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Welcome to the official schedule of The Inspired Home Show 2022. You can view all of our events, education sessions and keynotes below by date and time. We look forward to seeing you this March!

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Saturday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
RFID Smart Labels: Prepare for Major Retailers' Requirements 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Marshall Kay, RFID Sherpas Lakeside Center Lobby
Suppliers of home goods to Walmart have been directed to apply RFID smart labels in 2022 to the items they ship. Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Belk, and Dillard’s are among those using RFID at the item-level to improve store-level inventory management in home goods categories. In this session Marshall Kay will outline why this news from Bentonville is (and isn’t) big, and he will provide guidance to suppliers, retailers, and industry experts looking to stay current.
Martha Stewart 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Martha Stewart, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Martha Stewart is the founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, an entrepreneur, best-selling author of 99-to-date lifestyle books and Emmy award-winning television show host. Reaching more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books and products for the home, sold at multiple retail and online outlets, Stewart is the “go-to” source for the homemaker. Most recently, Stewart launched ready-to-assemble furniture and home décor with Wayfair; seafood with True North Seafood; coffee with Barrie House; footwear with Aerosoles; MSC Cruises travel excursions and celebration packages; and a robust Amazon brand shop that features books, coffee, flowers, footwear, food, pet care, garden, seasonal décor, crafts and area rugs. The Martha family of branded products is owned by Marquee Brands, a leading global brand operator and marketer owned by investor funds managed by Neuberger Berman. Stewart joined the Marquee Brands team on June 10, 2019. Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201.
The Playbook for Creating & Accelerating Unicorn Brands 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM John LeBaron, CRO of Pattern Beau Oyler, CEO of Enlisted Designn Lakeside Center Lobby
Join Beau Oyler, CEO of Enlisted Design and John LeBaron, CRO of Pattern as they walk through how to build 360° ecosystems that create and accelerate unicorn brands that consumers lust after. Learn how to use data and design to capitalize on white space and ignite growth. Hear real-world examples of brands that Pattern and Enlisted Design have helped elevate to unicorn status. Leave knowing the playbook to crack the create and accelerate a brand toward unicorn success. Beau Oyler is a design entrepreneur. As the founder of Enlisted Design and Chief Design Officer of Pattern, he works at the intersection of business, data, and design to create next-level product experiences for the world’s most sought-after brands.
Pitch to the Pros 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group Sarah Selzer, PR Direct Limited Jerzy Osika, Promedia Jamie Major, Volpe Koenig Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
Greg Wade 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Greg Wade, Sponsored by Publican Quality Bread & Challenger Bread South Building
Since joining Chef &Partner Paul Kahan and the One Off Hospitality team eight years go to launch Publican Quality Bread (PBQ), alongside The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, avec, Big Star and more, Baker Greg Wade has transformed the group’s baking program from a seedling operation to a highly successful wholesale business—providing bread to more than 100 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, as well as the area’s premier independent retailers. Known for partnering with small, family-owned farms across the Midwest to grow rare heritage grains that produce freshly stone milled flours, PQB’s bread goes through a lengthy fermentation process that has earned a reputation of being the most flavorful and sustainable bread in the region. Wade was recognized as the 2019 “Outstanding Baker of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation for these extensive efforts supporting the artisan food community and was featured in the documentary, "Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America" which is available for streaming on Netflix. Sponsored by Publican Quality Bread & Challenger Bread
Strategies for Developing Resilience and Sustainability in Your Supply Chain 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Thomas Cook, Blue Tiger International Lakeside Center Lobby
This session frames the challenges we face in managing landed costs: tariffs, duties and other fees, freight disruption, the explosion of transport costs and non-stop shortages. With a combination of case studies, expertise, and experience, we will share tactics and strategies to address each of the major cost contributors to landed cost, regaining predictability and reliability and – most importantly – identifying and closing gaps and vulnerabilities against future catastrophic disruption. Bring your note pad: we’ll address tariffs and tariff mitigation, freight and transport rate trends, shortages and demand planning, staffing and management, sourcing and alternative sourcing, and Foreign Trade Zones.
Kevin Beary 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Kevin Beary, Presented by Three Dots and a Dash South Building
Kevin Beary is the beverage director of award-winning Three Dots and a Dash, The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash and The Omakase Room at Sushi-san in Chicago. The success of Three Dots and a Dash is rooted in Beary and his team’s deep understanding of historic rum recipes and re-creating them with their own riffs, presenting them in a way that offers guests a full sensory experience through the depth of flavors, custom glassware and dramatics of the large format cocktails. In 2019, Beary and his team opened The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash, a unique rum bar that was recognized as one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America in 2020. The Bamboo Room is known for its great collection of esoteric interesting rums and rhum agricole. The goal is to showcase the rare and unique flavors and to tell the stories behind each rum and cocktail. Between Three Dots and a Dash and The Bamboo Room, there are more than 300 rums utilized, representing nearly every rum producing country in the world. Most recently, Beary opened The Omakase Room at Sushi-san in downtown Chicago where he created a menu reflective of refined Japanese cocktail bars combined with his signature technique-focused drinks. Beary has received several accolades over the years including a national finalist in both the 2014 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition and the 2015 USBG Cocktail Classic. Beary also won the Mai Tai Mix-Off at the ninth annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival, the 2017 Continental Diplomatico Bartending Competition for North America and the World Mai Tai Championship in 2017. He has also been recognized through multiple industry awards including being named Rising Star Bartender from StarChefs in 2018 as well as earning the Jean Banchet Award for Best Bartender in 2020. Beary is currently studying Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University. Prior to joining Lettuce Entertain You, Beary served as general manager of Rural Society and of NoMI Restaurant at the Park Hyatt Chicago. Previously, he was the restaurant and lounge manager of Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Presented by: Three Dots and a Dash
Pitch to the Pros 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group AlokParika, Volpe Koenig Elliott Brackett, Exceptional Products, Inc. Robert Yusim, Product Counsel Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
2022 Global Innovation Awards 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Radisson Blu
By invitation only: For more than 20 years, the gia Awards have recognized and honored the best in home + housewares retailing, product design and student innovation. Finalists are on display throughout the Show; on Saturday night the Global Honorees will be revealed. (Tickets are limited. Contact Tina Genualdi at tgenualdi@housewares.org.)
Trending Today 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Healthy @Home is the theme for the 2022 Trending Today preview event. Healthy @Home will focus on the healthy home, healthy mind and healthy spirit. It encompasses everything from how we physically clean our living spaces and organize our home environment to safe food preparation, sustainable home products that eliminate harmful waste to our planet and products that ease our stress levels and promote overall well-being. A post-COVID-19 world will continue to rely on safe social and home protocols and the products that make it possible. This pre-Show tabletop event is exclusively for buyers and media
New Exhibitor Preview 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom, South Hall
This year more than ever retailers are looking to discover new products and innovations. Before the Show opens on Saturday, 90 of these newcomers will get a moment in the spotlight at the New Exhibitor Preview.
