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Wednesday, July 1 2015

Temple Grandin to Give Keynote Address at Farm to Table International Conference in New Orleans

Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International Conference on Sunday, August 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box,” a device to calm those on the autism spectrum.

Grandin is a prominent and widely cited proponent for animal welfare. She has lectured widely about her first-hand experiences of the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling processes. She studied the behavior of cattle, how they react to ranchers, movements, objects and light. Grandin then designed adapted curved corrals, intended to reduce stress, panic and injury in animals being led to slaughter.

She is the focus of a semi-biographical HBO film, entitled Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes as Grandin. The movie was released in 2010, was nominated for 15 Emmys, and received five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama. At the 2011 Golden Globes, Claire Danes won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Even though she was considered “weird“ in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift, and others.

She has described her hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli. She claims she is a primarily visual thinker and has said that words are her second language. Temple attributes her success as a humane livestock facility designer to her ability to recall detail, which is a characteristic of her visual memory. Grandin compares her memory to full-length movies in her head, that may be replayed at will, allowing her to notice small details. She also is able to view her memories using slightly different contexts by changing the positions of the lighting and shadows.

Her insight into the minds of cattle has taught her to value the changes in details to which animals are particularly sensitive and to use her visualization skills to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling equipment. She was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2009.

In 2012, when the American beef industry was struggling with public perception of its use and sale of pink slime, Grandin spoke out in support of the food product. She said, “It should be on the market. It should be labeled. We should not be throwing away that much beef.”

Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic and produced several DVDs.

 

Farm to Table International Conference – Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10

The 3rd Annual Farm to Table International Conference is scheduled for August 8-10, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally.

This year’s theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” spotlights the sensual aspects of food and drink at every stage of the agricultural-culinary cycle. Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practices in urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, enhancing sustainability, and the latest trends and developments in the industry, including food science, security, and safety.

The program will feature panels on best practices in the following educational tracks:

•    Crop to Cup (Brewing, Distilling, Vinting, plus non-alcoholic beverages)
•    Farming and Production
•    Food and Beverage Journalism and Media
•    Farm to School
•    Food Innovation (Science, Technology, Trends, etc.)

 

The three-day program will also feature keynote speakers of national and international standing, Chef Demos and “Knowledge Center” presentations, as well as numerous opportunities for networking.

The event will take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s 62nd Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

For information on exhibiting, please contact Trade Show Director Katie Calabrese at 504-582-3072 or info@f2t-int.com.

Farm to Table Website and Social Media Links:

Website: f2t-int.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTableInternationalSymposium
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Farm2Table_Int
Hashtag: #F2TI15

 

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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin to Give Keynote Address at Farm to Table International Conference in New Orleans

Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International Conference on Sunday, August 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box,” a device to calm those on the autism spectrum.

Grandin is a prominent and widely cited proponent for animal welfare. She has lectured widely about her first-hand experiences of the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her work in humane livestock handling processes. She studied the behavior of cattle, how they react to ranchers, movements, objects and light. Grandin then designed adapted curved corrals, intended to reduce stress, panic and injury in animals being led to slaughter.

She is the focus of a semi-biographical HBO film, entitled Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes as Grandin. The movie was released in 2010, was nominated for 15 Emmys, and received five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama. At the 2011 Golden Globes, Claire Danes won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Even though she was considered “weird“ in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift, and others.

She has described her hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli. She claims she is a primarily visual thinker and has said that words are her second language. Temple attributes her success as a humane livestock facility designer to her ability to recall detail, which is a characteristic of her visual memory. Grandin compares her memory to full-length movies in her head, that may be replayed at will, allowing her to notice small details. She also is able to view her memories using slightly different contexts by changing the positions of the lighting and shadows.

Her insight into the minds of cattle has taught her to value the changes in details to which animals are particularly sensitive and to use her visualization skills to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling equipment. She was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2009.

