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AHF 2023 Annual Conference

The Great Journey

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice Annual Conference is the largest national gathering of self-operated facilities, operators, vendors, and professionals. Join us for our 2023 Annual Conference “The Great Journey: The Path We Are On, The Journey Ahead!” 

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About ahf 2023 Annual Conference

Self Operated Excellence

Join us August 7-9, 2023 in Orlando, FL, for “The Great Journey: The Path We Are On, The Journey Ahead!” The 2023 Conference will be a great way to connect with peers, colleagues, and business partners to expand your professional network, make new friendships, and earn up to 15+ CEUs through ANFP, ACF, and The Academy. Don’t miss out, start planning now!

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Critical Speakers, Education, Networking, Meals, Receptions, and More!

Conference Schedule.

First Day August 7, 2023
Second DayAugust 8, 2023
Third DayAugust 9, 2023
AHF Golf Tournament

Be sure to snag your spot for our 2023 Golf Tournament sponsored by Hormel. The tournament will start at 8:00 am with a shotgun start taking place on the beautiful courses at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort and Spa. Register for the tournament when completing your registration. Tournament details and foursomes...

Eco-Tour Area Activity

Alligators, bald eagles, dozens of bird's species and more call Omni Orlando home. Discover the natural Florida wildlife of our 800-acre property by kayak and golf cart in a two-hour tour, led by our Certified Florida Master Naturalist, Captain Eric Gilhart. Tour starting at 8:30 am taking 1-2 hours.

A deep dive behind the C-Suite curtains in order to understand how to partner with your leadership.  Join our CEO-led session focusing on what pressures and challenges the C-Suite are facing, what they look for from directors and managers.  Attendees will:

Free Time

Enjoy a break between sessions then head back down to gain extra CEUs at the Distribution Market Advantage session on the State of Healthcare Foodservice Distribution.

Join DMA CEO Pat Mulhern and a panel as Distribution Market Advantage (DMA) shares the data behind distribution & labor trends and the tools and techniques you can use to assure quality distribution to your operations. Attendees will leave understanding the 3-5 year state of healthcare foodservice distribution; the cost...

Free Time

Enjoy a break before you join us for our opening reception or new attendee reception. See you at the party!

<strong>Not Your Average New Attendee Reception</strong>

Are you new to AHF’s annual conference? Head over to our New Attendee Reception for an hour before our Opening Reception. This isn’t your average reception with drinks and so much chatter you can’t hear yourself think. Instead, you’ll be paired with other new attendees in small groups lead by...

Opening Reception Pool Party "On The Boardwalk"

Join us “On the Boardwalk” for our Opening Reception Pool Party sponsored by Hormel Foods and J.M Smucker. A fun, casual, networking event – poolside! Join us to network, chat, swim, and get to know one another. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Attendees will be able to swim in...

Conference Opening & Awards Presentation

Grab some breakfast from 7:00-7:45 am and then head into the main ballroom to snag a seat and great ready for conference. The conference opener will get you pumped to get going! Then we will present two of our 2023 annual award winners: The Exemplary Leadership Award and Future Horizons...

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and chat with friends and colleagues and then join us back for our next presentation. 

Awards Presentation

Celebrate and honor our class of 2023 national award winners as we present the Partnership in Leadership Award as well as the Spotlight Award. 

FISH Talks Panel Discussion

A moderated panel discussion between our four FISH speakers continuing the conversation and diving deeper into their FISH presentations and expertise.

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and chat with friends and colleagues and then join us back at the mainstage for our next presentation. 

Hurricane Ian landed on September 28, 2022, in the Fort Myers area as a Category 4.9 hurricane, just two miles per hour less than a Category 5. The 148-mph winds with 15-foot storm surges were catastrophic, pushing water ashore from the Gulf of Mexico, tearing through homes and businesses along...

AHF Tradeshow & Lunch

Our annual conference tradeshow is one of our most loved conference events. Our vendors will be ready and waiting for you in the AHF Tradeshow Hall. Head over to explore new products, services, innovations, and more. Be sure to check out your Business Partner Directory in your registration bag. Lunch...

Transition Break

Grab a bathroom break and then head over to your chosen concurrent session. 

The transition from a contract to a self-operated facility can be stressful for both the new director and executive team that made the decision. Chris Voorman will talk about his recent journey of becoming self-op at a retirement community, commencing from his recruitment through all the challenges during the first...

