Get Fresh in Scottsdale: AHF's 2022 Annual Conference is a Must-Attend Event

By Christin Swingle posted 05-19-2022 11:56


We invite all AHF members and self-operated healthcare foodservice and senior dining professionals to join your peers, mentors, and friends in Scottsdale, AZ August 8 -11, 2022.

Clickable logo for the 2022 AHF Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.Now, more than ever, self-operated acute care facilities and senior living communities need to be innovative while doing more with less. Join AHF for 3 days and learn from like-minded peers across the nation, network, and share best practices. AHF will host valuable educational sessions, lively networking breaks, world-renowned keynote speakers, and the AHF Marketplace and Exhibit Hall where you can learn about the latest products and services to enhance your operations. 

Each attendee will receive a copy of AHF’s “Playbook” containing curated tips and handouts from its speakers to bring back to their operations.  In addition to invaluable networking opportunities and exciting events such as the annual culinary competition, attendees will have the opportunity to earn AND, ANFP, and ACF continuing education credits.  This year’s conference agenda is packed with innovative and exciting sessions to bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we are all facing to generate new ideas to help your organization reach soaring new heights.

Scholarships and Discounts Available!

  • Register for Free with Real Rewards Café
  • Apply for Scholarship for member operators
  • Group Discounts are also available

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Pre-Conference Workshop:
Effective Financial Management & Leadership Skills for Food & Nutrition Services
Presented by: Joyce Hagen-Flint
Join AHF for a 3-hour financial management and leadership acumen deep-dive workshop. This session will be an investment for emerging and experienced Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) leaders which will return improved operational performance. It is intended to provide leaders in FNS a current understanding of practices in financial management that can assist in improving overall performance of their departments. The course will also review other critical leadership skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your current, or future, role. This session is a great option for any FNS leader in acute care or senior living with financial responsibility including directors, managers, chefs, and more.

Sessions at-a-glance:

  • Opening Keynote: Kitchen Sessions: Inspired Leadership
    Presented by: Michael Lomonaco
    As a chef and restaurateur, Michael Lomonaco knows that while there is no single “recipe for success,” there are certainly key ingredients that need to be present in each and every one. Through his years of dedication and innovation in his restaurants and in the hospitality industry as a whole, Michael’s well-established reputation for thoughtful leadership is based on inclusiveness and kindness. His firmly held belief that enabling others to develop their own goals and harness their “inner entrepreneur” propels businesses from merely surviving to thriving achievement. His commitment to “doing the work” shows through his engagement in mentorship and his support of his industry and community.
  • Roundtable Discussions:
    1: Menu Flexibility & Supply Chain Challenges
    2: HR: Recruiting, Engaging, Retaining Staff
    3: Foodservice During & Post Pandemic – What are you carrying forward?
    Join your peers in one of three guided roundtable discussions hosted by AHF and industry leaders and make new and lasting connections.
  • Keynote Session: Sweat the Small Stuff: 12 Fresh Perspectives for your Food Program Moving Forward
    Presented by: Doug Johnson
    Please join us as we share fresh perspectives on staging personal and memorable experiences for your team, your customers, and your patients. Twelve principles will be shared to inspire you and challenge you to change the world! You’ll be invited to identify the main principles that you will bring back to your organization and implement with your team immediately. In this session, you’ll learn the difference between experience by design and experience by default and you’ll capture fresh perspectives for your food program moving forward.
  • Culinary Medicine
    Presented by: Michael S. Fenster

    Join Chef Dr. Mike, cardiologist, professor, chef, author, and storyteller on an exploration of Culinary Medicine as it is taught at The University of Montana. What it is, how it fits within the world of both (preventive) medicine and the culinary arts and where and how it extends beyond both
  • A Roadmap to Creating a Best-in-Class Retail Experience and Ecosystem
    Panelists: Cory Sullivan, Bruce Thomas, George Cranmer, and Steve Cerullo
    Dive into real-life case studies and retail strategies to make your retail offerings more relevant, innovative, and elevated with panelists Cory Sullivan, COO at Health Hospitality Partners, Bruce Thomas, Vice President of Hospitality Services at Geisinger Health System, George Cranmer, Vice President of Hospitality and Support Services at Trinity Health, and Steve Cerullo, Senior Director of Foodservice at Geisinger Health System.
  • Replace or Maintain: Fresh tactics on how to approach Capital Planning and Investments
    Panelists: Lisette Coston, Christine Guyott, Julie Meddles, Becky Smith, and Joe Carbonara
    Join our panel of experts as they outline Fresh processes and tactics that will assist with the submission of capital requests and aid in procuring small and large equipment in this complex market.
  • Celebrate Cultural Diversity with Culinary Traditions
    Presented by: Amanda Goldman, Dana Fillmore, and G. Dugan Wetzel
    Join Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND and Dana Fillmore, RDN of Gordon Food Service along with Executive Chef G. Dugan Wetzel of Eskenazi Health for this interactive session as we discuss ideas and real-life operator strategies to enable your foodservice department to play a leading role in promoting diversity & inclusion within your organization.
  • Disaster Survival Kit
    Presented by: Neal Lavender and Almarie Taverna
    Neal Lavender, Executive Director of Food and Nutritional Services, and Almarie Taverna, Nutrition Manager of Purchasing Logistics, from JPS Health Network will use real-life scenarios to explore how one organization maneuvered through multiple disasters and improved service operations as a result. Using a Plan – Do- Check – Act approach to improve processes and services in any situation continually.
  • The Future is Now: Leveraging technology to combat the next wave of obstacles
    Panelists: Drew Patterson and Mike Folino together with industry experts in foodservice technology

    Industry leaders predict that the current supply chain and labor shortage issues will persist for a minimum of two years before we start experiencing recovery. As we look for Fresh solutions to these stale issues, our panel of experts will show the immediate impact of available technologies and how implementation is more approachable than ever.
  • Closing Keynote: Leading & Living with Soul!
    Presented by: Denise Boudreau
    Who you are, what you hold dear, what upsets you, and what underlies your decisions as a leader are all connected to your personal values. The missed opportunity is, most people never take the time to learn what those precious and powerful intrinsic things are! In this session you will have the opportunity to do an introspective reflection on your very own personal values and recognize how they influence your personal and professional endeavors including overcoming the current staffing crisis. You’ll learn practical strategies you can implement immediately in your daily routines, allowing you to use them as a driving force and a personal true north star.

For more information, visit AHF’s 2022 Annual Conference Website here:

Register Now:

  • Member: Operator, Educator, Retired - $750
    See details about scholarships, discounts, and ways to attend for free by clicking here!
  • Non-Member: Operator, Educator, Retired - $950
    Become a member now and save $200 on conference registration by clicking here!
  • Non-exhibiting Business Partners - $1700
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