LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF), the only national professional association dedicated to operators and business partners in the self-operated healthcare foodservice industry, will host its annual conference June 5 - 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Sheraton New Orleans. With a theme of Creating Your Culture: Fresh Ideas, Flavorful Results, the conference will feature educational seminars on professional development and industry issues, interactive events, networking opportunities, national speakers and a highly anticipated culinary competition. Conference registration is open on AHF's website: www.healthcarefoodservice.org.

Some of the AHF Annual Conference highlights include:

Culinary Competition, sponsored by Basic American Foods

AHF Annual Culinary Competition will be held on Friday, June 7. Competing culinary teams from across the country consisting of a chef and foodservice director from a healthcare facility will utilize Potato Pearls® Natural Mashed Potatoes to create an award winning dish. The creativity and competitive spirit will be high at this event! Registrations are due by Friday, April 5, 2013. More information regarding the culinary competition is available on the AHF website.

Awards Program

The 2013 AHF Awards Program is open for nominations. AHF Awards include: Lifetime Achievement, Making a Difference, Exemplary Leadership, Partnership Leadership, Spotlight, Future Horizons, AHF Publication and Presidential Special Services. More information is available on the website. All nominations are due by Friday, March 29, 2013. 

Featured Speakers

Chef John Folse, CEC, AAC, Louisiana chef, restaurant owner, and authority on Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture will deliver the keynote address, From Swamp Floor Pantry to Table: The Origins of Flavor.

Dewitt Jones, a top professional photographer known for his work as a freelance photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine, will deliver the closing presentation on the Fundamentals of Creativity.

Session Highlights

The 2013 AHF Annual Conference is all about culinary creativity and fresh ideas. Sessions ranging from Conviction over Convenience: Staying Healthy in a Culture that's anything but to Healthy Retail, and many more will round out the educational program.

Business Partner Exhibits

On Thursday, June 6, nearly 100 companies representing all facets of the healthcare foodservice industry will be available for attendees to learn more about their products and services.

There are still a few booth spaces remaining if any potential exhibitor is interested in participating this year please contact Lorraine Houghton at lhoughton@hqtrs.com or 502-574-9036 for more information on exhibitors and sponsorships. 

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) is the national professional association dedicated to advancing self-operated healthcare foodservice as industry best practice. AHF develops healthcare foodservice professionals, assuring food and nutrition services are valued as an essential contributor to the healthcare organization's mission. For more information, please visit: www.healthcarefoodservice.org">www.healthcarefoodservice.org.

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Andrea Parr
Director, PR & Digital Media