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2019 State Marketers Conference Agenda

June 11-13

AC Louisville Downtown

727 E Market St

Louisville, KY 40202


Tuesday June 11:

*Transportation from Louisville Airport to AC Louisville Downtown  

5:00 pm-7:00 pm: Welcome Reception (hotel)

  • Featuring Kentucky Proud members offering samples of their farm-sourced products

Dinner on own


Wednesday June 12:

6:00 am-8:00 am: Breakfast (hotel)

  • Room Rate: $132 includes breakfast

8:00 am: Conference Check-In (hotel)

8:30 am: Welcome, Melanie Blandford, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

8:45 am: Attendee Brief Introductions

9:15 am: State Programs in Depth

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Kentucky Local Food Coordinator Panel

  • Lillian Brislin: UK Food Connection
  • Dr. Achton Potter Wright: Bluegrass Farm to Table
  • Shannon Connelly: Louisville Farm to Table
  • Community Farm Alliance

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Presentation TBD

2:30 pm: Closing Comments

3:00 pm: Shuttle to Churchill Downs

3:30 pm: Tour/ Cooking demo at Churchill Downs with Chef David Danielson

  • Chef Danielson has been Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef since 2013. Classically trained, Danielson studied at the Dumas Pere school of French cooking and later continued at the renowned hotel school Ecole Hotelier Tain l’ Hermitage in France, honing his culinary skills at several Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon returning to the United States, Chef Danielson worked as the executive chef at New York’s United Nations Plaza Hotel and at Chicago favorites the Ritz Carlton and Charlie Trotter’s. He also served as personal chef to the British Consulate General. Chef Danielson has also lent his culinary expertise to a variety of major events, including the Olympics, PGA Championships, the US Open Tennis Tournament and the GRAMMY Awards.

5:00 pm: Shuttle to Kentucky Distillery

5:30 pm: Tour Kentucky Distillery

6:45 pm: Shuttle to Bristol Bar & Grille

7:00 pm: Dinner at Bristol Bar & Grille


Thursday June 13:

6:00am-7:30am: Breakfast (hotel)

8:00 am: Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles or Keith Rogers (Kentucky Department of Agriculture Chief of Staff)

8:15 am: Keynote Speaker TBD

9:15 am: Presentation TBD

  • Suggestion: FSMA/ Food Safety issues at large

10:00 am: Break

10:15 am: Presentation TBD

  • Suggestion: Hemp‒ The changing landscape under the new Farm Bill

10:45 am: State White Elephant Gift Exchange

11:30 am: Who Hosts Next?

12:00pm: Boxed Lunch/ Departure

*Transportation from AC Hotel to Louisville Airport