Events

Deli&Cheese1on1

Presented by FirstSource Events, and sponsored by The Gourmet Retailer, Deli&Cheese1on1 has become the Industry’s most trusted and exclusive Buyer-Supplier Exchange for supermarket deli and specialty cheese professionals.

Deli&Cheese1on1 is February 8-9, 2017, in St. Augustine, Fla.  Join us for this unique and highly effective conference and 1on1 matching exchange that brings together leading category buyers with some of the nation’s top suppliers of deli products, specialty cheese, prepared foods and charcuteries..

For more information, visit http://firstsourceevents.com/delicheese-1on1/  or contact Bill Doherty at First Source Events at 207-216-9857.

 

 

 Previous Gourmet Retailer events include:

 Gourmet Insights 2016 Archive

The Gourmet Retailer has once again teamed up with Las Vegas Market to present the 2016 Gourmet Insights Summit. The premier educational conference takes place August 2 NEW TIME: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas Market.

In this special educational networking event, independent retailers share their experiences on how they’ve adapted to increasing competition and other strategies they’ve implemented to stay competitive in today’s price-conscious shopping environment.  Retail panelists include Mary Liz Curtin, author and owner of Leon & Lulu, the award-winning retail store in Clawson, Mich.; Janet McDonald, co-owner of The Gourmet Gallery, in Edmond, Okla.; and Kathleen Taggart, director of Draeger’s Market Home Department and Cooking School. They’ll be ample time for questions, sharing and networking.  We invite you to join us.  NEW TIME! This special event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 and includes lunch. It’s free; however, advance registration is required.

To a limited number of qualified buyers, The Gourmet Retailer is giving away $200 American Express gift cards. Questions? Please call or email Anna Wolfe at 207.773.1154.

This collocation of Gourmet Insights with the Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market affords gourmet retailers a unique buying and learning experience.  The Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market, which is July 31 - August 4,  includes the C11 showroom floor dedicated to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food lines.

Summit Highlights Include:

  1. Retailer panel discussion with tried-and-true success stories
  2. Networking
  3. Lunch

For additional detail and summit registration:

Registration

Speakers: 

       

Mary Liz Curtin  

Mary Liz, the author of A Shopkeeper’s Manual, a Wall Street Journal Small Business Expert, and a columnist for Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine, has an offbeat but always practical take on the business of retail and consumer goods. Clients ranging from eBay and Yankee Candle to small emerging manufacturers have appreciated her marketing and management counsel as well as her positive and realistic outlook. Leon & Lulu, the 15,000 square foot destination lifestyle store she owns with her husband, has received two ARTS Awards (2013 & 2016) as well as the U.S. GIA Award in 2016. Mary Liz herself has received an ICON award from Americasmart for Career Achievement, was named a Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News in 2013, a Woman Who Leads by WJR Newsradio, and was most recently honored by the Women Officials Network Foundation with a WONder Woman award in 2016. 

 

 

Janet McDonald   

Janet McDonald and Cindy Utecht are the founders and owners of The Gourmet Gallery, Edmond, Okla. They started the gourmet store in spring 2001 at the Edmond, Okla., Farmers Market as a side business with one line of products and a variety of gift baskets. Due to popularity and obtaining corporate Christmas business with their beautiful and unique gift baskets, Janet and Cindy decided to quit their jobs and open a small 1,000-square-foot store in September 2001, expanding that location in 2003 and opening a second location in Oklahoma City in 2007. The Gourmet Gallery has maintained its focus of specializing in gourmet/specialty food. Other offerings including customized gift baskets, a monthly gourmet club, local food, Riedel Crystal and in-store events including wine and beer tastings. 

 

Kathleen Taggart

Kathleen Taggart has been the director of Draeger’s HOME Department and Cooking School for the company’s four San Francisco Bay Area stores for 17 years. Draeger’s was TGR’s Outstanding Kitchenware Retailer of the Year (2011) and U.S. gia winner (2011). Kathleen has a strong retail background in cookware and high-end retail with eight years at the Kitchen Kaboodle in Portland, Ore., as their cookware buyer and cooking school director, and 11 years as buyer, manager and special events director at Carl Greve in Portland, Ore. She and her husband Dan are the co-authors of six cookbooks including the award-winning “Entertaining People.” She and Dan currently live in San Mateo, Calif., where they love to hike and are always planning “what’s for dinner.”

