National Potato Council hosts successful Potato Expo in Denver
DENVER — The National Potato Council’s annual Potato Expo was a rousing success, drawing more than 1,800 attendees to Denver for the two-day event Jan. 4-5. In addition to a sold-out show floor, where 176 exhibitors featured everything from packaging solutions to fertilizers and equipment, the expo included a heavy dose of fun, with culinary competitions that included industry members and high-profile Food Network personalities.
Kam Quarles, president of the National Potato Council, introducing the three teams that participated in the Instant Pot-ato Challenge during the 2023 Potato Expo in Denver. From left were defending champions Jared Balcom of Balcom & Moe and RJ Andrus of TBR Farms, representing Team 1; Andrew Price of Price Farms and Mike Phillips of Walther Farms representing Team 2; and Greg and Leah Halverson of Black Gold Farms, representing Team 3.
Instant Pot-ato Challenge judges, seated from left, were Jason Morse, owner and executive chef at 5280 Culinary; Bonnie Johnson, director of nutrition and industry relations at Potatoes USA; and Shelley Henschel, trade marketing manager at Little Potato Co. Also shown is RJ Harvey, culinary director of Potatoes USA, who served as one of the emcees of the event.