Johnson & Wales University’s Dean of Culinary Education, Denver, to Speak at Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

PROVIDENCE, RI – Taste Trekkers is set to take the stage as the nation’s first food tourism conference in Providence, RI. Taking place Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd, the conference will unite travelers who share similar passion of food and travel. Tickets for the conference start at $65 and are available at

The conference has announced that Jorge de la Torre, the Dean of Culinary Education at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus will join the star-studded line-up to highlight the food tourism trend. Jorge’s Bolivian parents instilled a love of food and travel in him at a young age. Since then, he has eaten in 23 countries across five continents. He has worked in the food industry throughout the country, including Hawaii, San Francisco, Vail, Philadelphia, Denver, Albuquerque and New York City.

These notable speakers join the already announced line-up of chefs, restaurant owners, distillers and more, including: two time James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast nominee Matt Jennings of Farmstead, the brainpower behind Providence’s Trace and Trust Program, Michael Clayton, Director of Marketing and Communications at Durham Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Sam Poley, Executive Director of the Vermont Fresh Network, Meghan Sheridan, curator of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales,Richard Gutman, former manager of Aroa Fine Chocolate and culinary instructor, Tim Brown, National Vice-President of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, Frank Martucci, Master Distiller of Thomas Tew Rum, Brent Ryan, owner of City Food Tours & Events,Joyce Weinberg, and co-owners of Los Andes in Providence, Omar and Cesin Curi.

Along with a key note speaker, panel discussion and breakout sessions, the conference will feature a cocktail reception, a tasting pavilion, a food truck court and group dinners throughout downtown Providence, the city ranked #1 for Food/Drink/Restaurants in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities 2012.”

Tickets for Taste Trekkers go on sale Thursday May 24, 2013 at noon (EDT). To purchase tickets, visit For more information, please visit

About Taste Trekkers

Taste Trekkers, the nation’s first food tourism conference, is produced by Seth Resler. Resler is the founder of the nationwide social dining group Mystery Meet, which brings together adventurous foodies for a night of social dining at the hottest restaurants. Resler has been involved in the production of hundreds of events, including the WBRU Summer Concert Series, the New England Nightclub and Bar Expo, and the Global Institute for Leadership Development. His events have been recognized by the Mayor of Providence with a Citizen Citation.

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