Save the Date - Chef's Summit 2017

by Maine Course


Posted on December 19, 2016 at 7:37 AM


Chef Summit LogoThe Chef Summit is a gathering of leaders of the food & beverage industry, restaurant owners, top chefs and mixologists at Sunday River January 26th- 28th.   Chef Summit Lodging & The Culinary Events sold out last year… book now and get the industry discount for Chef Summit Industry Session tickets & Sunday River Lodging. Stay tuned for further information on panelists, guest speakers, etc.

Industry Talks & Industry Apres Party,Thursday, January 26th- Panel presentations on both near-term and long-term strategies to grow and prosper the food and beverage industry.  Maine Course Luncheon by Sodexo & ProStart Fundraiser featuring Maine Food Products.

Market Place Practices and Advice,Friday, January 27th– Hands-on demos & advice.

National Wild Blueberry Pancake Cook Off,Saturday, January 28th– We’re turning national blueberry pancake day “Wild” with an all things blueberry pancake extravaganza from the land of Wild Blueberries.

Tasting EventSaturday Night January 28th-  A showcase of top NE Chefs & Mixologists cooking & mixing their Chef Summit inspired recipes for 250 NE Food Fans.

Sunday River Lodging Information - Contact Sunday River reservations at: 800-543-2754. Let the reservation specialist know you are looking for the “Chef Summit Industry rate”.

Ticketing Information for Industry Events:

Industry Session Tickets $25.00 purchased by 1/1/17 & $40.00 

Industry Lunch/Maine Course by Sodexo & ProStart Fundraiser Tickets $15.00

Industry Luncheon

National Wild Blueberry Pancake Cook Competition - $15.00

Wild Blueberry Pancake Cook Off

Chef Tasting Event Tickets $79.00  

Chef's Tasting

 Chef Summit Photo
Chef's Summit 2016, Photo by: Nicole Wolf for Maine Magazine

Industry Panel Topics – Prelim Topics for January 26th

  • Bright Spots & Bench Marks – Opening presentation with statement on the Market, Compelling Data on our market, Highlights of progress from Maine’s F&B/hospitality Industry.

  • Recipe for Success – Closing presentation with focus on Defining The Future of Maine’s Hospitality & Food/Beverage.


Chef Summit Break Out Panels – 11 AM, 1 PM & 2 PM – January 26th

  • Flavor is King - Creating Flavor as the competitive edge to growth. How innovators have created flavor innovations to expand their products or restaurants.

  • Food Town – How Food Entrepreneurs are leading the revitalization of “underloved” towns – Cases study Skowhegan/Madison & Tenants Harbor

  • Exporting Maine - Leveraging the Maine Brand to Create New and Emerging Marketing

  • Eating on the Wildside - Indigenous/Wild foods are trending How can Maine companies lead this trend and help establish responsible production and supply of Maine's Wild Indigenous foods?

  • Power of Partnerships – Case study of companies forming alliances to grow companies and open new markets.

  • Tips or No Tips - The combination of all the new wage laws and regulations present ever increasing operation challenges for ME restaurants.

  • Drink ME - Maine’s Beverage Future, Opportunities & Challenges.

  • Brand ME - Branding & marketing case study examples & strategy to build food/restaurant brands to consumers.

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