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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
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
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:
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!