Did you know... 70% of 2019 RCA Conference attendees listed networking as their number one motivator for attending the conference? We’re riding that wave even higher in San Diego with a refreshed lineup of networking events in store for you in 2020.

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Networking Lunch

Wednesday, April 15 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Woodstock, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Join fellow attendees on Wednesday, April 15 for our new networking lunch — open to all attendees! This event will be full of networking and delicious, San Diego-inspired cuisine. Make sure to attend to see what's on the menu!

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Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 15 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Woodstock, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Kick off conference with a taste of San Diego during the Opening Reception. The reception will give you an opportunity to enjoy specially prepared dishes from local restaurants and chefs in San Diego. View all of the participating and local restaurants.

You won't want to miss this exciting event to catch up with friends, network with industry professionals and enjoy the eclectic taste of San Diego!

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Culinology® Expo Happy Hour

Thursday, April 16 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Hall D, San Diego Convention Center

Close out your Culinology® Expo experience on a particularly happy note! The Expo Happy Hour starts at 4:00 p.m. in Hall D of the San Diego Convention Center with a craft beer crawl.

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RCA White Party & Culinology® Cocktail Competition

Thursday, April 16 | 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. | Float & Pool Deck, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

You're invited to the RCA White Party  – the official late-night networking reception at the RCA Conference! Join us at 9:30 p.m. on the pool deck of the Hard Rock to enjoy drinks, music and the live Culinology® Cocktail Competitionsponsored by Flavor Dynamics, Inc., where participants will compete to create the best cocktail. Dressing in white attire is strongly encouraged! 

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Regional Breakfast

Friday, April 17 | 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. | Woodstock, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Join your RCA regional hub on Friday, April 17 for the new Regional Breakfast. Regional Chairs will be available to address their members and answer any questions regarding their region.

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Culinology® Education Foundation Lunch

Friday, April 17 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Woodstock, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Join the Culinology® Education Foundation for a special family style lunch provided by executive chef, Jon Eyer, of the Hard Rock San Diego. Chef and his team will walk you through the sourcing, tastes and flavors of this locally influenced menu as you network with peers – space is limited! Attending the lunch will also award you 2 Continuing Education credits.

Ticket proceeds will directly benefit the Culinology® Education Foundation. You may purchase multiple lunch tickets for you and your peers. If you are interested in sponsoring a student’s meal cost, please reach out to

How to Add to Your Registration:

  1. Visit the conference registration page
  2. In the “Already Registered” section, click “View Your Registration Details”
  3. Click “My Options” and “Add Additional Options”
  4. Click “Add” next to the CEF Family Style Lunch
  5. Click “Finish” at the bottom of the form
  6. Click "Pay" to complete and make payment

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