CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 300 noncommercial foodservice professionals, including foodservice directors, chefs, and dietitians, will attend the 15th annual MenuDirections event, February 26-28, 2017 at the Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC.
MenuDirections' unprecedented format fosters the information exchange between key creative leaders and their supplier partners in order to strategize together on the future of noncommercial foodservice. Attendees from all segments—C&U, hospitals, senior living, K-12 schools and corporate dining—will explore the latest menu trends, operational hacks and budget-saving strategies while cultivating meaningful business relationships.
"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," said previous attendee Robert Landophi, manager culinary development for the University of Connecticut, Dept. of Dining Services.
At MenuDirections, no two speakers or sessions are the same. Next year, the event is covering a magnitude of timely topics from catering 2.0, the breakfast boom and global cuisine influences to groundbreaking concepts to scout, what healthy means now and renovation. Some prominent speakers include:
- Sam Kass, Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy (2010–2014); Executive Director of Let's Move! (2013–2014)
- Kelly Killian, Director of Winsight Foodservice Group
- David Schonthal, Clinical Assistant Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Director, Business Design, IDEO
- Joshua Swanson, CEO, GTMA, Chairman, Razz Interactive, and Digital Marketing Consultant
- Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality
View all speakers and full bios at http://menudirections.com/speakers/
Other exciting agenda highlights include special association sessions (AHF, ANFP and SHFM), vendor fair lunches, the Dine-Around Charlotte restaurant tour, the FSD of the Month & Year Awards Dinner and much more.
Check out full agenda details at http://menudirections.com/agenda/
This event would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors, particularly the Platinum Sponsors, which include the following companies:
- Avocados from Mexico
- Bush Brothers
- Franke Coffee Systems
- Land O'Lakes, Inc.
- TW Garner Food Company
- Ventura Foods
All supplier partners are listed at http://menudirections.com/sponsors/
About Winsight, LLC
Winsight, LLC is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio including four publications: CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products; a suite of digital products such as websites, e-newsletters (Restaurant Business Daily and CSP Daily News) and webinars; plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive large-scale, executive-level conferences—Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and Global Restaurant Leadership Conference—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic, Inc., a food industry provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services. Winsight is a recognized leader in the markets it serves. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to http://winsightmedia.com.
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