 

 

Anna Wolfe

For more than 15 years, Anna has worked as a journalist covering the specialty food and gourmet kitchenware industry. She has spoken at several industry events including the American Cheese Society Conference, Las Vegas Market, New York International Gift Fair and the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference in Sonoma, Calif. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, she served on the global jury of the International Housewares Association’s coveted Global Innovator Awards (gias).  Each year, Anna works with the International Housewares Association to select the independent kitchenware retailer that will receive the coveted U.S. gia honor. Continually inspired by entrepreneurs’ passion and vision, Anna’s favorite assignment is touring retail stores and manufacturing facilities and connecting with business owners in their place of business. Anna is the editor-in-chief of The Gourmet Retailer and a senior editor on Progressive Grocer magazines.

 

REGISTRATION

Buyers attending Las Vegas Market can attend Gourmet Insights for free. (A $99 value.) Lunch is included.  Pre-registration is required. 

Register now!

 


 Gourmet Insights 2015 Archive


 

The Gourmet Retailer has teamed up with Las Vegas Market  to present the 2015 Gourmet Insights Summit. The premier educational conference takes place the afternoon of Aug. 4 at the Las Vegas Market. The event is dedicated to providing in-depth shopper insights, trends and analysis for independent gourmet retailers. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the changing face of today’s gourmet shopper and the expanding opportunities for specialty sales.

This collocation of Gourmet Insights with the Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market affords gourmet retailers a unique buying and learning experience.  The Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market, which is Aug. 2-6,  marks the debut of the new C11 showroom floor dedicated to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food lines.

Summit Highlights Include:

  • Half-day program featuring intensive educational sessions
  • Retailer panels, case studies and peer-to-peer working groups
  • Networking cocktail reception

For additional detail and summit registration:

Registration

Buyers attending Las Vegas Market can attend Gourmet Insights for free.(A $299 value.) Pre-registration is required. 

Register now!

 

Agenda

***SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
as of May 22, 2015

 

At Las Vegas Market     |     August 4, 2015

 

1 -1:15 p.m.                                       

 

 

Welcome and Introduction
( Las Vegas Market & Anna Wolfe, The Gourmet Retailer)

1:15-1:45 p.m.

SESSION 1

 

State of the Gourmet Industry

Presentation of TGR’s exclusive research of the gourmet retail

channel conducted by Carbonview Research in May 2015

 

(Anna Wolfe, The Gourmet Retailer)

 

1:45-2:30 p.m.

SESSION 2

Retail Panel Discussion:

Effective Merchandising to Drive Impulse Sales

 

Retailers share their experiences on how they’ve adapted to

increasing competition and other strategies they’ve implemented

to stay competitive in today’s price-conscious shopping

environment.  Showrooming will also be discussed.

 

Jill Foucré, Marcel’s Culinary Experience; Amy Ruis, Art of the

Table; Kathleen Taggart, Draegers Market

Anna Wolfe, moderator

 

230-3 p.m.

Networking Break

3-4 p.m.

SESSION 3

 

Retail Panel Discussion:

What’s Next on the Food Scene and How Can You Connect to Increase Your Profits: A Panel Discussion on Food Trends, Technology, Marketing Tie-ins & More

 

Gourmet retailers have one thing in common: They’re facing more competition than ever before from all channels of retail. Retailers of all sizes need to differentiate themselves. In this session, panelists will share their success stories, including how they source local products, plan and market money-making events, including in-store cooking demos and hands-on classes.

 

Lauren G.R. Johnson, Newport Avenue Market; Kati Mora, RD, The Plate Boutique; Doug Poling, Bristol Farms

Anna Wolfe, moderator

 

4-5 p.m.  

SESSION 4

(social media, generational/millennial marketing, technology)

 

Social Media:  Shopper Engagement as the New Currency

 

This presentation will illuminate the challenges and opportunities of social media and present a variety of tangible, take-home strategies specifically relevant to the gourmet retail category. Social media is an enormously valuable strategic tool, and Brad Nix will demonstrate how this relates to strengthening gourmet retailers’ businesses. It’s no longer just about sales; it’s about engagement. And it is about having well-thought-through, meaningful tools to effectively communicate across this highly interactive medium. Brad will share some great examples of leveraging social media, as well as benchmarks for comparison to help establish realistic expectations of what good social media marketing looks like at retail. And most importantly, we will learn from each other as we explore this fundamental change in relating.

 

Brad Nix, Brand Chorus

 

5-515 p.m.

Closing Remarks

 

530  p.m.

Immediately followed by networking reception

 

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Speakers

 

Jill Foucré
Jill Foucré, a longtime resident of the Chicago suburb, opened Marcel’s Culinary Experience in September 2011. Foucré had a successful career as an insurance executive before pursuing her lifelong dream to combine her family heritage, love of cooking and entertaining, and proven business skills into a gourmet retail store and cooking school. The Gourmet Retailer Outstanding Kitchenware Retailer (2014), U.S. gia winner (2015).

