2019 Events for Pastry Chefs and Professionals

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(This article appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Pastry Arts Magazine)

Pastry Plus Conference

The International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City will hold the second Pasty Plus Conference on Sunday, March 24, 2019, with its charitable arm, the Pastryland Bake Sale, running earlier in the month on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Both events will be held at ICC (28 Crosby Street, New York, NY). The mission of these two events is to establish a pastry community that promotes a constructive exchange of ideas and information to secure the future of the industry.

Led by ICC’s Director of Pastry Operations, Jansen Chan, in partnership with Callebaut and an advisory committee of top pastry chefs, the Pastryland Bake Sale will take place at ICC on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 12-4 pm. The daytime event will feature an array of select pastry chefs from world-class restaurants and bakeries, including Union Square Café, Bien Cuit, Bâtard and Patisserie Chanson, who will each donate one-of-a-kind desserts for the charity bake sale, which will benefit Hot Bread Kitchen.

The theme of Pastry Plus Conference 2019 is ‘Sharing the Slice’. The forum is resented in partnership with Callebaut, and will feature a collective presentation, activity and panel discussion focusing on how the industry must consider the way in which we connect and share information. Pastry Plus aims to connect the innovative minds of pastry professionals, providing a rare opportunity to meet and network in a positive, constructive environment to discuss the issues facing them individually and in the industry as a whole.

Pastry Plus’ Keynote Address will be given by Francisco Migoya, Head Chef of Modernist Cuisine. Individual, self-selected breakout classes (choice of three 75-minute sessions) will focus on preserving the craft of pastry arts; innovation in techniques, ingredients and products; and improving the workplace. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and a networking reception will conclude the inspiring day.

ICC has also joined with the James Beard Foundation and Pastry Arts Magazine, as leadership and media partners, respectively. Over 140 pastry chefs, pastry sous chefs, pastry cooks, pastry students, pastry enthusiasts and pastry business owners, plus food media, bloggers and social media influencers, are expected to attend the conference. Tickets for Pastry Plus ($120 plus fees; $90 plus fees for Early Bird from January 28 to February 25), include access to Pastryland. For more info or to purchase tickets for both events, visit www.internationalculinarycenter.com/pastry-plus/.


International Artisan Bakery Expo

The International Artisan Bakery Expo (IABE) will debut March 5-7, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Exhibiting alongside the largest pizzeria event in the world, The International Pizza Expo, the goal of IABE is to connect premium purveyors with passionate artisan bakery innovators.

Seminars, competitions, networking events, supplier demonstrations, hundreds of suppliers and thousands of bakers will convene for this first in a lifetime experience supporting the artisan bakery movement. Here you’ll find hundreds of industry suppliers, distributors and dealers showing their equipment, ingredients and services specifically developed for those bakers supplying and selling fresh, unpackaged baked goods from retail and food service outlets.

Two hundred artisan bakery exhibitors and 500 pizzeria exhibitors will be on-hand ready to provide solutions and opportunities for both artisan industries. For more info, visit www.artisanbakeryexpo.com.


The 2019 San Francisco Chocolate Salon

Chocolate aficionados and professionals will have the opportunity to taste and experience the finest in artisan gourmet and premium chocolate at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon, which will take place at the San Francisco County Fair Building from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on March 30.

Exhibitors at the event include a curated selection of premium and award-winning chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artisans. Salon highlights feature chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chef and author talks. For more info, visit www.SFChocolateSalon.com.


National Restaurant Association Show

The 2019 National Restaurant Association Show will take place May 18-21 at McCormack Place in Chicago. This is the foodservice industry’s largest and most comprehensive annual event, bringing together a wide range of sectors into one space. It will feature exhibitors from around the world, including international pavilions from Italy, France, Thailand and Greece.

