Batesville Sponsors Renowned Chef John Besh; Hosts Book Signing at ICCFA

April 5, 2016
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Batesville, the leading provider of high quality products and profit-enhancing solutions to today’s death care professionals, is proud to sponsor Louisiana-native chef and restaurateur John Besh as one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Annual Convention and Exposition, April 13 – 16 in New Orleans.

For the last decade, Besh has served as the unofficial culinary ambassador for the Crescent City, through his restaurants as well as his efforts to help rebuild the community and preserve the food ways of the Louisiana bayou. He understands survival and believes today’s business leaders need passion to survive and thrive. His session, “Recipe for Success, (Thursday, April 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.) will explore some of the keys to success in the challenging and competitive world of restaurateurs, and the importance of having a great team around you.

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“Throughout modern history, food has played an important role in ceremonies and rituals, none more important than following a death,” said Troy Turner, chief marketing and information officer for Batesville. “It is a healing agent that brings comfort to families and friends as they come together in grief. We’re excited to learn more about John’s journey to success and his experiences in overcoming some of the challenges along the way.”

As a bonus to conference attendees, Batesville will host a book signing in its booth (#618) at noon on Thursday, April 14, with samples of some of John’s local recipes. The renowned chef, television personality, philanthropist, and author will be on hand to autograph copies of his latest cookbook, Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes. The first 50 people will receive a free copy of the book compliments of Batesville; additional copies will be available for purchase at $25 each. Visitors will also be able to register for a $100 gift card to one of Besh’s fine dining establishments. Hourly drawings will begin at 1 p.m. on April 14.

“This is a period of great change in our industry,” explains Turner. “Despite the challenging conditions, we believe that by working closely with funeral professionals, we can create and deliver solutions that families value and that will create a path to greater profitability for the funeral home or cemetery.”

Batesville will demonstrate a variety of burial, cremation, technology, and merchandising solutions, including:

  • New caskets and cremation urns
  • Professional websites
  • Meaningful Selections digital selection system
  • Simple Benefits merchandising approach
  • MIS Professional business management software

Visitors can experience different solutions at key touchpoints in their journey with families – from the home, to the arrangement office, the selection room, the service, and the back office. Experts will be on hand to discuss your challenges and determine which solutions are right for your business.

ABOUT BATESVILLE

Batesville (www.Batesville.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), is the leader in the North American death care industry, offering a comprehensive portfolio of Burial Solutions, Cremation Options, Memorial Solutions and Technology Solutions. For more than 125 years, Batesville has been dedicated to helping families honor the lives of those they love®. Batesville’s innovation has changed the face of funeral service, from advancements in manufacturing and quality to patented features and memorialization offerings, technology and web-based solutions, and profit-enhancing merchandising systems. Our history of manufacturing excellence, product innovation, superior customer service and reliable delivery has helped Batesville become – and remain – a market leader.

ABOUT JOHN BESH

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John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his twelve restaurants, event space, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he aims to preserve ingredients, techniques, and heritage.

Besh’s cookbooks, My New Orleans and My Family Table, were each recognized with an IACP Award. His third cookbook, Cooking From The Heart, was published in fall 2013 and his latest cookbook, Besh Big Easy, was released on September 29, 2015. He hosts two national public television cooking shows based on the books.

The John Besh Foundation works to preserve New Orleans’ culinary heritage via initiatives such as the Chefs Move! scholarship program and microloans for local farmers.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Batesville

Teresa M. Gyulafia

Director – Strategic Communications

Teresa.Gyulafia@batesville.com

Phone: 812.931.5084

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