Foodservice Council For Women To Celebrate 5th Anniversary At International Restaurant & Foodservice Show Of New York, March 6-8, 2016


In 2011, The Food Shows Family of Events, Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum and Kathleen Wood partnered to create the Foodservice Council for Women, a seminar series held during the three restaurant and foodservice events produced by Urban Expositions. On Sunday, March 6, 2016 they will celebrate the 5th anniversary of this collaboration at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, which is taking place Sunday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 8 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The Forum will kick off on Sunday morning with the Foodservice Council for Women session on Women Winning in Business. During the session Chloe Coscarelli, Chef and Partner at by CHLOE; Samantha Wasser, Creative Director at ESquared Hospitality & by CHLOE; Joan Axelrod Siegelwax, Executive Vice President for Love & Quiches Gourmet; Melissa Fleischut, President of the New York State Restaurant Association; and Isabela Wojcik, Director of House Programming for James Beard Foundation will join Kathleen Wood of Kathleen Wood Partners to discuss what it takes to succeed in the foodservice industry today. This high energy – action packed – line up of winning industry leaders will share their insights, resources and “secrets” for winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

“Kathleen Wood and the Foodservice Council for Women is a terrific example of the type of educational opportunities that are part of the Forum. This panel discussion has been a highlight of our events for the past five years and we welcome our attendees to join us as well celebrate this progressive group of women,” said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio. “During the three-day education program, attendees will also learn how to produce winning teams, achieve operational excellence, improve leadership, stay on top of hot trends, increase business loyalty, manage catering, boost customer experience, maximize profits, minimize risks, and create the optimal customer experience.”

In addition to the conference session, Kathleen Wood and Ferdinand Metz will present the Beacon Award to Sara Moulton, nationally recognized chef, television host, author and educator. Sara will be recognized for her strides in advancing the path for women in the industry during her illustrious 30-year career. The award will be presented on Monday, March 7th at 12:00 pm when she will also be demonstrating a dish featuring local New York ingredients with a book signing to follow. The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of Sara’s new book.

Sara Moulton, a CIA grad, worked in restaurants throughout the US and Europe, and will discuss her mentorship with Julia Child, her positions as Food Editor of Good Morning America and executive chef of Gourmet Magazine, her time on the Food Network, and current role of author of several cookbooks and host of “Sara’s Weeknight Dinners”.

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Over 35 additional sessions within The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum will focus on Driving Sales and Reducing Costs, Catering, Winning Teams, Management, Menu, Operations, Hot Trends, and Customer Experience. Session topics include a lively debate on changes on the tipping culture featuring Chefs Marc Murphy and Amanda Cohen; in addition to titles including: “So You Want to Have Your Own Cooking Show,” “How to Resonate with Millennials,” “Tips for Selling or Buying a Restaurant,” “Accommodating Customer on Special Diets,” and much more. For the complete scheduled of sessions, click here.

The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum faculty features representation from operations and organizations including Tropical Smoothie Café, Royal Caribbean International, Zoës Kitchen, Sodexo, Almond, Dirt Candy, Benchmarc Restaurants, Chefs de Cuisine, The Monday Campaigns, International Chef Association and more.

The Education Station will offer business boosting sessions on the show floor. Speakers will include David Scott Peters,; Betsy Craig, MenuTrinfo; Darren S. Denington, CFBE, Service with Style Hospitality; Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach; Kevin Paider, ChefTec; Tom DuFore, Franchise Marketing Systems; Dale Willerton, The Lease Coach and Joe Gabriel, Snagajob. These industry experts will share their knowledge and expertise during the three days of the event. For the complete schedule, click here.

In addition to the dynamic education program, the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show will offer 450+ exhibiting companies on an expansive show floor showcasing the newest products and services for the industry. Special feature areas include The Pub, The Japan Pavilion, The Food Trends Experience, The APP Store, Taste NY Food & Craft Beverage Showcase, The Beer and Burger Lounge – sponsored by Budweiser and One World Beef, the US Pastry Competition, and much more.

About the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

The 23rd Annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will bring together thousands of foodservice, restaurant and hospitality professionals from New York State, and will feature more than 450 leading vendors, the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum education sessions and buzz building special events. This is the only event in New York exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry, sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) and produced by Urban Expositions. The show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Sunday, March 6 – Tuesday, March 8, 2016. To learn more, visit