The Specialty Food Business Summit, taking place in Chicago, IL from April 2-4, 2017, will address various areas of opportunity, with experts leading thought-provoking seminars and workshops in the following areas of the specialty food industry: 

  • Digital Marketing
  • E-Commerce
  • Operations
  • Food Safety

In addition to learning from a group of renowned experts, attendees will have ample opportunity to connect with industry peers, and share experience and advice. Famed chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall, will be the keynote speaker.

“I’m thrilled to join the Specialty Food Association and this group of small business entrepreneurs,” said Carla. “I hope to provide inspiration and insight to help make their entrepreneurial journey as exciting as my own.”

Prior to joining The Chew, Hall was a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars.” Over her career, she launched several businesses including a catering company and an artisanal cookie company. She opened her first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, in June 2016. Her approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. Her cookbooks are “Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World” and “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You”.

For more information or to register for the Specialty Food Business Summit visit The ticket price includes meals, starting with a cocktail reception the evening of April 2nd.

Program: April 3-4

Place: Chicago, IL at the Marriott O’Hare