reThink Food


The Culinary Institute of America

Download the 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 2018 webcast of all general sessions here.

Wednesday, November 7  
3 PM PST Registration, Refreshments, and Interactive Sensory Experience: Atrium (1st floor)
3:45 PM PST reThink Food: Welcome and Overview
3:55 PM PST General Session I
4:20 PM PST General Session II
5:05 PM PST General Session III
6:15 PM PST reThink Flavor: Opening Flavor Discovery Reception: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
7 PM PST Program Concludes for the Evening
Thursday, November 8  
8 AM PST Napa Valley Breakfast: Atrium (1st floor)
8:30 AM PST General Session IV
9:40 AM PST General Session V
10:20 AM PST Networking and Refreshment Break & Walk to Breakout Sessions: Atrium (1st floor)
10:45 AM PST reThink Conversations (Breakouts)
11:45 AM PST Time to Walk Back to General Session
11:55 AM PST General Session VI
12:50 PM PST Walk-Around Networking Lunch: Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater
1:50 PM PST General Session VII
2:50 PM PST Walk to Breakout Sessions
3 PM PST reThink Conversations (Breakouts)
4 PM PST Walk Back to General Session
4:10 PM PST General Session VIII
5 PM PST General Session IX
5:25 PM PST reThink Reception: Colavita Olive Terrace, The Restaurant at CIA Copia
6:25 PM PST Program Concludes for the Evening
Friday, November 9  
8 AM PST Coffee and Whole Fruit: Atrium (1st floor)
8:20 AM PST Welcome & Introduction to the Day
8:25 AM PST General Session X
9:25 AM PST General Session XI
11:05 AM PST Closing Remarks
11:15 AM PST Innovation Showcase Brunch
12:15 PM PST Conference Concludes