Castroville, Calif. (July 22, 2019) Ocean Mist® Farms, premier grower of fresh artichokes and over 30 other vegetable varieties, is excited to bring Executive Chef Christopher Vaca of the renowned Hyatt Carmel Highlands to this year’s PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo where he will prepare and sample Tuscan Style Braised Baby Artichokes.

Chef Christopher has extensive experience in the restaurant industry as a culinary consultant, menu developer, owner and executive chef. He has served in a wide variety of culinary settings - from fine dining and fast‐casual to catering and food trucks. He is an alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America, served as the former executive chef at award‐winning Cantinetta Luca in Carmel, and brings a wealth of knowledge to share with attendees at this year’s show.

“It’s an honor to bring this caliber of chef to an industry event like the annual PMA Foodservice Conference where his experience is so highly valued,” said Diana McClean, senior director of marketing at Ocean Mist Farms. “Chef Chris has always done an incredible job elevating artichokes at the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival, so we’re really looking forward to him sharing insight on foodservice trends with our partners.”

In addition to sampling Ocean Mist Farms Baby Artichokes in booth #219, the company will showcase several of its washed and ready-to-use convenience products specifically designed with foodservice professionals in mind. Products on display will include Brussels Sprouts (whole, halves, and shreds) in 3 and 5 lb. bags, Broccoli Florets in 3 lb. bags, and Spinach in 1, 2, and 2 ½ lb. bags.

To schedule an appointment with Ocean Mist Farms, please email dmcclean@oceanmist.com or stop by booth #219 on July 27.

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