Just how many heirloom tomatoes are there? Lots. The Kendall-Jackson winery in Fulton, CA, touts 175 varieties for its 12th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. One week later, on 9/14, the NatureSweet Carmel TomatoFest promises that 350 types will be on display during its event at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel (www.tomatofest.com).
MEGA MEET AND GREET
The Women's Foodservice Forum convenes its invitation-only Executive Women's Summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago.
TRACK DOWN TROUBLE
We're predicting standing-room-only attendance for the day-long “Food Traceability: Securing the Food Supply Chain” workshop that will be part of the RFID World 2008 Conference in Las Vegas. The event takes place at the MGM Grand.
Heston Blumenthal, Charlie Trotter and Grant Achatz perform cooking demos at the 3rd annual StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress. The Park Avenue Armory in New York City hosts this event. Go online to get an invitation.
THE BIG PICTURE
Find out where the foodservice industry stands today and where it's headed tomorrow as the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association presents Foodservice Forecast and Outlook 2008. The first site of this three-venue seminar is the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The program repeats on 9/22 at the Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA, and on 9/26 at the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel in Rutherford, NJ.
ON THE DOCKET
Check out legislative issues that could affect the restaurant industry by attending the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. Site is the Grand Hyatt.
ASSEMBLE THE TROOPS
Learn how to make the numbers add up as SS&G Financial Services puts on the latest edition of its popular Restaurant CFO Bootcamp. Guest speakers include Dennis Lombardi and Capital Growth Advisers' Phil McDonough. The Four Seasons Las Vegas is the venue.
Milliken & Co. hosts a Food & Beverage seminar at its Spartanburg, SC, headquarters. Other than travel, everything else is free.