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Twin Cities Annual Educational Conference
A full day of education, exhibits, networking, great food and fabulous people!
February 04, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM







The Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - Mall of America

3800 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55431

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

9:00am - 5:00pm



9:00am - Registration, Exhibits, Beverages and Breakfast Hors D'oeuvres

10:00am - General Session and Keynote Speakers

Kristina Murto and Steve Volavka with Ensemble Creative & Marketing 

“Putting Your Brand In Motion” 



11:00am - Morning Break and Exhibits


11:30am -  Plated Gourmet Luncheon with Chefs Panel Discussion

Moderator - Sue Zelickson (MN Monthly, The Charlie Awards and Women Who Really Cook) 

Chef Peter Christenson  of  plumpchef.com

Chef Josh Brown of Gather by D'Amico

 Chef Paul Lynch of Radisson Blu Mall of America


1:30pm - An Afternoon Cake and Sweets Session with Terry John Zila

Terry teaches at various locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in Minnesota including Kitchen Window and  Cooks of Crocus Hill. He also operates johnjeanjuan, a wedding cake and special occasion dessert business. He is regular guest on Shop NBC and a food and entertaining contributor to KARE 11Today. Check out his blogs on Becoming Italian and  One Plate at a Time, on blogspot.com  He is  also a member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals)


2:30pm - Afternoon Break and Exhibits


2:45pm - 3:45pm - Sips! The Next Generation of Beverages!


Jeff Rogers has spent his 21-year career dedicated to the bar industry and has been involved in 36 bar and restaurant openings and over 80 cocktail and flair competitions with much success all over the world. Taking a step out from behind the bar two years ago, Jeff now runs the Academy of Spirits & Fine Service for Southern Wine & Spirits of Minnesota, a 12-week course offered to bourgeoning bartenders dedicated to the art and craft of bartending.

As a founding member of the North Star Bartender’s Guild of Minnesota and an active member of the United States Bartender’s Guild, he taps into his passion for education to “raise the bar” of the cocktail landscape in the Midwest. He has been featured in multiple publications including The Star Tribune, Twin Cities Live and The Discovery Channel. 


4:00pm -  5:00 pm - Closing Reception

Trendspotting 10 Pop-Culture Trends to Fast Track into 2015 Weddings with The Wedding Guys, Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar!



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Register at www.twincitiesnace.net






2013 - 2014 Board of Directors


Lisa Brenna, President


Bruce Vassar                 Kristen Babcock           Matt Johnson              Greg Geiger  

Past President                Vice President              Treasurer                     Secretary  



Kirk Holslin                          Dawn Henriksen                    Julie DuRose                    Nikki Houser

Membership Chair             Programs Chair                      Hospitality Chair               Social Media Chair