Forward Food Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the free Forward Food Leadership Summit on Wednesday, May 22nd with Rutgers University Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health. On May 22nd, you'll hear from food and nutrition experts on how they're addressing the ever-increasing demand for plant-based menu items and how they've transformed their dining operations to be healthier and more sustainable.

Seats are available on a first come first serve basis.

A tentative agenda for the day is below. If you attended our previous conference with Rutgers IFNH, you’ll be pleased to see that this upcoming event has a delicious culinary focus that you won’t want to miss!

Breakfast, Demos, and Welcoming Messages
9:00 am Breakfast and Networking
10:00 am Joe Charette, Executive Director, Rutgers Dining Services
10:15 am Kate Watts, Food and Nutrition Specialist, Forward Food
The Growing Demand for Plant-Based Foods
10:45 am Dr. David Krol, MD and Erin Comollo, M.Ed; New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative
11:15 am Dr. Shivam Joshi, MD, Internal Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center
12:00 pm Panel Discussion Q&A
12:30 pm Lunch and tours of IFNH
Successfully Promoting Plant-Based Options
1:30 pm Video message from Cory Booker, Senator and Presidential Candidate, US Congress
1:45 pm Karla Dumas, RDN/LDN, Director of Food and Nutrition, Forward Food
2:00 pm Peggy Policastro, PhD, RDN, Director of Behavioral Nutrition, IFNH and Rutgers Dining Services and Chef Ian Keith, Culinary Excellence Manager, Rutgers Dining Services
2:30 pm Chef demonstrations and interactive nutrition workshop
3:30 pm Panel Discussion Q&A
4:00 pm End