Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable

The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable® (MDR) is a think-tank designed to inform, inspire and promote the appreciation of ingredients and cuisines distinctive of the Mediterranean region, and to translate the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet into commercial opportunities within the United States.


Ken Toong

Executive Director at UMass Auxiliary Enterprises

Two words come to mind to describe the first MDR – educational and inspirational, as well as a wonderful opportunity for networking. I learned so much more about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and additional attributes of some of the main components such as olive oil. I came away from the Summit wanting to implement even more Mediterranean concepts on our menu.

Rafi Taherian

Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality

Mediterranean Diet Roundtable provides a forum for operators, researchers, growers and manufactures with focus on cuisines and food that is not only seductive and delicious but also promotes health and wellness. Yale Dining uses these principals in many aspects of its recipe development and menu engineering.

Sara Baer Sinnott


The organizers did a masterful job, bringing together a varied group of people, to tell an interesting and inspiring story of bringing the good health and great tastes of the Mediterranean Diet to new audiences.

John Lawn

Former Editor of Food Management Magazine

The agenda provided an excellent mix of scientific research, culinary overviews and practical application case studies, all focused on the role that traditional Mediterranean regional cuisines can play in a healthy diet. I particularly liked the scientific overviews of recent research and the noncommercial market segment case studies that showed how these principles can be adapted for large-volume meal production in real life circumstances.

Elena Paravantes, RD

Food and Nutrition Consultant, Writer, Speaker

For the first time an event gathered professionals from different backgrounds and showed how a Mediterranean diet can be appropriate for a variety of settings. This event showed us that the Mediterranean diet is easy to apply in any setting: from colleges to hospitals, affordable and has the science to back it up. With the right presentation and preparation consumers, students, patients embrace this delicious and healthy eating pattern.

Susan Reef

US Food Safety

The panelists presentations were on the level expected for the highly educated audience.

Partial List of Participants and Sponsors:

Yale University • U-Mass • United States Military Academy • City of Baltimore • Tufts University • ONU • Oakland School District • North American Olive Oil Association • Gordon Food Service • Harvard Medical School • Brown University • University of Notre Dame • CSPI – Center for Science in the Public Interest • DPI Distributors • Parmacotto • Loumidis Foods • Costas Provisions • Technomic • Datessential • University of Athens • Universita` di Parma • Kaiser Permanente • Oregon State University – Food Innovation Center • Barilla • Hellenic Health Foundation • Culinary Institute of America (CIA) • Johns Hopkins Hospital • Ohio State University – Wexner Center • Gelson’s Markets • Eataly • The Hartman Group • US Foods • AFI – Association of Food Industries • Ferrero • Grana Padano • Italian Embassy in the US • Sophia's Greek Pantry • Illy • Mediterra • Biena • Olivio • The University of Massachusetts Club • Ahepa • Ahi • Society for Nutritional Education and Behavior • The Extraordinary Italian Taste • Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (Italy) • Assocamerestero • IACCW • Oldways • The Gourmet Reatiler • Camera di Commercio di Campobasso • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce • Total Food Service • EXPO2015 • Colavita • Google Food • UC Davis • Harvard University • 3V • American Bean Products • Terra Foods • Bayer • Bora’s Pantry • Business France • Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health • Cho Olive Oil Corp Intl • Cyprus Embassy Trade Center • Davidson College • DCA-Culinary Group • De Cecco Pasta • Drew University • ECG Services • Filippo Berio Olive Oil • Focus43 LLC • Food Match • Gourmet Metrics • Greek Trade Commission • Enterprise Greece • L’Acetaia di Alfredo • Memorial Sloan Cancer Center • Mezzetta • New York University • Padilla CRT • Pecinka Ferri Associates • Premier, Inc. • Restaurant Associates/Compass Group • Rice University • Sodexo • Source Atlantique, Inc. • Spain Trade Commission • SPE Certification • Specialty Food Association • Sysco Metro NY • Teitel Bros • Testa Wines • Turkish Consulate • US Food Safety • MarxFood • Mission Olive • West Coast Turkish American Chamber of Commerce - WECTAC • L.A. Department of Public Health