The Humane Society of the United States hosts Forward Food Leadership Summit


The Forward Food Leadership Summit is a day-long event where foodservice professionals from schools, universities, hospitals and other institutions convene to learn how to meet the growing demand for plant-based food. This educational event will discuss how to create delicious, plant-based meals that are cost-effective and sustainable. Additionally, the summit will address the health and nutrition aspects of food; the intersection of plant-based foods and faith; ways of marketing plant-based foods in K-12 schools; and recipe development.

Here is a complete agenda


Forward Food (A program of the Humane Society of the United States)


Plant-based eating is gaining in popularity as millions of Americans are increasingly embracing plant-based meals for better health and for environmental and animal welfare reasons. Foodserviceprofessionals are seeking ways to meet the demand for more plant-based menu items, and Forward Food is the only initiative in the country that provides such training to institutions.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 pm


Salt Lake City Public Library 

Conference Room Level 4 

210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City UT 84111


Cooking demonstration by Amy Webster, Culinary Specialist, the Humane Society of the United States


Partnerships between the HSUS and universities are helping drive and serve as testimony to the increasing popularity of plant-based meals. For example:

  • In 2018, sales of plant-based meat in the United States increased by 24 percent over the previous year, and plant-based food sales overall rose 20 percent to more than $3.3 billion, according to results of a study conducted by the Plant Based Foods Association and Nielsen. 
  • Forbes recently published an article predicting that 2019 will be the year more people embrace a plant-based lifestyle. 
  • The Economist calls 2019 the “Year of the vegan.” It also reported that 25 percent of Americans ages 25-to-34 identified as vegan or vegetarian and that U.S. sales of vegan foods rose 10 times faster from January to June 2018 than food sales as a whole.
  • Research continues to support the health benefits of plant-based diets and drive recommendations for shifting to more plant-based eating in reports such as the Canada Food Guide, the EATLancet Commission Report and the USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

About Forward Food:

Through its Forward Food initiative, the HSUS has provided plant-based training to more than 7,500 dining directors and chefs at major food service institutions across the country. Forward Food staff have done this by partnering with Compass Group, Aramark and Sodexo, as well as hundreds of individual institutions on creating plant-based food initiatives. Forward Food’s professional chefs and registered dietitians design menus, train chefs and lead plant-based events for the foodservice industry. Since 2014 they have completed more than 350 plant-based culinary events at institutions such as school districts, hospitals, military bases and universities.

The HSUS advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products with plant-based foods, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

About the Humane Society of the United States:

Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter for the latest animal welfare news. 

The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people. 

About Our Partners

University of Utah Health is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.

The University of Utah is the state’s flagship university, offering more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs. The University of Utah is a top-tier research and higher education institution focused on research and innovation.

Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Programs help ensure the children of Utah have adequate access to safe and nutritious foods. Meeting this basic need is essential to their establishment of a healthy eating pattern and development of a strong foundation for academic achievement. Child Nutrition Programs administers 14 federal food programs and sub programs, which are appropriated under United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.