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Monday, November 23 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Issues Facing Food and Wine Festivals

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With so many food and wine festivals exploding on the scene, the stakes are higher. Ticket pricing, the cost of celebrity chefs, staffing, logistics, audience development & creating a unique experience are top of mind for organizers. We will converge those that have created high profile festivals to understand their view of the industry.

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Philip Dobard

Vice President & Director, SoFAB Institute
Philip Dobard is Vice President of SoFAB Institute and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of SoFAB’s Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, the organization’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He publishes SoFAB Magazine and produces Farm to Table International, the CULINARIA Query & Lecture Series, and Touring the Cocktail, a multi-city series of spirits... Read More →

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Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America. | | A passion for community and giving back, led Love to a career in philanthropy, which included work as a fundraising consultant generating more than $70M... Read More →
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David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
Mr. Bernahl is co-founding partner of Coastal Luxury Management, a company that focuses on acquiring and managing unique opportunities in the hospitality sector. The company’s first major project was Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a 4-day, annual event hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts that attracts nearly 5,000 people. Pebble Beach Food & Wine celebrates 60 celebrity chefs, 250 international wineries and provides cooking demos, wine... Read More →
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Devonie Nicholas

Public Relations Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals
Devonie Nicholas serves as the Public Relations Director for the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach & New York City Wine & Food Festivals.  Born in Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University, and Master of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Miami. Devonie has been working for the Festivals full-time since 2008, with... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Sierra Madre Room

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