In 2012, when the American beef industry was struggling with public perception of its use and sale of pink slime, Grandin spoke out in support of the food product. She said, “It should be on the market. It should be labeled. We should not be throwing away that much beef.”

Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic and produced several DVDs.

 

Farm to Table International Conference – Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10

The 3rd Annual Farm to Table International Conference is scheduled for August 8-10, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally.

This year’s theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” spotlights the sensual aspects of food and drink at every stage of the agricultural-culinary cycle. Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practices in urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, enhancing sustainability, and the latest trends and developments in the industry, including food science, security, and safety.

The program will feature panels on best practices in the following educational tracks:

•    Crop to Cup (Brewing, Distilling, Vinting, plus non-alcoholic beverages)
•    Farming and Production
•    Food and Beverage Journalism and Media
•    Farm to School
•    Food Innovation (Science, Technology, Trends, etc.)

 

The three-day program will also feature keynote speakers of national and international standing, Chef Demos and “Knowledge Center” presentations, as well as numerous opportunities for networking.

The event will take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s 62nd Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

For information on exhibiting, please contact Trade Show Director Katie Calabrese at 504-582-3072 or info@f2t-int.com.

Farm to Table Website and Social Media Links:

Website: f2t-int.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTableInternationalSymposium
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Farm2Table_Int
Hashtag: #F2TI15

 

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Temple Grandin

Cheer America Championships

2015 ASHP – Midyear Clinical Meeting

International Workboat Show

The World of Technology is coming to the Big Easy!

The popular international Collision Conference is proud to announce the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as their new host for their upcoming 2016 conference.

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Orgill Dealer Market – Fall 2015: New Orleans

Major League Gaming – World Finals

Registration Open for Farm to Table International Conference and Chefs Taste Challenge

Registration is now open for the Farm to Table International Conference and the Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC), which take place August 7 – 10, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Chefs Taste Challenge – Friday, August 7
The Chefs Taste Challenge kicks off the conference weekend on Friday, August 7. Mike Hoss, a local news anchor and cooking enthusiast, will serve as emcee.  Ten chefs will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of seasonal ingredients. Items stocked in the pantry will contain ingredients from across the country that are in-season at the time of the competition.

Participating chefs’ dishes will be judged by a panel of industry-renowned judges. Confirmed judges include:

  • Chef Sue Zemanick, the 2014 James Beard award recipient for “Best Chef – South;”
  • Certified Master Chef Brad Barnes of the Culinary Institute of America;
  • Chef Kevin Belton of the New Orleans School of Cooking;
  • Chef Gary Prell, Vice President Culinary Development, Centerplate.

The top two dishes will be selected for Gold and Silver Chefs Taste Challenge awards. A “Fan Favorite” award will also be presented based on voting from dinner attendees. All ten selected chefs will receive national recognition for their participation in the Chefs Taste Challenge dinner event.

Early bird ticket rates (through July 7) for the Chefs Taste Challenge start at $109 and include tastings of the menus prepared by the competing chefs, wine/beer pairings, and a voting card to determine a “fan favorite” dish.

Upgraded experiences and sponsorships are also available. The “Foodie” level is $199 per person or $1,325 for a table of eight, and includes all benefits mentioned above, plus a seated dining option, early access to food and wine, admittance to a special VIP section, starter glass of champagne, and a chef or wine connoisseur to guide the tasting experience.

Limited tickets are also available for the “Gourmet” experience, which is $649 per person and includes all of the “Foodie” level benefits, plus the opportunity to assist one competing chef with food preparation, a special announcement of sponsorship at the event, and a sponsor listing on the Farm to Table conference website and show guide.

Farm to Table International Conference – Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10
The 3rd Annual Farm to Table International Conference is scheduled for August 8-10, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally.

This year’s theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” spotlights the sensual aspects of food and drink at every stage of the agricultural-culinary cycle. Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practices in urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, enhancing sustainability, and the latest trends and developments in the industry, including food science, security, and safety.

