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2020 Annual Conference Workshops

  • Monday, April 27, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell Street Seattle, WA 98101


Pre-Registration is required for these sessions and all have participant limits. Register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot, click the 'Register' button at the bottom left of the page to select the workshops you would like to attend.

Offerings include a range of 2 to 8-hour workshops to focus on key competencies that impact your work including hands-on training and a more thorough review and explanation of programs with more time for Q&A. 

Due to ongoing concerns about the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the recent event ban in our host city of Seattle, Washington, ACDA leadership has decided to transition our Annual Conference scheduled for April 27-30 to a virtual conference.

Our members, partners and colleagues are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances. In an effort to continue to provide education and resources to our constituents (including valuable CE credits), we are excited to offer virtual attendance to the conference and on-demand viewing of the sessions.

We appreciate your patience as we shift our presenters and attendees to an online experience. 

As always, feel free to reach out to us at with any questions. Stay tuned for more details about ACDA's 2020 Virtual Conference!

Workshop Options:

A. Monday, 8am – 5pm: ServSafe Manager Certification Training and Testing – $150.00
ServSafe Manager is an advanced food safety certification developed by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) for foodservice and hospitality personnel. The ServSafe brand allows you to offer the highest standard of training to your staff. It also keeps customers safe with advanced food safety knowledge.

ServSafe brings together current best practices in advanced food safety, as well as current best practices for instruction to meet our industry’s changing needs. Students stay engaged in current state health code regulations and learn how to demonstrate knowledge of foodborne disease prevention, and application of HACCP principles.

This ServSafe Manager class will be offered in a one-day review format. Attendees will receive the ServSafe Manager book by electronic format to study prior to attending the class. ACDA will be closing registration for classes two weeks in advance of the class date to ensure each attendee has ample time to study. The day of the class the attendee will receive approximately four hours of review of the ServSafe Manager materials. Review is followed by the ServSafe Manager exam, proctored by the class instructor. Attendees are allowed two hours to complete the exam.

B. Monday, 8am – 12pm: Nutrition Nuts and Bolts: What Everyone Needs to Know for a Healthy Lifestyle
So, you are in the business of child nutrition - but how do you separate fact from fiction about “nutrition”? Where do they get these ideas for the meal pattern? Learn basic nutrition information for yourselves and those you care about in this fun, interactive class. From understanding basic nutrients, reading nutrition labels, navigating nutrition messages in the media, and the design of grocery store shelves, everyone will walk away with a new look at how they shop and what they consume.

Presenter(s): Katie Wilson, Urban School Food Alliance 
Target Audience: All
Level: Beginner

C. Monday, 8am – 12pm: USDA Foods 101
In this state-led beginner session, SDA's will provide training to stakeholders around the basics of the USDA Foods program.

Presenter(s): Carole Erb, JTM; Chris Facha, Oregon; and Garrick Howell, Kentucky 
Target Audience: SDAs/RAs/Industry
Level: Beginner

D. Monday, 8am – 12pm: How to Build a Bid
This session will provide a step by step process on the required components of a bid document.

Presenter(s): Stephanie Bruce, California; Stephanie Ewing, Gold Star Foods; and Ariane Shanley, Washington
Target Audience: RA's/Industry
Level: Intermediate

E. Monday, 10am – 12pm: A Comprehensive Look at CSFP
This session will provide an introductory overview of CSFP including technology, food pack updates/challenges, complete box utilization, meal prep, and increasing caseloads.

Presenter(s): Mark Lowery, Mike Halligan, and Walter O'Toole, Feeding Colorado
Target Audience: SDAs/Household Partners
Level: Beginner

F. Monday, 1pm – 3pm: Culinary Strategies for Enhancing Quality Products
In this interactive session, participants will be provided strategies for enhancing their culinary skills/techniques. The strategies gained from this session will help participants menu items that go from plain to wow.

Presenter(s): Chef Patrick Garmong, ICN
Target Audience: RAs
Level: Intermediate

G. Monday, 1pm – 5pm: SDA Foods for State Agencies - USDA Foods 201
In this session, USDA will provide training to state agencies around managing USDA Foods ordering and the processing program. This session will cover best practices for communication and program management.

Presenter(s): USDA
Target Audience: SDA’s ONLY
Level: Intermediate

H. Monday, 1pm – 5pm: How to Analyze a Bid
This session will provide a step by step process on the required components of analyzing and awarding a bid.

Presenter(s): Stephanie Bruce, California; Stephanie Ewing, Gold Star Foods; and Ariane Shanley, Washington
Target Audience: RA's/Industry
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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