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ANC 2011: Rock the Jukebox Scavenger Hunt and SN Booth

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For many veteran ANC attendees, School Nutrition magazine’s annual Scavenger Hunt is among their favorite activities! If you’re an ANC first-timer or haven’t participated in this event before, here’s what you do. Simply visit participating exhibitors and request that they mark your playing card (found in your onsite ANC Program Guide) and return the completed card to the SN booth (Booth #690) at the front of the Exhibit Hall by 2 pm on Tuesday, July 12, to enter a drawing for fabulous prizes.

Winners will be posted at the SN booth on Wednesday, July 13. All foodservice operator and state agency attendees are eligible to participate. Up for the challenge? Grab your colleagues and get ready to have a blast as you explore the Exhibit Hall in pursuit of your mission to complete the Rock the Jukebox Scavenger Hunt!

ANC 2010 Photo: EZ Event Photography

In addition to stopping by the SN booth to drop off your completed Scavenger Hunt card, be sure to take a moment to meet some members of the magazine staff. The SN team would love to hear any ideas or suggestions you might have for the publication!

Are you looking forward to the Scavenger Hunt? What prizes are you hoping to see offered? Or, share in the comments about a recent School Nutrition article that you found helpful.



ANC Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Mapping Out Your Visit

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What better way to kick off the grand opening of the ANC 2011 Exhibit Hall and get connected to others in attendance than by joining SNA, industry partners, your friends and colleagues for the School Nutrition Jam Fest on Monday morning, July 11th! Featuring high-energy tunes played by local musicians, this fun and exciting event will have you tapping toes and bobbing your head as you wait anxiously for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and with it, your first opportunity to explore hundreds of exhibits showcasing an array of the latest food, beverage, supply, equipment and service solutions. While waiting, don’t forget to cheer on the SNA Patrons for all they do for the Association and school nutrition programs nationwide.

ANC 2010 Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

Upon walking through this year’s Exhibit Hall doors, be ready to brace yourself for the overwhelming spectacle you will encounter. Hundreds of booths will beckon for your attention. One booth will be giving out tote bags. Across the aisle another will be offering a drawing for a special prize. Next to it, you can get your picture taken with a familiar mascot. It’s a lot to take in!

But most important, the ANC Exhibit Hall is an opportunity to enrich your decision making by meeting directly with the manufacturers and brokers who can answer your questions. 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 Nashville 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 2011 exhibiting companies and for an interactive map of the exhibit floor.

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

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?


Meet the ANC Keynote Speakers in the Emporium

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Don't miss your chance to meet ANC keynote speakers Janine Driver, Dominique Dawes and Barton Seaver, as they sign their popular books in the SNA Emporium. Below is the ANC 2011 signing schedule.

ANC 2010 Photo: EZ Event Photography

Sunday, July 10, 4:45 pm
Janine Driver (aka the “Lyin’ Tamer”) is a body language expert and CEO of the Body Language Institute, as well as a successful author, an in-demand speaker and media guest. She will be signing copies of her book, You Say More Than You Think: Use the New Body Language to Get What You Want!, after the Opening General Session.

Tuesday, July 12, 5:15 pm
Dominique Dawes is remembered as a member of the gold-medal-winning “Magnificent Seven” U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She will be signing copies of her motivational CD, “ENVISION” Reaching Your Full Potential, after the Second General Session.

Wednesday, July 13, 9:15 am
Craig Weidel, SNS, Area Supervisor, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, will be signing copies of his book, My Heroes Have Always Worn Hairnets, which will help you revitalize your interest in one of the most important jobs in the world: being a school nutrition professional. Craig will also be speaking at the School Nutrition Employees/Managers Section Meeting on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, July 13, 4:45 pm
Barton Seaver is a celebrated chef and sustainability advocate who has dedicated his career to restoring the human relationship with our oceans. He will be signing copies of his book, For Cod and Country, after the Closing General Session.

These books/CDs will be available for purchase and signing in the SNA Emporium (look for the School Bus in the ANC Marketplace area). So get in line and be sure to have your pen handy!



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