2014 Speakers
2014 Talent
Kevin Boehm
BOKA Group

After opening 16 successful restaurants over two decades, James Beard nominated restaurateur Kevin Boehm has become one of the nation's most successful owner/operators... MORE

Rohini Dey

A leading restaurateur, a proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist, and an avid supporter of women... MORE.

Jorge Gera
Jorge Gera Photography

Chilean born photographer Jorge Gera is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in advertisement as well as food and fashion with a style consisting of vibrant and energetic imagery... MORE.

Daniel Joly
Stella Artois

Belgian-born Master Chef Daniel Joly graduated from the Culinary Institute of Brussels in 1986... MORE.

Rob Katz
BOKA Restaurant Group

James Beard nominated restaurateur Rob Katz, one of America's most respected and celebrated restaurateurs... MORE.

Andrew Knowlton
Bon Appétit

Andrew Knowlton is the Restaurant and Drinks Editor at Bon Appétit magazine, where he writes features and monthly columns including The BA Foodist... MORE.

Donnie Madia
One Off Hospitality

Among the city's most acclaimed restaurateurs, Chicago-born Donald J. Madia has mastered the art of collaboration to execute his singular unerring instincts for style, atmosphere and hospitality... MORE.

Jerrod Melman
Lettuce Entertain You


RJ Melman
Lettuce Entertain You


Helen Morrison
Villa Maria

Helen’s passion for wine not only encouraged her to change her career path at Lincoln University... MORE.

Ira Norof, CWE
Southern Wine & Spirits of California

A native of Manhattan, Ira holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in film, television and radio... MORE.

Adam Rapoport
Bon Appétit

Adam Rapoport is the editor in chief of Bon Appétit magazine... MORE.

Joe Scroggs
The Roost

Joe Scroggs is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and the owner of The Roost Carolina Kitchen, recently named by multiple local food critics as the best fried chicken in Chicago... MORE

Jim Shikenjanski
Trinchero Family Estates

Jim Shikenjanski, Trinchero Family Estates Director National Retail Development, has been in the beverage alcohol industry for the past 21 years... MORE.

Trudy Thomas
Rosebud Restaurants

From Kentucky Bourbon to Artisan Cocktails, Trudy Thomas brings mixology mastery to Rosebud Restaurants with a unique combination of discipline and creative flair... MORE.

Suzanne Wolcott
Goose Island Brewery

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Paula Zuhlsdorf

Paula Zuhlsdorf, Culinary Marketing Services, has been with Target for about 5 years... MORE.


Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30