Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Time Event
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Center for Growing Talent Bocce for Talent Tournament
Separate registration required

Custom House Plaza located behind Portola Hotel

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time Event
 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Center for Growing Talent Joe Nucci Memorial Golf Tournament
Separate registration required

Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course

On-site registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Center for Growing Talent Contributor and Volunteer Reception
Invitation-only event

This invite-only event celebrates and thanks Center for Growing Talent contributors and volunteers, connecting them with those they support, our Career Pathways participants.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Time  Event
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Center for Growing Talent 5K Race for Talent
Separate registration required

Promenade between Fisherman's Wharf and Portola Hotel

Give back and join Center for Growing Talent for their annual 5K Race for Talent. Start your morning with a 3.1-mile walk/run along the Monterey Bay. You do not need to be registered for Foodservice Conference & Expo; family and friends are welcome to participate.

 8:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Foodservice thinkTANK
Invitation only event

The PMA thinkTANK is a creative, fast-paced learning environment which gathers foodservice thought leaders to connect on critical issues facing the industry. In support of PMA’s vision of bringing together the global produce and floral community to grow a healthier world, the thinkTANK is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for breaking down silos and facilitating meaningful connections in the spirit of discovering innovative ways to increase consumption, drive sales and position produce as #HalfThePlate.

This is a private session. Admission is by invite only. Interested members are encouraged to contact Michelle Hill to be considered for future opportunities.

8:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Buyer Roundtables
Separate registration required

This unique opportunity, similar to speed dating, allows foodservice suppliers to connect face-to-face with operators & distributors, opening the door for more in-depth conversations in the future. Advance registration is required, and space is limited.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Changing the Way Americans View and Taste Food
Monterey Marriott - 2nd Floor - San Carlos Ballroom

From Food Network’s "Chopped" and "All-Star Academy" to Bravo’s "Queer Eye," Ted Allen has left his stamp on American culture. Be captured by his wit and personality, and enlightened by his insights on the culinary world. Don’t miss his thoughts on what’s next for the foodservice industry during this engaging and interactive experience. 

Ted Allen, Host, “Chopped” & “All-Star Academy”

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
Strolling Lunch Competition
Monterey Conference Center - 2nd Floor - Foyer

Join fellow conference attendees for lunch following the opening keynote session to keep the conversation going. 
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. À la carte!
Monterey Marriott - 2nd Floor - San Carlos Ballroom and Foyer

This is a can't-miss stop on your culinary tour. Choose from a menu of engagement stations, and create your own experience.

Sustainability Corner

Come relax, grab a coffee and learn about success stories of sustainable business initiatives. Ed Treacy, PMA’s vice president of supply chain and sustainability, will be on hand to chat about the latest trends in sustainability and what you can do to lead to greater financial success.

Taste the Trends

Talk about and taste the latest trends in this immersive experience.  Come enjoy a refreshing take on trends and leave with information (and a full stomach!) to stay ahead of the curve in the exciting future of foodservice.

Top Technology of Tomorrow

Experience fast-paced and lively technology pitches designed to introduce innovative solutions to help increase efficiencies and your bottom line. 

Talks on Talent

Attracting new talent to the industry is crucial to our success. Here’s your chance to get ahead of the rising expectations of the next generation of talent and join the conversation with industry members, young professionals and college students to discuss the trends.

Protecting Your Business: The Next Generation of Produce Safety Education

Education for our employees across the supply chain is a critical tool in growing, harvesting, processing, distributing and selling fresh produce. Knowing what needs to be done to manage safety risks, why risk management is necessary and how to perform the necessary practices are vitally important. We’ll unveil PMA’s new approach to food safety education, and you can have a conversation about its implications with PMA experts.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception at The Barns
The Barns at Cooper Molera             
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Center for Growing Talent Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception
Separate registration required

Monterey Marriott - 10th Floor - Ferrantes Bayview Room

Rekindle old connections and form new ones at this gathering designed to celebrate women in the produce industry while supporting the development and execution of our mission to attract, develop and retain talent for the global produce and floral industry.

Host, “Chopped” & “All-Star Academy”

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Time Event
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Strolling Breakfast
Monterey Conference Center - 2nd Floor - Foyer
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
Monterey Marriott - 2nd Floor - San Carlos Ballroom

Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity and happiness. He identified blue zone areas – places where we have the greatest life expectancy and where more people live to 100 than anywhere else. With a team of experts, Dan distilled their secrets into nine commonalities he calls the Power 9.  Using National Geographic photography, Dan will take you on an incredible journey to the Blue Zones and you will walk away with an actionable plan to live a healthier life.

Dan Buettner, National Geographic Writer; Renowned Explorer; Author of Blue Zones

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Foodservice Produce Expo
Monterey Conference Center - 2nd Floor - Steinbeck Ballroom
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Foodservice Produce Expo
Portola Hotel - 1st Floor - DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center -1st Floor - Serra Ballroom

Event Manager

Belinda Keota

Belinda Harvey

Event & Program Manager

+1 (302) 607-2154

Email Belinda

On-site Conference Registration Hours

Thursday, July 25, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT

Friday, July 26, 2019
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT

Saturday, July 27, 2019
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT

Hours are subject to change.

Center for Growing Talent 5K On-site Registration

Thursday, July 25, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monterey Conference Center