The program will feature panels on best practices in the following educational tracks:

•    Crop to Cup (Brewing, Distilling, Vinting, plus non-alcoholic beverages)
•    Farming and Production
•    Food and Beverage Journalism and Media
•    Farm to School
•    Food Innovation (Science, Technology, Trends, etc.)

The three-day program will also feature keynote speakers of national and international standing, Chef Demos and “Knowledge Center” presentations, as well as numerous opportunities for networking.

The event will take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s 62nd Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

For information on exhibiting, please contact Trade Show Director Katie Calabrese at 504-582-3072 or info@f2t-int.com.

 

Chefs Taste Challenge Website and Social Media Links:
Website:
chefstastechallenge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chefs-Taste-Challenge-1645456089017749/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/F2TChallenge
Instagram: @chefstastechallenge
Hashtag: #CTC15

 

Farm to Table Website and Social Media Links:
Website:
f2t-int.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FarmToTableInternationalSymposium
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Farm2Table_Int
Hashtag: #F2TI15

New Orleans Convention Center Employees “CAN” Do It! Employees Donate 1,142 pounds of food to Giving HOPE – NOLA

 New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center employees demonstrated creativity, engineering skills, and an overwhelming spirit of generosity at the Convention Center’s annual “CANstruction” food drive.

Each department was challenged to come up with the most creative design using non-perishable food items. Employees donated from their personal pantries and pooled their own money and resources together in order to build their canned goods masterpieces.

Some of the creative ideas included an oak tree made out of packages of Camellia red beans and split peas; model of a swordfish using tins of sardines and tuna; and a three-dimensional alligator using cans of green beans.

The entries were judged by the contest’s beneficiary, Giving Hope – NOLA, a non-profit dedicated to helping those in need in a “dignified, Spirit-filled fashion.” The organization also runs the Food Pantry of New Orleans. The judges then declared the winning design, an elaborate display that spelled out “HOPE” using cans of chili, tomatoes, and soda, constructed by the Food and Beverage Department.

After the winning design was announced, employees boxed up the items and loaded the truck bound for Giving Hope’s warehouse. The organization estimated that the employee’s donation valued nearly $2,000.

 

 

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Employees collaborate on their design.

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The winning design by the Food and Beverage Department.

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The winning design by the Food and Beverage Department.


Temple Grandin to Give Keynote Address at Farm to Table International Conference in New Orleans

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Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International Conference on Sunday, August 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box,”    …Continue Reading


Temple Grandin to Give Keynote Address at Farm to Table International Conference in New Orleans

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Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International Conference on Sunday, August 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box,”    …Continue Reading


Cheer America Championships

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2015 ASHP – Midyear Clinical Meeting

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International Workboat Show

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The World of Technology is coming to the Big Easy!

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The popular international Collision Conference is proud to announce the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as their new host for their upcoming 2016 conference.

Click here for more information!


Orgill Dealer Market – Fall 2015: New Orleans

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Major League Gaming – World Finals

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Registration Open for Farm to Table International Conference and Chefs Taste Challenge

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Registration is now open for the Farm to Table International Conference and the Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC), which take place August 7 – 10, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Chefs Taste Challenge – Friday, August 7
The Chefs Taste Challenge kicks off the conference weekend on Friday, August 7. Mike Hoss, a local    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Convention Center Employees “CAN” Do It! Employees Donate 1,142 pounds of food to Giving HOPE – NOLA

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 New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center employees demonstrated creativity, engineering skills, and an overwhelming spirit of generosity at the Convention Center’s annual “CANstruction” food drive.

Each department was challenged to come up with the most creative design using non-perishable food items. Employees donated from their personal pantries and pooled their own money and resources together in order to build their canned goods masterpieces.

Some of the creative ideas included an oak tree made out of packages of Camellia red beans and    …Continue Reading


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