Conference Happenings


Attendee Welcome Reception & Culinary Competition

Sunday,  April 26

We’ll kick off our conference with a welcome reception for attendees to mix, mingle and build relationships. Indulge in tasty hors d'oeuvres and cocktails as you have a blast rooting on our competing mixologists and culinary experts in part 1 of SLICED: The Battle of Champions.

During the Battle of Champions, all attendees will have an opportunity to have fun, cheering on contestants, having cocktails, mixing and mingling, and joining in entertaining happenings throughout the event.


Pre-Conference Workshop

IDDSI Deep Dive

(International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative)

Take a deep dive into IDDSI, a safer way to serve foods to individuals with chewing and swallowing programs, to improve the lives of your residents living with dysphagia. 

This 2-hour workshop to be led by Margaret Roche, Founder of Roche Dietitians, will feature IDDSI testing methods and hands-on learning experiences to help participants better understand IDDSI. Maggie is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. She has advanced credentials as a certified diabetes educator, is board certified as a specialist in gerontological nutrition, and is distinguished as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Set for Sunday, April 26, from 1 pm. to 3 p.m.


SLICED: The Battle of Champions 2 Night. 3 Competitions

Mix it up and put on your aprons for SLICED: The Battle of Champions, to be held at the SDA 2nd Annual Conference and Expo April 26-29 at SeaWorld Orlando. This year, we’re turning up the heat with 2 nights and 3 competitions for qualifying members of SDA. 

Sunday, April 26

  •  Mixology Match  We’ll shake up the evening with a Mixology Match!  
  •  Mystery Doubles Match-Up Chefs will get fired up, have fun, and build lasting friendships in this Mystery Basket-style cook-off.  

Monday, April 27

  •  SLICED: The Battle of Champions - Best Organization Challenge: Sharpen your knives for our Mystery Basket-style “best-of-the-best” competition among senior living organizations!  


Senior Dining Expo

Tuesday, April 26 

Learn about the latest innovations in senior dining - from food and equipment to the latest technology - featuring a variety of sponsors and exhibitors. Connect, share ideas and build relationships with industry partners who want to better serve operators in the senior dining field. We will also have a book-signing opportunity with keynote speakers Marilyn Sherman. See list of exhibitors and sponsors here.  


Celebration Bash at SeaWorld®

Tuesday,  April 27

Dance and jam to the thumping beats of a DJ,  experience the thrill of roller coasters, check out exotic sea creature exhibits, participate in fun-filled games, enjoy delicious delights and crafty cocktails at our “don’t-miss” Celebration Bash at SeaWorld. This is sure to be an experience where you’ll build lasting memories with your peers and have a blast! 


SDA Chat

April 26th  &  27th

Whether you’re new to the senior dining or a seasoned professional, conference attendees have a lot to gain from our SDA Chats. 

The SDA Chats are collaborative small group interactive peer  to peer discussions led by industry experts. With a dozen topics to choose from operators will learn best practices from operators around the country.

Have a question? Ask it. Know a best practice? Share it. Wonder what your customers are thinking? Introduce a topic.


Interactive Networking Lunch

Monday, April 27 

Interactive Networking lunch will bring attendees and industry partners together at the table. Participants will be assigned to tables by position. Break out of your shell and talk with peers around the America's.