BEMA 100 Year Anniversary

100th Anniversary Gala

Join us in celebrating our 100th Anniversary on Saturday, February 24th  with a night of dinner and a look back on BEMA and the baking industry’s achievements.  BEMA members – past and present, as well as baker guests and colleagues from the industry, are invited to attend this special event held at Chicago’s, beautiful Field Museum.

Please RSVP to the celebration by February 5th

Gala Details

Saturday, February 24, 2018
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Parking & Directions

BEMA will provide complimentary shuttle service from the Hilton Chicago Downtown, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Shuttles will depart from the Hilton’s 8th Street door every 15 minutes.  Taxi/rideshare drop off is available at the Field Museum’s south entrance.

Please use the south entrance at the Field Museum once you arrive.  Parking will not be available at the Field Museum.

Parking will not be available at the Field Museum. For anyone driving, we recommend parking at the Hilton and taking the shuttle to the Field Museum.  Please use the hotel garage entrance on Balbo Drive.

Hotel Details

As part of BEMA’s Summit and ASB’s BakingTech guest rooms are available at the Hilton Downtown Chicago.

A special rate of $186, single/double occupancy, is available to Summit & conference attendees at the Hilton.  Please make your reservation directly with the Hilton on or before January 26, 2018 by calling (877) 865-5320.  When making your reservation please be sure to mention the group code BTM to obtain the group rate of $186.

Reservations may be made online.  Please click here to make your reservation online at the Hilton Chicago.

The hotel will accept reservations at the reduced conference rate on a space-available basis until January 26, 2018 or until sold out, whichever comes first.  Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the nearest rate.  Applied to the room charge will be state and local taxes (currently 17.40%).  Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at the time of reservation.  All cancellations must be canceled by 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax.

 WARNING Regarding Unauthorized Contacts by Companies Offering to Book Your Hotel Reservations.

All attendees should book their rooms with the Hilton Chicago directly.  DO NOT BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS with any company (housing company) or any caller claiming to represent ASB, the 2018 BakingTech or MarketPlace, or any current or future ASB meetings.  Such companies are as follows:  Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. or Trade Show Reservations, LLC.  There are no authorized outside booking agents on behalf of the ASB.  Booking with Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC costs ASB valuable resources in addition to placing ASB in jeopardy of not fulfilling our contractual obligations with the designated ASB meeting hotel.  Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC may be offering hotel rates that are above/below the ASB discounted conference rates published on the ASB BakingTech 2017 website.  No one can book hotel rooms at rates lower than ASB contracted rates over ASB Annual conference dates at the ASB designated hotel(s).  Please be aware that reservations booked through Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC may not be honored by the ASB contracted hotel and ASB will not guarantee these reservations.  Please also be advised that once you sign any agreements with Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC (i.e., credit card authorization forms), ASB cannot guarantee that you will get your money back.  If you have been contacted by Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC or any other company, or if you have any questions/concerns, please contact Tawnee Brydebell, ASB Director of Meetings & Operations, at tbrydebell@asbe.org or call Tawnee at (800) 713-0462 x2.

What to Wear

Attire for BEMA’s anniversary gala is black tie optional.  Gentlemen, please consider suits or tuxedos and ladies full length or cocktail dresses.

Who's Invited

We have invited all Summit attendees, BEMA members, bakers and allied associations.  We encourage you to invite your customers, however, you may want to check our list first to see if we’ve already invited them.  To do this, email  If you would like to invite a customer please email Kelly Allen and share the first and last name of the individual as well as their company.

Need an Extra Ticket?

Additional tickets to the Anniversary Gala may be purchased here.