 

Lauren G.R. Johnson
Lauren G.R. Johnson is the COO for Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Ore. She spent her teen years employed at Newport Avenue Market. Now, 30 years later, she’s continuing to grow the family business by applying the smart business sense that was instilled in her by her parents. As a second generation owner, sustaining business viability is her foremost goal; part of this is continuing to provide a profitable, healthy work environment for more than 90 employees. She’s a perceptive business owner who appreciates and embraces innovation and the development and implementation of business efficiencies. A fifth generation Oregonian, she is passionate about the success of Oregon’s small business economy and the benefits it creates for Oregon families. Being first, best or different is a family belief that she embraces and feels is the core of Newport Avenue Market’s success.

 

Kati Mora, R.D.
Kati Mora, a registered dietician, started a food and nutrition blog, AroundthePlate.org, in 2009. She’s on a mission to help people eat their healthiest while having fun at the same time. She realized helping people love their kitchens was an important piece of the puzzle. So, in 2012 she launched thePlate Boutique, the first nutrition-inspired kitchen store, in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mora and her team choose all the products with healthy eating in mind and have three registered dietitians on their team, all who are ready to work one-on-one with customers who are looking to take their eating habits to the next level.

 

Doug Poling
Doug Poling began his career at Bristol Farms in 1983 at the tender age of 17 while still in high school. His first eight years he held various positions within the foodservice department. The next 17 years he worked in the operations group as a store director and opener with the final 10 years as a district manager. After his tenure in operations he was promoted to the marketing division. For the past eight years Doug has been responsible, from a marketing perspective, for the following departments: Grocery/Center Store, Frozen, Dairy, GM, Natural Living, Wine & Spirits, Bakery and Coffee.

 

Amy Ruis
Amy Ruis opened Art of the Table in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October 2003. She is passionate about entertaining and enjoying great food and drink. This trio of interests lends perfectly to the store’s varied and quality selections that include tabletop, gift, textiles, housewares, specialty food, beer/wine, cheese and cookbooks. Since the beginning, Ruis and Art of the Table have been involved in many community programs and issues, and supports many local non-profits, and many local private & public schools. In 2013, Ruis teamed up with Kate Leeder, former cheesemonger at Art of the Table, to open Aperitivo, a cheese and charcuterie retail concept, in Grand Rapids’ new Downtown Market.


Bradley Stone Nix
Brad is currently a partner at Brand Chorus, the social business intelligence division of TippingGardner, a leading marketing and brand development firm. For more than 30 years, Brad has applied his insights and strategic skills to a variety of renowned brand identity programs around the world for such diverse clients as Canyon Ranch, Institute of Honduras Tourism, Tampa Bay CVB, Japan Airlines, Nikko Hotels, Special Olympics Florida and Procter & Gamble. Brad was formally trained at Young & Rubicam New York; is a Landor Associates alumnus and was one of the initial Americans to join Dentsu, Young & Rubicam, the first Japanese-American joint-venture advertising agency where he was responsible for global advertising initiatives for Colgate-Palmolive. He also headed accounts for McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide representing Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Shiseido Cosmetics and RJR Nabisco Brands. Brad lives in Bay Hill, Fla., with his 13-year old daughter, Lauren, and their dogs, Max and Chico.

 

Kathleen Taggart
Kathleen Taggart has been the director of Draeger’s HOME Department and Cooking School for the company’s four San Francisco Bay Area stores for 15+ years. Draeger’s was TGR’s Outstanding Kitchenware Retailer of the Year (2011) and U.S. gia winner (2012.) She has a strong retail background in cookware and high-end retail with eight years at the Kitchen Kaboodle in Portland, Ore., as their cookware buyer and cooking school director, and 11 years as buyer, manager and special events director at Carl Greve in Portland, Ore. She and her husband Dan are the co-authors of six cookbooks including the award-winning “Entertaining People.” She and Dan currently live in San Mateo, Calif., where they love to hike and are always planning “what’s for dinner.”

Anna Wolfe

Anna Wolfe is the editor-in-chief of The Gourmet Retailer. For more than 15 years, Anna has worked as a journalist covering the specialty food and gourmet kitchenware industry. She has a deep knowledge and a passion for the artisan specialty food industry. Anna has spoken at several industry events including the American Cheese Society Conference, New York International Gift Fair and the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference in Sonoma, Calif. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, she served on the global jury of the International Housewares Association’s coveted Global Innovator Awards (gias). Each year, Anna works with the International Housewares Association to select the independent kitchenware retailer that will receive the coveted U.S. gia honor. Continually inspired by entrepreneurs’ passion and vision, she says her favorite assignment is touring retail stores and manufacturing facilities and connecting with business owners in their place of business.