The Oldways Whole Grains Council holds a conference every other year, bringing together scientists, chefs, manufacturers, foodservice operators, distributors and media who share an interest in whole grains.



The conference will be held at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel, where we have a discounted room block. Once you complete registration, you will be directed to a page about lodging. Please contact Kelly Toups (kelly@oldwayspt.org) with any questions.

program highlights

Our conference program features thought leaders from throughout the food world, delivering cutting-edge information that you’ll be able to use immediately in your job, whether you’re working in manufacturing, foodservice, or health promotion. Learn about local grain economies, the latest health research, whole grain trends in restaurants, consumer attitudes, and more, from speakers including:

  • Michael Stebner, Director of Culinary, Sweetgreen
    Bowls are the New Burger: Whole Grains in Foodservice Go Mainstream 
  • Andrea Geary, Senior Editor, Cook’s Illustrated Magazine/America’s Test Kitchen
    Whole Grains: The Best Kept Culinary Secret
  • Melissa Abbott, Vice President — Hartman Retainer Services & Culinary Insights, Hartman Group
    Whole Grain Trends in Contemporary Food Culture
  • Sonya Barnes, Branch Chief, USDA FNS
    Successful School Lunch with Whole Grains
  • Emily Contois, Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa
    The Changing Nutrition Landscape: Insights from History and Pop Culture

Conference Pricing


Early Bird Rate (ends Aug. 1, 2018)

Aug. 2, 2018 — Nov. 4, 2018
WGC Members (1st person) FREE FREE
WGC Members (additional registrants) $345 $395
Sponsors FREE according to sponsorship level FREE according to sponsorship level
RDs, Health Professionals, Government $395 $445
**RDs, Health, Gov — Sun Nov 4 only $75 $125
**RDs, Health, Gov — Mon Nov 5 only  $225 $275
**RDs, Health, Gov — Tues Nov 6 only $75 $125
**RDs, Health, Gov — Sun Nov 4 + Mon Nov 5 $300 $350
**RDs, Health, Gov — Mon Nov 5 + Tues Nov 6 $310 $360
Standard Registration $645 $695
Student Rate $100 $150
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I was impressed by the number of thoughtful and in-depth presentations throughout the conference. Almost every single talk I attended was well prepared and highly informative, laying out important issues for the foodservice industry, but equally interesting for anyone wanting to learn more.

– S.G., journalist

All of the speakers were excellent and very applicable to foodservice specifically. The demos were a good addition too, and helped keep things interesting and were helpful when thinking about prep ideas for foodservice operators. – T.S., manufacturer/sponsor

What I liked best was the variety of speakers that created a well-rounded exploration of the topic. I also liked being able to connect with the sponsors at the tables and tasting all the grains in the conference meals.

 – K.N., speaker

I liked that it was a different kind of conference. There was a lot of interesting information and I brought back several ideas and hopefully ways to incorporate different grains, but also ways to market to people so that they will try it.

 – B.P., foodservice dietitian

All of our conferences feature top-notch speakers, delicious whole grain foods, lively audiences and plenty of networking, plus great opportunities for sponsors to showcase their whole grain creativity.



Access Past Conference Proceedings

You can access a wealth of materials — presentations, reports, handouts, photos, even videos — from our previous whole grains conferences by clicking here