Pitch to the Pros 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group Randy Huis, Volpe Koenig Alex Pinheiro, Monchy Lacroix Russ Williams, InventionHome Warren Tuttle, Marketblast Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
Turn Up Your Omnichannel Performance to a New Decibel 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Scott Allen, FitforCommerce, an OSF Digital company Lakeside Center Lobby
As retailers and brands rise back up from the pandemic, it’s obvious that a strong digital and omnichannel strategy is necessary for providing a seamless shopping experience for consumers. The FitForCommmerce Omnichannel Retail Index study finds that there are still many friction points to be addressed in order to have a truly seamless omnichannel experience. Hear the latest omnichannel best practices and how the home and housewares vertical stacks up to the retail industry. We’ll cover what customers today expect and what you need to do to meet and exceed their expectations. In this session you will learn:
  • Opportunities for the home/houseware vertical to turn up their omnichannel capabilities
  • The latest best practices for creating seamless experiences
  • Technologies and solutions to have on your radar in 2022
Meredith Abbott 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Meredith Abbott, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
One of Meredith Abbott’s missions is to demonstrate that it’s possible - and wonderful - to have healthy and flavorful on the same plate! Having worn the hats of pastry chef, food truck operator, private-school chef, farm hand and corporate executive chef, Abbott currently brings her comprehensive background to the role of Culinary Content Manager at Sur La Table. A native Iowan who has lived in Seattle since 2002, Abbott has immersed herself in Seattle’s thriving and innovative restaurant world. Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201
Rick Bayless 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Rick Bayless, Sponsored by Frontera Grill South Building
Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, besting the competition with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated public television series, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, is broadcast coast-to-coast and his nine cookbooks have earned multiple high-profile accolades. Located in Chicago, Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo have each received the “Outstanding Restaurant” designation from the James Beard Foundation — an unprecedented feat for side-by-side restaurants. His wildly popular fast-casual Xoco has been around since 2009 and Tortas Frontera at Chicago’s O’Hare airport has changed the face of airport dining. In 2016, he opened Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs, and in 2018, opened Bar Sotano, an Oaxacan inspired mezcal bar with modern Mexican bar food. In 2019, Bayless founded Impact Culinary Training, a restaurant job readiness program on the city’s west side. The Government of Mexico has bestowed on Bayless the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle–the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people. Sponsored by Frontera Grill.
Sunday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
Essential Elements:  Design, Décor and Consumer Insights for 2022 and Beyond 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Max Wilker, Dotdash Meredith Lakeside Center, Level 3
Max Wilker, Style Director for the Better Homes and Gardens brand at Dotdash Meredith, will present home design and décor trend predictions for 2022 and beyond along with exclusive consumer insights from the research experts at Dotdash Meredith Data Studios. Dotdash Meredith is America’s largest digital and print publisher with unparalleled first-party data and insights.
Andrew Rea/Binging with Babish 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Andrew Rea (Binging with Babish), Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his channel, Babish Culinary Universe, featuring his series Binging with Babish, is enjoyed by over 9 million burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. His passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen is rivaled only by his love of film and television. The channel has expanded its initial series to include shows like Basics with Babish and Being with Babish. His New York Times best-selling book, “Binging With Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows” was released in 2019. He recently released his first cookware line, Babish, higher-end culinary products produced by Gibson Homewares that encompass a wide range of cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools, dinnerware and serveware. Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201
How Micro Fulfillment Enables Growth 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Corey Apirian, Davinci Micro Fulfillment Lakeside Center Lobby
With an increased “need for speed,” consumers are disrupting retail. Brands are left scrambling to try and meet demand utilizing fulfillment methods designed for another era. To compete and thrive, retailers and brands need the ability to fulfill closer to customers, and deliver products in minutes and hours, not days or weeks. Retailers and brands need micro-fulfillment.
Is Your Microwave Listening? Privacy and other Legal Issues in the Smart Home 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Michael R. Graif, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. Lakeside Center Lobby
Is a Smart Home manufacturer liable if its customer base is hacked? Must it share such data with the government or law enforcement? Which privacy and cybersecurity regulations govern Smart Home technology? This session will answer those questions, focusing on legal issues in the Smart Home, including privacy and cybersecurity. We will explore examples of hacking, and how IOT technology has been used by law enforcement in major cases. We will also look at recent FTC enforcement actions against manufacturers whose lax security standards resulted in exposure of their customers’ private data. Finally, we will discuss how companies can use Smart Home data advantageously to better tailor their products and offering to their customers in compliance with law.
Erick Williams 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Erick Williams, Sponsored by Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago South Building
Owner and Executive Chef at Virtue Restaurant & Bar in Chicago, Chef Erick Williams describes his passion for cooking in the simplest context. “It was once said to me by my father that the search for equality is found through common ground, and sharing a meal is a universal expression of respect and dignity.” With an incredible amount of persistence and incomparable drive to attain standards in food and overall dining experiences, Williams has continued to create a niche within the restaurant industry. Opening in November 2018, Virtue, his first solo concept nestled in the heart of Hyde Park, melds Williams’ background in fine dining and his love of southern cuisine. As a Chicago native with a storied career, Williams has imbedded himself into the culinary scene beginning with his time as executive chef at mk The Restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Under his direction, the menu retained its farm-to-table seasonal approach. Outside of the physical restaurant space, Williams has served, coordinated and catered celebrity and high-profile events on multiple occasions. In addition, he has hosted James Beard Foundation dinners and become engrained in the restaurant community alongside fellow leaders of the industry. Outside of the kitchen, Williams has made a point to donate his time and talent to those less fortunate by partnering with charities across the region to share his vast knowledge and give back to the community. Sponsored by Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago
Caitlin Wise 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Caitlin Wise, Sponsored by Dash, L12902 South Building
Presented by Dash L12902 Caitlin Wise is the resident foodie and a brand spokesperson for Dash, the social media-famed brand behind the viral Dash Mini Waffle Makers. Dash is committed to helping people cook at home by providing the tools and content to support them as they make efforts to prepare and eat more delicious healthy meals. A Southern California beach-town native with red hair, sprinkled with freckles and in love with all things food, Wise can be found creating healthy family-friendly recipes on Dash’s @UnprocessYourFood social media channel, where she is known as Ms. Dash to an audience of more than 300,000 followers. In her nine years of cooking and sharing recipes using Dash appliances, not only has she been able to share her passion for real, unprocessed foods that are both delicious and healthy, she also became a mom and brought her two little baby Dashes into the Instagram world with her. Wise strives to connect to others through healthy clean food. Dash is part of StoreBound, a family of brands bound by innovation. Presented by Dash L12902 Caitlin Wise is the resident foodie and a brand spokesperson for Dash, the social media-famed brand behind the viral Dash Mini Waffle Makers. Dash is committed to helping people cook at home by providing the tools and content to support them as they make efforts to prepare and eat more delicious healthy meals. A Southern California beach-town native with red hair, sprinkled with freckles and in love with all things food, Wise can be found creating healthy family-friendly recipes on Dash’s @UnprocessYourFood social media channel, where she is known as Ms. Dash to an audience of more than 300,000 followers. In her nine years of cooking and sharing recipes using Dash appliances, not only has she been able to share her passion for real, unprocessed foods that are both delicious and healthy, she also became a mom and brought her two little baby Dashes into the Instagram world with her. Wise strives to connect to others through healthy clean food. Presented by Dash L12902 Dash is part of StoreBound, a family of brands bound by innovation.
