reThink Food


The Culinary Institute of America

Download 2018 program schedule here.

The reThink Food Annual Leadership Conference is the first conference to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators at the intersection of technology, behavior, design, and food. Our assembled speakers, experts, and provocateurs will spotlight areas of innovation all along the food industry’s chain of supply and demand—from agriculture to the consumer food experience—and offer solutions for rethinking the future of food amidst radically changing food markets around the globe.

Presented by The Culinary Institute of America, the three-day conference invites chefs and other food industry leaders; academics; and innovators in R&D, technology, consumer package goods, marketing and related fields to join us for networking opportunities, cutting-edge research that will widen perspectives, and business-friendly solutions for the challenges and imperatives that face us.

Get a taste of what the conference is about with this one-minute video. You can also watch the 2017 webcast of all general sessions here.

Wednesday, November 7  
3 p.m. PDT Registration, Refreshments, and Interactive Sensory Experience: Atrium (1st floor)
3:45 p.m. PDT reThink Food: Welcome and Overview
3:55 p.m. PDT General Session I
4:30 p.m. PDT General Session II
4:50 p.m. PDT General Session III
6:15 p.m. PDT reThink Flavor: Opening Flavor Discovery Reception: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
7 p.m. PDT Program Concludes for the Evening
Thursday, November 8  
8 a.m. PDT Napa Valley Breakfast: Atrium (1st floor)
8:30 a.m. PDT General Session IV
9:40 a.m. PDT General Session V
10:20 a.m. PDT Networking and Refreshment Break & Walk to Breakout Sessions: Atrium (1st floor)
10:45 a.m. PDT reThink Conversations (Breakouts)
11:45 a.m. PDT Time to Walk Back to General Session
11:55 a.m. PDT General Session VI
12:50 p.m. PDT Walk-Around Networking Lunch: Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater
1:50 p.m. PDT General Session VII
2:50 p.m. PDT Walk to Breakout Sessions
3 p.m. PDT reThink Conversations (Breakouts)
4 p.m. PDT Walk Back to General Session
4:10 p.m. PDT General Session VIII
4:50 p.m. PDT General Session IX
5:15 p.m. PDT reThink Reception: Colavita Olive Terrace, The Restaurant at CIA Copia
6:15 p.m. PDT Program Concludes for the Evening
Friday, November 9  
8 a.m. PDT Coffee and Whole Fruit: Atrium (1st floor)
8:20 a.m. PDT General Session X
9:20 a.m. PDT General Session XI
11 a.m. PDT Closing Remarks
11:10 a.m. PDT Innovation Showcase Brunch: Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum, Mezzanine, and Garden Balcony (2nd floor)
12:10 p.m. PDT Conference Concludes