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General Sessions
3 days filled with learning, networking, and building meaningful relationships.
8:00am – 6:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Ellington Pre-Function
8:00am – 2:00pm

Vendor Fair Setup

Location: Overlook
2:00pm – 3:30pm

General Session

Location: Ellington Salon D-F
Editor v. Editor

Different Areas of the Industry, Different Views!  In this dynamic session hear from Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze, and FSD Editor-in-Chief Tara Fitzpatrick as they interview each other and provide a look into what is happening from each side of the foodservice space.  Learn how certain trends may impact the industry as a whole and walkway with key ideas for future planning!

Speakers:

Editor-in-Chief
FoodService Director

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

Sustainability Overview
Speakers:

Founder & President
Jim Green & Associates

The State of Sustainability in the Industry

Hear from Top Operators from All Sectors of the Industry Who are Making a Difference by Pushing Initiatives Forward and Facilitating Progressive Changes!

Speakers:

Associate Editor | Moderator
FoodService Director

Senior Director of Food and Nutrition Services
RUSH University Medical Center

Global Workplace Experience Lead
Jones Lang LaSalle

Vice President of Auxiliary Services
Boston University

Director, Enterprise Hospitality and Event Services
GuideWell

Director, Culinary and Wellness Services
Minneapolis Public Schools

Fueling the Future

Dr. Linette Dodson will highlight what her organization is doing statewide (and beyond) for K-12 and our Future Generation.  During her impactful keynote, she will provide top insights on Gen Alpha, their eating habits and what you need to understand about this next wave of consumers!  

Speakers:

State Director of School Nutrition Division
Georgia Department of Education

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Transition Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Workshops (Choose 1 of 3)

Flavors and Trends: Exploring Pacific Rim Cuisine
Location: Salon A

During this presentation we will explore what PRC is and dive into the vibrant ingredients that make this cuisine so incredible.  We will also discuss the penetration of PRC across all segments and why PRC resonates with operators and consumers.

Speakers:

Senior Sales Manager- Non-Commercial Foodservice
King's Hawaiian

Presented By:
King's Hawaiian
Embracing Trends and Driving Versatility: Menu Innovation Is The Answer
Location: Salon B

Join Impossible Foods as we explore menu innovation as a tool for driving long-term success with delicious, sustainable, and versatile recipes ideal for any non-commercial segment.

Speakers:

Director of Non-Commercial Foodservice
Impossible Foods

Lead Culinary Specialist
Impossible Foods

Presented By:
Impossible Foods
Sustainability- Solutions Overcoming the Barriers
Location: Salon C

An Educational Panel Discussion with Jim Green and the Sustainability Leadership Team about industry barriers and solutions we can overcome for a more sustainable future.  

Speakers:

Founder & President
Jim Green & Associates

Director, Enterprise Hospitality and Event Services | Moderator
GuideWell

Senior Director of Food and Nutrition Services
RUSH University Medical Center

Global Workplace Experience Lead
Jones Lang LaSalle

Vice President of Auxiliary Services
Boston University

Director, Culinary and Wellness Services
Minneapolis Public Schools

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Vendor Fair Reception

Location: Overlook

Join us to celebrate the first day of MenuDirections overlooking Midtown Atlanta! Mingle with colleagues and old friends and explore new solutions from MenuDirections's supplier partners as you enjoy food and refreshments. 

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Dinner on Your Own

20+Speakers
4Noncommercial Segments