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Great brands are not created from thin air and each has a unique story. Consumers resonate to brands with stories. Authentic brand narratives form the kernel around which brand experience is created. Today, more and more consumers are turning away from traditional “authorities” and expert opinions, and are looking inward as they seek out their own information sources. Consumers, then, are very much change agents in the evolution of food culture—and it is consumer culture that ultimately owns the forces that define quality and your categories. With consumers’ tastes (and behaviors) changing, food and beverage companies are faced with complex challenges on how to remain relevant and connect with consumers.  

Food Culture 2017 provides the insights and inspiration you need to connect with your consumers in a rapidly changing, ever-evolving food culture.

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Date:                April 27, 2017
Location:          The Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis
Time:               7:45am – 4:00pm

Social Networking Gathering

Date:               April 27, 2017 (immediately after the day’s presentations)
Location:         Prohibition Bar (The Foshay, W Minneapolis)
Time:               4:00pm – 6:00pm


Morning Session

7:45 a.m.

Check-in and continental breakfast




Laure Demeritt


The Power of Narrative: Setting the Table for Compelling Connections

Shelley Balanko


Edible Ethics and the Modern Story of Food

Melissa Abbott





Powerful Narratives, Powerful Brands: Using the Art of Storytelling to Create Community and Connection

The Kitchen Sisters

Afternoon Session

12:30 p.m.




How Technology is Changing the Story of Food

Davey McHenry


Afternoon Break



Narrative Preferences and Marketplace Growth

Laurie Demeritt



Laurie Demeritt

4-6 p.m.

Informal Social Network Gathering (Prohibition Bar at The Foshay)



Food Culture 2017: Telling the Story of Food is an exclusive summit; you won’t find the insights or material presented in Minneapolis anywhere else. We believe by attending, you will leave feeling smarter, more inspired and better prepared to compete in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

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Learn from The Hartman Group's cultural experts.


Laurie Demeritt


Shelley Balanko, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President


Melissa Abbott
Vice President, Hartman Retainer Services


Davey McHenry
VP, Consulting

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Encounter a renowned Minneapolis hotel combining luxury and convenience at The Marquette, a Hilton Hotel in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. 

Situated within the IDS Center, The Marquette redefines the hotel experience for today’s business and leisure traveler with a smart balance of Minneapolis hotel rooms and meeting facilities in a prime location, with storied 5-star service accolades. Discover the effortless elegance and comfort of The Marquette, Minneapolis hotel’s deluxe guest accommodations, or indulge in our exclusive Executive Level accommodations with private access to Executive Lounge. 

The ideal location of downtown Minneapolis hotels, The Marquette, is within walking distance to top attractions, including Target Field, Target Center, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis’s Art and Culture district.  

Depart from the ordinary and discover a Minneapolis hotel destination providing unparalleled service with remarkable style at The Marquette, a Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, MN.   

Venue Details

The Marquette Hotel
710 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2368

Social Gathering

Prohibition Bar: W Minneapolis – THE FOSHAY
821 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN, 55402
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