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Your business is a mashup of all the things we love: food, people, and entertaining. And you are the special ingredient that keeps it all together.  

Our Show is like the secret sauce. Throw it in the mix and see how it makes everything a little bit better.


August 28, 2019

9am - 4pm CDT


NRG Center

1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054


8:00am - 9:00am, Seminar Stage #600

Mentoring: Coaching on Steroids

Ken Wasco, Customer Effectiveness Manager, Gordon Food Service
A look at how mentoring can pay big benefits as it provides support, advice and direction.

9:15am - 10:15am, Seminar Stage #600:

Menu Sales Builders & Thrive Farmers

Nick Gonring, Associate Consulting Chef with Gordon Food Service
Trends-based opportunities can help you build sales and create competitive differentiation. Among the rising trends are transparency and sustainability, and Thrive Farmers models this by treating coffee growers as partners, changing lives, farms and communities.

10:30am - 11:30am, Seminar Stage #600:

Greening Up Your Disposables

Terry Coyne, Senior Director of Marketing and Sustainability, Pactiv LLC
An overview of strategies and considerations for sustainable disposables in noncommercial foodservice operations.

11:45am - 12:35pm, Seminar Stage #600:

Operations Tour - Research Results

Doug Owens, Commercial Segment Manager, Gordon Food Service
This session will share the top innovative strategies we are seeing from our research tours in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. We will cover a wide range of operational opportunities like menu design, off premise consumption trends and new operational formats. The seminar will also include Q&A from the audience.

1:00pm - 1:50pm, Seminar Stage #600:

IDDSI: From Education to Implementation

Allison Stock, RD, Nutrition Resource Center, Gordon Food Service
Julie Kerr, Hormel Health
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative  is a global focus with the goal of improving the lives of over 590 million people living with dysphagia. Learn more about this initiative and what it means for your operation, residents or patients.

2:30pm - 3:20pm, Seminar Stage #600:

Leadership is all about Influence 

Ken Wasco, Customer Effectiveness Manager, Gordon Food Service
Why "one size fits all" leadership fits no one well and what it takes to be the leader employees want.


Live Stage Booth #131

10:00am - 10:30am

Innovative Breakfast and Brunch Ideas
Our Chefs demonstrate easy-to-implement breakfast and brunch recipes that can drive differentiation.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Veg-Centric: Pairing Plants and Proteins
Take vegetable dishes to new flavor heights with these easy techniques for adding small amounts of protein.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

The New Smoke House
See the many ways wood smoked flavors have evolved from just meat, to all other creative aspects of your menus from smoked fruit entrees all the to cocktails and beverages.