State of the Housewares Industry 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Joe Derochowski, VP, The NPD Group Tom Mirabile, Principal, Springboard Futures Leana Salamah, VP, Marketing, IHA Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Join the authors of the IHA Market Watch report for a lively discussion of the consumer values and demands that are driving purchases as we evolve from pandemic to endemic in 2022. Coupled with hard data from the extensive IHA/HomePage News Consumer Outlook survey, this session will provide suppliers with insights to help prioritize product development and rethink marketing/positioning of products and provide retailers with insights to drive sourcing decisions and merchandising strategies in the year ahead.
No Regrets? Pandemic-Driven Impulse Purchases & Consumer Usage Post-Lockdown 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Peter Greene, Numerator Lakeside Center Lobby
Through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, social-distancing measures led to significant lifestyle changes for the average consumer. Whether because they were cooking at home more or adopting a new pandemic hobby to fight off boredom, many purchases were made specifically aimed at coping with life in lockdown. However, as we continue our return to a new normal, how has usage of these items shifted as consumers resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles? In this presentation, we’ll explore trends in pandemic-related impulse purchases and how those items have-- or have not-- been integrated into everyday life. Specifically, we’ll cover questions like:
  • Which products saw the biggest pandemic boost, and what ancillary items did those purchases drive?
  • Which shoppers were new to the category, and which were upgrading existing items?
  • Which items have become kitchen staples and which are collecting dust— and how will that affect future buying decisions in the category?
Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt, Sponsored by Arovo, S1019 South Building
Kelsey Murphy specializes in Modern American Cuisine, bringing together flavors from all ethnicities that make up this country. She focuses on respecting ingredients for what they are and letting their pure flavors shine on the plate. Her elegant and inventive plating styles elevate her dishes to works of art. As the Season 11 winner of MasterChef, Murphy is jumping head-first into her culinary career, leaving her job as a physical therapist to focus on food full-time. Her first project will be a partnership with MasterChef and Grubhub, launching this year. Gerron Hurt is a former teacher turned MasterChef Season 9 winner. He grew up in Louisville, Ky., with a huge influence from his late mother’s cooking inspiration. When the opportunity came to audition for MasterChef, with family support, he decided to take his chances. Months later Hurt found himself being announced by Gordon Ramsey as MasterChef Season 9 winner. It has been a rapid road ever since his win. Hurt loves incorporating his cooking skills and educational background with influencing others to have fun cooking and creating their own unique recipes through his subscription-based website. Sponsored by Arovo, S1019
Merchandising and Messaging in an Omni-Channel World 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder, Project Partners Network Lakeside Center Lobby
Consumer demand for a seamlessly integrated experience is blurring the boundaries between physical and digital retail. Meanwhile, new expectations grow for service, convenience, and the integration of social media. That means benchmarking against the competition is more important (and more challenging) than ever and must include a 360-degree scan of an ever-expanding shopping landscape. Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, marketing and licensing consultant to companies ranging from startups to The Fortune 50, shares new insights into retail reconnaissance, and how to bring new speed and focus to your perspective on the competition. Along the way, expect a sampling of clever products, modern messaging, licensing opportunities and trend topics, along with best practices that can make both everyday and seasonal assortments more profitable.
Tia Mowry 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Tia Mowry, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Tia Mowry, a multi-talented actress, producer, author and entrepreneur, has had a career spanning three decades after becoming a pop culture icon starring in the hit sitcom Sister, Sister. She currently stars in the hit Netflix series Family Reunion, which won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. She hosts her own YouTube channel, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, with weekly videos that help viewers solve life’s little dilemmas FAST. She has published several books and her second cookbook, “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” was released last September. Her new homewares collection with Gibson, “Spice by Tia Mowry,” launched in 2021 featuring cookware, bakeware, cutlery, dinnerware prep and more. Mowry has a devoted and strong social media presence of over 20 million followers. Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201
Fireside Chat with Amanda Hesser, Founder & CEO of Food52 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Amanda Hesser, Founder and CEO, Food52 Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Food52 Founder & CEO Amanda Hesser will sit down with Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomePage News, for an in-depth look into the development and growth of Food52 as the first-of-its-kind, next-generation cooking and home company built on a unique blend of content, community and commerce. Hesser, revealing how the pandemic has reaffirmed its founding mission to serve its expanding community, will share insights into how the Food52 brand pioneered the convergence of new consumer media with innovative merchandising and marketing to create an untraditional, yet authentic, dynamic and highly influential content-driven marketplace. The session will also examine the impact of recent strategic moves by Food52, including acquisitions of Dansk cookware and tableware and Schoolhouse décor, the creation of the Home52 vertical and brick-and-mortar retail plans — and how they are among the core building blocks for the future of Food52.
Shauna Sever 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Shauna Sever, Sponsored by ShaunaSever.com South Building
Shauna Sever is a baker, cookbook author, TV and radio contributor and a daughter of the great Midwest. As a writer, Sever’s work is best defined by several baking-centric cookbooks, including the IACP award-nominated “Midwest Made.” She has also contributed food stories, recipes and expert tips for numerous outlets including Better Homes and Gardens, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Food52, The Kitchn, Family Circle, Real Simple, Midwest Living and many more. Sever’s career began in broadcast journalism and branched out into a former life as an entertainment news host and reporter. Though she now talks about pie instead of Hollywood, she uses the same skill set for her regular television appearances, which include the TODAY Show, Food Network and on-camera branded content, and is a contributor for the beloved and long-running public radio show The Splendid Table. After more than 12 years of California living, Sever, her husband and their two children returned to her hometown of Chicago, where she now bakes, writes and is always on the hunt for great old-school Midwestern bakeries. Sponsored by ShaunaSever.com
Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt, Sponsored by Arovo, S1019 South Building
Kelsey Murphy specializes in Modern American Cuisine, bringing together flavors from all ethnicities that make up this country. She focuses on respecting ingredients for what they are and letting their pure flavors shine on the plate. Her elegant and inventive plating styles elevate her dishes to works of art. As the Season 11 winner of MasterChef, Murphy is jumping head-first into her culinary career, leaving her job as a physical therapist to focus on food full-time. Her first project will be a partnership with MasterChef and Grubhub, launching this year. Gerron Hurt is a former teacher turned MasterChef Season 9 winner. He grew up in Louisville, Ky., with a huge influence from his late mother’s cooking inspiration. When the opportunity came to audition for MasterChef, with family support, he decided to take his chances. Months later Hurt found himself being announced by Gordon Ramsey as MasterChef Season 9 winner. It has been a rapid road ever since his win. Hurt loves incorporating his cooking skills and educational background with influencing others to have fun cooking and creating their own unique recipes through his subscription-based website. Sponsored by Arovo, S1019
Networking After Dark 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM South Building, Level 4, Vista Ballroom
All U.S. and International Buyers and News Media are invited to end their day on Sunday, March 6 at the Networking After Dark reception. Live blues, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This event is hosted by the International Business Council (IBC), a group of IHA members actively engaged in international business. In accordance with the City of Chicago's mandate, proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event where food and beverage are served. Badge will be checked before entry to the reception.
