We invite you to join us for The American Cuisine and Hospitality Symposium. In celebration of Commander’s Palace’s 125th anniversary and New Orleans’ Tricentennial, we are hosting a day-long discussion about the future of food and hospitality in America. Several provocative sessions will be led by industry experts and thought leaders – you won’t believe our lineup –at the New Orleans Orpheum Theater. It will be progressive, forward thinking and … fun! 

We’ll kick off the day with a light breakfast prepared by Commander’s Palace. Registration begins at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:30. Box lunch will be served. Attendees will enjoy a special after party and cocktails. Surprise musical performances throughout the day.  Join us!

The largest gathering of hospitality luminaries under one roof in New Orleans…ever!

Brett Anderson

Alex Brennan

Lally Brennan

Leah Chase

Ashley Christensen

Nina Compton

Dominique Crenn

Dan Davis

Lolis Elie

Mitch Frank

Larry Forgione

Will Guidara

Michael Gulotta

Jessica Harris

Daniel Holzman

Sheila Johnson

Walter Isaacson

Emeril Lagasse

Donald Link

Barbara Lynch

Camilla Marcus

Ti Adelaide Martin

Tory McPhail

Danny Meyer

Drew Nieporent

Ruth Reichl

Susan Spicer

Jeremiah Tower

Jonathan Waxman

Dave Wondrich

THE FOOD REVOLUTION : A FRONT ROW SEAT

Only over the past few decades has America been able to pinpoint its own cuisine, no longer dependent on the structures of European fine dining. American cuisine today is robust and ever-changing, but how did we get here? This panel will explore the start of modern American cuisine in the 1970s and 80s, allowing the  Symposium to pick up where it left off at the last gathering in 1983.

THE NEW HOSPITALITY : AN HONOR TO SERVE

Let’s take off our toques and have a candid conversation about the current state of hospitality in America. This panel will explore opportunities for change – not only in the hospitality industry but across all industries and organizations.

NEW ORLEANS : 300 YEARS AND WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED

New Orleans cuisine has a glorious history and a thrilling present. The phases of creativity in the cuisine and the modernizing of restaurants have come in waves. What has made us push forward in the past and what does the next wave look like? Have we already begun?

COCKTAILS TAKE A SEAT AT THE BIG TABLE…
WITH WINE AND FOOD

At the 1983 American Cuisine Symposium, Ella Brennan stunned the industry and locals alike by serving only American wine for Commander’s 100th birthday. At this year’s Symposium we will conduct a blind tasting of four dishes each paired with a wine and a cocktail to determine which one truly enhances the dish best and why.

BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS : RETRACING THE PAST AND MOVING TO THE FUTURE WITH WOMEN IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

Women chefs and restaurateurs are either too often left off today’s listicles and awards or given their own separate category. How do we move the industry to a place where that is no longer the norm – where it is no longer chef and then female chef? These icons will share with us where they have been and where they are headed.

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