For the first time in the history of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
, the annual conference visits the vital Midwest, home of historical and contemporary trends in the restaurant world and corporate food production industry. Chicago became home to many large food manufacturers because of its central location in our country, making it an easy place to conduct nationwide business. Today, Chicago holds center court in many domains in the food arena, and we can’t wait to go on this adventure with you during the WCR conference. This 21st Annual conference will explore green topics — both environmental and financial — relevant to women in all aspects of the culinary industry. Tours, speakers and panels will all focus on the newest innovations in Keeping It Green and how to make those decisions financially sound. There are many additional costs that can be added to a business when green practices are implemented and our conference will delve into these issues. When we speak of “green” in foodservice and hospitality, we often think of simply “sustainable.” But “green” also refers to an abundance of monetary issues that must be taken into consideration to create a profitable business. This conference will explore both environmental and financial topics with tours, classes, speakers, panels and hands-on experiences. Located in the heart of the exciting Magnificent Mile, WCR’s conference will be held on Michigan Avenue at the InterContinental Hotel, 505 N Michigan Ave. The hotel has recently undergone a complete environmental makeover, making it not only a convenient location for exploring the city, but also fitting for the 2014 theme. Registration prices range from $75 to $795, depending on the level of participation.