The National Restaurant Association Show is the place to explore everything that’s happening in the industry—from equipment and supplies to food and beverage to technology. It’s a place to learn, experience, network, sample, and test all the latest things on the market. With learning opportunities that reflect today’s business challenges and forward-thinking trends, the National Restaurant Association Show might just help you—and your business—stay ahead of the curve. For more info or to register, visit www.show.restaurant.org.


International Baking Industry Exposition 2019

IBIE, also known as the Baking Expo™, will take place September 7 through September 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, and registration is now open. Held once every three years, IBIE is the largest trade event in the Western Hemisphere for the baking industry. This forum is a great opportunity to discover the latest trends and innovations, participate in cutting-edge conference sessions and demos, and build relationships at high-level networking events. This unique community gathering offers business development opportunities on many levels. Over the past decade, IBIE has enjoyed a 65 percent increase in attendance and is on track to be bigger and better than ever with a nearly sold out show floor. When the show opens September 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the enlarged expo floor plan will host more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest in automation/technology, ingredients and industry trends across the vertical supply chain for every role and every segment of the grain-based food industry.

New in 2019, IBIE will launch IBIEducate, a full day of education on September 7, one day prior to the exhibit hall opening. Now attendees can dedicate a full day to targeted education, designed to deliver valuable ideas and strategies to improve bakery products, optimize production and support business growth. Along with the additional day of learning, the IBIEducate line-up offers more classroom sessions, more hands-on sessions, more technical sessions as well as business sessions focusing on management and marketing topics. Sessions can be purchased individually or attendees can get unlimited access through the all-new ‘All Access Pass.’

IBIE will also unveil two artisan marketplaces, presented by Bread Bakers Guild of America and Puratos. These new state-of-the-art show floor destinations will introduce show elements specifically produced to support the growth of the artisan and specialty market segment. Curated competitions, staged demonstrations from celebrity chefs and Certified Master Bakers, tastings, expert Q&A sessions, exhibitor demonstrations and much more will bring the marketplaces to life. For more info on IBIE or to register, visit www.ibie2019.com.


StarChefs International Chefs Congress

The 14th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress will take place October 27 to 29, 2019 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. As always, there’ll be three days of main stage cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, beverage tastings, business seminars and competitions.

In addition to bringing together some of the world’s most inspiring culinary professionals, StarChefs Congress gathers best-in-class producers and equipment manufacturers so you can outfit your kitchen and fill your walk-in with exceptional product. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, take away techniques and return to work with a revitalized vision for your business. For more info, visit www.starchefs.com.


American Culinary Federation National Convention

The American Culinary Federation will hold its national conference in beautiful Orlando, Florida on August 4-8, 2019 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. If you’re a chef exploring new ideas and flavors, a student looking to gain experience or a foodservice professional keeping atop the latest and greatest, they’ve got plenty of educational and networking opportunities for you.

Featuring educational workshops and seminars such as:

Lessons I’ve Learned and my New Favorite Recipe

Chef Gale Gand, a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, teacher, entrepreneur, and mother, who has also been recognized as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation, will reveal some of the most important lessons she’s learned over her 40 years in the food business, plus her most recent favorite recipe.

Celebrating Foods from Around the World

For many food professionals, one of the most enriching activities is learning a new cuisine or baking tradition. In recent years this has become a sensitive area which is sometimes politicized. What is cultural appropriation? How can we avoid doing it and still engage in cuisines which aren’t “ours?” Hear about these general topics and then hear about a case study of the introduction of Hungarian baking at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. What went well and what remained challenging?

Culinary Medicine – Cooking Up New Relationships Between Chefs and Physicians

How do chefs play a role to increase the health and well-being of their communities? Culinary Medicine is the hot new area of culinary training. A partnership between Chefs, Dietitians and Physicians teaching medical students the application of food as medicine. Learn about why this is an important addition to the training of medical providers and the benefits for the public at large. Enjoy a tasting of some of the recipes that are taught to medical students.

For more information about the convention visit: https://www.acfchefs.org/