Food Service Conference and Exhibits

November 12-13, 2020

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The Conference combines the educational content of the PASBO Food Service Directors Conference and the food service exhibits. Food Service Directors get the benefits of both events in one, saving both time and money. You will receive important, relevant tools that can be used to improve your school food service programs. Don’t miss this chance to share ideas with your peers, try new products and renew your enthusiasm for serving the children of Pennsylvania.

  • Food Service Directors
  • Food Service Personnel – managers, cooks, support staff
  • Business Managers with responsibilities in food service management
Through your attendance at the conference, you will
  • Learn proven techniques from experienced practitioners
  • Gain ideas to create efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Exchange challenges and solutions with your peers
  • Build a network of contacts across the state
  • Get information on new  products, services and solutions
Learn about the latest new products, services and solutions for your food service needs.  Commodity, food product, beverage, software and equipment vendors will be featured in the exhibit hall.
Note:  All school food service staff are invited to attend the exhibits free of charge. No pre-registration is necessary for those attending only the exhibits. Registration and payment is necessary for all education programs.

Exhibit Booth Reservations and Sponsorships: Click Here

Get to know your counterparts from many school districts throughout the state while enjoying meals, exhibits, a reception and lively discussions during the educational sessions. 
Note: A limited number of interns and students from college food service related programs will be invited to participate in the conference.  If you know an intern who would like to attend, please contact Kimber at   
SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)
NOVEMBER 5, 2019
8:00 am 5:00 pm          RegistrationLOBBY
9:00 am – 9:30 am           WELCOME– KEYSTONE DE
                                          PASBO IntroductionDr. Wayne McCullough, Executive Director, PASBO
                                          Food Service Committee Welcome Shawn Harlacher, PASBO Food Service Committee Chair, Cumberland Valley SD
                                          Legislative Updates – Hannah Barrick, Assistant Executive Director, PASBO
9:30 am 11:00 am         Keynote Session: 2020 Vision: Do You Know Where You and Your Program Are Going? - Jeff Joiner
11:00 am 2:45pm          Food Service ExhibitsBALLROOM 
2:50 4:00 pm                 General Session: PA Health Inspectors Panel – Daniel Devine, Mark Hennessy, &
                                          Stefanie Smith, PA Department of Agriculture, and Nelva Wright, City of Harrisburg

4:00 5:00 pm                 Breakouts (2) – Concurrent Sessions USDA Rep – Q & A
                                                BO 1: Commodities Update – Nick Jennings and Melissa Patterson, PA Department of Agriculture
                                                BO 2: Exercise Your Allergy Plan: Food Allergies Information – Marlene Stein, USDA
5:30 6:00 pm                  Networking Reception BALLROOM SOUTH
6:00 7:30 pm                  Networking Buffet Dinner – BALLROOM SOUTH
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
7:15 8:00 am                  Full Breakfast Buffet & Registration – BALLROOM SOUTH
8:15 9:15 am                  Schools Best Practices in Food Service SpotlightKEYSTONE A –
  1. Melissa Froehlich – School Breakfast/Marketing (yes, she will do, but not sure which)
  2. Nolen Fetchko – Game Day Meals
  3. Mary Lee Martines – Birthday Baskets
  4. Sidney Clark – tbd
  5. Shawn Harlacher – tbd
9:15 10:15 am               Firestorm Session BALLROOM NORTHShawn Harlacher, Cumberland Valley SD
10:15 10:30 am             Break LOBBY
10:30 12:30 pm             General Session: PDE Updates
                                         Vonda Cooke, Cecilia Beauduy, Kathie Novak, & Jennifer Jarrett, PA Department of Education
12:30 pm                          Door Prizes (must be present to win) & Adjourn – BALLROOM NORTH

Early Bird Discount - Register by October 15 and save on your registration.
Buy One Full Conference, Bring Additional Staff from Your LEA at 25% off - Register one person for the full two-day conference and additional staff from your LEA can register at 25% off a full two-day conference registration.  If registering online, you will receive a discount code in your confirmation that must be provided to get the discount for additional staff. The member status of the individual will determine the member or non-member price and the 25% discount will be applied to applicable fee.
Registration Deadline - Register by October 29 to ensure your materials and name badge will be waiting for you onsite.
Walk-ins - Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis at an additional fee of $35 per registrant.
Business Member(Non-Exhibitor/Sponsor) - A higher registration fee will apply. Contact PASBO for details.
Cancellations - See PASBO's full cancellation policy at
Both Days:       PASBO CEUs = 5          
Day 1 only:      PASBO CEUs = 3          
Day 2 only:      PASBO CEUs = 3         

Most sessions will meet partial requirements of the HHFKA Professional Standards.  

The event will be held at The Radisson Hotel Harrisburg at 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. A room Block will be reserved until October 4, 2019.  Please be aware that the room block may be sold out before the deadline date.

Room Type: Standard Double/Double or Standard King
Rate:               $116  + 9% tax
Dates Valid:  11.4-11.5
Online Reservations:  Click here

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