MenuDirections 2013: Complete Conference Coverage

Conference provided attendees a wealth of healthy, flavorful ideas to take back to their operations.

The 11th annual MenuDirections conference was held last week in Tampa, Fla., where the theme—Healthy Flavors, Healthy Profits—focused on health and wellness. From a general session recipe revamp to world cuisine workshops that delivered health through flavor, the conference brought attendees a wealth of healthy ideas. See below for FSD's full coverage of the conference. 

Daily Reports
MenuDirections 2013: Health is Top of Mind on Day One of Conference
MenuDirections 2013: Recipe and Diet Revamps on Day Two
MenuDirections 2013: World Cuisines Deliver Health Through Flavor on Day Three

Editors' Blogs
Peter Romeo: What Sunk in During Day One
Becky Schilling: Dine-Around Gets Rowdy
Peter Romeo: Cooking (and almost cussin') with Chef Jet Tila
Peter Romeo: Day Two Highlights
Patricia Cobe: A Seat at the Judge’s Table

News
Angelo Mojica chosen as FoodService Director's FSD of the Year
N.C. State wins Grand Goldie; UNC Healthcare, Flik and ACTS also honored

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