Monday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
Gale Gand 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Gale Gand, Sponsored by TRU & Food Network's Sweet Dreams South Building
Gale Gand is a pastry chef and chef and was a co-founder and partner in the Michelin two-star restaurant, Tru, in Chicago. She hosted Food Network’s long-running show Sweet Dreams currently streaming on Discovery Plus; is the author of eight cookbooks; and worked with Julia Child on her book and PBS series, Baking with Julia. Gand teaches cooking classes all over the country and is an artisanal soda pop maker, producing Gale’s Root Beer, which is sold nationally. She has received two James Beard Awards, has been inducted to the American Academy of Chefs and the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and was schooled in Paris at La Varenne. Gand appears at many Food & Wine Festivals across the country and is a professional Pie and Food Competition Judge. She recently started Kitchen Sisters Cooking School, a virtual school, with Chef Jessica Dawson. Sponsored by TRU & Food Network’s Sweet Dreams
Creating a Better Circle: Materials Innovator and Brands Develop Recycling Loops 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Brad Moncla, Eastman Lakeside Center, Level 3
Eastman, a materials innovation company and molecular recycling pioneer, will discuss what’s working – and what still needs to be overcome – to create a truly circular plastics stream. Hear real-world examples of successes and failures for a high-level roadmap for how companies can collaborate to create a better circle for plastics. Consumers expect recycled content and recyclability from the products they purchase. It sounds so easy. The world is awash in plastic waste, can’t we just pluck it out of the environment and recycle it? Yes…if only we had the infrastructure in place to get the waste from where it is to the companies that can recycle it. The solution? Design with the end in mind, and work to make the end better. Organizations have recycled content goals for plastic packaging but supplies of recycled content are limited and expensive. This session will show attendees how they can work to make circular, recycled content a reality.
Retail 360: Redefining the Customer Experience 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Gruschwitz GMBH Scott Kohno, Retail Element, LLC Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen, ReisbyConsult APS Anne Kong, A + D Kong Lakeside Center Lobby
Join our Gia Judges, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong to discuss key elements of a successful retail operation in 2022, offering updated expert advice on functions from store planning and marketing to visual merchandising and the use of digital technologies.
The Future of Home is Analog 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Hunter Morris, Boogie Board Lakeside Center Lobby
Digital devices are more integrated into our lives than ever before. But with the increased connectedness, our wellness, productiveness and children’s health are paying the price. Now, more than ever, consumers need an enhanced analog experiences when it comes to work, play, and the home, one where technology supports wellbeing and conveniences aren’t sacrificed. In this session, you’ll learn why it’s more important than ever to develop products that provide enhanced analog experiences—ones where you get the benefits of a distraction and clutter-free experience without losing the conveniences high tech solutions provide. And how to best communicate those benefits through various retail experiences
  • Why digital and connectedness isn’t always the answer for creating happier homes
  • Why the experience someone will have is more important that the tech they are using
  • How enhanced analog technologies can help us unplug and be more organized and productive
Top Trends 2022: A New Focus on Creating Value and Attracting Demand 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Tom Mirabile, Principal, Springboard Futures Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder, Project Partners Network Grand Ballroom, South Hall
In this environment of economic and social uncertainty, consumers turn to a recognized set of standards when making purchase decisions. But these ‘value drivers’ are shifting to reflect changing consumer needs and lifestyles. Successful assortment and marketing strategies will depend on an awareness of (and response to) these critical shifts. Tom Mirabile, Principal of Springboard Futures and Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder of Project Partners Network will unveil The 2022 Value Equation Index, illuminating new research revealing the 12 most important elements influencing the purchase decisions of Home and Housewares products. Industry experts will make guest appearances, sharing their opinions and insights on creating value for a changing consumer.
Housewares Credit Group (HCG) Meeting 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Dennis Cantalupo, CEO, Pulse Ratings Chaim Morgan, Director of Business Development, Refund Sniper North Building
IHA has partnered with RiemerPlus to form the Housewares Credit Group (HCG). HCG will assist in identifying credit risk, continuously monitor your customer base for emerging delinquency and provide a platform for sharing critical credit information and networking opportunities. This first meeting of HCG will focus on key accounts including: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, At Home, Sur La Table, Target, Kohl's, Macy's, Tuesday Morning, Marmasxx Group, Belk Stores, JC Penny, Hudson Bay, Canadian Tire Corp, QVC, Wayfair and more. The meeting will include round table discussions with finance executives of IHA members and the experts at RiemerPlus. The meeting will include: Presentation by Dennis Cantalupo, CEO, Pulse Ratings: Retail 2022...What's Next Educational Workshop led by Chaim Morgan, Director of Business Development: Refund Sniper: Reconciling Deduction Claims from Amazon All IHA member companies are invited to attend but must preregister. Participation limited to finance, non-sales roles within IHA member companies.
2022's New Ecommerce Playbook 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Jordan Brannon, Coalition Technologies Jenna Galardi, Big Commerce Aaron Conant, BWG Connect Lakeside Center, Level 3
Ecommerce has changed! Accelerated growth, new technology, and a shifting consumer landscape is driving innovation and new opportunity for ecommerce enabled brands. Dive into an ROI-driven conversation with experts from one of the top US ecommerce agencies and BigCommerce, the leading D2C and B2B ecommerce platform. Topics will address shifts in marketing ROAS, content consumption, new technologies, and more.
