ANC in the Big D

Mapping Out Your Visit to the ANC Exhibit Hall

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Put on your cowboy boots and hat, saddle up and get ready to lasso a heap o’ information about the latest and most cutting-edge food, beverage, service, supply and equipment offerings from hundreds of exhibitors. The ANC Exhibit Hall gives you a unique opportunity to view, taste and touch products designed to improve the success of your school nutrition operation.

Whether you have the authority to make purchase decisions or you help influence those decisions, you can make the most of your visit to the Exhibit Hall by coming prepared. Take a few minutes before you arrive in Dallas to identify the vendors that interest you and map out your visit Exhibit Hall experience in advance. Click here for an alphabetical listing of the 2010 exhibiting companies and for an interactive map of the exhibit floor.

The Exhibit Hall once again will include the popular dedicated aisles Dairy Way, Produce Row and USDA Lane, as well as a new addition: Eco-Friendly Aisle. In these special areas, you will discover everything from fruit, vegetable and going green trends to dairy products, USDA foods and their vendors.

Don’t forget to participate in School Nutrition magazine’s annual Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt. All you need to do is visit participating exhibitors and request that they punch or initial your playing card (found in your onsite Program Guide) and return the completed card to the SN booth in the Exhibit Hall to enter a drawing for many fabulous prizes. Winners will be posted at the SN booth on Wednesday, July 14. All foodservice operator and state agency attendee are eligible to participate.

Also, if you are an SNA member at the Major City or District Director level, you won’t want to miss the special Exhibit Hall time, Tuesday, July 13, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, that has been set aside for you to walk the aisles and network with exhibitors. As you enter the Exhibit Hall during this special time, be sure to pick up your an “All-Access Pass” card and get it signed by any five companies. Then just drop it off at the Exhibit Hall entrance by the end of this special time. Fifteen directors will win a 2011 SNA Conference Package, with free registrations for all SNA conferences in 2011 (CNIC, LAC and ANC; a $1,200 value). Winners will be notified on Wednesday morning and directed to a sponsoring company’s booth to pick up a certificate. 

Finally, the Exhibit Hall hours are designed not to conflict with scheduled education sessions, so there’s no need to tackle everything at once. So pace yourself and remember to have fun!

Have you created your “must-see” list of exhibit booths yet?


Culinary Demonstrations at ANC

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Looking for new menu and recipe ideas? Make sure you mosey on over to the Culinary Demonstration area during the ANC Exhibit Hall hours, where six professional chefs will russell up meals that are sure to capture the attention of your students and provide healthy menu solutions.

This year, there will be six demonstrations offered during the conference. They are:

  • USDA: Chef Brad Trudeau will feature recipes with a Southwestern Flair
  • Pierre Foods: Chef Jimmy Gherardi will feature recipes from their Better For You to Smart Picks
  • MARS Foodservice: Chef Chris Skulmutch will feature recipes using Uncle Ben’s Flavored Rice Product line (whole grain brown rice)
  • Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission: Chef Tom Nixon will highlight the versatility of berry use, from baked items to healthy deserts
  • PepsiCo Foodservice: Chef Stephen Kalil will prepare the winning submission in the “Meal in a Bag” Recipe Contest
  • Sunkist Foodservice: Chef Cyndie Story will turn fresh produce into affordable healthy school meal options

Each demo will last about 45 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to go to all the exhibits. So whether you take in one or all of the Culinary Demonstrations, you’re sure to ride off with some great new ideas!

Got any winning culinary techniques or tips of your own? Share them with your peers in the comments section!


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