By Matthew White, chair of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and director of catering, hotel and conferencing at the University of Reading
At TUCO we take pride in sharing best practice. And one of the ways we do this is through our events and conferences where we offer valuable knowledge and support for our members and guests.
Free for members to attend, our annual Winter Conference on 4 December at Cardiff University gives visitors the opportunity to pick up valuable insight ready to implement in the new year.
‘Sustainable Success’ is the theme for our upcoming event and we are excited to unveil some of our exceptional speakers. Charlie Huson of Humane Society International will take to the stage, along with Jim Cregan of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, and Professor Wouter Portinga. This is just a taster of what’s to come.
These, along with many other key speakers from across the industry, will discuss various hot topics within sustainability in higher and further education. This can be anything from coffee cups to plant-based cuisine to reusing food waste.
After the conference will be our Cardiff Study Tour. Members will get to tour the green city and explore restaurants in and around Cardiff that promote and adopt green practices. Cardiff is a sustainable city – just this month, Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon introduced a Green Action Plan to help minimise the event’s environmental impact. The idea was to help cut down on waste and plastic-use, and encourage more sustainable travel choices. That’s some commitment and one that I admire.
Every one of us has a duty to take action to minimise our environmental impact. And as the leading professional membership body for in-house caterers, we recognise the important role we have in helping to shape behaviours. Bearing this in mind, we will be trialling a new app from Whova for this year’s conference. All our marketing documents, agendas and speaker biographies will be uploaded onto it for our members to use, replacing any printed marketing material for the event.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this ahead of the event. And while you are at the show, keep an eye out for our electricity-generating bikes. Yes, they will charge your phone but you will have to work for it!
To book your place at the Winter Conference, visit: www.tuco.ac.uk/community/winter-conference-2019