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Front Burner Pitch Competition

Monday, June 26  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
River Pavilion

Watch exhibitors pitch their products to an expert judging panel in this action-packed competition. The winner will receive a promotional prize package from the Specialty Food Association including an ad in Specialty Food Magazine, editorial coverage in Specialty Food News, and more! 

Don’t miss a minute of the action as SFA Members pitch their products to industry experts. Afterwards, join us for a networking reception with beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

This event is open to all registered attendees. Come early, though, as seating is limited. 

The Judging Panel

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Maria Loi
Loi Estiatorio
Maria Loi is the chef and owner of Loi Estiatorio in New York and a gourmet restaurant in Nafpaktos, Greece. She is a popular television chef in Greece and the author of more than 36 cookbooks, and over 150 magazine editions. The Chef’s Club of Greece has recognized her as an official Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy.


Wainer Circle.pngHenry Wainer
Sid Wainer & Sons
Henry Wainer is the president and owner of Sid Wainer & Son, a premier supplier of specialty produce and specialty foods to the foodservice and hospitality industry. He has been recognized for his commitment to promote food safety and received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University.


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Tom Macrina
American Culinary Federation
Tom Macrina is the president of the American Culinary Federation since 2013. He is a Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Culinary Administrator®, and a member of the American Academy of Chefs®, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. He is executive chef/product specialist manager for US Foods, Philadelphia Division.

Kohl Circle.pngBill Kohl
Greenwood Hospitality Group
Bill Kohl is a principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group, responsible for the strategic and operational direction of Greenwood’s portfolio of hotels including food and beverage initiatives. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.