The day will begin with bakery tours of three of Chicago's renowned bakeries: Roeser’s Bakery, Delightful Pastries, and Dinkel’s Bakery. As anyone who has ever been on an RBA bakery tour knows, you can't help but bring at least one great idea home with you. A boxed lunch of European-style sandwiches (made by Coupe de Monde de Boulangerie winner, Jory Downer of Bennison’s Bakery) will be provided back at Kendall College mid-day, just in time for the vendor showcase.

Vendor Showcase

A smaller show like this is the best way to meet represetatives from your favorite companies. You'll get the chance to have a real conversation with them, see their new products and even buy some things! The vendors will be at the Roadshow throughout the day and available during the education sessions and networking event at the end of the day.

Education Sessions

Television has been a double-edged sword for the baking world. To stay competitive, cake decorators have had to ramp-up their skills and business owners have had to figure out pricing strategies in a hurry. Food Network competitors Michelle Boyd and Pat Jacoby give useful, practical tips on lo-tech sugar work and internal structures, while on the business side of the equation, Beth Fahey and Renee Rouwhorst explain their methods of pricing and selling these high-end cakes. There are also great classes on upcoming food trends, social media marketing, use of the Cricut machine and individual dessert ideas.

Networking Event

Seeing old friends and making new ones - that's what CARBA and the RBA are all about! At the end of the day, attend a fabulous networking event with hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and crudités made by Kendall College's aspiring chefs. It wouldn't be a party without adult beverages (and soft drinks) either! The day will wrap up in the early evening to give our attendees time to travel home - or to go out on the town. With Michigan Avenue decorated for the holidays, it’ll be a great get-away before the ensuing holiday madness!