This afternoon, the 19th annual Worlds of Flavor conference kicks off at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, welcoming more than 60 guest chefs and other culinary experts around the country to explore the world cuisines shaping the restaurant industry. As sponsors of the event, we at OpenTable are thrilled to be part of the conversation around food cultures, flavor trends, and Americans’ ever-changing palates.
The theme for the 2017 program is “Casual by Design,” a nod to the many ways in which restaurants are evolving to meet the needs and expectations of the guests they serve: fast casual, upscale casual, street food, food halls, delivery services, and much, much more. Under the umbrella of what Worlds of Flavor dubs “next-generation casual,” all of these formats are driving the democratization of food, with accessibility and scale valued over exclusivity and acclaim. Without sacrificing quality, some of the country’s best chefs and restaurateurs are delving into the casual service, bolstered by the public’s enthusiasm around world cuisines from Asia to Latin America.
Starting today at 3 p.m. PT, you can follow along with the webcast below to hear sessions and seminars from the main stage. Watch, listen, learn, and get inspired!
Photos courtesy of CIA Worlds of Flavor.