ANC in the Big D

Let’s Meet at the Rally!

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Give me a “T,” Give me an “E,” Give me an “A” and “M”—what’s that spell?! A whole lot of fun and excitement! Come join SNA, industry partners, your friends and colleagues for the first-ever School Nutrition Pep Rally on Monday, July 12, 9:30-10:00 am, in Lobby D of the Dallas Convention Center. This high-energy event will mark the grand opening of the ANC 2010 Exhibit Hall, as well as pay special tribute to the “TEAM” of SNA Patrons for all they do for the Association and school nutrition programs nationwide. Be sure to give three cheers for your SNA President Dora Rivas, as she’s joined by members of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleading squad and a well-known NFL player, who will help to lead the parade to the Exhibit Hall. So, what are you waiting for?! Get your whole group together, rah-rah attitude in tow, and come celebrate the camaraderie and spirit of the school nutrition profession!

Hot Topic Added to ANC Education Session Lineup

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Are you interested in learning more about First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chef’s Move to Schools” initiative? Well, then you won't want to miss the newly added ANC education session, “Chef’s Move.” During this session, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass, as well as Executive Chef Brad Trudeau from Dallas (Texas) Independent School District, Chef Tony Geraci from Baltimore City (Md.) Public Schools and Chef Timothy Cipriano for New Haven (Conn.) Public Schools will provide an overview of this brand-new initiative and explain how participating in this program can benefit your school. The program is administered by USDA and allows chefs nationwide the opportunity to share their expertise—from developing menus that meet federal dietary standards within budget to educating children about healthy food choices—with schools interested in benefitting from that expertise. Chefs and schools interested in participating can learn more by visiting and clicking on the “Chefs Move to Schools” button.

The "Chef's Move" session is scheduled for Sunday, July 11 at 12:00pm. This “Hot Topic” session was a last-minute addition to the ANC 2010 education session lineup and therefore is not included in the onsite ANC Program Guide. Please be sure to pick up your program and accompanying addendum at Registration for session times and room numbers. The addendum is also packed with exhibitor updates, so you’ll want to have that handy as well when walking the floor of the Exhibit Hall.


ANC 2010 Countdown: Four Days to Go! Are You Ready?

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ANC 2010 in the Big D is just days away! Are you one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals ready to immerse themselves in four invigorating days of education and excitement? In order to make the most of your ANC experience, here are some last-minute reminders to keep in mind as you make your way to Dallas.

  • If you haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late! To register onsite, head to the Registration area of the Dallas Convention Center. Already registered? This is also the place to go to pick up your badge and official ANC Program Guide.
  • From checking in, to making your way through security checkpoints, airline travel can be a headache these days…but it doesn't have to be! Proper planning can make your trip a lot easier. To travel smart and safe, learn tips from the experts at TSA.
  • Super Shuttle is the official airport shuttle provider for ANC, providing service to/from DAL and DFW airports and downtown Dallas for $28 roundtrip. Call (800) 258-3826 or click here to make your reservations. When booking by phone, be sure to reference group code C55PZ. Taxicabs also are available for approximately $16-$20 one-way from DAL and $35-$44 one-way from DFW.
  • Still need a hotel room? The Hilton Anatole, SNA’s headquarters hotel, still has rooms available but they are filling up fast! To reserve your room, call (214) 748-1200 and ask for the School Nutrition Association Block.
  • Complimentary shuttle bus service will run to/from the Convention Center and the official ANC hotels beginning Friday, July 9 and will run throughout the conference. The shuttle bus schedule is available on the SNA website.
  • Plan to attend as many sessions and events as possible! Click on the following to learn more about the education sessions, General Session speakers and events.
  • Need handouts for specific education sessions you plan to attend? They are now available for download from the SNA website. These handouts also will be available online after ANC, therefore we encourage you to pack light and print the ones you need when you return home. Printing stations will not be available during ANC.
  • Plan your Exhibit Hall strategy in advance! To decide what companies you want to see, take advantage of the online listing or check the listing in the ANC Program Guide when you arrive.
  • Want to find out what the city of Dallas is all about? Sign up for a tour or visit the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau website to see what else there is to see and do while in town.
  • And last, but certainly not least, be sure to join your peers for the Final Event concert on Wednesday evening, July 14th! With a smoking-hot performance on tap from Kool & The Gang, one of the greatest acts in R&B music, you are sure to have a memorable evening!

ANC Meet and Greet Book Signings

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Don't miss your chance to meet ANC keynote speakers Dr. Rovenia Brock, Ellie Krieger and Marion Luna Brem, as well as education session speaker Janet Poppendieck, as they sign their popular books in the SNA Emporium. Below is the ANC 2010 book signing schedule.

Sunday, July 11, 4:45 pm:
Rovenia Brock, PhD, also known as “Dr. Ro,” is a leading nutrition coach and an award-winning health journalist renowned for her simple diet and fitness tips. She will be signing copies of her book, Dr. Ro's Ten Secrets to Livin' Healthy.

Monday, July 12, 8:45 am:
Janet Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York, will be signing copies of her book, Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, which provides a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Also, don’t miss her education session, “Universal Free School Meals: An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” on Sunday, July 11th, at 1:15 pm.

Tuesday, July 13, 5:30 pm:
Registered dietician, author and host of the Food Network’s hit show, “Healthy Appetite,” Ellie Krieger has helped people of all ages achieve balance in food, health and life. She will be signing copies of her book, So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week.

Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 am:
Marion Luna Brem is a cancer survivor and the founder of Love Chrysler, whose rags-to-riches story has been profiled in USA Today and The Washington Post. She will be signing copies of her book, The 7 Greatest Truths About Successful Women.

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


See What’s Hot at the ANC New Product Showcase

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Where can you get a first glimpse of what’s new and hot to the school nutrition market? At the New Product Showcase at ANC, of course, so make sure you stop by the display case! Thirty-five companies will feature new products, services and equipment that have been introduced into the school nutrition market within the last year. To view a list of the companies participating and their products, download the New Product Showcase listing (pdf).

You will be able to view the Showcase throughout the entire conference, although the best time to get your up-close look at the highlighted products is on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Showcase will be located by the Registration (Lobby D - Level 2) in the Convention Center.


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?


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