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Cheese and Wine Pairing Workshop

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, we will be having a fun, interactive workshop held at Pizza Hut Headquarters. This workshop will be led by our very own Nitin Joshi! This is a first come, first serve event and there will only be a maximum of 100 seats

Tickets are $35.00 which includes the workshop event, hor d'eouvres, dinner, and two drink tickets (more details below.)

RSVP by emailing Morgan Murphy if you would like to save a seat!

About Nitin Joshi, Ph.D

Dr. Nitin Joshi, is a Vice President of Product Development at Dairy Management Inc., supporting Pizza Hut business. He has been a key instrument in bringing several new products to life at Pizza Hut, namely Stuffed Cheez It, Grilled cheese stuffed crust, Triple cheese covered stuffed crust, Twisted crust, Double Cheese Crust Pan, P’zone and many others.

Prior to DMI, Nitin worked at Campbell Soup Company for many years. His impact on their business included product development and commercialization, ingredient innovation, quality improvements, along with talent management. While at Campbell, Nitin was an instrument and touched many products and brands such as: Prego, Pace, V8, Goldfish, Campbell’s and many other. Prior to Campbell, Nitin was a faculty teaching food/dairy processing courses and prior to that he was a product developer with Vadilal Ice cream company in India. His passion for cheese and amazing work has earned him the nickname “Dr. Cheese”.

At present Nitin is a leadership team of Dairy Foods and Product Development divisions of IFT. He also held chair and leadership positions at Great Plains, Philadelphia and Long Horn sections of IFT. At Longhorn section Nitin organizes Technical Sessions during suppliers’ night. At IFT Nitin volunteers at several roles including a Chair of Hot Topics, member of jury for various award committees, organizer and moderator of symposia, and competitions judge and many more. He is an active member of American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Indian Dairy Association (IDA), and Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (India).

Nitin is a peer reviewer for a variety of scientific journals, including the Journal of Food Science, Journal of Dairy Science, and the Journal of Food Science and Technology. He has published more than 40 research and technical papers in international publications (including a chapter in Encyclopedia of Dairy Science). Nitin has been a judge to various science fairs at South Dakota, Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware (tri state) and Texas State Fair. Nitin earned his doctorate from South Dakota State University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from India.

Navigating Food Trends Presentation

Thank you so much for the amazing attendance for our September meeting hosted by the National IFT. Dr. Liz Sloan gave an amazing presentation on navigating today's food trends. A copy of her presentation can be found HERE
We encourage you all to please RSVP to events so that we can make accommodations and provide seating arrangements to the reserved venue ahead of time.

Thank you to everyone who also submitted their feedback and thoughts on having our annual end of the year holiday part at Dueling Pete's Piano Bar. If you have not taken the survey yet, please find it HERE. The survey should take only three minutes or less to complete. 

Don't forget that REGISTRATION is now open for Supplier's Night. Please see the previous newsletter HERE for more details regarding the event. This is an annual event that you cannot miss and it is FREE to attend!

-Morgan Murphy

Meeting Details

VENUE: Pizza Hut Corporate Headquarters
ADDRESS: 7100 Corporate Drive, Plano, TX 75024
DATE: Thursday, October 24, 2019
TOPIC: Cheese & Wine Pairing Workshop led by Nitin Joshi, Ph.D
  • 5.30-6.30 pm     Networking and hors d'oeuvre*
  • 6.30-7.30 pm     Cheese and wine pairing workshop
  • 7.30-8.30 pm     Dinner (pizza, wings, dessert)
COST: $35 per person (includes workshop, appetizers, dinner, and two drink tickets**)
Pay at the door by cash, check or card
RSVP: Please email Morgan Murphy and let him know if you plan to attend to reserve your space.

**Tickets are good for beers/soft drinks
October 24, 2019: October LIFT Meeting (Cheese & Wine Pairing Workshop) @ Pizza Hut HQ (Plano, TX)
November 20, 2019: Annual LIFT Golf Tournament @ Top Golf (The Colony, TX)
November 21, 2019: Annual Supplier's Night @ Embassy Suites (Frisco, TX)
December xx, 2019: Annual Holiday Party @ TBD
January 16, 2019: LIFT w. Dr. Vickie Kloeris "Secrets of Space Food" @ TBD
February 20, 2019: LIFT w. Richard Duncan and Addison Coffee Roasters "Arts and science of great coffee" 

2019 - 2020 Longhorn IFT Officers   

Chair: Chris Beninate

Chair Elect: Morgan Murphy

Past Chair: Bruce Perkin

Secretary: Kallen Ly

Treasurer: Dick Metivier

New Professionals Co-Chairs: Ellery Woods & Trey Welch 

Social Media Manager: Viviana Rushton

Volunteer Coordinator: Madalyn Thibodeaux

Members at Large: CJ Flannery

Suppliers Night Technical Sessions Manager: Nitin Joshi

Suppliers Night Co-Chairs: Greg Hanks and Donna Henry 

Golf Tournament Chair: Madalyn Thibodeaux
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