Stir the pots. Meet the characters. Listen to the stories. Flavor Forays plans, organizes, and executes extraordinary culinary adventures that bring together the top leaders in the restaurant and hotel industry and suppliers for immersive, unforgettable experiences in food meccas all over the globe. Our goals are education, inspiration, and appreciation of culinary cultures.
Our sponsors, like our trips, are world class.
BARILLA AMERICA, INC.
Since 1877, Barilla has been dedicated to delivering the highest-quality pasta, which has made it a favorite of foodservice chefs and the #1 national brand in the U.S. and in Italy. Barilla is an Italian family business that views nutrition as a sociable, joyous occasion; full of flavor, affection and sharing, and offers quality in the form of wholesome, safe products. Sustainability and social responsibility guide its business strategies, and its mission is to help people live better, longer, in a healthier environment.
JADE RANCH / BEECH OVENS
Jade Range/Beech Ovens manufactures all welded high performance cooking equipment for restaurants, resorts, chains, or for any food facility that demands production all day and all night. Jade delivers performance and durability by using the right materials in the right place combined with craftsmanship developed from over 50 years’ experience.
Jade ranges withstand the test of time because of their all-welded frame. Jade builds broilers, griddles, burners, wood fired grills and ovens, open burners, and suites. As a Middleby company, Jade ships, supports, and services all over the world.
The most exciting facet of choosing Jade is the company’s ability to customize a client’s dream kitchen. An outstanding example is how the plancha was created for Daniel Boulud when he was building his brasserie at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. He was intending to install griddles but was concerned about the temperatures they would be able to reach. Working with Jade, Boulud designed his ideal piece of equipment that is able to cook multiple pieces of food simultaneously on a flat surface which is able to reach incredibly high temperatures with runoff receptacles. The design was so successful that the plancha is catching on with chefs across the country.
Beech Ovens manufacturers the full stone hearth oven, duck oven, rotisserie oven and tandoor lines. Beech Ovens boasts many well-known clients including leading kitchen designers, restaurateurs, and chefs as well as luxury hotels, casinos, cruise ships and pizza chains.
Family tea blenders of innovative specialty teas since 1945, Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category. Today, Bigelow Tea products include more than 120 varieties of flavored, traditional, green tea, organic, herbal, decaffeinated and iced teas-including Americaís number one specialty tea, Constant Comment®. Novus Full Leaf Teas handcrafted by the Bigelow family offers a full leaf product in a silk sachet or in the loose format. This luxury tea is sourced from single estate gardens in India, China, and Sri Lanka. Steep by Bigelow, offers both classic teas and new, on-trend flavors, globally sourced from leading organic tea gardens but blended and packaged in the Unites States. Bigelow's Charleston Tea Plantation, on Wadmalaw Island, grows and produces American Classic Tea® and offers free tours to the public year round.
Cardinal Serves Up Smart Tableware. Cardinal has a passion for and an understanding of food and beverage service. For decades, Cardinal has set the world's tables with some of the most durable, stylish, and valued tableware around. Made with materials of the highest quality, clarity and consistency, it's tableware that raises the senses while helping raise profits. Chef & Sommelier, Arcoroc and Tiger Glass brands offer timeless, European design principles translated for today's global tables and trends. Whether you're looking for a complete inventory overhaul, or pieces that easily mix and match with existing sets, Cardinal has a tableware solution for you.
Chefwear began 25 years ago when founder and president Rochelle Huppin, then a pastry chef, revolutionized chef apparel with stylish 100 percent cotton uniforms. Upon her graduation from CIA in 1987, Huppin gave her new baggy chef pants to a number of leading chefs at a Meals on Wheels charity event hosted by Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles. Her new style of chef pants were an instant success. Today, the original Chefwear styles have developed into a full line of foodservice uniforms. On August 3rd of this year, Chefwear joined forces with Memphis-based Landau Uniforms, the premier manufacturer of healthcare apparel and footwear. Both companies are enthused about the synergistic opportunities that will result from their merger.
FRENCH MINISTRY OF AGRICUTURE (C/O SOPEXA USA) PASTERNAK WINE IMPORTS AND ALOUETTE CHEESE
The French Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-food and Forestry is committed to raising the profile of French agri-food products in the U.S. through trade support and participation in prominent food and wine events.
Together with two major U.S. Importers, The French Ministry of Agriculture presents you with a large and quality offering of wines and cheeses from France.
Founded in 1988 and owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Pasternak Wine Imports is a national fine wine company focused on partnerships with premium, terroir driven wines from France and from major wine producing countries. Headquartered in Harrison, NY, the company distributes its fine wine portfolio in all 50 states.
