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Meet Your Conference Keynotes

ATTENTION TOP CHEF FANS! The rumors are true! 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 


 

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! 


 

What's Happening While at Conference?!

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.

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!

To Watch Avishar and Chris in Action! Check out Top Chef Season 18 Quickfire Challenge Click Here

 

Conference Banquet & Installation of 2022-23 Officers

The Conference Banquet and Installation of Officers is a very special event where we honor and say goodbye to our current President, and then welcome our incoming President and Board of Directors.

As everyone already knows, NYSNA’s Annual Conference was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Cancelling these events not only stopped us from being together in-person but also prevented us from honoring two of our President’s – Mark Bordeau (2019-2020) and Susan Bell (2020-2021).

Our current President, Donna Riviello has made the decision to share her special night at this year’s Annual Conference with Mark and Sue, so that they finally have the opportunity for a proper sendoff.

Please join us at this year’s Conference Banquet to honor not one, but three NYSNA Presidents.

Mark Bordeau (2019-2020)                Susan Bell (2020-2021)                Donna Riviello (2021-2022)


 

BUT WAIT... THERE IS MORE!!!

Oh, you thought the conference ended on Saturday? NOPE! Not this year. The fun does not stop there!

All conference attendees will have access to the first ever digital book that will include exhibitor videos from the tradeshow floor AND additional programming for even more CEU’s! Programming will be pre-recorded mini workshops focused on Ideas @ Work. These fast-paced sessions are focused on singular innovations and presented by the school nutrition operators who created them. Our speakers will trace the path of a big idea from concept to implementation, identifying the steps required to put the idea to work in your district. 

Access to the digital book begins October 24, 2022 and closes on December 31, 2022


 

Important Dates & Deadlines:

Registration Deadline:

October 1, 2022 – Exhibitor Registration DEADLINE

October 1, 2022 – Attendee Registration DEADLINE

 

 

 

Did we mention this conference is going to be HUGE?!

Don’t believe us? Guess you just have to find out for yourself!