2020 Meals and Events

We hope that you will join us for lunch and dinner during the conference. Meals are always a wonderful time to discuss the presentations, chat with old friends, and make some new friends.

Friday night opening reception

Research posters at the 2016 ORCA conference

Help us kick-off a great weekend during our opening reception! You’ll have a chance to meet our speakers, chat with other conference attendees, and see posters of research projects from the ORCA graduate students.

A cash bar and light refreshments will be available. The opening reception is included as part of your ticket price.

Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday

Hotel breakfast buffet: The hotel offers a breakfast buffet for $12.95. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, the chef’s daily special, fresh fruit, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, pastries, baked goods, waffles, milk, and juices. It also includes hot cooked-to-order items, including eggs your way, omelets, pancakes, and French toast.

Nearby breakfast restaurants: There is a Dunkin’ Donuts half a mile from the hotel. Other nearby restaurants serving breakfast food include a Starbucks (.7 miles), Panera Bread (.7 miles) and Corner Bakery (.8 miles).

Saturday Lunch

Saturday’s lunch will be included as part of your registration fee.

Saturday’s lunch will be a “south of the border buffet.” The buffet will include options for gluten-free and vegetarian guests. Vegan guests will receive a special plate.

MenuConference lunch
– Chips, salsa, and queso
– Crisp romaine salad w/ grapefruit, avocado, and red onion
– Vegetarian cheese enchiladas with verde sauce
– Chicken enchiladas with red sauce
– Vegetarian black beans
– Spicy vegetarian papas

Dessert (to be served during our p.m. break): Tres leches cake

Saturday Dinner and Award Ceremony

Saturday’s dinner can be purchased for $40 per person.

Join us Saturday night for dinner and conversation and for the revealing of the 2020 Anderson Award.

No on-site purchases will be available for dinner. The last day to purchase dinner for the conference will be February 8, 2020.

– Iced tea, iced water, freshly brewed coffee
– Baked rolls and butter
– Southwest salad – Exotic spring greens, jicama, red bell peppers, orange sections, cilantro, toasted pepitas and honey ancho vinaigrette
– Turtle cheesecake

Entree options:
Option 1: Achiote marinated chicken breast with whipped sweet potatoes, asparagus & honey ancho chili sauce.
Option 2: Herb and garlic rubbed filet mignon with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baby vegetables, and smoked poblano cream sauce.
Option 3: Stuffed Portobello mushroom with baby vegetables and feta cheese, served with creamy parmesan polenta and marinara sauce. (Vegetarian)
Option 4: Stuffed Portobello mushroom with baby vegetables and marinara sauce (Vegan)
** Note: all entrees are prepared gluten free.

Sunday Lunch

Sunday’s lunch will be included as part of your registration fee.

Sunday’s lunch will be a “deli sandwich buffet.” The buffet will include options for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan guests.

– Ham, turkey, and roast beef sandwiches (gluten-free bread available)
– Grilled veggie wraps
– Condiments
– Mixed green salad
– Vegan vegetable soup
– Vegan potato salad
– Potato chips
– Fresh fruit salad

Dessert (to be served during our p.m. break): Assorted cookies

Dietary restrictions: Please let us know on your registration form if you have allergies or special dietary needs. The conference center is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.