WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration 
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Silent Auction Continues
Bid High and Bid Often at the annual SHFM Silent Auction. The auction raises funds to promote and educate college students on the merits of onsite foodservice and hospitality. The SHFM Foundation develops outreach programs to attract the best college students to the onsite industry, so please support this important cause. Click here to donate an auction item!
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Emerald Brand, National Food Group, Inc., Nestle Starbucks Coffee and Tyson Foods 
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Opening General Session
Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Sodexo
                                                           
The Anticipatory Organization
Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage

Daniel BurrusFuturist, Advisor, Best-Selling Author
 
Want an edge on tomorrow? See change coming before it arrives?
 
Join SHFM’s keynoter to discover how to accelerate everyday innovation, solve challenges faster and recognize previously invisible opportunities. You’ll be challenged to think differently as you learn how to:
 
  • Separate the hard trends that will happen from the soft trends that might happen
  • Position your organization to be the disruptor instead of the disrupted
  • Actively shape the future - before someone else does it for you

You’ll leave with critical insights into trends shaping the future of business and tools to create an innovative culture capable of getting and staying ahead.
 
Hear what’s coming, what to do now and how to get ready for it!
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Innovation Showcase – Networking Tables    
Sponsors will be exhibiting at two defined times this year to share the latest innovations in products and services. Don’t miss either opportunity to learn what’s new from key representatives.
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. President’s Luncheon & Awards
Sponsored by Alto-Shaam, Inc., Elior North America, Keurig Dr Pepper, Mars Drinks, Systopia and Twinings Teas of London

Be sure to attend this lunch honoring the best in the industry, where we will recognize SHFM’s elite with the Directors’ Awards for community involvement, leadership and other forms of distinguished service.
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Silent Auction Finalé
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. General Session       
Sponsored by Aramark

Foodservice Disruptors
 
Moderator:
Bill Anderson, VP/ Publisher, Foodservice Director Magazine

Panelists:
Matt Cohen, Founder and CEO, Cubert and Off the Grid
Jessica Foust, Chef and Culinary Director, Farmer’s Fridge
Deepak Sekar, Founder and CEO, Chowbotics
 
Learn from industry disruptors that are changing the way customers interact with and choose to consume food. They are creating new and innovative opportunities that impact the status quo. How is it that these disruptors created game-changing products and services? Meet them to discover how they are changing the future of food and become inspired to create business transformations of your own.
 
Chowbotics – A company that makes food preparation fun by automating tedious, repetitive tasks with robotics. The company’s first product, Sally the Salad Robot, will make you the perfect salad in 60 seconds.
 
Farmer’s Fridge – Farmer’s Fridge believes happiness starts in your stomach as they set out on a mission to provide wholesome, delicious food right to you. They work around the clock to deliver fresh food to their automated self-serve micro-restaurants, every morning… and it’s available all-day long.
 
Cubert –  Cubert is a portable, collapsible food preparation space designed to move, flex and scale to meet a population's dynamic needs. It's intended to be movable with a pallet jack or forklift – a new innovation in mobile food service. Cuberts can be customized to suit equipment, power or aesthetic needs.
4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Hunger Awareness Activity - SHFM Hunger Game Show
(Additional cost for participation.)  

With the enormous success of the previous SHFM Hunger Awareness activities, you won’t want to miss this year’s event - the SHFM Hunger Game Show! This year will present a new spin, bigger than ever, and include the friendly (well, mostly friendly!) competition you have come to love. You’ll be placed on a highly competitive team to match wits in a game show activity with the goal of earning points for trivia knowledge. The team earning the most points earns 2018 bragging rights! And best of all, proceeds from this year’s event benefit Equal Heart. Join the SHFM Game Show Hosts and get ready to compete and raise money for a great cause!
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Hats Off to Texas! - A Night at Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk
Sponsored by Impossible Foods and MEIKO
                                                           
Experience the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk” where you can let loose and have fun. Pull on your cowboy boots, best jeans and western wear while you hang on for a wild ride – test your mechanical bull riding skills or two-step out onto the dance floor. The live bull riding show, exclusively for SHFM, will have you rockin’ the rodeo all evening long. Get ready for a little taste of Texas where the cuisine will be as flavorful as the city’s rich heritage. And don’t miss the live longhorns who will be ready and rarin’ to go!