Join the MDR® and Yale Hospitality for the inaugural
Mediterranean Culinary Concept event!
March 21-22, 2023
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- CDR has approved this program for 7.5 CEUs
- ACF has approved this program for 8 Continuing Education hours
Join the MDR® and Yale Hospitality for the inaugural Mediterranean Culinary Concepts event!
It will generate transformative ideas & food concepts focused on the Mediterranean cuisines to apply in your foodservice operations.
Interactive Culinary sessions, educational programming, and curated flavor exploration will create the architecture of the Mediterranean Diet. Learn how to operationalize, create the framework and implement unique concepts designed to elevate the health, palate and experience for your customers.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Tasting Lunch: A Yale Hospitality Experience
Enjoy a delectable and craveable lunch at one of Yale’s famed dining halls
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Registration: Welcome to Yale!
Mediterranean Flavor Exploration
Discover curated showcases, retail experiences, and B2B meetings providing actionable insight and turnkey solutions ready to be adopted into your service or operations
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sessions to Engage, Educate, Experience
Welcome to Mediterranean Culinary Concepts
Chef James Benson, Directory of Culinary Excellence, Yale Hospitality
What’s Next for the Foodservice Landscape?
Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President, Yale Hospitality
Understanding the current landscape of food service operations in C&U, B&I, Healthcare, and beyond: how Mediterranean-inspired menus promote well-being, inclusiveness, and performance.
Panel: Make it Authentic. Make it Flexible. Make it Sell.
Moderated by Sarah Kiel, Registered Dietitian, Yale Hospitality
Sarah Kiel, Registered Dietitian at Yale Hospitality moderates an insightful menu architecture conversation with operational leaders, including:
- Chef Alex Ong (University of Massachusetts)
- Chef Nicholas Cavaretta (World Bank Group)
- Matt Tremblay (Northbridge Companies)
Getting Halal Right
Yvonne Maffei, Chef & Founder of “My Halal Kitchen”
Dive into this introduction to Halal culinary standards and practices to suit your customers’ and guests’ needs – no matter the industry!
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Networking, Demos, & Mediterranean Flavor Exploration
Enjoy another opportunity to explore curated showcases, retail experiences, and B2B meetings providing actionable insight and turnkey solutions ready to be adopted into your service or operations.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mediterranean Dinner
Savor an inspired three-course meal, drawing on traditional Mediterranean flavors paired with innovative practices.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
8:00 am – 8:30 am Mediterranean Breakfast & Networking
Start Day 2 with breakfast, networking, and engage with mini-demonstrations
8:45 am – 9:15 am The Mediterranean Diet and Climate Change: Connecting human health with a healthier planet
Dr. Terry Nipp, Ph.D., Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University
Get inspired by the connectivity of the Mediterranean Diet between human health and a healthier planet.
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Let’s Get Hands On! Immersive Mediterranean Concept Sessions
Pasta: Chef Giuseppe Angino (La Molisana); Pizza: Francesco Marra (Pizza University); Mezze: Chef Seta Dakessian (MDR®); Honey & Cheese: Katherin Simons & Jason Shoff; Charcuterie: Alessandro Sità (Parmacotto); EVOO Tasting: Nicholas Coleman (Grove & Vine)
Mediterranean Culinary Concept Overview and Q&A (9:40 am – 9:55 am)
- What is a Culinary Concept?
- History and Authentic Ingredients & Flavors
- Sustainability Attributes
- Consumer Trends
- Health and Nutrition Overview
In the Kitchen: Methods & Equipment (10:00 am – 10:20 am)
- Cooking Methods & Equipment
- Flavor Building Strategies
- Sensory Tastings, Condiments & More
Chef-Led Culinary Demonstrations (10:20 am – 10:30 am)
Hands-On Culinary Immersion (10:30 am – 11:30 am)
Dish Presentations & Tastings (11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Final Thoughts (12:00 pm – 12:30 pm)
12:30 pm Farewell Lunch To-Go
Before you leave Yale, please grab a prepared lunch to enjoy during your travels