Sarah Grueneberg 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Sarah Grueneberg, Sponsored by Monteverde Chicago South Building
Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years. After graduating from culinary school in 2001, she started her first career-changing job with a position at the iconic Brennan’s of Houston and by 2003 was named the restaurant’s youngest female sous chef. Grueneberg has traveled throughout Italy, Asia, Europe and the U.S., which has inspired her culinary approach of “following the food” and truly understanding “the dish” by knowing the people and culture that created it. In 2017, Grueneberg received the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” and was a semifinalist for “Outstanding Chef” in the 2019 & 2020 awards. Grueneberg has been a competitor and finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” She has also been named a “Rising Star Chef” by Chicago Social magazine in 2009 and 2016 and Eater Chicago’s “Chef of the Year” in the 2011 Eater Awards. Grueneberg is chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop, which she opened in November 2015 with business partner and long-time friend, Meg Sahs. The restaurant has received acclaimed reviews from various outlets, including a three-star review from The Chicago Tribune. In 2016, Monteverde was named one of Food & Wine’s “America’s Best Restaurants,” a top 50 finalist in Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurants,” Eater’s "21 Best New Restaurants in America,” GQ’s “12 Best New Restaurants,” Eater Chicago’s "Restaurant of the Year,” the “Worth the Wait” award in the Chicago Tribune Dining Awards and named one of Chicago Magazine’s “15 Best New Restaurants.” In 2017, Monteverde was named one of “America’s 38 Essential Restaurants" by Eater and then awarded “Restaurant of the Year” in the 2018 Jean Banchet Awards. In fall 2022, Grueneberg will publish her first cookbook, Listen To Your Vegetables. Sponsored by Monteverde Chicago
Growth Opportunities for The Housewares Industry 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Joe Derochowski, VP, The NPD Group Lakeside Center Lobby
As we enter into the third year with Covid, there are plenty of opportunities for the housewares industry to grow as consumers needs continue to change. In this presentation, NPD will review the current trends and discuss opportunities for the industry to grow for both short term and long term.
Sandra Holl 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Sandra Holl, Sponsored by Floriole Café & Bakery South Building
Sandra Holl, the chef/owner of Floriole Cafe & Bakery, was born and raised in the Midwest. She returned to the area after teaching English in France, attending culinary school and baking in San Francisco. In 2006, Holl started Floriole with a table, tent and a few pastries at the Chicago Green City Market. By 2010, the business had grown into a flourishing full-service cafe and bakery in Lincoln Park, specializing in French inspired pastries rooted in midwestern ingredients. In 2016, Holl was named Pastry Chef of the Year at Chicago’s Jean Banchet Awards. She is a 2018 graduate of the James Beard Foundation Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Alum, served on the steering committee of the Artisan Grain Collaborative, was a board member of Green City Market and is a board member of Les Dames Escoffier Chicago chapter. Sponsored by Floriole Café & Bakery
Fabio Viviani 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Fabio Viviani, Sponsored by FabioViviani.com South Building
Fabio Viviani, born and raised in Florence, Italy, is best known for his participation in Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 5 and 8 – earning him the “Fan Favorite” title. His on-screen appearances and off-screen successes have propelled him to become one of the most influential culinary and hospitality names in the country. In 2005, Viviani moved to California, where he opened his first US-based restaurants - Café Firenze, Firenze Osteria, Bar Firenze and Mercato by Fabio Viviani - all in the Los Angeles area. In 2013, he teamed up with DineAmic Hospitality, and launched Siena Tavern, Bar Siena, Prime & Provisions, Builders Building and BomboBar in Chicago. Expanding his reach into the hotel management business in 2018, Viviani teamed up with Cicero Hospitality for hotel business in Chicago with the flagship brand “Osteria by Fabio Viviani.” In 2019, Fabio Viviani Hospitality partnered with Magna Hospitality to develop culinary cuisines in Hilton’s Curio hotels. Locations include Curfew in Memphis’ Canopy hotel and Riviera by Fabio Viviani in Ft Lauderdale’s Hotel Maren, with locations in Boston, New York and Ohio to open in 2022. Sponsored by FabioViviani.com
Evolve, Experience and Express: Future Color/Design Trends 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Based on lifestyles and workstyles that are in a dynamic state of change, color and design trends are multi-faceted. As we adapt to the challenges of supply chain issues and inventory management, on the ongoing shift to digital strategies and products, and the need to flourish in new markets, we depend on forecasts that will help us better understand the need and mindsets of our customers and/or clients. It is important that we enable them to evolve in their thinking, engage their interest, to better experience and express their needs and goals through the use of our products or services. IHA’s long-standing color/design guru, Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute will guide us through the carefully curated seven palettes that explain the relevance of the outstanding future influences and specific directions in color and design.
Will Brown 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Will Brown, Sponsored by Creole Kitchen, Creole Seasoning South Building
Will Brown is a native of Sugarland Texas, and has resided in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 18 years. His cooking roots stem back to his upbringing in Opelousas, La., where, as a young boy, his grandmother taught him how to prepare authentic creole dishes such as gumbo, beignets, boudin balls and shrimp creole. Already a trailblazer in the Metro Atlanta culinary circuit, Brown opened the doors to his highly anticipated new food concept, Creole Kitchen, which has catapulted into many successes for the chef turned restaurateur. Brown has appeared on Food Network’s sixth season of Cutthroat Kitchen and is appearing on a new show on Fox Network. Sponsored by Creole Kitchen, Creole Seasoning
Saturday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
RFID Smart Labels: Prepare for Major Retailers' Requirements 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Marshall Kay, RFID Sherpas Lakeside Center Lobby
Suppliers of home goods to Walmart have been directed to apply RFID smart labels in 2022 to the items they ship. Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Belk, and Dillard’s are among those using RFID at the item-level to improve store-level inventory management in home goods categories. In this session Marshall Kay will outline why this news from Bentonville is (and isn’t) big, and he will provide guidance to suppliers, retailers, and industry experts looking to stay current.
Martha Stewart 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Martha Stewart, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Martha Stewart is the founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, an entrepreneur, best-selling author of 99-to-date lifestyle books and Emmy award-winning television show host. Reaching more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books and products for the home, sold at multiple retail and online outlets, Stewart is the “go-to” source for the homemaker. Most recently, Stewart launched ready-to-assemble furniture and home décor with Wayfair; seafood with True North Seafood; coffee with Barrie House; f ...
The Playbook for Creating & Accelerating Unicorn Brands 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM John LeBaron, CRO of Pattern Beau Oyler, CEO of Enlisted Designn Lakeside Center Lobby
Join Beau Oyler, CEO of Enlisted Design and John LeBaron, CRO of Pattern as they walk through how to build 360° ecosystems that create and accelerate unicorn brands that consumers lust after. Learn how to use data and design to capitalize on white space and ignite growth. Hear real-world examples of brands that Pattern and Enlisted Design have helped elevate to unicorn status. Leave knowing the playbook to crack the create and accelerate a brand toward unicorn success. Beau Oyler is a design entrepreneur. As the founder of Enlisted Design and Chief Design Officer of Pattern, he works at t ...
