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Cincinnati April 2017 SFC Meeting (#429)

Society of Flavor Chemists

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 11:45 AM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

Cincinnati April 2017 SFC Meeting (#429)

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Member / Non-Member Registration Apr 14, 2017 $75.00 $0.00
Emeritus/Unemployed/Student Apr 14, 2017 $37.50 $0.00

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The 429th meeting of the Society of Flavor Chemists, Inc.

will take place

Thursday, April 20th, 2017


Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

Cincinnati, Ohio


Vanilla! Rum! & Chocolate! 



         8:00 - 10:00 am          SFC Board of Directors Meeting (Salon BC)

        10:00 - 11:45 pm         SFC Board and Committee Chairs Meeting

        11:00 - 1:00 pm           Meeting Registration (Mezzanine)


        11:45 - 1:00 pm           Buffet Lunch (Rookwood Room)


                                                Chemical Sources Association Meeting and Presentations

                                                (Continental Room)

         1:00 – 1:30 pm            Vanilla and cocoa related compounds

                                                Mane – Sara Forbis

         1:30 – 2:00 pm            Botanical extracts and oils

                                                Ultra Ingredients – Larry Piccininni



Program for SFC Members and Guests:

(Continental Room)

2:00 – 3:00                  “Vanilla, Flower to Flavor”

                                       Naushad “Nash” Lalani, Co-Founder

                                       Sentrex Ingredients, LLC; Linden, New Jersey

                                        Nash will discuss to the SFC the path of vanilla from flower to

 flavor. Included in his presentation he will be sharing his insights

 on the current vanilla crisis.


        3:00- 3:15pm            Break



        3:15 - 4:00 pm             “Chocolate, Bean to Bar”

                                                Paul Picton, President/Founder

                                                Maverick Chocolate; Cincinnati, Ohio

Paul Picton, a former engineer turned chocolate maker (he does not want to be referred to as a chocolatier), will be discussing the process of chocolate manufacturing at his family owned chocolate company, as well as leading us through a tasting of several regional varieties of his delicious chocolates. 

Included in the tasting will be a discussion of the terroir of chocolate. His family business, Maverick Chocolate, is a complete chocolate factory. Using only ethically sourced cacao beans, they hand craft award winning chocolate in small batches from bean to the finished bar. 


       4:00 – 4:45 pm              “Rum to Yum”

                                                Understanding the complex aroma chemistry of premium agedrums

                                                Chelsea Ickes, 2017 William Jaggard Scholarship recipient

                                                Chelsea received her B.S. in Chemistry from Juniata College in

2012. During her time as an undergraduate, Chelsea discovered her passion for flavor chemistry while working as an intern at McCormick and Co. in Hunt Valley, Maryland, the summer of her junior year. Inspired with this experience, she decided to pursue flavor chemistry for her career. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Food Science with a concentration in flavor chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Keith Cadwallader at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


      4:45 - 5:15 pm               Society of Flavor Chemist, Business Meeting (SFC members only)


     5:00 – 6:30 pm                SFC Cocktail Reception with light hors d’oeuvres (Mezzanine)





          Meeting Registration:         Online registration ends April 13th.

                                                            Please go to the SFC Website to register


           Registration Fee:        $75.00 Member / Non-Member

                                                    $37.50 for Emeritus / Unemployed / Students


           Hotel:                          Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

                                                35 W 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

                                                **March 29, 2017 - Hotel reservation block ends

                                                A limited number of rooms are available at $159.00/night+tax



Transportation:      Executive Airport Shuttle ($22)



Parking:          $25/day hotel valet parking; Self park Mabley Place Garage                                                                                                


 About the hotel: Opened in 1931, the crown jewel of the city of Cincinnati, The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is a classic French Art Deco hotel masterpiece. The Continental Room where our meeting will be held, has striking floor-to-ceiling windows, large stately chandeliers and detailed frescoes of the four seasons. The historic hotel's main lobby and mezzanine areas feature a half acre of rare Brazilian rosewood, extensive use of German silver, and stylized Egyptian decor reinforced with intricate floral designs. There are also finely detailed frescoes, ceiling murals, and an original Rookwood fountain with a pair of matching seahorses. Other areas to see are the renowned Hall of Mirrors, inspired by the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The refined restaurant the Orchids at Palm Court, is reminiscent of an interior found on a 1930s ocean liner and was named #7 Best Restaurant in the USA by OpenTable for 2014.

A walking guide of the hotel is available at the front desk.


Cincinnati, explore the city! From the hotel take a walk to the river front and enjoy the scenery from one of the city’s newest river side parks. Explore the many restaurants “The Banks” district has to offer. Hop on the city’s new street car and ride to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and explore the many shops and restaurants found here. Take a stroll over to Washington Park, the newly renovated jewel of downtown Cincinnati, where renowned Symphony Hall provides the backdrop for this popular destination. Learn about making bourbon and cross the river to New Port, Kentucky. Visit the New Riff craft distillery, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour!  Cincinnati is a city that is re-inventing itself. Take time to enjoy all The Queen City and surrounding area have to offer!


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35 W 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 11:45 AM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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