All meals are Certified Local by Taste the Local Difference.

Why are the meal tickets an additional cost this year?

The money that we spend on meals and snacks adds up to $40,000 to $50,000 each year—approximately 40% of the cost of a regular ticket (even higher for early bird tickets). In order for the conference to remain financially stable, we can no longer absorb these costs. Although there are other options for meals in the hotel, we do hope that you will join us for lunch. It is a great time to catch up with friends and make new ones!

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Friday Lunch

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Lunch is not included with registration. Ticket required.

Quinoa and sautéed cabbage, caraway slaw

Fresh baked rolls and butter
with gluten free option

Shredded Marinated Chicken thighs Pepperonata

Root Vegetable Ragu

All served with creamy parmesan polenta

Local Apple and Cherry turnovers made with gluten free puff pastry

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Friday Dinner


Cocktail Hour in the Trade Show

Live music, cash bar. Free and open to the public—no ticket needed.


Farm-to-Table Dinner

Join us for a certified local foods dinner. Ticket required.

Grilled Peach and Cheddar salad with arugula and candied walnuts

Spiced Pepper Bread stick gluten free option

Beef and Cremini Mushroom Bourguignon   

With Asiago Dumplings with gluten free flour

Grilled Vegetable Gratinee 

Pear and Cinnamon Biscuit cobbler with gluten free flour


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Saturday Lunch

12:15 to 1:30 pm

Lunch is not included with registration. Ticket required.

Warm wild rice and Mushroom Salad

Corn bread and local cheddar muffins

Root Vegetable and white bean Cassoulet

Sautéed Collard Greens with carrots and roasted garlic

Chocolate raspberry mousse tower