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MenuDirections 2012: Day 2 Photos

Day two offered attendees tastes of world cuisines, info on healthy foods and a new FSD of the Year.

At the 10th annual MenuDirections conference, held in Charleston, S.C. Feb. 26-28, attendees had the chance to learn how to Create Flavor, while Selling Health with educational workshops and networking opportunities.

The second day provided information on 10 foods to improve your health by Dr. James Painter, session on Mediterranean, Korean and Latino cuisine and the FSD of the Month/Year awards dinner. Click through for photos from from Day 2.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Vendor Fair Breakfast, Advisory Board
Members of FoodService Director's advisory board gathered for an impromtu meeting at the breakfast vendor fair.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Vendor Fair Breakfast, Texas Pete

Attendees got to sample of the sponsors' breakfast items during the vendor fair.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Vendor Fair Breakfast, mai cuisineA new item on offer was breakfast-style sushi.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Keynote Speaker, James Painter intro

Dr. James Painter, who last year presented on Mindless Eating, was back this year with a presentation on 10 Foods for a Healthier Lifestyle.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Keynote Speaker, Painter, slide

Painter got into how the body processes different foods to show how healthy foods work for our bodies.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Painter

“People still have this idea that you need to cut cholesterol out of your diet. [But] it really does nothing,” he said. Rather, managing the relationship between so-called bad cholesterol—LDL—and the good variety, HDL, is the real route to safer eating, Painter explained.


MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Keynote Speaker, James Painter, crowd

Attendees were encouraged to ask questions throughout Dr. Painter's presentation.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Korean, speaker

David Yeo, executive chef for CJ Foods, presented on the Craveable Flavors of Korea.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, World Cuisines, Korean

Bibimbap, which in Korean means “mixed meal,” is a simple dish containing a variety of vegetables, bulgogi beef and either a raw or fried egg, topped with a spicy-sweet sauce called gochujang. As David Yeo was preparing the dish, Becky Westby of CJ Foods explained the origins of bulgogi, an iconic Korean food that consists of marinated beef that is cooked on open fire. Historically, it was considered the exlusive purview of the wealthy and nobility.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, World Cuisines, Latino, Andrew HunterAndrew Hunter, Kikkoman Foodservice Chef, spoke about Latino cuisine through the lens of the ubiquitous taco.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, World Cuisines, Mediterranean, Marion Gibson

Marion Gibson, national culinary director for LifeWorks Restaurant Group, a division of Aramark, presented on the five main tastes of the Mediterranean.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, World Cuisines, Mediterranean, platter

Gibson impressed attendees with this new way of presenting classic small plate fare.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Lunch Vendor Fair, wide

The lunch vendor fair provided operators with tasty samples from sponsors, as well as an opportunity to network with fellow attendees.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Lunch Vendor Fair

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, New Product Trends, McCormick Flavor Forecast

During a new series of workshops called New Product Trends, McCormick For Chefs Executive Chef Kevan Vetter took attendees through the company's 2012 Flavor Forecast, which offers trendy flavor pairings for the coming year.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, New Product Trends, Bush Brothers, Smart Beans

In the Smart Beans workshop Erik Henry, director of foodservice for Bush Brothers, and Tom Smith, executive chef for Food IQ, spoke about how menuing beans can help make menus healthier.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, New Product Trends, Bunge

As part of Bunge Oils session on the new generation of healthy oils, attendees got a chance to taste items made in the healthy oils at the Bunge truck.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Cocktail Reception

Gary Coyle, Cyndi Gloodt, Jerry Miller and Joe Porras catch up during the cocktail reception.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Cocktail Reception, NC State

NC State's Randy Lait, Lisa Eberhart and Bill Brizzolara compare notes from the day's sessions.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Cocktail Reception, UMass

UMass's Garett DiStefano and Chris Howland flank RC Fine Foods' Gary Cohen at the cocktail reception.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Cocktail Reception, Lenny DeMartino, Jeff Shaffer

Former FSD of the Month Lenny DeMartino provides support for 2011 FSD of the Month Jeff Shaffer. Both men work for Parkhurst accounts in Pittsburgh.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Gary Coyle

During the awards dinner  Lindsey Ramsey, Managing Editor, FSD Online presented each FSD of the Month winner with a plaque. Here she is with February FSD of the Month Gary Coyle, director of dining services at Washington State University.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Lisette Coston

March FSD of the Month Lisette Coston, director of nutrition and food service at Saint Francis Health System.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Cyndi Gloodt

April FSD of the Month Cyndi Gloodt, general manager for Sodexo at Northern Trust Bank.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Jeff Shaffer

August FSD of the Month Jeff Shaffer, executive chef for Parkhurst at Reed Smith.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Brad Lange

September FSD of the Month Brad Lange, director of dining services at Park Regency.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Nancy Levandowski

October FSD of the Month Nancy Levandowski, director of ISU Dining at Iowa State University.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Billy Reid

November FSD of the Month Billy Reid, director of child nutrition services for Salida Union School District.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, Lisette Coston, Paul King, Bill Anderson

FSD of the Year Lisette Coston is flanked by FSD Editor Paul King (left) and FSD Publisher Bill Anderson (right).

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, Awards Dinner, 2011 FSDs of the Month

All the present 2011 FSD of the Month award winners.

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