Learn the basics and keys of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Speaker Toni Watkins will focus on strategies and value propositions for the team, customers and patients. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the interactions and awareness of a diverse workforce and how it affects and improves customers, including patients and...

To be successful businesses and operations need an operating model. This is especially true in healthcare. Operating models are written and visible tools that guide performance and demonstrate results to inform and optimize operations. This session will explain and demonstrate an operating model, how it can be implemented, how it...

Free Time

Take a break and enjoy the free time before you join us for our 2023 Culinary Competition!

AHF Culinary Competition & Reception (with Dinner)

AHF’s Culinary Competition is a career-changing opportunity for our competing member teams. Sponsored by Schwan's, Clark Food Service Equipment, Agilysys, and Zink, five teams of three are selected from self-operated facilities around the country. Each year our five teams compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze spots across a 75-minute timed competition...

Breakfast is Served

Grab breakfast and then head to our discussion group rooms to gain valuable insights from your peers. 

Our popular discussion groups are back and better than ever! Similar to last year, attendees will join one of three rooms. Each room will explore the complexities of succession planning. Attendees will leave our discussion groups filled with ideas and new ideas to ensure they're prepared to meet the needs of...

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and chat with friends and colleagues and then join us back at the mainstage for our next presentation. 

Awards Presentation

Celebrate and honor our class of 2023 national award winners as we present the Benchmarking Excellence and Sustainability Awards. 

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and chat with friends and colleagues and then join us back at the mainstage for our next presentation. 

Enjoy lunch while you listen to our panel of experts as they dive into the electrification of the non-commercial foodservice kitchen. A growing trend, they will explore what challenges and successes they have seen when electrifying kitchens and other critical details you will need to know. The panel will also...

Business Partner Debrief (Lunch Served)

Send your company's leaders to join us in the Business Partner Debrief. Lunch will be provided. This is your chance to tell AHF's leaders what AHF did well, what can be improved, and what you'd like to see in the future. Those not attending the debrief are asked to attend...

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and chat with friends and colleagues and then head over to your selected concurrent session. 

A session focusing on the current and future trends in retail, technology, and AI. More information coming soon!

Patient satisfaction is one of the most important elements of any operation in senior living and healthcare. Join our speaker(s) to learn how to focus on employee accountability and operational efficiency to elevate patient satisfaction throughout your operation. Speaker and more information coming soon. 

Networking Break

Grab a bathroom break and then head back to the main stage for our final presentations!

Awards Presentation

Celebrate and honor our class of 2023 national award winners as we present the Chapter of the Year Award and AHF's Presidential Service Award(s). 

A moderated presentation exploring culinary medicine as it relates to our mind, body and soul.  Join our panelists as they explore the greatness of culinary medicine! We will learn examples of bringing culinary medicine to the forefront, and how to incorporate it into your daily operations for the benefit of...

Lazy River Duck Race

Floating along into our 3rd year, the AHF Duck Race is back! Maybe the lazy rivers follow us, or maybe we're following them, but either way we'll be racing 200+ rubber ducks down one! Be sure to buy your rubber duck when you register for the conference. You can grab...

Free Time

Enjoy a break before you join us for Celebrate AHF!

Celebrate AHF - Closing Gala Dinner

Our closing dinner and gala reception. We’ll start off by honoring our Lifetime Achievement and Making A Different Award Winners during dinner. Following that, we'll highlight our 2023 Culinary Competition winners and other AHF leaders. AHFs leaders and Culinary Competition Winners. Of course, we can't forget about our live band,...

Our Speakers


<strong>Richard Young</strong>
<strong>Kevin L. Vos</strong>
<strong>Kiersten Jewell</strong>

Don't Take our word for it

The AHF National Conference never disappoints! If you can dream it, an operator or business partner at the conference is willing to share their wisdom and help you succeed.
Executive Chef and Foodservice Director
Being an active member of AHF has been an amazing experience. It has allowed me to excel both professionally and personally by giving me a solid connection to like minded leaders driving excellence in food and nutrition services.
Senior Dining Foodservice Director
AHF conference is time well spent. Great opportunities for refreshing my perspective on daily operational challenges with innovative ideas and solutions. Always appreciate this time.
Foodservice Cook

See You in orlando!