Carla Hall Named Keynote Speaker for Specialty Food Business Summit

The Specialty Food Association today announced that famed chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Specialty Food Business Summit to be held in Chicago, IL April 2-4.

“I’m thrilled to join the Specialty Food Association and this group of small business entrepreneurs,” said Carla. “I hope to provide inspiration and insight to help make their entrepreneurial journey as exciting as my own.”

Prior to joining The Chew, Hall was a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars.” Over her career, she launched several businesses including a catering company and an artisanal cookie company. She opened her first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, in June 2016. Her approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites. Her cookbooks are “Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World” and “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You”.

The Specialty Food Business Summit is designed to help industry professionals learn from subject-matter experts in digital marketing, e-commerce, operations and food safety. The Summit offers seminars in two concurrent tracks, tabletop exhibits and networking opportunities.

For more information or to register for the Specialty Food Business Summit visit

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About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,400 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at


KEYWORDS: Specialty Food Association, Keynote Speaker, Food Business Summit

Shirley Potasz, M.A.

Shirley Potasz, M.A.

Editor of Specialties include natural food preparation, skin care, and changing one's lifestyle. • M.A. in Educational Technology from SFSU • Certified Nutritionist • Produces numerous videos and interviews • Performs novel research • Lectures publicly and teaches in public and private schools Past • Broadcast Radio and TV Host in Los Angeles • National Health Federation (NHF) Board Member and S.F. Chapter President (13 years) - championed state and national health legislation, spoke at conventions, and organized monthly lectures by foremost researchers.

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