April 20-21, 2016

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The MDR is designed to inform, inspire and educate different audiences, creating a forum for an open exchange of data about diet and health in the United States. It will assemble a distinguished group of experts from the academia and scientific realms, along with professionals in the Food industry, retail, and public policy officials. The goal is to address the important topic of how to provide end users with new, exciting choices inspired to the Mediterranean Diet. The program will feature several sessions with invited guests:
12:00 – 3:00 pm NEW! ITALIAN EVOO EDUCATIONAL TASTING The kick off event to the "Extraordinary Italian Taste" campaign features a comparative and educational Italian extra virgin olive oil tasting and a regional Italian culinary tasting (from 12:30 to 1:30 pm).

The campaign is funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and is promoted by Assocamerestero in collaboration with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West.

2:00 – 2:15 pm Opening remarks – Professor Kales, Harvard School of Public Health

Scientific session: with Harvard School of Public Health (Prof. Stefanos Kales), University of Molise, Italy (Prof. Giovanni Scapagnini), Harvard Medical School (Prof. Imma DeVivo), Prof. International Observatory of Oxidative Stress, (Prof. Eugenio Luigi Iorio), UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute (Dan Flynn), Chef Maria Loi (Greece)

3:45 – 4:00 pm Coffee Break (Tasting experience)

4:00 - 4:30 pm International Olive Oil tasting with the North American olive Oil Association (Eryn Balch, NAOOA)

4:30 – 5:30 pm Public Policy: public sector, corporate and international perspectives. Paul Simon, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Shahid “Sean” Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN, Internal Medicine/Nephrology/Obesity Medicine Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, California; Thea Emmerling, Minister Counselor Head of the Health, Food Safety, and Consumer Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. Moderated by John Marino
8:00 – 8:30 am Mediterranean Breakfast / Networking

8:30 – 10:00 am Leaders from volume food services: millennial and Gen Z diners, demanding healthy cuisine rich with flavor, yet embracing environmental and social responsibility. Nutrition and Food Service, Cleveland Clinic (Mojica Angelo, Senior Enterprise Director), Google Food (Michiel Bakker, Director), Oakland Unified School District (Jennifer LeBarre, Executive Director, Nutrition Services), Yale Hospitality (Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President), University of Massachusetts (Ken Toong, Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises)

10:00 – 11:00 am Chefs, Media& Public Opinion: Amy Riolo - Chef, writer, tv personality and panelists: Gino Campagna chef , food authority & TV personality, Janet Zappala, anchor/reporter for Your Health Matters at KMIR News (NBC), Chef Lee Knaz (Israel) owner of Mission Olive

11:00 – 11:15 am Coffee Break (Tasting experience)

11:15 – 11:45 am How to pair your Olive Oil: a practical guide with Alexis Kerner, Olive Oil expert

11:45-12:30 pm Retailers: local VS global: sourcing the right products and serving the right meals. Eataly (Dino Borri); (Justin Marx, founder); Gelson’s Supermarkets (Jessica Siegel, RD)