SPOTLIGHTS

The food and beverage industry has evolved over the last two years. We are more innovative and more thoughtful than ever before. No one understands that better than these industry insiders. Uncover the next month, year and even generation of Culinology from each of our spotlight speakers who are constantly changing the playing field.

Mike Kostyo, Trendologist, Datassential

2022 Trends: A New Era

It's not hyperbolic to say that the pandemic changed everything. From a food industry standpoint, every idea and concept we talk about for years to come will be divided into pre-COVID and post-COVID trends. So what does the post-COVID era look like? We'll dive into the data that shows what our food future looks like. What trends actually managed to grow during the pandemic, which means they are safe bets for the years ahead? How do you compete in the "Wild Wild West," where ghost kitchens pop up overnight, supermarkets and c-stores go delivery-only, and the lines between segments are so blurry they may as well not exist at all. And what might the far-off future -- 50 years ahead -- look like for both foodservice and retail?

About Mike: 

Mike Kostyo is the resident Trendologist and Senior Managing Editor at Datassential, the food industry's leading market research and trends company. At Datassential, Kostyo oversees the company's seven TrendSpotting magazines, custom client publications, and he leads trend immersion tours and ideation sessions across the country. Kostyo was a recurring guest on Fusion TV's "The AV Club Show"; has been featured on WGN Radio, CBS Radio, and Gimlet Media's "Why We Eat What We Eat" podcast; is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines; speaks at numerous conferences across the country annually; and he was a judge on Food Network's "Eating America." He has a master’s in gastronomy from Boston University, plus certificates in the culinary arts, baking arts, wine, and artisan cheese production. In his spare time he teaches cooking classes and co-founded a monthly food swap in Chicago.

Suzanne Vizethann, Chef, Founder and Owner, Buttermilk Kitchen

The Secret to Locally-Source, Sustainable Cooking

Opening a restaurant isn’t an easy task, but it sure is a rewarding one. Hear from Suzanne, the owner of Buttermilk Kitchen since 2012, about the trials and tribulations that go along with starting your own restaurant. Buttermilk Kitchen, which was Suzanne’s second attempt at restaurant ownership, is now a locally-sourced, woman-owned, sustainable powerhouse, located right here in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us to learn how she got to where she is now and what it means to own Buttermilk Kitchen.

About Suzanne: 

Suzanne Vizethann is the chef, founder and owner of Buttermilk Kitchen; the beloved breakfast/brunch restaurant in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta GA.  After working in fine dining restaurants around the city, Suzanne opened the Hungry Peach, a cafe and catering concept in 2009 which later led to the opening of Buttermilk Kitchen in 2012.

The breakfast innovator and brunch queen is a Food Network CHOPPED champion, contestant on the hit show Guy’s Grocery Games, and has also been featured on the Today Show, the Chew, and Diner’s Drive-in’s and Dives.

Suzanne has a whimsical and modernistic approach to the typical American breakfast.  She considers herself to be the “Queen of Brunch”. She recently started an innovative biscuit pop up called Milkdrop that features a fun spin on the Southern staple.