Agenda

The RCA Conference provides a truly innovative experience for food industry professionals looking to dive deeper into culinary arts, food sciences and product development. Immerse yourself in the most exciting three days in food – from educational sessions to networking opportunities to the food and flavor-filled Culinology® Expo.

Pre-conference programs will be held on Tuesday, March 12.
 

       
7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
 
Registration Open
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
 
First-Time Attendee Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
 
Grab & Go Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
President's Address & Spotlight
Spotlight sponsored by Symrise
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, Inc.
 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
Breakout Sessions
2019 Menu Trends – The Cutting Edge sponsored by Sadler’s Smokehouse, LLC
 
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Regional Lunch
Sponsored by Ed Miniat, LLC
 
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
Breakout Sessions
C-Store Confidential sponsored by Paradise
 
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
 
Networking Coffee and Snack Break
Sponsored by Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner; and Darifair Foods, Inc.
 
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Awards for the Day & Spotlight
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
CCS®/CRC® Reception (Invite Only)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
Omni Hotel
 
6:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
 
Live Student Culinology® Competition
Sponsored by Deli Star; and International Flavors & Fragrances
Equipment provided by Southbend
 
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting Breakfast
Sponsored by International Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
 
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Awards for the Day & Spotlight
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Networking Coffee and Snack Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, Inc.; and Atalanta Corporation
 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Live Professional Culinology® Competition
Sponsored by ADM; Deli Star; and International Flavors & Fragrances
Equipment provided by Southbend
 
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Culinology® Expo
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Evolution of Food Waste Product Development Competition: Product Presentations
Sponsored by Griffith Foods; and NorthTaste Flavourings
 
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Culinology® Expo Happy Hour
Sponsored by Edlong Corporation; and Ingredion
 
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Student/Member Town Hall
Sponsored by Vienna Beef
 
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Speaker/Sponsor Reception (Invite Only)
Pool Deck, Omni Louisville Hotel
10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
RCA ‘Un-Barreled’ (After Hours Party)
Live Culinology® Cocktail Competition
Omni Hotel
RCA Un-Barreled sponsored by Ingredion; and Red Arrow
Cocktail Competition sponsored by Flavor Dynamics, Inc.
 
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
 
Attendee Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Awards for the Day & Spotlight
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, Inc.
 
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Culinology® Education Foundation Lunch – Food Truck Friday
CRC®/CCS® Exam (Pre-approval Required)
 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Professional and Student Abstract Presentations
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
RCA Awards Reception & Live Auction

*All events will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change.

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