers to foodservice operators and consumers. How does noncommercial foodservice fit in? What is its unique responsibility and contribution to the growth of the sustainable agriculture community?

Speakers:

Senior Strategic Advisor | Speaker
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Presented By:
Danone North America
Sustainability in Action

Best-in-class noncommercial operators discuss how they further a sustainable mission in their operations, including strategies, return-on-investment, and innovative, outside-the-box practices. 

Speakers:

Senior Editor | Moderator
Restaurant Business Magazine and FoodService Director Magazine

Director of Sustainability
University of Michigan

Foodservice Channel Director
Mushroom Council
847.644.9660

Senior Health Promotion Student
University of Georgia College of Public Health

Presented By:
Mushroom Council
Monday, March 04 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Vendor Fair Lunch

Location: Georgia Hall 2, 3, 4, 5
Monday, March 04 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Culinary Competition

Location: Georgia Hall 6

It’s not as cutthroat as Iron Chef but not quite as genteel as The Great British Bake Off. It’s MenuDirections’ 7th annual Culinary Competition, where noncommercial chefs prepare delicious dishes from a mystery basket of ingredients, all to the tune of a ticking countdown clock. Don’t miss the excitement as your peers compete for great prizes and, most importantly, bragging rights!

Presented By:
Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc.
Land O'Lakes Foodservice
Mushroom Council
Monday, March 04 6:15pm – 7:00pm

Awards Reception

Location: Capitol Prefunction
Monday, March 04 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Foodservice Operation of the Year Awards Dinner

Location: Capitol Ballroom

Recognizing the 12 winners of the Foodservice Operation of the Month as well as the winners of the Annual MenuDirections Culinary Competition. We cap off the night by announcing the Foodservice Operator of the Year for 2018.

Presented By:
Hormel Foods Corporation
Tuesday, March 05 7:45am – 12:30pm

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Georgia Prefunction
Tuesday, March 05 7:45am – 9:00am

Vendor Fair Breakfast

Location: Georgia Hall 2, 3, 4, 5
Tuesday, March 05 10:15am – 11:10am

General Session

Location: Capitol Ballroom
Using Consumer Data in LTO Development

When competing for share of stomach in an increasingly crowded foodservice industry, limited-time offers are an effective strategy in attracting consumers. Learn about the different types of LTOs and what ingredients, flavors, formats and even menu descriptions capture the most interest from consumers.

Speakers:

Manager of Consumer Insights
Technomic