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Conference 2016, Minneapolis, Land of 10,000 Tastes -- A
IFEC has closed the books on one of our best conferences yet -- Minneapolis, Land of 10,000 Tastes wrapped on October 28th -- and now we’re looking ahead to Boulder, Colorodo, where we'll meet on October 25 – 27, 2017. We hope you’ll join us. In the meantime, here’s news and highlights from the Minneapolis event.
New officers and board members were elected
Congratulations to new officers, President Patty Fitzgerald, School Nutrition; Vice President Megan Bykowski, Stephan & Brady; Secretary Katie Ayoub, Flavor & The Menu; Treasurer Kathleen Stoehr, Catersource magazine and new board members Tom O’Brien, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, Doug Peckenpaugh, BNP Media, Amber Hensley, The Alchemedia Project and Michael Holleman, InHarvest.
Two IFEC stars were honored
Abbie Westra, CSP Magazine, took home IFEC’s top award, The Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award, while Sam Oches, QSR magazine, received The TerrIFECer. This is the 25th anniversary of The Betty, which was created with a dual purpose –as a way to recognize a member who exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, volunteerism and collegiality and has made exceptional contributions to the well-being of IFEC and foodservice communications, and to honor IFEC’s first executive director Betty Bastion Varese on her retirement in 1991. The TerrIFECer was inaugurated in 2012 to honor a rising star who has made significant contributions in a relatively short time as a member (8 years or less).
The Food For Good Awards were launched
Cathy Holley, IFEC president, and John Scroggins, representing Smucker Foodservice, presented IFEC’s first-ever Food For Good awards to three Twin Cities non-profits whose food programs are changing lives and strengthening communities. Cookie Cart, Dream of Wild Health and Minnesota Food Association each received a $1,000 prize provided by Smucker
Foodservice, and an original hand-printed block print.
First Course made its debut
The new pre-conference education series, First Course, premiered to a packed house. More than 100 members participated in the two-part program – "A Tale of Two Cities,” a panel presented by four local food writers and bloggers, and a how-to session on "Storytelling Across Channels.”
Keynote speaker gets five stars
Gavin Kaysen, the Minnesota born and bred chef/proprietor of the celebrated Spoon and Stable restaurant, informed, entertained and inspired attendees with his story, sharing insights about the Twin Cities market, his menu, his restaurant’s design and his conviction that the most important work a chef can do is to mentor his employees, both culinary and front of the house.
Celebrating IFEC - 60 Years a Classic
IFEC was founded by a group of foodservice editors and public relations executives who met for cocktails during the 1956 NRA Show and decided to make it an annual event. We've observed that tradition ever since. This year's event was a great big 60th birthday bash at The Hotel Palomar's Sable Kitchen & Bar. That's Greg Avdoian of O'Malley Hansen Communications and Liz Grossman, Plate magazine, enjoying the party. Thanks to our fabulous sponsors and The Hotel Palomar for making it the best party yet.
Penton Food and Restaurant Group: Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management and Supermarket News
Winsight Media: Restaurant Business, FoodService
Flavor & The Menu
Restaurant Startup & Growth/RestaurantOwner.com
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National Honey Board
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National Pork Board
National Watermelon Promotion Board
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Announcing the recipients of the inaugural Food for Good awards
Three Twin Cities nonprofits honored for their transformative food programs
Hyde, Park, NY -- The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) and Smucker Foodservice announce the recipients of IFEC’s inaugural Food For Good award. The recognition, sponsored by Smucker Foodservice, was designed to shine light on grass-root organizations, in the cities where IFEC’s annual conference is held, who are bringing good to local communities through innovative programs involving food. This year’s recipients were selected from Minneapolis, the host city for this year’s annual conference. Local organizations in IFEC conference cities will continue to be recognized in years to come.
The inaugural recipients are three organizations changing not only the lives of individuals, but the communities in which they reside. Each received a $1,000 donation from Smucker Foodservice along with a limited edition original block print by octogenarian and life-long community activist artist Diana Bower. The awards were presented on October 26, 2016 in Minneapolis to these amazing organizations:
Cookie Cart (www.cookiecart.org) is a unique earn-as-you-learn program that offers teens from low-income communities of color the chance to gain employment experience, job-readiness skills, and proficiency certification, while earning a modest wage. The group’s mission is to provide teens with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills.
Dream of Wild Health (www.dreamofwildhealth.org) was established to help indigenous American populations reclaim physical, spiritual and mental health through programs that teach ancestral ways of growing food and living healthier lives. The organization operates a 10-acre organic farm that provides education programs for adults and children, teaching business skills to those in the program by selling at local farmer’s markets; a summer farming apprentice program for Native American teens; and a youth leadership program that teaches advocacy for reconnection with food. Dream of Wild Health also collects and preserves more than 300 varieties of indigenous seeds, offering cooking classes to educate students on working with indigenous foods.
The Minnesota Food Association’s (www.mnfoodassociation.org) mission is to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through education, training and partnerships. The group endeavors to provide those in immigrant and minority populations, who have a desire to farm, the tools, knowledge and resources necessary to achieve that goal. In doing so, the organization broadly supports the Twin Cities by producing more organic, sustainable local foods.
"Food is a powerful agent for change, as the recipients of this award so ably demonstrate,” said Cathy Holley, IFEC president. "Each of them touches lives in meaningful ways. We are honored to share their stories with everyone who cares about food and community and are thrilled to have Smucker Foodservice as our inaugural sponsor.”
Annual reception during the NRA Show
October 25 - 27
Conference: Boulder, Colorado