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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.

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

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The Hotel Boulderado, our conference headquarters, 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 IFEC. But what really puts it over the top is its standing as a powerful food and restaurant incubator.   Food entrepreneurs itching to challenge the status quo have found uncommon ground in Boulder; 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 you covered there, too.


Nominations deadline extended until September 8, 2017

2017's Food For Good Award, Co-sponsored by Smucker Away From Home

IFEC, in partnership with Smucker Away From Home, is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the second annual Food for Good award, which honors non-profit organizations in IFEC's conference cities whose work with food is making significant contributions to improving lives in the communities they serve. The award will be presented in Boulder during IFEC’s conference there, October 25th - 28th.  [more in News Item 1]

IFEC Awards $10,000 in Foodservice Communications Scholarships in 2017

IFEC announces the awarding of $10,000 in scholarships to three university students who intend to pursue careers in journalism, public relations or marketing communications within the foodservice industry. [more in News Item 3]


August 31
Last day for Conference Sponsorships & Early-bird rates for Conference Registration - Sponsorships extended to September 15

Last day to nominate a Boulder non-profit organization for the Food For Good Award - Extended to September 8

September 22

Last day for Conference Registration

Last day for Hotel Boulderado reservations

September 26
Washington DC regional reception. Email for details.

October 25 - 28
Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado

May 21, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting in Chicago

Bubble Party in Chicago