Monday Evening Events

Reception in Exhibit Hallway

After the educational sessions end on Monday, join us for a reception in the exhibit hallway from 4:45-6:00 pm. Network with your peers, visit with exhibitors, participate in the scavenger hunt, and win prizes!

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour

Join Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours for a walking dinner tour of downtown Winston-Salem! The tour will take place after the opening reception on Monday. Food and drink will be served at multiple locally-owned restaurants downtown, and Taste Carolina’s tour guides will give an overview of Winston-Salem’s history, architecture, and culinary and cultural scene along the way.

Advance registration is required. We recommend registering early, as space is limited. The fee is $69.50 per person. We also ask that you tip the tour guide at the conclusion of the tour (recommended tips range from $7-$14 per person.) Please list all allergies and dietary restrictions upon registering. The deadline to register is September 9, 2019.

Meet at the main entrance of the Benton Convention Center at 6:15 pm; the tour will conclude by 9:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Click here to register and pay directly at the Taste Carolina website. If you have any questions about the tour, email or call 919 237-2254.

Dinner on Your Own

There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance of the Benton Convention Center.

  • Click here for information about local restaurants.
  • Click here for a map of local restaurants, clubs and bars.


Visit Local Breweries

There are numerous breweries located in downtown Winston-Salem:

If you are interested in a brewery tour, check out the Trolley Pub.

Cost of admission to the conference, economical. Cost of ability to network with peers and discuss related challenges, priceless.

— 2012 Conference Attendee

Hotel Info

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