|12:00 – 2:00 pm
270+ Exhibits await you!
Your Buy Local Conference admission includes access to 270+ Exhibits, seminars on Marketing, Technology and Workforce Engagement, local sourcing at the Wisconsin Cheese & Dairy and Something Special from Wisconsin ™ pavilions and Buy Local focused events outside the exhibit hall!
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Growing Power Tour Led by Will Allen
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive
Bus transportation is included. Please gather in front of ballroom AB, first floor of the convention center at 2:00pm for boarding.
Growing Power, located right in Milwaukee, is the country’s preeminent urban farm that provides equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. This 90-minute private tour, led by the founder himself Will Allen, will give you an inside look at their growing methods and show you how this urban farm is changing the way the world grows food. The tour will be both inside and outside so come prepared. Space is limited and will fill fast!
5:30 – 7:30 pm
(Young Professionals Meet-up Hour @ 4:30)
The Garden – 725 N Milwaukee Street
6:30 cocktails; 7:00 dinner
Tiki Dinner hosted by Kyle Cherek
Mason Street Grill at The Pfister Hotel
$65 – includes 2 drinks, 5 courses, tax and tip
Due to its high popularity, reservations for the Tiki Dinner are now closed.
9:30 – 10:30 am
Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution
Will Allen, Founder & CEO of Growing Power, Inc.
Book signing immediately to follow
10:45 – 11:45 am
Putting Local Food on Your Menu
Presented by: Jack Kaestner, MATC Instructor & Former Restaurateur
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Farm to Fork: How to Use Local Farm Ingredients Throughout the Year
Presented by: Kyle Cherek, host of the thrice Emmy-Award Winning Wisconsin Foodie
Panelists: Dan Sidner, Co-owner of Black Shoe Hospitality Group, Drew & Jaime Baker, Co-owners of Love Rock Farms and Zak Baker, Executive Chef of Pizza Man
1:15 – 2:15 pm
Chef and Farmer – A Symphony at Work
Presented by: Patrick Depula, Owner/Chef of Salvatore’s Tomato Pies and Chris Holman, Co-Owner of Nami Moon Farms
2:30 – 3:30 pm
A Road Map to Local & Sustainable Purchasing Practices
Presented by: Ellen Ritter, Executive Chef for UW Health & Michelle Miller, Associate Director at UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Stepping Up Local Purchasing: Learn How to Utilize Your In-State Partners
Presented by: Pete Leuer, Manager of Foodservice National Accounts at Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Lois Federman, Director – Something Special from Wisconsin™ and Sarah Larson, Director of Farm to Business Program at REAP