Call for presenters


We are seeking presenters who offer insight, strategies and tactics, industry trends, best practices and useful, hands-on resource materials along with relevant content and experiences that meet the high standards of our conferences. 

The deadline for session proposal submissions is July 15th, 2018 for the Symposium & August 31st for the Annual Conference.


Because the SDA knows the senior dining industry, we understand that time and resources can be limited. Our events are designed to be convenient, efficient and valuable to all attendees.

SDA events will range from short evening events to multi-day conferences – all with the same foundation of fostering the senior dining industry. With a combination of feature speakers, topic-driven roundtables and (of course) great food samples, we will dive deeply into the senior dining market and emerge with great findings for all attendees.

Webinars, Chats, Training & Events


Dining Executive Ideation & Symposium

First ever peer learning round-table discussions provide the ultimate opportunity for Industry partners and operators to develop new benchmarking methods, solutions and innovation for senior dining. 

This is event is for Vice Presidents of Dining or Culinary only.

Space is limited due to intimacy of the event RSVP now to reserve your space

Location: Charlotte, NC

Date: 10th -12th October, 2018

Cost: TBA Soon

Limited Sponsors Welcomed 

RSVP for the Event

SDA 1st Annual Meeting & Expo

Re-energize your team at the Senior Dining Association’s first Annual Meeting. This gathering will provide unprecedented networking opportunities for senior dining professionals, as well as inspiring, industry-focused speakers, helpful round table discussions and access to the industry’s leading experts.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Date: March 17 - 20, 2019

Cost: TBA Soon

More information coming...

SDA Online Chats - Topic: Retention

May 2nd at 1:30 p.m. EST

SDA Chats are designed for small groups to talk about a specfic topics related to senior dining. 

Each Chat session has only 15 members

Here is the best part. They are free for members!

Register Here

SDA Boot Camp: 2 Day Training

Senior Dining Industry Boot Camp is an intense educational seminar designed to support industry professionals new to senior living and seasoned veterans, who want to brush up, or understand the ins and outs of the operation. The sessions include interactive activities, best practices, fiscal management, revenue generation, cost control, trends, vendor & food samplings and more!

Location: Charlotte, NC

Date: September, 2018

Cost: TBA

RSVP for the Event


Operations Training: Director of Dining Focused 

Operations Training: Executive Chef Focused

Interactive training for on-site chefs and directors concentrating on operational excellence. One day can influence a year’s worth of change. Here is sample of topics from our expertly-led training classes.

Labor & reducing turn-over |Menu planning | Budgeting | Controlling food cost |System development to improve efficiency | How to conduct a productive resident food committee meeting |Creating revenue | Trends | Maximize your industry partners and more.

Operations Training: Executive Director Focused - Engaging training for administrators with little to no experience in foodservice. Understanding dining operations, controlling cost, service training, industry trends, operational issues Q&A and maximizing kitchen revenue options will complement this training. This will give the executive directors the knowledge to be better performing and fiscally successful at each community.

General Dining Operations - Ideal for newly hired industry executives and asset managers to have a better understanding of the 2nd largest cost factor in a community.

Senior Dining 101 - Industry Sales Training - Engaging training offered to all food & beverage sales associates, focused on taking a deep dive into the daily operations of a senior living community. Key emphasis on understanding the customers they serve, challenges operators face and trends.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Date: Summer, Fall & Winter 2018

Cost: TBA

Minimum of 10 participants needed per training class. 

Location may change if 15 or more register in the same geographical location or an additional class will be scheduled.  

RSVP for the Training

Evening Networking & Vendor Expo

Regional events will control travel costs, create community, and highlight regional culinary individuality; these meetings offer legitimate networking and learning opportunities in a connection-based environment.

Location: Determined by geographical interest 

Date: TBA

Cost: TBA


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email us at:

Senior Dining Association

(980) 434-1114