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Breakout Session | October 19, 2015 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Stay on Trend with the Latest Food Trends

It’s never easy keeping up with the Joneses. Nor is it easy staying on top of the latest trends in food. Consumers are traveling more than ever and international flavors are here to stay. Learn about the top trends in the industry today and how your concept can deliver these flavors to restaurant guests.


Mindy Armstrong | Director Food Insights & Innovation | Food IQ

Mindy has spent the last 10 years facilitating conversation for some of the nation’s top food and beverage brands. She is passionate about innovation, partnering with and leading manufacturers, restaurant chains and retailers to the next big idea through an understanding and application of consumer insights and market trends.

Chef Jimmy Carey | Executive Chef & Owner | Jimmy’z Kitchen

Chef Jimmy has been bringing his delicious Nuevo Latino flavors to Miami for the past twenty years. His career has included studying Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University and training under Chef Robert Holley and Eric Ripert at La Brasserie Le Coze, owned by the award-winning team from La Bernardin. Eight years ago he opened Jimmy’z Kitchen in South Beach – pioneering the concept of the Chef-inspired fast casual in South Florida. In 2010 he opened his second location in the Wynwood Arts District with an extensive selection of craft beers and wines. The past two years has seen the concept grow with two more restaurants.

John Kunkel | CEO & Founder | 50 Eggs

In the heart of Miami, restaurateur John, founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, focuses his unwavering passion and exceptional business acumen into creating highly successful and ahead of the curve culinary concepts. In just under two decades, Kunkel has built 50 Eggs into a diverse, award winning restaurant group, demonstrating his talent for conceiving, building, branding and operating a broad range of innovative hospitality concepts. His current collection of restaurants includes the award-winning Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and BTW.

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