2021 Annual Conference Schedule

View our annual conference schedule below. Please note our agenda is subject to change without notice, so be sure to check back. As we get more information secured we will post more details about sessions, speakers, and events to help you plan your conference experience. 

Continuing Education Credits: AHF is pleased to offer attendees continuing education credits at each of our annual conferences. Each year AHF obtains certification approval from AND, ANFP, and ACF. Our 2021 conference has not yet been accredited, however, we typically offer between 13-16 available credits. 

Leadership Competencies: Business acumen, emotional maturity, executive management skills, employee retention and engagement, service orientation, team building, strategic innovation, strategic thought, vision setting, risk taking, decision making, communications and marketing, and more. 

Use the tabs below to see the agenda for each day of the conference.  

8:00-1:00 PM

Area Activities (Field trips) – More information TBA

 

 
2:00-4:30 PM

Pre Conference Session #1 

Preconference sessions are a great way to take a deeper dive into a critical topic for self-operated foodservice professionals or to actively participate in a workshop. 

 

Planned CEUs:
2:00-4:30 PM

Pre Conference Session #2

Preconference sessions are a great way to take a deeper dive into a critical topic for self-operated foodservice professionals or to actively participate in a workshop. 

 

Planned CEUs:
2:00-4:30 PM

Pre Conference Session #3

Preconference sessions are a great way to take a deeper dive into a critical topic for self-operated foodservice professionals or to actively participate in a workshop. 

 

Planned CEUs:
4:30-6:00 PM 

Attendee Free Time 

AHF may place unique learning opportunities for specific groups here or preparations for items such as our Awards Ceremony or Culinary Competition, but for most this will be free time. 

 

 
6:00-7:00 PM

New Attendee Cocktail Hour

Join other new members, make new friends, and meeting our sponsors and leaders. AHF will provide food and drinks and following the hour, members will transition into our Opening Reception with the remainder of our attendees.

 

 
7:00-10:00 PM

Opening Reception

Join us for the first reception of the week! This is your chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues after a long separation. Be sure to come ready to drink, network, and most of all have fun. 

 

 
TBA

Registration Open

 

 
7:15-8:00 AM

Breakfast

Come grab breakfast and get fueled up for the day!

 
8:15-9:15 AM

Opening Keynote Presentation

Join us for our first keynote speaker to get inspired and start the day off. 

Planned CEUs: 1
9:15-9:30 AM

BREAK

Coffee, tea, and snack break

 
9:30-10:45 AM

Concurrent Session #1

 

Planned CEUs: 1
9:30-10:45 AM

Concurrent Session #2

 

Planned CEUs: 1
9:30-10:45 AM

Concurrent Session #3

 

Planned CEUs: 1
10:45-11:15 AM 

BREAK

Coffee, tea, and snack break

 
11:15-12:15 PM

General Session – Pre-Tradeshow

Planned CEUs: 1
12:15-12:30 PM

BREAK

Coffee, tea, and snack break

 
12:30-4:00 PM

Tradeshow & Marketplace (Lunch in Hall by Sponsors)

Our Tradeshow is one of our most loved events of the conference. Browse new products, materials, and services from our amazing business partners. Our sponsors have spent all year building new innovations to help attendees battling an ever-shifting environment. Grab lunch from our sponsor booths as you browse and try out their latest product offerings. 

 

Planned CEUs: 3
4:00-5:00 PM 

New Attendee Lounge/Networking

Time for our new attendees to network with one another, sponsors, and AHF leaders. Grab a drink and a snack before heading to our Culinary Competition

 

 
6:00-8:00 PM

AHF Culinary Competition & Reception

Join us to watch our culinary competitors while you eat and drink with the audience. 

 
TBA

Registration Open

 

 
6:30-7:30 AM 

Exercise Activity 

Join us early for a light, fun, exercise activity. Activity TBD and will strongly incorporate social distancing and safety protocols. 

 

 
8:00-9:00 AM

Business Partner De-Brief (With Breakfast)

We encourage all our sponsors and exhibitors to join us for our discussion on what AHF did well and how we can add in new innovations next year. This is your chance to provide us with honest feedback. 

 

 
8:00-9:00 AM

Breakfast

Attendees can come grab breakfast and get fueled up for the day!

 

 
9:00-10:00 AM

Morning Keynote Presentation

Join us for our first keynote speaker of the day and start things off with an exceptional presentation. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1
10:00-10:15 AM

BREAK

Coffee, tea, and snack break

 

 
10:15-10:20 AM

AHF FISH Talks

FISH Talks™ (Food, Innovation, Service, and Hospitality) are short 15 minute presentations on innovative and unique topics by subject matter experts. Each focuses on a different area of the industry leaving views with a series of inspiring ideas. This will be our third year presenting FISH Talks and so far our members tell us this is one of their favorite sessions!

 

FISH Talk Total Planned CEUs: 1.5
10:20-10:40 AM FISH Speaker – Food  
10:40-10:55 AM FISH Speaker – Innovation  
10:55-11:10 AM

FISH Speaker – Service

 
11:10-11:25 AM 

FISH Speaker – Hospitality

 
11:25-11:45 AM FISH Panel Discussion & Q&A  
11:45-12:15 PM 

Networking Break 

Take a break, grab and snack and a drink and mingle with members and sponsors before going back into sessions. 

 

 
12:15-2:00 PM

Celebrate Excellence Luncheon

Join us as we announce, celebrate, and honor our 2021 Award Winners. This is a critical event where we highlight industry leaders who have gone above and beyond over the past year. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1.5
2:00-3:00 PM

Concurrent Session #1

A fun dive into a specific topic, or in some cases, a mini workshop-style session. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1
2:00-3:00 PM

Concurrent Session #2

A fun dive into a specific topic, or in some cases, a mini workshop-style session. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1
2:00-3:00 PM

Concurrent Session #3

A fun dive into a specific topic, or in some cases, a mini workshop-style session. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1
3:00-3:30 PM

Networking Break 

Take a break, grab and snack and a drink and mingle with members and sponsors before going back into sessions.

 

 
3:30-4:30 PM 

Closing Keynote Speaker 

Closeout our series of sessions with our final keynote presenter. Leave with final thoughts on how you can innovate and remain energized. 

 

Planned CEUs: 1
4:45-6:00 PM

Fundraising Activity 

Have some fun with us as we raise funds for AHF’s scholarship program and potentially other programs. These activities are great ways to make new friends and interact with attendees. This activity will (as will all our events and sessions) planned with careful attention to sanitation, distance, and attendee safety. Stay tuned for more information. 

 

 
7:30-11:00 PM

Reception: Celebrate AHF!

Our final reception of the conference! Don’t miss this chance to dress up, eat amazing food, and networking with friends and colleagues before heading home tomorrow. 

 

 
All Day

Travel Home

Grab your trip back home, or stay on for more time to relax and recharge before going back to work.