Pitch to the Pros 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group Sarah Selzer, PR Direct Limited Jerzy Osika, Promedia Jamie Major, Volpe Koenig Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
Greg Wade 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Greg Wade, Sponsored by Publican Quality Bread & Challenger Bread South Building
Since joining Chef &Partner Paul Kahan and the One Off Hospitality team eight years go to launch Publican Quality Bread (PBQ), alongside The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, avec, Big Star and more, Baker Greg Wade has transformed the group’s baking program from a seedling operation to a highly successful wholesale business—providing bread to more than 100 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, as well as the area’s premier independent retailers. Known for partnering with small, family-owned farms across the Midwest to grow rare heritage grains that produce freshly stone milled flours, PQB’ ...
Strategies for Developing Resilience and Sustainability in Your Supply Chain 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Thomas Cook, Blue Tiger International Lakeside Center Lobby
This session frames the challenges we face in managing landed costs: tariffs, duties and other fees, freight disruption, the explosion of transport costs and non-stop shortages. With a combination of case studies, expertise, and experience, we will share tactics and strategies to address each of the major cost contributors to landed cost, regaining predictability and reliability and – most importantly – identifying and closing gaps and vulnerabilities against future catastrophic disruption. Bring your note pad: we’ll address tariffs and tariff mitigation, freight and transport rate trends ...
Kevin Beary 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Kevin Beary, Presented by Three Dots and a Dash South Building
Kevin Beary is the beverage director of award-winning Three Dots and a Dash, The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash and The Omakase Room at Sushi-san in Chicago. The success of Three Dots and a Dash is rooted in Beary and his team’s deep understanding of historic rum recipes and re-creating them with their own riffs, presenting them in a way that offers guests a full sensory experience through the depth of flavors, custom glassware and dramatics of the large format cocktails. In 2019, Beary and his team opened The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash, a unique rum bar that was recognized ...
Pitch to the Pros 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group AlokParika, Volpe Koenig Elliott Brackett, Exceptional Products, Inc. Robert Yusim, Product Counsel Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
2022 Global Innovation Awards 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Radisson Blu
By invitation only: For more than 20 years, the gia Awards have recognized and honored the best in home + housewares retailing, product design and student innovation. Finalists are on display throughout the Show; on Saturday night the Global Honorees will be revealed. (Tickets are limited. Contact Tina Genualdi at tgenualdi@housewares.org.)
Trending Today 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Healthy @Home is the theme for the 2022 Trending Today preview event. Healthy @Home will focus on the healthy home, healthy mind and healthy spirit. It encompasses everything from how we physically clean our living spaces and organize our home environment to safe food preparation, sustainable home products that eliminate harmful waste to our planet and products that ease our stress levels and promote overall well-being. A post-COVID-19 world will continue to rely on safe social and home protocols and the products that make it possible. This pre-Show tabletop event is exclusively for buyer ...
New Exhibitor Preview 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom, South Hall
This year more than ever retailers are looking to discover new products and innovations. Before the Show opens on Saturday, 90 of these newcomers will get a moment in the spotlight at the New Exhibitor Preview.
Pitch to the Pros 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Carter McGuyer, Carter McGuyer Design Group Randy Huis, Volpe Koenig Alex Pinheiro, Monchy Lacroix Russ Williams, InventionHome Warren Tuttle, Marketblast Lakeside Center Lobby
Pitch To the Pros offers an exciting opportunity for exhibitors in the Inventors Corner to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts in fields such as product design, product marketing, product licensing and legal protection. Inventors will present their products the the panel in a 7-minute pitch and receive advice and critique from the panel of experts.
Turn Up Your Omnichannel Performance to a New Decibel 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Scott Allen, FitforCommerce, an OSF Digital company Lakeside Center Lobby
As retailers and brands rise back up from the pandemic, it’s obvious that a strong digital and omnichannel strategy is necessary for providing a seamless shopping experience for consumers. The FitForCommmerce Omnichannel Retail Index study finds that there are still many friction points to be addressed in order to have a truly seamless omnichannel experience. Hear the latest omnichannel best practices and how the home and housewares vertical stacks up to the retail industry. We’ll cover what customers today expect and what you need to do to meet and exceed their expectations. In this sessio ...
Meredith Abbott 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Meredith Abbott, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
One of Meredith Abbott’s missions is to demonstrate that it’s possible - and wonderful - to have healthy and flavorful on the same plate! Having worn the hats of pastry chef, food truck operator, private-school chef, farm hand and corporate executive chef, Abbott currently brings her comprehensive background to the role of Culinary Content Manager at Sur La Table. A native Iowan who has lived in Seattle since 2002, Abbott has immersed herself in Seattle’s thriving and innovative restaurant world. Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201
Rick Bayless 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Rick Bayless, Sponsored by Frontera Grill South Building
Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, besting the competition with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated public television series, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, is broadcast coast-to-coast and his nine cookbooks have earned multiple high-profile accolades. Located in Chicago, Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo have each received the “Outstanding Restaurant” designation from the James Beard Foundation — an unprecedented feat for side-by-side restaurants. His wildly popular fast-casual Xoco has been around since 2009 and Tortas Frontera ...
Sunday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
Essential Elements:  Design, Décor and Consumer Insights for 2022 and Beyond 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Max Wilker, Dotdash Meredith Lakeside Center, Level 3
Max Wilker, Style Director for the Better Homes and Gardens brand at Dotdash Meredith, will present home design and décor trend predictions for 2022 and beyond along with exclusive consumer insights from the research experts at Dotdash Meredith Data Studios. Dotdash Meredith is America’s largest digital and print publisher with unparalleled first-party data and insights.
Andrew Rea/Binging with Babish 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Andrew Rea (Binging with Babish), Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his channel, Babish Culinary Universe, featuring his series Binging with Babish, is enjoyed by over 9 million burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. His passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen is rivaled only by his love of film and television. The channel has expanded its initial series to include shows like Basics with Babish and Being with Babish. His New York Times best-selling book, “Binging With Babish: 100 Recipe ...
How Micro Fulfillment Enables Growth 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Corey Apirian, Davinci Micro Fulfillment Lakeside Center Lobby
With an increased “need for speed,” consumers are disrupting retail. Brands are left scrambling to try and meet demand utilizing fulfillment methods designed for another era. To compete and thrive, retailers and brands need the ability to fulfill closer to customers, and deliver products in minutes and hours, not days or weeks. Retailers and brands need micro-fulfillment.
