Fresh Bites Spring Edition 2022

ME E T YOU R Conference Keynotes ATTENTION TOP CHEF FANS! This year’s conference keynote is going to be nothing like what you have seen before at a NYSNA Conference! Two Top Chef contestants, Avishar Barua and Chris Viaud will be put in the spotlight for a candid discussion about ways to enhance school food service. Avishar Barua and Chris Viaud fromTop Chef Season 18!

The rumors are true – NYSNA’s Annual Conference is BACK… and better than EVER!! Can you believe it has been three years? You know what we’re talking about… It has been three years since NYSNA had a “normal” in- person Annual Conference. But we are back and better than ever! NYSNA’s 71st Annual Conference is right around the corner and our 2022 conference committee has already been working SO hard to make this the BEST WELCOME BACK BASH!! There’s so much in store for this conference we can’t wait any longer to share with you! We are returning to the heart of the state for the SECOND time at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. Join hundreds of NY’s finest school food service professionals at this exciting venue!

Christopher Viaud Chef/Owner, Greenleaf and Ansanm Top Chef Season 18

Avishar Barua Executive Chef and General Manager, Service Bar Top Chef Season 18

Chris Viaud, most recently known for competing on Season 18 of Top Chef, is the Chef/Owner of Greenleaf and Ansanm, both located in Milford New Hampshire. Chef Viaud’s food is rustic in its approach, yet refined, by classic techniques. Focusing primarily on seasonal products, most of which grown locally, helps to fuel his passion when creating menus. He plans and executes a balanced meal that incorporates different flavors and textures that entertain the palate which allows for a unique dining experience each time. Chef Viaud has continually been working throughout the years to challenge himself by pushing the boundaries and constantly taking himself out of his comfort zone to hone in on his craft. He is constantly exploring new ideas, styles, trends and concepts to keep fueling his passion and believes that everyday there is the opportunity to learn something new. LEARN MORE Lunch & Learn That’s not all folks! Avishar and Chris will not only be your conference keynote speakers… they will also be competing head-to-head in a Quickfire Challenge to see who is NYSNA’s top chef ! Watch Avishar and Chris in Action! Check out Top Chef Season 18 Quickfire Challenge:


Avishar Barua is the Executive Chef of Service Bar in Columbus, Ohio. He is a First-Generation American born in Columbus, of parents from Bangladesh. Avishar graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 and pivoted from pursuing medicine to cooking. He then graduated from the Chef Apprenticeship program at Columbus State Community College, worked in several notable restaurants in New York City and moved back to Columbus to reinforce his passion and love of the Midwest and the city he calls home. Avishar hopes to contribute to the food scene in Columbus and give back to the community that has been instrumental in shaping his unique and often playful perspective!

Come early Thursday to one of our exciting pre-cons, or join us for the weekend to stay on top of current trends in products and operations, network with over 140 industry representatives in the exhibit hall, and gain professional standards credits with new and exciting workshops and speakers. We have a revamped conference schedule PLUS innovative new features MULTIPLIED by all the amazing possibilities you’ve come to expect from conference to EQUAL the best return on investment for you and your school meal programs! This will be the most incredible conference yet! You DO NOT want to miss this… and yes, it was worth the wait! CON F E R E N C E Highlights

S C H E DU L E Overview Conference Dates: October 21-22, 2022

Thursday, October 20, 2022 • Pre-Conference Sessions • SNS Exam • Committee Day Part I • Industry Sponsored Game Night

Friday, October 21, 2022 • Committee Day Part II • General Session – State Agency Updates • One Day Exhibit Show • Workshops • Industry Reception & Entertainment: Dueling Pianos Saturday, October 22, 2022 • General Session – Awards & Keynote • Lunch & Learn – Quickfire Challenge • Innovative Solution Sessions • Networking Lab • President’s Dinner & Installation of 2022-23 Officers

One Day Exhibit Show NYSNA’s Exhibit Hall is a one-of-a-kind experience, full of everything you need to improve your school nutrition operation. Here, you will find more products, ideas, and information from the greatest companies in food, beverage, supply equipment and service solutions. You will not want to miss it! Friday Night Entertainment: Back by popular demand! Dueling Pianos, presented by Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Networking Lab Do you want to informally exchange ideas and best practices within 45 minutes? Then the Networking Lab is for you! Innovative Solution Sessions These unique 30-minute mini-sessions introduce school nutrition operators to the latest products and services on the market today, while giving industry representatives interested in reaching key decision-makers the opportunity to provide face- to-face, hands-on demonstrations.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 • House of Delegates


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