In addition to a fantastic line up of speakers, updates on the latest industry trends, and unique learning experience, AHF Annual Conferences are packed with networking events and activities. Check out some of our planned events below.  See you in Dallas!

Local Dallas Area Activities – AHF is safely planning optional excursions for attendees to add on to their registrations.


AT&T Stadium Tour – Home of the Dallas Cowboys  – $60 per person
Monday, August 23, 2021, 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Were you ever curious what it’s like to stand on a professional NFL football field? Or have you ever wondered what the back of the house of a football stadium is like? This private tour is sure to pique your interest! You’ll see the Dallas Cowboys’ and cheerleaders’ locker rooms, the back of the house of the stadium, you’ll get to explore the field, and so much more! This activity includes roundtrip transportation from the Omni Dallas Hotel.

BBQ Pit Master Tour – $100 per person
Monday, August 23, 2021, 9:00 am-12:15 pm

Join Daniel Vaughn of TEXAS Monthly Magazine on a private tour of local BBQ pits! You’ll visit Slow Bone and Terry Black’s to not only try their famous food but also learn how it’s made. Buy a ticket for this once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes pit master tour and bring your appetite! This activity includes roundtrip transportation from the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Please Note: All area activity start times are subject to change. Transportation will be provided for all activities and will leave the Omni Dallas Hotel 60 minutes prior to the tour start time unless otherwise noted.

New Attendee Orientation

Conference Day 1

First time at AHF’s Annual Conference? Welcome! We’re thrilled that you will be joining us in Dallas!  To make sure you get the most out of your first conference experience with us, join AHF staff and leaders to set up your conference experience and learn the ropes.  Once the reception is over, head on over to our Opening Reception to continue networking with food and drinks.

If you miss the New Attendee Orientation or if you want to continue making new connections and asking questions, stop by the New Attendee Reception on Day 2 Tuesday before the culinary competition.

Opening Reception

Conference Day 1


Jumpstart your conference experience by joining us for our Opening Reception. AHF’s Opening Reception will be a Rodeo Theme, so attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite western attire, denim, hats, and boots are optional. The reception will have live music, fun activities, drinks, good food and most of all networking! Rumor has it, a mechanical bull ride may be in store!


Culinary Competition

Conference Day 2

Wrap up your sessions, grab a change of clothes and head over to AHF’s Annual Culinary Competition to watch five teams from across the country compete for the Gold medal using ingredients from our Market Basket! AHF’s Culinary Competition is a career-changing opportunity for our competitors, so be sure to cheer them on.

Not able to join in-person? Stay tuned for more details on the livestream!


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Rise & Shine Exercise Activity - PiYo

Conference Day 3 – Wednesday 6:30-7:30 am

Join your fellow attendees to get an early morning exercise in before sitting in sessions for the day. AHF’s morning exercise activity is a complimentary offering led by AHF Member, Sarah Karnatz. Join Sarah as she leads a 1-hour PiYo class. PiYo is a type of exercise that blends the best of Pilates and Yoga. Designed to be a low-impact exercise that doesn’t involve jumping, but will elevate your heart rate through intense stretching. PiYo uses dynamic fast-paced cardiovascular moves and body weight strength training.


Throughout conference

This year, AHF will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and offering fun food themed jewelry to raise money for the AHF Scholarship Fund. Be sure to stop by the fundraising desk at the Omni to buy your raffle tickets and pick up some earrings. All donations will go towards the AHF’s Scholarship Program which helps operators attend future AHF conferences. The raffle drawing will happen at the Celebrate AHF Closing reception.


Celebrate AHF!

Conference Day 3

Attire: Cocktail attire; Jackets requested

Come Celebrate AHF! Each year we cap off our conference with the biggest celebration of the week. Grab your best cocktail attire, some photos on the AHF red carpet, and then network! The night will include an inspiring dinner and refreshments and a brief awards presentation highlighting the 2021 Making a Difference and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.