SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, April 24
Arrival in Napa
4:00 pm Welcome Reception at Hotel
6:00 pm Dinner in Napa
Thursday, April 25
8:00 am Continental Breakfast at hotel
9:15 - 9:30 am Welcoming Remarks
9:30 - 10:30 am Cheese Paired
Five Award winning American artisan cheese makers expertly pair their cheeses with charcuterie, spreads, olives and artisan bakery items. Sit back and enjoy the presentation of 5 cheeses and their pairings presented by the cheese makers themselves.
10:40 - 11:00 am Morning Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm It All Starts at the Farm
Everyone on our panel has their own cattle and creates their own Farmstead cheeses, during this session they will bring to light the importance of animal care and feed on how it reflects the quality in their cheeses. They will talk about how their farms make a difference between the thousands of cheeses made and why our customers would care and appreciate the quality and the farmstead way of cheesemaking. Sampling the different cheeses based on the type of farm producing the cheese.
12:00 - 1:30 pm Luncheon and Beer Pairing
1:30 - 2:30 pm Defining Award Winning Cheese Quality
In this session our panel discusses what it takes for a cheese to win awards and exceed judge’s expectations of their style of cheese. This correlates to the differences that customers would expect in raising the quality of cheeses in a Specialty Cheese Case. Using the American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluators guide, they look at the specifications that puts these cheeses in the upper echelon of quality and flavors that can be used to elevate your cheese case definitions of cheeses. Sampling not only the ACS Best of Show cheeses, but international award winning cheeses.
2:30 - 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 pm Gold Supplier Presentations
5:00 pm Break & Refresh at Hotel
6:00 pm Night out in Napa
Friday, April 26
8:00 am Buyer/Supplier 1on1 Meetings
1:00 pm Event Concludes
In order to compete in today's highly competitive business environment, prepared foods, specialty cheese, charcuterie and deli buyers need access to the most effective, highest–value solutions for creating new business relationships.
Deli and Cheese 1on1 brings purchasing executives from leading restaurant chains, foodservice management companies, hotels, resorts & casinos, cruise lines, together with executive-level and senior sales staff from high-volume producers, manufacturers, processors and importers of deli, charcuteries, prepared foods and specialty cheese products, for two days of 1on1 product vetting, networking and industry intelligence gathering.
Product Presentations +
Thought-Leadership Education +
A Sample of Past Participants include:
“This past February was the first time I was able to attend the First Source Event in place of Lee French our Vice President of Deli/Foodservice at Price Chopper. All I can say is “WOW”. This event was put together very well. The event brought you in, taught you all that you wanted to know about a particular topic and then put you in direct contact with those folks that drive the market. And all this took place in just a few days”.
Director of Deli