August 18, 2016

Educational, Interactive Workshops Featured During 91st Annual Meeting

Western Growers has finalized our educational workshops that will be presented during the 91st Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai from November 6-9, 2016. Based on the results from our Annual Meeting Survey, the workshop topics include: Foodborne Illness – Criminal and Civil Liability, Top Chef and Innovation Arena II. In addition, the ever-popular Hawaiian Style Family Games will round out the program.

Top Chef Demonstration

November 7, 2016 at 10:15am to 11:45am

Perfect your culinary skills as Top Chef Adam Tabura demonstrates nutritious cooking techniques using fresh produce. Chef Adam will be turning a selection of everyday ingredients into extraordinary meals and will be providing attendees with tips for creating healthy, delicious meals.

With more than 20 years of experience in cooking, Chef Adam is armed with a wealth of culinary education and expertise. He has worked in various restaurants in Portland, Oregon and brought his talents back to Hawaii to serve as head chef at top dining locations throughout the Island. This chef has been recognized globally on Food Network shows such as “The Great Food Truck Race” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and has even worked for Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Tyler.

Foodborne Illness: Criminal & Civil Liability Workshop

November 7, 2016 at 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Three of the nation’s top experts in the field will discuss the risks and defenses associated with food safety processes and foodborne illness events, in addition to exploring legal concepts such as “strict liability” in criminal and civil cases. Panelists will also discuss indemnity agreements and the federal government’s criminal prosecution philosophy, among other topics.

Innovation Arena II

November 8, 2016 at 9:15am to 11:15am

The Innovation Arena II workshop will introduce attendees to cutting-edge technological innovations and specialized services designed to help you manage scarce resources, overcome intense regulatory and marketplace pressure and deliver higher quality produce.

Select tech companies and entrepreneurs will showcase new offerings in agricultural technology before a panel of Western Growers judges. This interactive workshop encourages audience participation, as attendees of the Innovation Arena will help determine the winners. A call for interested parties to submit applications to compete in the Innovation Arena will be announced later this month.

Hawaiian Style Family Games

November 8, 2016 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Compete in a series of “Island Challenges” and “Island Games” during this Olympic-themed event. Participants will enjoy the Hawaii sand and surf as they work in teams to complete various challenges. Upon completion of the island challenges and games, judges will tally all of the day’s activity scores and present the three highest scoring teams with personalized company logo award medals.

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For more information on the Annual Meeting or for sponsorship questions, contact Randy Hause at (949) 885-2263.