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IFEC connects editors/writers and PR/marketing communicators who work with and within the foodservice B2B media. Its conferences and other programs bring members together for sharing ideas, exploring issues, and professional development. If you have stories to tell in the foodservice space, IFEC is the place to start.


Coming Attractions

Annual Conference: Boulder, Colorado
October 25 - 28, 2017

















Our conference headquarters, The Hotel Boulderado, in the heart of it all.

Go Bold in Boulder

You’re invited to join the Board of Directors and your IFEC colleagues for a meeting that’s sure to provide valuable educational, professional and personal rewards. 

With its natural beauty, walkable downtown historic district and vibrant food scene, Boulder is the perfect setting for the IFEC conference. But what really puts it over the top for IFEC is its standing as a powerful food and restaurant incubator. For more than a decade, food entrepreneurs have been attracted to Boulder for its culture that values health and social responsibility, supportive community of like-minded risk-takers and deep vein of venture capital. 

Fast-casuals that are committed to using clean, fresh ingredients (MAD Greens, Modern Market and Pizzeria Locale, to name a few) and small companies making natural products like nut butters, probiotic drinks, gluten-free cereals, and "chocolate with benefits” are just a couple of the success stories food innovators are writing in Boulder.

Through Q&As with presenters, conversations with pioneering producers, demonstrations by creative chefs, and field trips to fascinating food and beverage venues, you will gain a deep understanding of the dynamics of the city's vibrant food community. As with all IFEC conferences, there will be countless opportunities for member-to-member networking, exchanging story ideas in editor-publicist meetings and adding to your skills.

The Hotel Boulderado, built in 1909 and listed on a the National Register of Historic Landmarks, is our conference headquarters. Located one block from Pearl Street Mall in the heart of the downtown historic district, it's within easy walking distance of restaurants, night spots, an oxygen bar(!),  cannabis dispensaries, and other unique venues. Its Victorian-inspired guestrooms and public spaces exude historic charm and the spirit of least one departed guest, if the stories are true.

Watch this space for conference program details and hotel reservation instructions coming soon.

The BUBBLE PARTY

It's IFEC's annual networking and noshing night in Chicago
Monday, May 22, 2017 / NRA Show, Chicago
Hotel Palomar, Chicago, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


A cocktail party during the NRA Show in Chicago has been an annual tradition since IFEC was founded over cocktails during the 1956 Restaurant Show. Last year, we threw a Sixtieth Anniversary Party for IFEC; this year we’re unleashing the Bubble Party. Stop in after the show to toast old friends and new with a glass of bubbly, enjoy delicious food, cocktails and wine and network with the foodservice communications community. Naturally, there will be a bubble machine, but  -- and this is for the kid in you – that shouldn't stop you from blowing your own bubbles. Wands and gum will be provided. Adding extra sparkle, the Scholarship Auction team is setting up a silent auction of a couple of exceptional Boulder-based adventures. Bring your credit cards!

THANKS TO OUR PARTY SPONSORS:

DIAMOND
Firehouse Subs
Winsight Media (Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, CSP Magazine, Convenience Store Products)
  
GOLD
Penton Food and Restaurant Group: Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management and Supermarket News
Noble Communications
  
SILVER
Flavor & The Menu
InHarvest
SupHerb Farms
  
OFFICIAL PARTY BUBBLY

NV Blanc de Blancs, Lodi Sparkling Wine, LVVR Cellars - Lodi Winegrape Commission
  
FOOD & BEVERAGES

Ardent Mills
Emmi Roth USA, Inc.
Monin Gourmet Flavorings
National Honey Board
National Watermelon Promotion Board
QUALISOY
Sask Mustard
Tyson Foodservice Teams
Wines - Lodi Winegrape Commission
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  
GIFT
California Walnut Board


Meet our newest members

We are proud to introduce our newest members, Jaclyn Feddes, Publications Specialist for Datassential and Renee Lee, Datassential Senior Publications Specialist. Datassential is a Chicago-based provider of market research and trends in the food industry and the publisher of 7 different publications. 

IFEC CALENDAR
May 22, 2017
Board of Directors Meeting
Hotel Palomar Chicago
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

May 22, 2017
The Bubble Party
Hotel Palomar Chicago
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

October 25 - 28, 2017

Annual Conference
Boulder, Colorado, The Boulderado Hotel

October 23 - 26, 2018
Annual Conference
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina / Hotel TBA