MDR® goes Fancy!

January 21 - 23, 2024
Las Vegas, Nevada

Embark on a sensory journey at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2024, and elevate your understanding of nutrition with the MDR®! Registration includes: attendee pass, reserved access to seminars, plus a guided tour, visiting this exciting Show through the lens of scientific insights, cultural mindfulness, and fabulous taste distinctive of the Mediterranean Diet.

Sun. Jan. 21, 2024: Visit of the Winter Fancy Food Show

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 10:30 am until 1 pm TASTE IT LIVE!

10:30 am – 11:30 am (TASTE IT LIVE!): Unlocking Flavor Alchemy: Culinary Science 101 - A Sensory Experience by MDR®. Decode Labels, Taste the Difference, and Elevate Your Palate. Hosted by Mary Angela Miller, MS, RDN, LD, and Chef Jason Johnson. A dynamic conversation between unlikely partners: a wise Registered Dietitian and an experienced Chef, to create flavorful yet nutrition-dense Mediterranean recipes.

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024
at 1 pm – BIG IDEA STAGE:

1:00 pm - Welcoming Remarks: Bill Lynch, president of Specialty Food Association

1:30 pm - Unlocking the Power of Mediterranean Super Foods - Join Paula Montagna, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, on a culinary nutrition journey exploring the vitality of Mediterranean superfoods. From the crisp crunch of apples to the invigorating shots of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), discover how these culinary treasures promote awareness and well-being. From fermented olives to Greek yogurt, vibrant greens, aromatic herbs, and raw honey, this session unveils the secrets of a healthful Mediterranean diet.

2:00 pm - Fueling a Healthier America: The Role of Olive Oil in U.S. Food Policy - Joseph R. Profaci, Executive Director of the North American Olive Oil Association, reveals the influential impact of the Mediterranean diet on U.S. food policy. Delve into the idea that olive oil is the driving force behind this transformative diet and explore how smart government policies, including the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, can contribute to a healthier nation and planet.

2:30 pm - Breaking Ground: Navigating Alternative Business Channels - Arn Grashoff, Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising at Innovative Food Holdings, Inc., challenges you to rethink the reach of your product. Is it ready for the diverse opportunities within Foodservice, e-Commerce, and even the Airline industry? Uncover the criteria these channels seek and learn the strategies to position your product for consideration. Explore the decision-making process, logistics, and surprising insights that may reveal your product is already "market ready" for uncharted territories.

3:00 pm - 2024 Trends: A Culinary Exploration - Mike Kostyo takes you on a captivating journey into the future, unraveling the trends set to dominate the food industry in 2024. But this session goes beyond surface-level trends, demonstrating how they can be powerful tools to address deeper consumer needs. From health and value to overall culinary experiences, discover how these trends are more than just fleeting fads—they're solutions.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024
at 10:30 am until 1 pm

10:30 am – 11:30 am (TASTE IT LIVE!): Unlocking Flavor Alchemy: Culinary Science 101 - A Sensory Experience by MDR®. Decode Labels, Taste the Difference, and Elevate Your Palate. Hosted by Mary Angela Miller, MS, RDN, LD, and Chef Jason Johnson. A dynamic conversation between unlikely partners: a wise Registered Dietitian and an experienced Chef, to create flavorful yet nutrition-dense Mediterranean recipes.

12-noon - Culinary Excellence Meets Academic Palates: A Yale University Perspective - James Benson, Director of Culinary Excellence at Yale Hospitality, unveils the transformative applications of Mediterranean Diet principles in the dynamic world of food service. Gain insights into how these principles can not only shape but elevate the dining experience in Colleges and Universities. Delve into the facts and figures drawn from the rich mosaic of Yale University's culinary experiences, showcasing how embracing the Mediterranean Diet can provide a distinct competitive advantage.

12:30 pm - Savoring the Golden Years: Culinary Innovation in Senior Living - Matt Tremblay, Director of Procurement & Culinary Operations at Northbridge Companies, takes you on a flavorful exploration of integrating Mediterranean Diet principles into the unique environment of Senior Living. Uncover the art of selling and purchasing in this specialized sector, driven by the infusion of bold flavors and nutrient-dense ingredients. Discover why the rapidly growing Senior Living segment represents an extraordinary opportunity to not only provide nourishing meals but also craft compelling narratives through culinary storytelling.

TEAM

Bill Lynch

President of Specialty Food Association


Paula Montagna, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC

Director of Clinical Nutrition at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital


James Benson

Director of Culinary Excellence Yale Hospitality


Matthew Tremblay

Northbridge Companies


Arn Grashoff

Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising Innovative Food Holdings Inc.


Joseph R. Profaci

Executive Director North American Olive Oil Association


Mike Kostyo

Vice President, Menu Matters


Chef Jason Johnson

Executive Chef/Owner of The Gourmet Touch Chef Services & Culinary Educator