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For the last 3 years, Outland Cuisine, a local company with Argentine roots, has the pleasure to organize the Argentina Food, Wine and Culture Festival, contributing to the preservation, diffusion and promotion of our traditions being at the same time a platform to promote companies of services and products from Argentina.

With high-level entertainment, culinary classes for the whole family and business opportunities we serve as a link enhancing the sense of brotherhood between the two countries.

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Festival History
2016 First Festival
The 1st edition of the Argentina Food, Wine and Culture Festival was held in October 2016 at the wonderful Greystone in the Piedmont Park of Atlanta. Thanks to our Sponsors and private donors we were able to bring from Argentina 4 Chefs, 1 Grill Master and 8 artists who presented folk and tango music.

2017 Second Festival.
In September of 2017 we lived the Second Food, Wine & Culture Festival in Atlanta, celebrating the Argentine customs, from the hand of producers from this country who brought their meals, wines, teachings and typical dances to our lands.

 

“Specialty Foods Marketing & Distribution and Farm to Table trends”

The Argentine American Chamber of Commerce South East (AACCSE) as part of the 2019 Argentina Food, Wine and Culture Festival invites you to join our Panel Discussion event “Specialty Foods Marketing & Distribution and Farm to Table trends”

Featuring local experts and business representatives from Argentina and the US. The panel discussions will conclude with a cooking demonstration and tasting of Argentine specialties presented by a delegation of Argentine Chefs.

  • Where: The event will take place at Boelter – Atlanta
  • When: Friday, May 24th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Address: 3445 Breckinridge Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096 (Use entrance Boelter Foodservice Design, Equipment & Supply SuperStore and Event Center)
  • We look forward to seeing you in this event. Please RSVP by May 20th, 2019 to Contact@aaccse.org

Panel of Experts featuring:
Marcela Chavez. Supply Chain Professional. Food and Beverage

Originally from Villahermosa, Mexico, Marcela decided to study International Commerce at Tecnológico de Monterrey a top ranked University in Mexico. Always interested in international business, Marcela decided to continue her superior studies and enrolled in a Masters Degree in International Trading and Business Management at INSEEC in Paris, France, graduating in 2003.

Her career has heavily been in the distribution and supply Chain industries related to food and beverage, with experience in both food service and retail, being food service where she has spent most of her 15 years of experience.

Marcela has worked in mainstream distribution as well as the ethnic markets, she worked in her early years at Diaz Foods as a buyer of various categories including dairy, dry goods, produce. She has held leadership roles in the various organizations where she has worked such as Director of Supply Chain for Schlotzsky’s a Focus Brands company. She is currently engaging in a new segment within the Food and Beverage market, working at the Intercontinental Hotels Group as Global Category Manager for Food and Beverage.

Chef Adrian Villarreal. Executive Chef and Owner of rReal Tacos

Inspired by years spent in his family’s kitchen in Mexico, Adrian Villarreal found himself drawn to the kitchen life. He grew up preparing food for a large extended family with his grandmothers and great aunt.

After completing his studies at Tecnológico de Monterrey, a top-ranked Mexican university system where he earned a degree in Economics, he later pursued culinary arts as a full time career, attending Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

After graduation, Adrian began his career in France where he gained experience working at both Le Doyenne and La Maree. Stateside, he launched into the Atlanta dining scene in 2002 as chef de partie at famed Joël. Following Joël, Adrian worked as the executive chef of Atlanta’s TAP, where he demonstrated dedication and talent after joining their team in 2007, later on joining The Spence team alongside celebrity Chef Richard Blais offering ever-changing dishes.

His experience in the industry, inspiration drawn from his childhood and passion for all natural, sustainable, local and organic ingredients were the foundation that brought him to venture into opening his own restaurant Rreal Tacos. rReal Tacos has earned him several accolades and mentions in different media outlets such as Best of 2016 by Atlanta Magazine, Chefs to watch in 2016 by Creative loafing, in January of 2019 he was featured in Guy’s Fiery Diners, Drive-ins and Dives by Food Network

Javier Cruz. Strategic Supply-Chain Director Plant-Based Beverages, Coca-Cola

Javier is an experienced technical professional in the field of beverages with a career that spans for more than 20 years with Coca-Cola in multiple locations and projects around the world.

Originally from Colombia, Javier graduated as Chemical Engineer from the Universidad de Colombia in 1995. He joined Coca-Cola as Plant Engineer and QA Manager and grew in his career gaining experience in New Products, Packaging & Scientific Regulatory Matters and becoming Technical Director in 2009.

In 2011, Javier relocated to Thailand and gained further experience as the Technical head for a business that encompassed two countries, three Coca-Cola bottlers and eight plants.

Since August 2018, Javier relocated to Atlanta to assume the responsibilities of Technical Director for the fast-growing and strategically important plant -based beverages.

 

Luis Izquierdo. IBM, Food Trust Blockchain Solutions

Luis Izquierdo is the Global Sales Executive for the IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-based traceability solution for the food industry.

He was previously an CPG industry expert in various roles. Prior to joining IBM in 2011, Lou was a Commercial Litigation attorney in South Florida.

He has a Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School, and a degree in International Finance from the University of Florida.