Novi Show

Ready to Attend the Novi Show?

Date: March 15, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace Halls A, B, C

Venue Address: 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374


New Case Incentive

Customers can book any new item* at the show and take delivery from 4/2/23 – 5/13/23 to receive $1/new case. Savings will appear as a credit on the customer’s account after the delivery period. All customers are eligible for the new case incentive. Savings will appear as a credit on the customer’s account after the delivery period.

*Items purchased between 1/31/23 – 3/14/23 do NOT qualify as new.

Price/Off-Invoice Discounts

Customers receive automatic price discounts on all eligible products delivered from 4/2/23 – 5/13/23 just for attending the show. They don’t have to commit to these items at the show to get the discount; it will happen automatically. Off – invoice discounts are not offered to program accounts with contract pricing.

Attendance Guidelines

Please Note: Adults Only 

As part of our commitment to providing a professional, safe, and socially distanced environment for all guests, no children under the age of 18 are permitted in our shows. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Insights Stage

Attend select presentations and earn free CEU credits.
*Select presentations have been applied for through School Nutrition Association (SNA), Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Schedule - Booth #833

“An Operators Guide to Allergens!” – Allison Stock, Nutrition Resource Center Specialist, Gordon Food Service

 9:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. 

We will review the Big Eight Allergens and discuss sesame becoming the ninth labeled allergen. We will discuss label requirements, how to manage them and how to be transparent with customers with food allergies. You’ll walk away with strategies to help eliminate allergen risks for customers.

** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA, AND **

“Let’s Talk About Local – Making Little Big” – Elena Buist, Business Analyst, Gordon Food Service

 10:15 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. 

The desire to find local product options is only increasing. Consumers want to keep money in the local economy, preserve family farms, reduce oil-dependent transportation costs, protect local landscapes and ensure that fresh, healthy food stays available and affordable to all. Join us to learn more about consumer trends, resources available and the power of purchase data available to help local businesses become big.

** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA, AND **

“Amplify your Wellness Brand: Food at the Root of Wellness” – Dana Fillmore, Healthcare Customer Marketing Manager, Gordon Food Service

11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. 

The concept of wellness is surfacing as a top strategy for overall health and cost management. Savvy healthcare, nursing home and senior living organizations are exercising their muscles to build strong wellness offerings for their consumers. We’ll share real life ideas to inspire Food and Nutrition departments to lead the way with nutrition related activities to amplify your wellness brand!
** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, AND **

“Menu at the Root of Cost Control” – Tiffany Nabozny, Nutrition Resource Center Manager, Gordon Food Service

11:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. 

Your cycle menu drives everything in the kitchen pertaining to cost control. The items you choose to use on the menu and how you use them is critical. Let’s look at ways to get to a menu that has been streamlined, cross-utilized and optimized! You’ll leave with a step-by-step guide that will help control costs and lead to customer satisfaction.

** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA, AND **

“Rebuild and Relaunch” – Matt Dyksterhouse, National Account Manager, Gordon Food Service

12:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. 

As we are beginning to get back to a sense of normalcy we are tasked with rebuilding from the chaos of the last two years. Rebuilding and relaunching our staff, our menus, and our participation. Join us as we discuss ideas to finish the year strong and set ourselves up to launch into a great back-to-school!

** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA **

“Make green your favorite color! How to keep clean while staying green” – Chris Hamel, Sales & Service Specialist, InnoServ

1:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. 

What exactly does it mean to be “green”? This talk aims to address this question by looking beyond the buzzwords and one off recycling drives to dive deep into all the ways your company could be “going green” and saving some green in the process. We will cover how to identify areas of waste in your day to day operations and present easy ways to correct these issues and start a green initiative of your own.
** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA, AND **

“Create A Better Planet……One Meal At A Time” – Elena Buist, Business Analyst, Gordon Food Service

2:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. 

Becoming more sustainable is not as difficult as it might seem. Your eco-conscious choices, no matter how small, can make a big difference and together we can reduce our waste to make an impact. Join us to learn more about consumer trends, practical ideas to implement an achievable plan and find resources available to you.

** .5 CEU applied for ACF, ANFP, SNA, AND **

Foodscape Live

Topics, presenters, and descriptions are listed below.

Schedule - Booth #527

“Wellness: Getting to the Root” – Molly Armstrong, Business Solutions Specialist, Gordon Food Service and Jason Mortus, Culinary Specialist, Gordon Food Service

10:15 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

The definition of “wellness” is broad and can mean different things to different people. Wellness is influenced by culture and includes the physical, mental and social domains of life. At the root of wellness, however, there is a strong connection to the food we eat and those we eat it with. Come to this dynamic session to better understand wellness, discover key wellness trends and taste the innovative menu items our Culinary Specialists create!

“Chaos Cooking: An aggressive mashup of global flavors” – Kurt Kwiatowski, Corporate Consulting Chef, Gordon Food Service

11:00 A.M. – 101:30 A.M.

Expertly prepared, but irreverently conceived; Chaos Cooking is taking chef-driven flavors in fun and unexpected directions. Driven by buzz with consumers and enhanced by social media, strap in to review a variety of dishes and concepts that probably shouldn’t go together but definitely do.

“Menu Strategy for Success” – Abby Windau, Business Solutions Specialist, Gordon Food Service

11:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Your menu is more than a list of food, it is your #1 marketing tool. On average, customers will spend 109 seconds studying your menu. In almost two minutes, you will need to not only introduce them to your brand but also guide them away from items that are difficult and costly for the kitchen to execute, and toward those that are profitable and highlight your restaurant’s true capabilities. Join us as we guide you through the importance of menu engineering and the psychology of ordering.

“Elevated Comfort: Limitless Possibilities” – Kevin Green, Culinary Specialist, Gordon Food Service

12:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Will restaurant experiences ever go back to normal? Inflation continues to shift consumer spending habits and that leaves the operators fighting more than ever for their share of the pie. So while there’s a heightened appetite for restaurant experiences and connection, diners are laser focused on finding value. Convenience is also top of mind, with delivery, curbside pickup, counter pickup, and drive-thru being predicted to remain strong, especially as remote work has effectively dissolved traditional meal and work times. How can we bring that “Elevated Comfort” to your restaurant?

Free Customer Parking

Customers will park on the South and East sides of the building on Show day. Employees, please park in the back of these lots to reserve the closest spots for customers. The West lot will be used for overflow.

Parking is provided for free for all attendees at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

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