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Coming Attractions

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

The Hotel Boulderado, in the heart of it all, is our conference hotel.

Go Bold in Boulder
Boulder is a hub for food innovation, making it a perfect setting for the IFEC conference. During the past decade, food entrepreneurs have come from all over to set up shop in Boulder, drawn in part by a deep vein of venture capital, an affluent culture that values health and wellness, and a supportive community of like-minded risk-takers.  

Fast-casuals committed to clean, fresh ingredients (MAD Greens, Modern Market and Pizzeria Locale, to name a few) and small companies that make natural products like nut butters, probiotic drinks, gluten-free cereals, organic fruit and vegetable strips, and even "chocolate with benefits” are among the many success stories IFECers are likely to discover in Boulder.

Through Q&As with presenters and panelists, conversations with producers and purveyors, chefs and restaurateurs, as well as field trips to uniquely-Boulder F&B venues, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the food community, not to mention a deeper appreciation for the results.

Our conference hotel, the historic Hotel Boulderado (circa 1900), is located on Pearl Street Mall, within easy walking distance of restaurants, night spots, an oxygen bar (!), and other unexpected venues.

We hope you will join the Board of Directors and your IFEC colleagues for what promises to be a gathering rich in educational and professional surprises and rewards.

Stay tuned for information on the conference program and hotel reservations.

Coming attractions

The Bubble Party
Monday, May 22, 2017 / NRA Show, Chicago
Hotel Palomar, Chicago, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

While an annual cocktail party during the NRA Show in Chicago has been a tradition since 1956 (when IFEC was founded), we're thrilled to be introducing a new theme this year. The Bubble Party promises to be a high-spirited, uplifting and lofty experience, replete with a bubble machine, DIY bubbles, and more variations on the theme.  Delicious food and scrumptious cocktails will be served (courtesy of IFEC-member sponsors), bubbles will abound, and there will be skyline views from the terrace of the Hotel Palomar, our partners in the celebration.

Good News from Conference 2016, Minneapolis, October 26-28

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 rated 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. 


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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.”


May 22
The Bubble Party

October 25 - 28

Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado, The Boulderado Hotel

Fall 2018
Annual Conference, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina / Dates & hotel TBA