New State-of-the-Art Teaching Kitchen Facilities
In 2022, UCLA will be opening their brand new, state-of-the-art, teaching kitchen facilities that will include three induction, on the display, cooking station, double stack convection oven, six burner with convection oven, griddle, grill, six work tables with two portable convection cooktops, plus a host of support equipment (ware washing refrigeration, freezers, ice-maker, etc.) In-person conference registrants will have the opportunity to tour the facility.
The UCLA Teaching Kitchen, part of the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Center, emerged as a priority from a 2014 Food Summit hosted by Semel HCI, as well as focus group research at UCLA in 2016 identifying a desire from food insecure students to learn practical food literacy “life skills” to budget and cook meals more effectively. In response, the established on-campus and virtual Teaching Kitchen sessions act as an experiential learning modality for enhancing food literacy, which a growing body of research has also shown to be associated with food security, where people with proficiency in cooking, food preparation, and financial management are less likely to experience food insecurity. Learn more about their program and classes here.
Food and Dining
UCLA Dining Services is proud to be one of 37 university dining programs to join the Menu’s of Change initiative; focusing on whole, minimally processed foods across their four dining halls, five ‘to-go’ type restaurants with seating, providing 32,000 meals daily (pre-covid). With a goal of obtaining 30% of all procurement to meet local, organic and sustainable requirements.
The Luskin Conference Center is home to Plateia, Mediterranean-inspired, California fresh restaurant offering seasonal dishes with bright flavors and bold presentations, featuring locally sourced products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, sustainable seafood, and much more.
UCLA Dining has been rated number one out of 1,400 Universities five years in a row.
For those planning to attend the conference in person and wishing to reserve hotel accommodations on site, a limited number of rooms will be available at a discounted group rate of $229/night. Please note that hotel accommodations are not included with the conference registration fee.
Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling 855-LCC-UCLA (522-8252) and providing the TKRC group code or referring to the group code/on-line reservation page by Saturday, September 17, 2022. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and accompanied by a first night room deposit.
48 hours prior to arrival, the credit card provided to guarantee the room reservation will automatically be charged the remaining balance of the reservation for full payment prior to arrival.
The Luskin Conference Center is just 11 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. Both Uber and Lyft ride-shares are regularly operational in the Los Angeles area.
If you plan on renting a car or driving your own vehicle to the conference the Luskin Conference Center offers discounted parking rates as part of room packages.
Shuttle buses to downtown LA operate on a regular basis.
The Luskin Conference Center is fully compliant with ADA requirements for guests with disabilities. These compliance measures include making sure entrances and exits, guest rooms, meeting spaces, parking area, lobby, service counters, restaurant, and bathrooms are easily accessible to everyone.
The Conference Center staff is fully trained on ADA regulations, accessibility features, policies for service animals, and effectively meeting the needs of our visitors and guests with disabilities. This includes being able to effectively communicate with guests in situations of difficulty with hearing and visual impairments.
The Conference Center also offers mothers rooms for any conference attendee that may require the use of one during their visit. Please reach out to the Center directly or the conference staff for more information.