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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, this is the place to start.


GO BOLD!
Annual Conference: Boulder, Colorado
October 25 - 28, 2017
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The Hotel Boulderado, our conference heaquarters, is in the heart of it all. Book your room now.

You are invited to join the Board of Directors and your IFEC colleagues and industry guests 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 conference. But what really puts it over the top is its standing as a powerful food and restaurant incubator. For more than a decade, food entrepreneurs have been attracted to Boulder for good reason -- it's a community that values health and social responsibility, there are plenty of like-minded risk-takers at work and a deep vein of venture capital runs through it. 

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 even "chocolate with benefits” are just a couple of the success stories Boulder food innovators are creating.

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 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, cannabis dispensaries and an oxygen bar. Its Victorian-inspired guestrooms and public spaces exude historic charm and if you believe in spirits (of the ghostly haunting sort), the Boulderado has those as well.

Watch this space for conference program details. To make a reservation at the Hotel Boulderado with our group rate, click here.


The BUBBLE PARTY

IFEC's annual networker and nosher at NRA was a sparkling event
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 unleashed the Bubble Party, replete with a signature bubbly from Lodi, machine-made and DIY bubbles and delicious food and drink provided by our sponsors. More than 150 IFEC members and guests stopped by to toast new and old friends, including IFEC Executive Director Carol Lally, who is stepping down in July after 26 years at the helm. Thanks to Hotel Palomar Chicago for their superior hospitality. Mark your calendars now for next year's Bubble Party at the Palomar, Monday, May 21, 2018.

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 seven different publications.

IFEC CALENDAR

July 15
Cut-off for Conference Sponsorships, early-bird rates

August 31

Final cut-off for Conference Sponsorships

July 15 - August 31

Conference Registration, early-bird rates

September 22
Final cut-off for Conference Registration

September 22

Final cut-off for Hotel Boulderado reservations

October 25 - 28
Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado

May 21, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting, Chicago

May 21, 2018

Bubble Party at the Palomar Chicago