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The Vegas Food Expo will be happening March 30 and 31 at the Gold Coast Resort & Casino.


Here’s our unbelievable roster of speakers – representing some of the most innovative small food producers in the United States. Their entrepreneurial know-how and gumption is not to be missed.

On Thursday, March 30, our speakers will include:

9:30 am – Former Mayor Oscar Goodman – A history of food in Vegas. The Vegas Food Expo as a launching pad for innovative American food companies

9:45 am – Paul Saginaw, Co-Owner at Zingerman’s – Delivering The Zingerman’s Experience for 35 years and Beyond

10:40 – 11:00 am – Exhibitor presentations

11:00 – Chip Heath, Author of Made to Stick – How to Make Your Marketing Messages Stick

11:40 am – 12:00 noon – Exhibitor presentations

12 noon – Abel Charrow, Business Development at Soylent – Creativity as Currency: Experiential Marketing on a Budget

12:40 – 1:00 – Exhibitor presentations

1:00 pmKaren Caplan, President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce – Speaking on “Tapping into Fresh Trends in Produce.”

1:40 pm – Lou Abin, Partner of TAO Group Holdings – VIBE Dining: Current and Future Trends


On Friday, March 31, our speakers will include:

9:30 am – Robin Leach, Celebrity Insider – How we built the Food Network. The Vegas Food Expo as a launching pad for innovative American food companies

9:45 am – Scott Norton, Co-Founder at Sir Kensington’s – Condiments With Character: Building a Challenger Brand Within the Food Movement

10:40 – 11:00 – Exhibitor presentations

11:00 am – Robert Chang, Chief Truffle Officer at American Truffle Company – The Truffle Revolution: Using science to cultivate European truffles in America, and how it’s fundamentally revolutionizing the traditional truffle industry in every aspect

11:45 – 12:00 noon – Exhibitor presentations

12 noon – Seafood Panel:  Sustainable Salmon, Shark Fin Ban, Lionfish Invasion – An update on cutting-edge sustainable seafood farming, the need for a National shark fin ban, and raising public awareness to keep the reefs healthy. Speakers include: Brandon Gottsacker, COO and Kurt Wagaman, Business Development Manager, Superior Fresh; Stacy Frank, co-founder, LionfishUniversity.org; and David McGuire, Founder, Shark Stewards

12:40 – 1:00 – Exhibitor presentations

1:00 pm – Katrina Markoff, CEO at Vosges – How I built my dream in to a multi-million dollar chocolate business. Encouragement for girl food entrepreneurs

1:40 – 2:00 – Exhibitor presentations

2:00 pm – Ariane Daguin – Building D’Artagnan, America’s largest distributor of gourmet foods


March 30 is reserved for buyers and exhibitors. Buyers get in free.

March 31 is open to the public. Register today to attend.