Schedule of Events 

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

All events take place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center unless noted otherwise.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Foundation Golf Outing The Club at Savannah Harbor
Meet in the lobby of The Westin Savannah
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Tour: Creating Cultivation Canewater Farm 
Meet in the lobby of The Westin Savannah
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Tours: Joy of Sustainable Soy Farm Tour & Baking Workshop
Sponsored by QUALISOY
Live Oaks Farm
Meet in the lobby of The Westin Savannah
9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Tour: Wild About Shrimp Wild Georgia Shrimp
Meet in the lobby of The Westin Savannah
11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Tour: Spirits, Stories, Savannah
Sponsored by Fuchs North America
Ghost Coast Distillery 
Meet in the lobby of The Westin Savannah
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open  Georgia International Gallery 

Monday, March 26, 2018

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. 60 Minutes of Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Lead by former RCA Board President: Catherine Proper
Session will being promptly at 6:30 a.m.
Riverscape A
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open Georgia International Gallery
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, INC.
Georgia International Gallery
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

President's Address

Keynote Session:
Sharon Lykins, Denny's

Chatham C

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, INC.
Georgia International Gallery
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Various Assigned Rooms 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Regional Lunch
Sponsored by Ed Miniat

Chatham AB
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

General Session:
Gerry Ludwig, Gordon Food Service

Chatham C

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Coffee Break 
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, INC.
Georgia International Gallery
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Various Assigned Rooms 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. First-time Attendee and CCS®/CRC®Reception 

River Concourse

Convention Center

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception 
Sponsored by ADM

Grand Ballroom

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Student and Professional Savory Competitions
Sponsored by ADM, International Flavors & Fragrances and Maple Leaf Farms
Equipment provided by Southbend and Welbilt 
Exhibit Hall A
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open  Georgia International Gallery
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting Rooms 203-204
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by International Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Chatham A
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

General Session:
Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat

Chatham C

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, Inc.
Georgia International Gallery
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions 

Various Assigned Rooms                         

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Culinology® Expo Exhibit Hall A
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Expo Vendor Sessions

Exhibit Hall A; Theaters 1 & 2 
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evolution of Food Waste Presentations
Sponsored by Griffith Foods 
Exhibit Hall A; Theater 2
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Expo Happy Hour 
Sponsored by Ingredion, LifeSpice Ingredients, Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc.
Exhibit Hall A
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Student/Member Town Hall
Room 203-204
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Speaker/Sponsor Reception
Invitation Only 

River Concourse

Convention Center

10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

RCA After Dark
Sponsored by Lactalis Culinary and Sadler's Smokehouse

Culinology® Cocktail Competition
Sponsored by Flavor Dynamics, Inc. 

Habor Ballroom

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by Ardent Mills
Chatham A
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration Open  Georgia International Gallery
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Session:
Chef Matthew Raiford, Gilliard Farms

  • Reconstruction to Restaurateur - An Edible Low Country Tour
    Sponsored by Symrise
Chatham C
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by Darifair Foods, INC.
Georgia International Gallery
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Various Assigned Rooms 

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Free Time to Explore Local Savannah Restaurants
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Various Assigned Rooms 

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Awards Reception & Live Auction Sponsored by JMH Premium 

Chatham C