Know Before You Go

Use this page to plan your visit and everything you need to bring and prepare for. We will post updated information here as it becomes available. 

Conference Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202

Check-in time: 4:00 PM 
Check-out time: 11:00 AM

For more conference information, explore the rest of this conference website or the hotel and travel page which includes links to information about local activities.

Safety & Sanitation Precautions

As the world makes every effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be sure that we are doing our part in reducing the risk of potential spread to our guests, friends, and colleagues. We are greatly looking forward to meeting safety at our conference. As we prepare the gather, we ask that everyone respect and observe our safety pledge by adhering to our five golden rules:

  1. Vaccinate if you can
  2. Avoid any travel if you are sick
  3. Wear a mask
  4. Wash & sanitize your hands frequently (we will have sanitation stations available throughout the event)
  5. Respect and practice social distancing

The Omni Dallas, as part of their Stay A Part of Safety program, has updated their already thorough cleaning guidelines and implements additional processes and procedures to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of guests. All their processes follow CPC, local and federal mandates. Furthermore, their guidelines meet or exceed the “Stay Safe” Initiative set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Read the full set of Omni Safety & Cleaning Standard here.


Food Allergies

Note: Several attendees have indicated that they are allergic to peanuts/nuts so please be aware and ask your fellow attendees before you open those snack items.

If you have a food allergy, during each meal service, there will be signs that indicate common allergens. If you have a special dietary restriction, you will have a special card in your badge, that you will be able to show to the hotel servers, so your special meal can be requested.

The registration desk is located at the Omni Hotel on the third floor in the foyer space, near the Dallas Ballroom. All delegates and guests must have proper credentials (name badge) to access all conference functions.

AHF Onsite registration hours are:
Sunday – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday – 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday – 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday – 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mobile App  
Be sure to download the conference mobile app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “Association for Healthcare Foodservice” or “AHF Annual Conference”. The app includes the complete schedule, speaker bios and much more! You can create your own schedule, connect with other attendees AND interact on the Activity Feed.  Once you download the app, be sure to explore all of its features.

**Mobile app  download links will be available around August 13th. We will post download links here**

Ground Transportation 
For information on taxi and shared car fares, shuttle service to the Omni, visit the Transportation page on the conference website.  

Hotel Parking 
On-site self-parking is available. Fees can be found on the hotel website here

Local Weather  
The forecast in Dallas will be sunny in the mid-90s (°F) during the day. In the evening, the low will drop to the 70s (°F). Click here for the latest weather report.

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the conference. AHF will have a sponsored hydration station available in the primary ballroom where you can refill a reusable water bottle that will be given to you in your registration bag.  Please also use sunscreen when outdoors.


Conference attire is business casual. Relaxed and comfortable is the goal. Also, pack a light sweater for inside the Omni hotel during sessions.

Monday, August 23 – Opening Reception – Theme: AHF Rodeo

Celebrate our opening night with a themed rodeo party! Dress in your best western wear, (boots and hat are optional!) and head on down for a fun and vibrant evening! Be sure to wear your AHF Badge.

Tuesday, August 24 – Culinary Competition Reception and Afterparty

Join us for the culinary competition and reception to cheer on the five finalist teams and watch one team win the gold medalist title! The event will be from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event will be on Facebook Live, so please share the AHF Facebook Page with your teams at home, family, and friends!

Following the competition and reception, there will be an afterparty with dueling pianos!

Wednesday, August 25 – Celebrate AHF! 

Cocktail attire and jackets are requested. We will be celebrating our award recipients, members, and industry! Grab your dancing shoes because there will be a live band and you won’t want to miss it! 

Area Activities/Transportation
If you are signed up for one of the area activities on Monday, you will receive an email before you leave for Dallas with everything you need to know. There are a few spots left for the area activities! Be sure to sign up before the deadline, August 9th.

Pickup location is subject to change, we will send final instructions by email before the conference begins and there will be signage throughout the event. 

Follow AHF on Social Media & Post

Follow AHF on Twitter (@ahfnetwork), Instagram (@AHF_National), Like the Facebook Page or follow us on LinkedIn throughout the conference! Join the conversation by adding #AHFPlaybook to your posts.

The UPS Store – Omni Dallas Business Center
Operating Hours 
Monday- Friday 7:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Phone: 214.652.4256

Hospitals, Clinics, and COVID Testing:

Baylor University Medical Center
2900 Junius Street

Dallas, TX 75266
2 Miles (12 Minutes) From Hotel

Parkland Hospital
5201 Harry Hines Boulevard Dallas, TX 75235

5 Miles (14 Minutes) From Hotel

City Doc Urgent Care Uptown
2909 McKinney Avenue, Unit B

Dallas, TX 75204
2 Miles (12 Minutes) From Hotel

Mon- Sat: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
15- minute Rapid Result COVID-19 Testing available by walk-in or reservation


CVS Pharmacy
Daily Hours 7:00 AM- 12:00 AM

COVID Testing and Vaccination Available
0.7 Miles (5 Minutes) From Hotel
1411 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Daily Hours: Open 24 Hours

COVID Testing Available
2.8  Miles (9 Minutes) From Hotel
3418 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

We can’t wait to see you in Dallas!