The Keynote Addresses are FREE for all registered attendees.
Keynote 1 — Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Frasca Food and Wine
Tuesday, March 20: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Their first joint venture, Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, CO, brought fine-dining fame to business partners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. They met at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Northern California, where Stuckey worked the front of the house while advancing to a master sommelier diploma and Mackinnon-Patterson added to the chef training he’d received previously in classic French restaurants. Frasca’s Italian concept took Boulder by storm when it opened in 2004.
In 2011, the duo opened Pizzeria Locale as a full-service restaurant in Boulder. Steve Ells of Chipotle Mexican Grill was one of their customers at both locations. The three became friends and decided to work together restructuring Pizzeria Locale as one of the earliest fast-casual concepts in the industry. Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson continue to operate both Frasca and Pizzeria Locale, which currently has locations in Denver, Kansas City and Cincinnati.
Keynote 2 — Ann Kim
Owner and Executive Chef
Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni
Wednesday, March 21: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Ann Kim is the owner and executive chef of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni, all in Minneapolis. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate’s development to time spent helping her mother and grandmother make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her college years at Columbia University in New York City ignited her passion for pizza and laid the foundation for her dream of building a restaurant business in Minneapolis, and her years as a freelance actress fostered her value of creativity.
She opened her first location, Pizzeria Lola, in 2010. Its artisan, wood-fired pizzas have been lauded both locally and nationally. In 2014, it was named the Independent Pizzeria of the Year by Pizza Today. Kim’s second restaurant, Hello Pizza, is East Coast inspired and frequently tops “Best of” lists. Young Joni, which opened in late 2016, features an eclectic menu spotlighting wood-fired items and has been named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine and Eater.com. Kim recently received her first James Beard Award semi-finalist nomination in “Best Chef Midwest” category and won “Best New Chef: North” at the Tastys Awards.