Aged Care Catering Summit

Improving aged care hospitality

Catering to older consumers is becoming increasingly important and challenging.

The aging population is demanding a better food offer while regulations get tougher and budgets remain tight.

This important industry event will offer you expert advice on consumer trends, menu design, kitchen technology and more. Register now to hear from experts and access the latest information.

At the Aged Care Catering Summit the industry will reconnect, share stories and learn from leaders.

With its vibrant speaker program and networking opportunities, this conference will be held as part of the Foodservice Australia trade show and is a high profile event on the aged care hospitality calendar. It will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 1 March 2022.


Who should attend?

The Summit is ideal for general managers, catering managers, facility managers, chefs, nutritionists, commercial caterers, consultants and suppliers. Really it is for anyone involved in catering to these important older consumers. It is affordably priced so that you can bring the whole team.

Who is speaking?

Dr Cherie Hugo

The Lantern Project

Bernadette Dutton

Plena Healthcare

Sean Cunnington


Merlin Kong

LASA’s Centre for Workforce Development and Innovation

Amy Knight

Simplot Australia

John Casey

Live Life Foods

Bernadette Eriksen

Flavour Creations

Tibor Paller

Tibor's Kitchen

Joel Feren

The Nutrition Guy

Peter Fleet

Barwon Health

Ysabel Liley

Plena Healthcare

Sue Albert


Mary Whelan

Food Service Advisor

Tawnya Bahr

Straight to the Source

The summit will start with an industry overview followed by practical sessions on nutrition, innovation,  dysphagia, consumer dignity and choice, kitchen equipment, and more. It will be a day of sharing ideas, inspiration and practical advice.

The program






Registration and coffee




Tawnya Bahr, Straight To The Source



Industry direction and overview

How has the last 12 months affected food service and hospitality


Cherie Hugo, The Lantern Project


Dining with dysphagia


Bernadette Dutton, Plena Healthcare

Bernadette Eriksen, Flavour Creations


Morning tea



Change your way of thinking about aged care innovation

Merlin Kong, LASA


Planning for the next emergency

John Casey, Live Life Foods

Mary Whelan, Food Safety Advisor


Trends and innovation in aged care dining

Sean Cunnington, Evereo

Tibor Paller, Tibor’s Kitchen

Joel Feren, The Nutrition Guy

John Casey, Live Life Foods


Lunch, and a visit to Foodservice Australia



Taking a food-first approach

Amy Knight, Simplot  Australia

Peter Fleet, Executive Chef – Barwon Health

Ysabel Liley, Plena Healthcare

Moderator, Tawnya Bahr


Catering to the home care market

John Casey, Live Life Foods

Sue Albert, BaptCare

Moderator, Tawnya Bahr


Conference conclusion and key take-aways

Tawnya Bahr

Aged Care Catering Summit

  • 9am – 3.30pm Tuesday 1 March 2022, MCEC Melbourne

Full day including all sessions, two course restaurant-showcase, sit down lunch and entry to the tradeshow only $249.

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