Alouette Cheese USA was born in Lancaster county in 1974 and has been producing specialty cheese ever since. As a part of Groupe Savencia, headquartered in Viroflay, France, Alouette Cheese USA also provides only the finest French imported cheeses such as Saint André and Saint Agur and Ile De France. Alouette’s wide range of specialty products add high quality and age old tradition, no matter the application.
LOUISIANA SEAFOOD PROMOTION AND MARKETING BOARD
Louisiana plays a crucial role in seafood production, as nearly a third of domestic seafood eaten in the U.S. is wild-caught fresh from our waters. Our bountiful estuaries have provided world-renowned shrimp, oysters, crabs, fish, crawfish and alligator for generations of fishermen and women, and are carefully managed for sustainability. To bring the unique flavor, quality and variety of Louisiana Seafood to your table, visit
MORE THAN GOURMET
More Than Gourmet was founded in 1993 on the singular concept of producing Culinary Grade® stocks and sauces for the home and professional kitchen, founded on the authentic sauce recipes, culinary tradition, and the teachings of the great French Chef Master, Auguste Escoffier. Escoffier essentially wrote the book on classic French cooking and culinary technique, and his writings are still the basis of all culinary education worldwide. In his most important book, Guide Culinaire, published in 1903, on the very first page, he states what has become our mantra:
"Indeed, stock is everything in cooking, at least in French cooking. Without it, nothing can be done. If one's stock is good, what remains of the work is easy; if, on the other hand, it is bad or merely mediocre, it is quite hopeless to expect anything approaching a satisfactory result."
Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission
Established in 1981, the Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission represents the interests of 300 Oregon caneberry growers. The ORBC focuses on promoting caneberries to multiple audiences, and supports Oregon berry farmers by fostering plant research and farming education initiatives. Picked at the peak of ripeness, the berries are available frozen year round.
Why do Oregon berries taste so good? They flourish in Oregon’s perfect growing climate. The varieties grown here thrive in the rich volcanic soil, clean mountain air, pure Pacific Northwest water, long cool spring months, hot summer days, and of course, the devotion of our family farms.
THE PERFECT PUREE OF NAPA VALLEY
Since 1988, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley has indulged the culinary passions of chefs, pastry chefs and bartenders with products that provide ultimate fresh fruit flavor without the peeling, dicing and simmering required for making purées from scratch.
The company’s line of fruit purées and specialties boasts 40 flavors, ranging from pantry staples raspberry, strawberry and banana to the exotic lychee, passion fruit and pink guava. The fruits are harvested at the peak of season, puréed and packed frozen to maintain optimal freshness, flavor and color no matter what the season. All products contain no artificial additives, preservatives or sweeteners. As the leading U.S. producer of premium fruit purées, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley is revered in restaurants, hotels, bakeries, catering kitchens and bars for the just-picked taste and unmatched consistency of its products.
Smithfield is the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer committed to providing good food in a responsible way. From fresh pork to bacon, sausage, ham, lunchmeat, and hot dogs, we offer our customers the quality products they need for a competitive advantage. Because when it comes to helping bring delicious and nutritious pork products to millions of people, no one does it better than Smithfield.
Torn Ranch inspires people from the inside out one gourmet bite at a time. Torn Ranch is the leading provider of packaged food amenities, minibar dry goods, bulk mixes and turndowns. Products offer maximum shelf life, freshest in the industry, produced to order in four days or less. Experienced Torn Ranch artisans hand-create innovative, unique, and eco-friendly culinary products and packaging that align with your design and style.
Torn Ranch continually innovates new products and packaging to meet the needs of hospitality professionals. Recent new product launches include our Artisan Truffle collection in customized luxury packaging, the launch of our best-selling Modern Can extension and our new etched wooden amenity boxes.
Over 35 years of exceptional service and hospitality expertise make Torn Ranch a smart choice for you and your guests. Torn Ranch collaborates with properties in all 50 states and around the world to develop creative, customized programs for sales and marketing, culinary, amenity, minibar, retail, spa, bar and in- room solutions.
Torn Ranch is a certified diversity MBE business, and is an approved vendor for many hotel brands worldwide.
VISIT BATON ROUGE
The mission of Visit Baton Rouge is to increase visitation to and awareness of the Baton Rouge area thereby enhancing economic impact. Baton Rouge means ìRed Stickî in French and is home to the country's tallest capitol building. In Baton Rouge, the weather is always warm, the people are always ready to entertain and the food has a special little kick, so much so that it has been voted best foodie city in the United States two years in a row. Baton Rouge, located 80 miles from New Orleans, offers an eclectic mix of museums, political landmarks, unique shopping, and antebellum homes.