Is Your Microwave Listening? Privacy and other Legal Issues in the Smart Home 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Michael R. Graif, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. Lakeside Center Lobby
Is a Smart Home manufacturer liable if its customer base is hacked? Must it share such data with the government or law enforcement? Which privacy and cybersecurity regulations govern Smart Home technology? This session will answer those questions, focusing on legal issues in the Smart Home, including privacy and cybersecurity. We will explore examples of hacking, and how IOT technology has been used by law enforcement in major cases. We will also look at recent FTC enforcement actions against manufacturers whose lax security standards resulted in exposure of their customers’ private data. Fina ...
Erick Williams 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Erick Williams, Sponsored by Virtue Restaurant & Bar, Chicago South Building
Owner and Executive Chef at Virtue Restaurant & Bar in Chicago, Chef Erick Williams describes his passion for cooking in the simplest context. “It was once said to me by my father that the search for equality is found through common ground, and sharing a meal is a universal expression of respect and dignity.” With an incredible amount of persistence and incomparable drive to attain standards in food and overall dining experiences, Williams has continued to create a niche within the restaurant industry. Opening in November 2018, Virtue, his first solo concept nestled in the heart of Hyde P ...
Caitlin Wise 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Caitlin Wise, Sponsored by Dash, L12902 South Building
Presented by Dash L12902 Caitlin Wise is the resident foodie and a brand spokesperson for Dash, the social media-famed brand behind the viral Dash Mini Waffle Makers. Dash is committed to helping people cook at home by providing the tools and content to support them as they make efforts to prepare and eat more delicious healthy meals. A Southern California beach-town native with red hair, sprinkled with freckles and in love with all things food, Wise can be found creating healthy family-friendly recipes on Dash’s @UnprocessYourFood social media channel, where she is known as Ms. Dash t ...
State of the Housewares Industry 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Joe Derochowski, VP, The NPD Group Tom Mirabile, Principal, Springboard Futures Leana Salamah, VP, Marketing, IHA Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Join the authors of the IHA Market Watch report for a lively discussion of the consumer values and demands that are driving purchases as we evolve from pandemic to endemic in 2022. Coupled with hard data from the extensive IHA/HomePage News Consumer Outlook survey, this session will provide suppliers with insights to help prioritize product development and rethink marketing/positioning of products and provide retailers with insights to drive sourcing decisions and merchandising strategies in the year ahead.
No Regrets? Pandemic-Driven Impulse Purchases & Consumer Usage Post-Lockdown 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Peter Greene, Numerator Lakeside Center Lobby
Through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, social-distancing measures led to significant lifestyle changes for the average consumer. Whether because they were cooking at home more or adopting a new pandemic hobby to fight off boredom, many purchases were made specifically aimed at coping with life in lockdown. However, as we continue our return to a new normal, how has usage of these items shifted as consumers resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles? In this presentation, we’ll explore trends in pandemic-related impulse purchases and how those items have-- or have not-- been integrated into eve ...
Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt, Sponsored by Arovo, S1019 South Building
Kelsey Murphy specializes in Modern American Cuisine, bringing together flavors from all ethnicities that make up this country. She focuses on respecting ingredients for what they are and letting their pure flavors shine on the plate. Her elegant and inventive plating styles elevate her dishes to works of art. As the Season 11 winner of MasterChef, Murphy is jumping head-first into her culinary career, leaving her job as a physical therapist to focus on food full-time. Her first project will be a partnership with MasterChef and Grubhub, launching this year. Gerron Hurt is a former teacher ...
Merchandising and Messaging in an Omni-Channel World 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder, Project Partners Network Lakeside Center Lobby
Consumer demand for a seamlessly integrated experience is blurring the boundaries between physical and digital retail. Meanwhile, new expectations grow for service, convenience, and the integration of social media. That means benchmarking against the competition is more important (and more challenging) than ever and must include a 360-degree scan of an ever-expanding shopping landscape. Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, marketing and licensing consultant to companies ranging from startups to The Fortune 50, shares new insights into retail reconnaissance, and how to bring new speed and focus to your persp ...
Tia Mowry 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Tia Mowry, Sponsored by Gibson Homewares, S201 South Building
Tia Mowry, a multi-talented actress, producer, author and entrepreneur, has had a career spanning three decades after becoming a pop culture icon starring in the hit sitcom Sister, Sister. She currently stars in the hit Netflix series Family Reunion, which won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. She hosts her own YouTube channel, Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix, with weekly videos that help viewers solve life’s little dilemmas FAST. She has published several books and her second cookbook, “The Quick Fix Kitchen,” was released last September. Her new homewares collection with Gibson, ...
Fireside Chat with Amanda Hesser, Founder & CEO of Food52 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Amanda Hesser, Founder and CEO, Food52 Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Food52 Founder & CEO Amanda Hesser will sit down with Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomePage News, for an in-depth look into the development and growth of Food52 as the first-of-its-kind, next-generation cooking and home company built on a unique blend of content, community and commerce. Hesser, revealing how the pandemic has reaffirmed its founding mission to serve its expanding community, will share insights into how the Food52 brand pioneered the convergence of new consumer media with innovative merchandising and marketing to create an untraditional, yet authentic, dynamic and highly ...
Shauna Sever 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Shauna Sever, Sponsored by ShaunaSever.com South Building
Shauna Sever is a baker, cookbook author, TV and radio contributor and a daughter of the great Midwest. As a writer, Sever’s work is best defined by several baking-centric cookbooks, including the IACP award-nominated “Midwest Made.” She has also contributed food stories, recipes and expert tips for numerous outlets including Better Homes and Gardens, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Food52, The Kitchn, Family Circle, Real Simple, Midwest Living and many more. Sever’s career began in broadcast journalism and branched out into a former life as an entertainment news host and reporter. Tho ...
Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kelsey Murphy & Gerron Hurt, Sponsored by Arovo, S1019 South Building
Kelsey Murphy specializes in Modern American Cuisine, bringing together flavors from all ethnicities that make up this country. She focuses on respecting ingredients for what they are and letting their pure flavors shine on the plate. Her elegant and inventive plating styles elevate her dishes to works of art. As the Season 11 winner of MasterChef, Murphy is jumping head-first into her culinary career, leaving her job as a physical therapist to focus on food full-time. Her first project will be a partnership with MasterChef and Grubhub, launching this year. Gerron Hurt is a former teacher ...
Networking After Dark 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM South Building, Level 4, Vista Ballroom
All U.S. and International Buyers and News Media are invited to end their day on Sunday, March 6 at the Networking After Dark reception. Live blues, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This event is hosted by the International Business Council (IBC), a group of IHA members actively engaged in international business. In accordance with the City of Chicago's mandate, proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event where food and beverage are served. Badge will be checked before entry to the reception.
