Technical Field Trips

IFT’s Technical Field Trips take you out of the classroom and into the real world. Visit local area businesses to gain an insider’s view into the ways in which food science and technology are being applied.


All Field Trips will depart from, and return to,  the Morial Convention Center in the shuttle bus area at the times listed in the tour descriptions. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. No children under 18 years of age (21 for Celebration Distillation) are permitted on field trips.

To order tickets, select the appropriate Technical Field Trip from the Ticketed Events options when registering. No exchanges or refunds will be available after May 9.  IFT reserves the right to cancel Field Trips which do not meet the minimum participation requirements. If a Field Trip is canceled, you will receive a notification and a refund.

Facilities observe good manufacturing practices, and may require the removal of jewelry, and the use of hairnets in some areas. Low heeled, non-slip, and closed toe shoes are required. Skirts, shorts, and sleeveless shirts/blouses are not permitted. The companies reserve the right to review the registration list and deny participation to individuals they deem as having a conflict of interest. Participants may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Pontchartrain Blue Crab, Inc.
Monday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00

Pontchartrain Blue Crab, Inc. was established in 1996 as a seafood processor with a focus on supporting local commercial fishermen. The company is dedicated to processing premium-quality blue crab meat available in five grades and three packaged forms: fresh, pasteurized, and frozen. The tour of the meat processing facility will provide participants the opportunity to see the receiving of live blue crabs from boats and trucks, refrigerated storage areas, and the cooking, picking, packing, and pasteurization operations.  The tour will include a short boat trip depicting blue crab trapping and harvest for those interested and will conclude with a blue crab tasting. For additional information on Pontchartrain Blue Crab, Inc., visit their website at pontchartrainbluecrab.com.

Chef John Folse & Company Manufacturing
Tuesday, June 24, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00

Chef John Folse & Company Manufacturing is one of the few chef-owned food manufacturing companies in America producing custom manufactured foods for the retail and food service industry.  Opened in 2005, the 32,000 square foot, state-of-the-art USDA manufacturing facility produces soups, sauces, vegetables, entrees, desserts and dry mixes, both fresh and frozen.  The facility is capable of producing 50 million pounds of frozen or fresh, fully cooked and ready to serve product on a single shift per year.  Long pants (no skirts or shorts) and closed, rubber-soled shoes are required.  No jewelry. No photography allowed. For additional information on Chef John Folse & Company, visit their website at jfolse.com.

Celebration Distillation Corporation
Tuesday, June 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $40.00

Celebration Distillation Corporation, located in New Orleans, is the oldest premium rum distillery in continuous operation in the United States. The distillery produces Old New Orleans Rum brands made from rich blackstrap molasses from the sugar cane grown in Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta. Participants will observe the step-by-step process of producing rum, including fermentation, distillation, aging, blending, and bottling. Following the tour a rum sampling will take place in the tasting room.  Minimum participation age is 21. For additional information on Celebration Distillation Corporation, visit their website at neworleansrum.com.