Mediterranean Diet Roundtable Continues Its Crusade, Boston May 15-16, 2017

Did you know that the Mediterranean Diet was recognized as a UNESCO intangible heritage in 2010? If you’ve always wanted to know more about the cuisine, then good news is coming your way: food industry professionals, the media, and the general public are invited to learn more at the third edition of  the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable, which will meet at the stunning U-Mass Club in Boston, Massachusetts this May 15th-16th.

Featuring food industry leaders, scholars, and healthcare professionals, the conference known as the MDR engenders thought leadership by fostering the development of a healthy, balanced diet in commercial and non-commercial high volume food service establishments, as well as on everyday American tables. Addressing America’s quick fix food culture and frequent reliance on processed foods, the MDR explores the proven health benefits of a diet that includes a variety of greens, grains, and proteins.

The passion of Mediterranean culinary traditions from Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Morocco and other cuisines will be on full display at this palate-awakening event which will also feature educational tasting, along with presentation of the industry’s leading cases studies. The MDR’s guiding pursuit is to increase the economic value of Mediterranean food and ingredients by promoting positive awareness of the Mediterranean Diet and adding brand equity to the ethnic cuisines of pertinent countries. To realize this vision to its fullest, the MDR maintains ongoing partnerships with retail grocers, foodservice distributors and operators, restaurant chains, universities, culinary schools, the media, and a host of supportive partners.

Opening remarks will be provided by Ken Toong, Executive Director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises/UMass Dining, whose food service operation has earned national and international recognition and awards. Also on the program of scheduled luminaries are prestigious international scholars Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou from Greece, Dr. Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzáles, MD, PhD, MPH, from Spain, and Professor Eugenio Luigi Iorio from Italy, as well as Harvard professors and Belmont residents, Dr. Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, and Prof. Frank Sacks, MD.

“Two words to describe MDR” says Ken Toong about the MDR, “Educational and inspirational.”

The MDR is sponsored by Barilla, Olivio, NAOOA, The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, The  Order of AHEPA, the International Trade Center of Washington and Boston, and the American Hellenic Institute. Get more details about the event, or register to attend at

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