Frequently Asked Questions

What are the conference dates?
The Fall Member Conference and Awards takes place October 15-18, 2018. Conference events begin Monday, October 15 for both members and suppliers.  Please plan to arrive in time to attend your first conference event; depart anytime on Thursday, October 18 to ensure your participation in all events, including the evening event on Wednesday.

Where are the conference events?
All conference events will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel.

How do I make hotel arrangements?
You can make reservations by following the instructions provided on the “Lodging & Travel” tab of this site. Book early to ensure you receive the discounted group rates. These rates will be available until they are sold out or released, whichever comes first. After that, if the hotels are not sold out, rooms will be at the prevailing rates at each hotel at that time.

How do the show appointments work?  
The food show is based on individual pre-scheduled 15-minute meetings between members and suppliers at supplier booths. In late August we will provide instructions for making appointment requests to all registered members and suppliers. We create custom appointment schedules based on our participating member and supplier preferences. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate all requests 100%, but strive to create a productive schedule of meetings for you. Final appointment schedules will be sent to all attending members and suppliers two weeks prior to the show.

Is a list of attendees available?
A list of attending companies will be provided one month prior to the event.

Where do I go to pick up my name badge and other onsite show materials?
Your name badge and registration packet will be available at Golbon Registration & Hospitality at the Roosevelt Hotel from 1:00 – 5: PM on Monday, October 15. Unclaimed name badges will be available at the opening reception that evening.

Will Wi-Fi be available at the show?
Golbon will be providing Wi-Fi on the show floor, beginning Tuesday, October 16.

What is the conference attire?
Monday Events:  all events are business casual, denim ok
Tuesday & Wednesday:  Show floor:  business casual
Spouse & Companion Events:  casual
Awards Evening – Cocktail Attire: Men – Suit & tie, black tie optional;
Ladies – Party dress, skirt and dressy top or dressy pants outfit

If I bring my spouse or a personal guest, is there something for him or her to do while I’m in meetings?
We do have a program created especially for our attending spouses and other personal guests. During the registration process we ask that you let us know if you have a spouse or other personal companion attending. After general show registration closes, we send them an invitation to sign up for special events created just for them. They are warmly welcome at our evening events as well. Please note that no guests under age 18 are allowed at conference events.