Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Time Event
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Center for Growing Talent Bocce for Talent Tournament*
​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*

On-site registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.
Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course

 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Center for Growing Talent Contributor and Volunteer Reception**

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*
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**

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*

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

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”

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Strolling Lunch

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!

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

More information to come.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Event

Check back for more information.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Center for Growing Talent Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception*

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
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

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

*Separate registration is required.

**Invitation-only event.

Event Manager

Belinda Keota

Belinda Harvey

Meeting 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