Frequently Asked Questions

What is the agenda for the Innovation Summit?

The Innovation Summit agenda can be viewed here.

Will there be a keynote speaker?

Yes! We are excited to have Maeve Webster & Mike Kostyo of Menu Matters as our Keynote presenters this year.

Maeve Webster is the President of Menu Matters and has been a go-to thought leader, consultant, and trend expert in the food industry for 20+ years.

Mike Kostyo is the Vice President of Menu Matters and has been one of the most sought-after voices and trend experts in the food industry for over a decade.

What is the Innovation Summit?

The second annual Innovation Summit is a three-day culinary conference that showcases new global ingredients and flavor trends. Hosted by Roland Foods, LLC (Roland Foods) and AUI Fine Foods, Inc. (AUI Fine Foods), the Summit brings together a diverse mix of foodservice, culinary, and beverage professionals to explore the latest innovation in sweet and savory food.

The 2024 Innovation Summit offers a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in hands-on workshops, product cuttings, demos, and networking events.

How do I RSVP?

The RSVP portal is now live! Please use the email address you received the invitation from to begin the RSVP process.

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When does the Innovation Summit officially begin and end?

The summit will begin on the evening of Tuesday, September 17th at 5pm with a welcome cocktail reception and continue through lunch from 12-2pm on Thursday, September 19th, 2024. We recommend arriving in the early afternoon on Tuesday, September 17th to ensure sufficient travel time.

Where is the Innovation Summit located?

The Innovation Summit will take place at the CIA Hyde Park Campus in Hyde Park, NY.

Address: 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

What is the dress code for the Innovation Summit?

Tuesday evening's welcome reception will be outdoors and we recommend business casual attire. The dress code for Wednesday and Thursday's workshops is smart casual—jeans are welcome. We will be hosting hands-on cooking sessions along with interactive workshops, so comfortable footwear is recommended.

What is the nearest airport to the CIA, Hyde Park?

Where should I stay during the summit?

Complimentary 2 nights stay, courtesy of Roland Foods & AUI Fine Foods at the Homewood Suites By Hilton Poughkeepsie & Residence Inn by Marriott Poughkeepsie, as well as shuttle service between the hotel and the summit location at CIA Hyde Park. For more details, visit the Plan Your Visit tab.

How do I get to and from the Innovation Summit?

We will be providing shuttle services for transportation between the hotel and the event venue throughout the duration of the Innovation Summit.

Who can I contact regarding any event questions?

Please send an email to