Monday Events
Event Name Time Speakers & Chefs Location
Gale Gand 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Gale Gand, Sponsored by TRU & Food Network's Sweet Dreams South Building
Gale Gand is a pastry chef and chef and was a co-founder and partner in the Michelin two-star restaurant, Tru, in Chicago. She hosted Food Network’s long-running show Sweet Dreams currently streaming on Discovery Plus; is the author of eight cookbooks; and worked with Julia Child on her book and PBS series, Baking with Julia. Gand teaches cooking classes all over the country and is an artisanal soda pop maker, producing Gale’s Root Beer, which is sold nationally. She has received two James Beard Awards, has been inducted to the American Academy of Chefs and the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and w ...
Creating a Better Circle: Materials Innovator and Brands Develop Recycling Loops 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Brad Moncla, Eastman Lakeside Center, Level 3
Eastman, a materials innovation company and molecular recycling pioneer, will discuss what’s working – and what still needs to be overcome – to create a truly circular plastics stream. Hear real-world examples of successes and failures for a high-level roadmap for how companies can collaborate to create a better circle for plastics. Consumers expect recycled content and recyclability from the products they purchase. It sounds so easy. The world is awash in plastic waste, can’t we just pluck it out of the environment and recycle it? Yes…if only we had the infrastructure in place to get the w ...
Retail 360: Redefining the Customer Experience 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Gruschwitz GMBH Scott Kohno, Retail Element, LLC Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen, ReisbyConsult APS Anne Kong, A + D Kong Lakeside Center Lobby
Join our Gia Judges, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong to discuss key elements of a successful retail operation in 2022, offering updated expert advice on functions from store planning and marketing to visual merchandising and the use of digital technologies.
The Future of Home is Analog 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Hunter Morris, Boogie Board Lakeside Center Lobby
Digital devices are more integrated into our lives than ever before. But with the increased connectedness, our wellness, productiveness and children’s health are paying the price. Now, more than ever, consumers need an enhanced analog experiences when it comes to work, play, and the home, one where technology supports wellbeing and conveniences aren’t sacrificed. In this session, you’ll learn why it’s more important than ever to develop products that provide enhanced analog experiences—ones where you get the benefits of a distraction and clutter-free experience without losing the conveniences ...
Top Trends 2022: A New Focus on Creating Value and Attracting Demand 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Tom Mirabile, Principal, Springboard Futures Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder, Project Partners Network Grand Ballroom, South Hall
In this environment of economic and social uncertainty, consumers turn to a recognized set of standards when making purchase decisions. But these ‘value drivers’ are shifting to reflect changing consumer needs and lifestyles. Successful assortment and marketing strategies will depend on an awareness of (and response to) these critical shifts. Tom Mirabile, Principal of Springboard Futures and Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder of Project Partners Network will unveil The 2022 Value Equation Index, illuminating new research revealing the 12 most important elements influencing the purchase decisio ...
Housewares Credit Group (HCG) Meeting 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Dennis Cantalupo, CEO, Pulse Ratings Chaim Morgan, Director of Business Development, Refund Sniper North Building
IHA has partnered with RiemerPlus to form the Housewares Credit Group (HCG). HCG will assist in identifying credit risk, continuously monitor your customer base for emerging delinquency and provide a platform for sharing critical credit information and networking opportunities. This first meeting of HCG will focus on key accounts including: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, At Home, Sur La Table, Target, Kohl's, Macy's, Tuesday Morning, Marmasxx Group, Belk Stores, JC Penny, Hudson Bay, Canadian Tire Corp, QVC, Wayfair and more. The meeting will include round table discussions with fi ...
2022's New Ecommerce Playbook 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Jordan Brannon, Coalition Technologies Jenna Galardi, Big Commerce Aaron Conant, BWG Connect Lakeside Center, Level 3
Ecommerce has changed! Accelerated growth, new technology, and a shifting consumer landscape is driving innovation and new opportunity for ecommerce enabled brands. Dive into an ROI-driven conversation with experts from one of the top US ecommerce agencies and BigCommerce, the leading D2C and B2B ecommerce platform. Topics will address shifts in marketing ROAS, content consumption, new technologies, and more.
Sarah Grueneberg 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Sarah Grueneberg, Sponsored by Monteverde Chicago South Building
Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years. After graduating from culinary school in 2001, she started her first career-c ...
Growth Opportunities for The Housewares Industry 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Joe Derochowski, VP, The NPD Group Lakeside Center Lobby
As we enter into the third year with Covid, there are plenty of opportunities for the housewares industry to grow as consumers needs continue to change. In this presentation, NPD will review the current trends and discuss opportunities for the industry to grow for both short term and long term.
Sandra Holl 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Sandra Holl, Sponsored by Floriole Café & Bakery South Building
Sandra Holl, the chef/owner of Floriole Cafe & Bakery, was born and raised in the Midwest. She returned to the area after teaching English in France, attending culinary school and baking in San Francisco. In 2006, Holl started Floriole with a table, tent and a few pastries at the Chicago Green City Market. By 2010, the business had grown into a flourishing full-service cafe and bakery in Lincoln Park, specializing in French inspired pastries rooted in midwestern ingredients. In 2016, Holl was named Pastry Chef of the Year at Chicago’s Jean Banchet Awards. She is a 2018 graduate of the James Be ...
Fabio Viviani 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Fabio Viviani, Sponsored by FabioViviani.com South Building
Fabio Viviani, born and raised in Florence, Italy, is best known for his participation in Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 5 and 8 – earning him the “Fan Favorite” title. His on-screen appearances and off-screen successes have propelled him to become one of the most influential culinary and hospitality names in the country. In 2005, Viviani moved to California, where he opened his first US-based restaurants - Café Firenze, Firenze Osteria, Bar Firenze and Mercato by Fabio Viviani - all in the Los Angeles area. In 2013, he teamed up with DineAmic Hospitality, and launched Siena Tavern, Bar Siena, Prime ...
Evolve, Experience and Express: Future Color/Design Trends 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute Grand Ballroom, South Hall
Based on lifestyles and workstyles that are in a dynamic state of change, color and design trends are multi-faceted. As we adapt to the challenges of supply chain issues and inventory management, on the ongoing shift to digital strategies and products, and the need to flourish in new markets, we depend on forecasts that will help us better understand the need and mindsets of our customers and/or clients. It is important that we enable them to evolve in their thinking, engage their interest, to better experience and express their needs and goals through the use of our products or services. IHA’ ...
Will Brown 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Will Brown, Sponsored by Creole Kitchen, Creole Seasoning South Building
Will Brown is a native of Sugarland Texas, and has resided in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 18 years. His cooking roots stem back to his upbringing in Opelousas, La., where, as a young boy, his grandmother taught him how to prepare authentic creole dishes such as gumbo, beignets, boudin balls and shrimp creole. Already a trailblazer in the Metro Atlanta culinary circuit, Brown opened the doors to his highly anticipated new food concept, Creole Kitchen, which has catapulted into many successes for the chef turned restaurateur. Brown has appeared on Food Network’s sixth season of Cutthroat Kitchen ...