Food & Nutrition Adventures in Atlanta at FNCE 2014

Liz and I both attended the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Atlanta earlier this month, and we dish about our experiences on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast.

Liz shared the highlights of her trip in an earlier blog post, and now it’s my turn. For me it’s all about the people. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go to educational sessions and learn new things, but it’s connecting with my RDN friends – both new and old – that really inspires me.

Janice in Atlanta at FNCE with Flat Matthew

My good friend and colleague, Joan Salge Blake, was on my plane from Boston so we shared a cab to downtown Atlanta. She brought along her nephew’s Flat Matthew and we had fun taking pictures of him with different people -including the Delta pilot and flight attendants, and me!

Southern Dining at Pittypat's Porch

My first night in town I followed my cab driver’s advice and ate shrimp and grits at the iconic Pittypat’s Porch with my friend Susan. Collard greens, beans, and cornbread rounded out our meal. Sometimes a girl just needs some southern cooking!

Janice and Susan selfie

The Academy is getting hip to the social media scene and had several areas for members to take selfies. Here I am with my best attempt at taking a selfie with Susan.

Constance Brown-Riggs, RD singing National Anthem

Before every FNCE opening session our amazing  colleague, Constance Brown Riggs, sings the National Anthem in front of the thousands of attendees. It always send chills up my spine to hear her beautiful voice.

Food products from FNCE 2014

Here are some of the foods that I saw and sampled on the Expo floor: breads made with ancient grains and nuts, pumpkin yogurt (YUM!), pre-washed kale and collard greens, and dried fruits. I’m sure this is the type of food you get at all conferences, right?

KIND bar samples

My daughter, Leah, had just one request for me on this trip: “Bring me back some KIND bars!” KIND was featuring their new Strong & Kind savory bars with flavors like Honey Mustard, Roasted Jalapeno, and Thai Sweet Chili. Leah tried them and decided she prefers the sweeter, original flavors.

Kate Geagan with Eat Well Embrace Life hummus

I ran into my good friend, Kate Geagan at the Eat Well Embrace Life hummus booth. The beet hummus was my favorite!

Biltmore Hotel Atlanta- Food & Culinary Professionals reception at FNCE 2014

I am past chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals subgroup of the Academy, and attending our networking reception at the Biltmore Hotel was a highlight of the conference. Just look at the beautiful room and the amazing food we ate. The champagne was fun to drink too!

Food & Culinary Reception with Kim Beavers, Deanna Segrave-Daly and Amy Myrdal-Miller at FNCE 2014

I couldn’t resist one more photo of the FCP reception. Here I am with RD pal Kim Beavers, and fellow past chairs, Deanna Segrave-Daly and Amy Myrdal-Miller.

It’s hard to keep up with all the great receptions during FNCE. Here I am sipping on a pomegranate champagne cocktail at the Wonderful reception with friends Maye Musk and Susan Latham.

Skyview Atlanta with Jackie Newgent, Katie Cavuto, and Susan Latham

I went up in the very cool Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta with my friends Jackie Newgent, Katie Cavuto, and Susan. Thanks, Wonderful brands!

NCBA Beef Lunch and Cranberry Dinner at FNCE

I was lucky enough to be invited to some awesome sponsored events. At a beef-sponsored luncheon, learned how to cut ribeye steaks and then ate them for lunch. The first course was elegant Pickled Summerland Farm Beets.

The dessert in the photo is of an upside down cranberry semolina cake with raspberry sauce and cranberry-black pepper ice cream that I devoured at an Ocean Spray dinner. Wow, wish I could eat like this every night!

Swag from FNCE

It’s always fun to unpack your bag when you get home from FNCE and look at all the swag and share it with your family. I love my job!

In case you think that all I did was hang out with friends and eat good food I will tell you that I did attend a number of sessions and some of the buzz words I took back from the conference are fermentation (we need to eat more fermented foods) and microbiome. Did you know you have 10 times more bacteria than cells in your body? We need to make sure the good bacteria outnumber the bad. Fascinating stuff. If you want to learn more you’ll need to listen to our podcast!

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FNCE Wrap Up via

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Smart Phone Food Photography Tips via

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Homemade Focaccia Bread via

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How to Roast Delicata Squash via

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