April 24-26, 2019

Napa, California

An Invitation-only Sourcing & Networking Event

for Prepared Foods, Specialty Cheese, Charcuterie and Deli professionals

Supported by:

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 +

Product Samplings 

Who Should Attend?

High Volume purchasing decision-makers for deli, specialty cheese, charcuteries, auxiliary products and prepared foods

Pre-screened vendors vetted for production capacity, product mix and stellar business standing

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”. 
 
 
 
Jamie Bouchard
Director of Deli
PriceChopper

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