D.C. was amazing city to celebrate the 19th Annual ICCA Summit this year!
We continue to be thankful for the friendships made in this organization and how we are able to learn from, celebrate, and support each other in many ways while sharing in amazing food along the way.
Our educational sessions included an in depth trends preview from Kyle Chamberlin from Datassential, demos by chefs Joe Sasto, Vikram Sunderam, Edward Lee and beverage experts Morgan Kirchner and Mackenzie Conway. Roger Shealy and Shona Jonson shared the innovation journey they have work through together at Chick-Fil-A and we were able to ask questions to the panel of DC food entrepreneurs about their path to navigating the world of opening multiple restaurants across the city. Perhaps the most eye opening speaker of the conference was Laura Hayes, the manager of World Central Kitchen Chefs Corp who introduced us to the work the organization is doing to provide relief and support to those in crisis world-wide. Here are the speaker PowerPoints:
Our culinary road trips took us to downtown DC on walking tours as well as a trip to the Wharf area all of which gave us a well-rounded idea of all the city has to offer in fun with food. Many of our after dinner excursions introduced us to small but amazing bars like The Fountain Inn and Beucherts serving vintage spirits and drinks to enjoy.
As we said our goodbyes after a fantastic meal at Succotash by Chef Edward Lee, I was reminded of how much I love the camaraderie of this group and how much these individuals mean to me both personally and professionally. On behalf of all the attendees, I would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin, Susan, Jessica and Mike for all the thoughtful preparation put in to making sure the event ran smoothly and we had everything we needed along the way.
And to the sponsors…. You absolutely the best! Your continued support to get us all together and change the future landscape of the food industry as a team is generous and so impactful.
I cannot wait to see everyone again next year as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ICCA in….. San Antonio!
Farley Kaiser, ICCA Secretary
Here is the 19th Annual ICCA Summit DC Final Agenda and on the Home page you can get the more details about the event. Below are the videos we showed during the ICCA Summit DC highlighting the sessions and our speakers using quotes from our members and sponsors: