Helping you find solutions that can transform menus & operations
MenuDirections is headed to North Carolina to bring professionals, like you face to face with the top influencers in noncommercial foodservice. Join these menu masters for three days of real relationship building, unparalleled education and, more importantly, delicious menu ideas.
Sixteen culinary workshops, four general sessions, the Dine-Around Charlotte restaurant tour, the fifth annual culinary competition and two vendor fair lunches—MenuDirections is packed full with business-building content that is unmatched in the industry. Add in the endless networking opportunities and you’ll leave this event with a handful of new ideas and contacts.
Everything about The Westin Charlotte hotel leaves you feeling healthier and more relaxed than when you arrived. A quick walk brings you to upscale shopping, dining and nightlife at the EpiCentre, or you can access any destination in the city effortlessly via the LYNX Light Rail stop outside our doors. After a day of travel, meetings or sightseeing, recharge and replenish in fresh, bright and invigorating rooms featuring skyline views and signature Westin perks like our Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®. Stay energized with WestinWORKOUT, Heavenly® Spa massages, Gear Lending with New Balance® and Run WESTIN™. Dine at JP Charlotte, where you will enjoy authentic southern flavors with a splash of cosmopolitan character.
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General Hours: 8.75
Food Show Hours: 1.0
General Hours: 9.0
General Hours: 6.75
“I am very lucky to have attended all 14 previous MenuDirections conferences. Every year, I’ve been able to learn or take away something from each conference that has helped to shape the foodservice program we provide to our employees today.”Damian Monticello, FMP, CMP
Sr. Manager, Corporate Hospitality Services,
“This is an invaluable 3-day whirlwind of cutting-edge food news, industry hot trends, hands-on demos and professional networking. MenuDirections inspires all to make positive changes within your own foodservice operation.”Robert Landophi
Manager Culinary Development,
University of Connecticut, Dept. of Dining Services
“I always enjoy the spirit of this conference, and I always take away a great amount of ideas and concepts. The FoodService Director staff are always passionate, always accommodating and always willing to engage their readers.”James Roth
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare
“2015 was my first MenuDirections Conference, and as an RDN, it was a great opportunity to implement some of these culinary practices into our menu options. I wish my culinary staff could have attended with me, as I know they would have enjoyed as much as I did…Maybe next year!”Jennifer Earnest
Department of Veterans Affairs
“MenuDirections has become my favorite conference of the year. Very valuable information and cutting-edge topics! Plus the Dine-Around is always a hit.”Jill Horst
University of California, Santa Barbara
“Excellent conference. Great energy. Awesome staff responsiveness and attention to detail. Well done!”Kate Dockins
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
“I don’t often get the opportunity to see what my industry is doing to reach new heights in foodservice. I thought MenuDirections was amazing! It was a great networking opportunity for me and everyone was super friendly and helpful!”Darla Mehrkens
“I loved being able to network and see what was happening in the other schools and healthcare dining rooms similar to my operation.”Guilma Moore
Copper Hills Youth Center
“Each culinary workshop had a lot of relevant, important information. I was interested from the beginning to the end of MenuDirections. Plus, it was refreshing to be around people so passionate about the foodservice industry.”Angela McCrorey
Lancaster County School District
Registration & Hotel Assistance:
Manager, Conference Operations
Director, Trade Relations, Foodservice
Vice President, Noncommercial Foodservice Director