Thursday, March 16

7:30 am–3:00 pm

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Google, 6th Floor

8:00 am–8:45 am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Google, 6th Floor

8:45 am–10:30 am

Opening General Session

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Grey Montgomery

Chief Content and Innovation Officer
Winsight LLC

More The Importance of an Ecosystem for Emerging Food Tech Platforms

Community and interconnectivity are keys to what makes emerging companies successful. Startups benefit from innovators, advisors, investors, researchers and others who apply their specific expertise to the same goal. When entrepreneurial ecosystems work well, they can produce new platforms and even new markets.

Kevin Willer

Chicago Ventures

More The Consumer Direct Patron Circa 2025

Analyzing the latest data about the attitudes and behavioral characteristics of today’s customers along with forecasted demographic and sociological shifts provides a predictive view of consumer direct patrons of the future and their evolution.

Erik Thoresen


More Food & Beverage in a Digital World

Since its inception, Google has been known for its ability to answer consumers’ questions. But as technology and consumer expectations have evolved, the focus has shifted to delivering a more personalized assistant experience that anticipates individuals’ needs and helps them more quickly accomplish their daily tasks. In this session, we’ll take a look at how this shift is changing the way food and beverage companies must operate to stay competitive. 

Kristen Nomura

Industry Director

More Exploring the Future Impact of Third Party Delivery

Third party delivery can be a boon for restaurant sales, but it comes with challenges to operations, kitchen design, loyalty, marketing and more. This forward-looking session will look at customer attitudes, operator perspectives and emerging platforms to find innovative solutions.

Erle Dardick

Founder and CEO
MonkeyMedia Software, The Catering Institute and Catering Insights

Melissa Wilson


10:30 am–10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am–11:45 am

General Session Continues

More Panel: The New Omnichannel Reality

Executives from different types of companies discuss the impact and opportunities around the disappearance of boundaries between purchasing channels, third party and nontraditional business models, and the food shopping experience of the future.

Jon Carter

Head of Digital
Snap Kitchen

Peter Romeo

Winsight Media

Salman Siddiqui

Elevation Burger

Pat Vihtelic

CEO and Founder
Home Chef

Moderator: Peter Romeo, Editor-at-Large, Winsight Media
More Looking to the Future

Industry experts Arjun Chakravarti and Brita Rosenheim outline the major changes coming to food sourcing, food technology and consumer demand

Arjun Chakravarti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing
Illinois Institute of Technology

Brita Roseheim

Mixing Bowl; Food Tech & Media Report

11:45 am–12:45 pm


Location: Google, 6th Floor in Dining Area

12:45 pm–3:05 pm

Closing General Session

More Lessons from Hello Fresh

HelloFresh U.S. CEO Ed Boyes shares the growth of the leading global provider of fresh food at home, its recipe for success and how it got there, and the future of the meal kit industry.

Ed Boyes

CEO and co-founder
Hello Fresh

More Panel: How Meal Kits are Reshaping Consumer Expectations

Meal-kit company executives provide their own perspective on the future of the channel, as well as technology, food supply and logistics advancements, in a frank conversation moderated by IDEO’s Ryan Osero.

Ryan Osero

Product Design

David Rabie

Founder and CEO

Kyle Ransford

Founder and CEO

Moderator: Ryan Osero, Product Design, IDEO
More Leveraging Local Markets for Growth

To thrive in a local market with limited marketing dollars, it is critical to form an emotional connection with customers. Meez Meals CEO Scott Zuckerman discusses the successes and the failures the meal kit provider has experienced as it’s grown the Chicago market.

Scott Zuckerman

Meez Meals

More Responding to New Consumer Needstates

It’s no surprise that busy consumers are seeking ever-more-convenient options. But a variety of other consumer needs are also important drivers for the direct-to-consumer business model. This session will outline the consumer demands impacting the industry and offer solutions to meeting them.

Richard Shank


Sara Rush Wirth

Managing Editor
Restaurant Business

UberEATS: Building a Digital Market to Deliver the Right Food for Right Now

Alyssa Wise

Head of UberEverything Strategic Operations

More Mapping the Future of the Consumer Direct Market and Adjournment

Technomic debuts its landmark analysis of the consumer direct market, including size, segmentation, and a five-year forecast and outlook.

Grey Montgomery

Chief Content and Innovation Officer
Winsight LLC

Erik Thoresen


3:25 pm–4:30 pm

Happy Hour at Google