The Culinary Institute of America's Leadership Programs, spearheaded by the CIA Strategic Initiatives Group, help foodservice professionals learn more about the next wave of change. Our conferences and leadership retreats focus on topics and trends crucial to the foodservice industry including flavor development, health and wellness, nutrition science, volume foodservice menu R&D, and collaboration between production agriculture and volume foodservice.
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Flavor, Quality & American Menus is an annual invitational leadership retreat presented in partnership by The Culinary Institute of America and the University of California, Davis.
Co-founded and jointly led by Stanford University and The Culinary Institute of America, the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative is a working group of leading scholars, foodservice business leaders, and executive chefs from invited colleges and universities who are accelerating efforts to move Americans toward healthier, more sustainable, plant-forward diets.
Our 2019 Latin American Cuisine Summit—Arriba Mexico—will focus on Oaxaca's diverse and dynamic cuisine. Over the course of two days, attendees will learn all about the culinary heritage of Mexico, as they explore Mexico’s culinary contributions, influences, and staple ingredients.
The Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival is widely acknowledged as our country’s most influential professional forum on world cuisines, food cultures, and flavor trends.
Food and nutrition issues impact the health of America's children and youth, and are some of the most pressing public health challenges of our time. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), widely regarded as the world's leading culinary college, has long been committed to advancing healthier foods.
Each January, the Worlds of Healthy Flavors invitational leadership retreat brings together an audience of 125 people—including top nutrition researchers, influential corporate chefs, nutrition executives, world cuisine experts, members of the media, and other influencers—to discuss opportunities for presenting American consumers with a wider range of healthy menu options.
The CIA Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative is an initiative designed to take inspiration, information, and insights from other CIA health and wellness initiatives and craft highly targeted, sector-specific, practical solutions that contribute towards expanding healthy food and beverage choices within the foodservice industry. Members include a small "dream team" of volume foodservice leaders, technical experts, manufacturers, and suppliers.
An Annual Gathering of Physicians, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Nurses, and Other Healthcare Professionals; Hospital, Insurance, and Other Healthcare Executives; and Healthcare Foodservice Directors and Executive Chefs.
The Flavor Summit brings together each spring a select group of top food and beverage executives, corporate and executive chefs, and other experts in American foodservice and hospitality to explore, discuss, and taste their way through a stimulating, critical set of flavor and related kitchen, dining, and hospitality management issues.
Whatever you call it and however you frame it, plant forward is one
of the most significant culinary mega-trends underway in America
and in global foodservice. It is changing how chefs think about
menus, flavor development, creativity, profitability, and their future customers.
What if leaders in the culinary arts, business, public health, and environmental sciences all worked together to develop business-friendly solutions to today’s most pressing social and environmental concerns?
Learn how to infuse your menu with on-trend, craveable plant-forward choices at the Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit!
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