BEMA, Bakery Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds, Overland Park, Kan., is holding two special events during its 2014 Winter Summit, March 1-2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago.

Bakers and allieds are invited to kick off the “best week in baking” on March 1 at the BEMA welcome reception. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago. To RSVP, go to

Comedian Don Friesen will entertain attendees during the BEMA luncheon on March 2. The ticketed event will be held noon to 2 p.m. in the Marriott Chicago Downtown’s Chicago ballroom A-D. Tickets can be purchased for $80 each at or onsite by March 2 at the BEMA registration desk.