On Thursday, September 27, SHFM will host a number of selected culinary and hospitality students from the Fort Worth area as they join us for the day. Become a mentor and help welcome these students to SHFM’s Student Day. Mentors will be asked to sit with their students at lunch. Please sign-up on the registration form; you’ll receive further details closer to conference.
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration & Silent Auction Check-Out
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Committee Meetings
You don’t need to be a current SHFM committee member to attend. Just sit in with the group of your choice for coffee and committee conversation (Diversity, Locals, Marketing, and Membership).
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Student Day Activities
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast & Business Meeting
Sponsored by Ecolab, Inc. and Mondelez International 
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. General Session
Sponsored by Compass Group and PepsiCo
Generation Yum – Shaping the Future of Food
Eve Turow Paul, Author, Speaker, Food Culture Expert
Never before has a young generation paid this much attention to food.
Starting in 2012, Eve Turow Paul set out on a journey to understand why. She investigated the underlying drive for the obsession and will share her insights on this global phenomenon. Eve has identified four key pillars that represent new and influential modern day needs and analyzes these themes in food culture. She will share how to:

  • Better anticipate future trends
  • Pinpoint deep wants and needs of these customers
  • Create products, brands and services that improve customers’ well-being   

Deepen your understanding of this rapidly evolving culture, which influences your business today and is significantly shaping the future of food.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Innovation Showcase – Networking Tables
This will be your last chance to visit sponsors who will be exhibiting their latest innovations in products and services. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what’s new from key representatives.
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. University Research Project and Charity Check Presentation Lunch
Sponsored by AgilysysJackson WWS, Inc., Major Products, Perdue Farms, RC Fine Foods, Sabert Corporation and The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.

Attend this lunch to hear about the research results from our team at the University of Houston on their Ugly Fruit research, as well as the new research project with Iowa State University regarding food waste and convention centers. 

In addition, our Hunger Games and Foundation will also present checks fulfilling our SHFM Gives Back promise!
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Session

More Than Just a Buzzword: Sustainability Can Shift Your Culture

Emily Wunder, Regional Wellness Director, Compass Group - Eurest
Katie DeSimoneDirector of Catering and Customer Experience, Compass Group - Eurest
Dave Holthus, Executive Chef, Compass Group
Christiana Williams, Director of Nutrition and Wellness, Compass Group - Eurest
Rob Yayac, General Manager, Aramark’s LifeWorks Restaurant Group

When a group of Young Professionals in the food and hospitality industry started talking about what is important for them in their businesses, sustainability was at the top of mind. There are exciting initiatives and studies popping up all over the industry that relate to sustainability and doing better for our planet. Join members of the Rising Star Scholarship Program for a walk through some of these initiatives to see what is being done and what you can do. The topics include:

  • The on the rise “Ditch the Straw” movement
  • What a sustainable café actually looks like
  • Sustainable seafood and waste reduction
  • Sustaining through wellness menu engineering

Everything from the actual food we serve to the way we get rid of waste impacts the environment and it is time to look at making this a positive impact. Come support our Young Professionals at this exciting and informative session!
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Young Professionals Debrief (Rising Stars Required)

President's Evening - Boots & Bow Ties

Attire is cocktail (black tie optional).

6:00 p.m. President’s Reception
Sponsored by Ali Group, Hobart-Traulsen and Vivreau Advanced Water Systems
6:30 p.m. President’s Banquet
Join us for this special night to share the passing of the gavel from  
2018 President Victoria Vega to 2019 President Rob Geile, as we also recognize special industry awards.
After-Party & Tequila Tasting
Sponsored by Celsius