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june 2017

President's Letter
from Patty Fitzgerald
Editor, School Nutrition

"Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town. Chicago, Chicago, I’ll show you around…”

And so we floated away from Chicago last month, buoyed by bubbles, besties and a bounty of good news. IFEC’s annual National Restaurant Association reception—now known as the Bubble Party—was a sparkling success! More than 185 IFEC members and friends attended the event, made possible with the generous support of several sponsors and the hard work of staff and volunteers. To be completely inclusive, it would mean citing a very long list (making a long message longer), but I must give a special shout-out to Coordinators-in-Chief Katie Ayoub and Bill Schreiber, the Hotel Palomar, and, of course, Carol and Jen.

The Bubble Party was also extra special for the IFEC family as it was our chance to fete soon-to-be-relishing-emeritus-status Carol Lally, in her last official event as Executive Director, and thank her for all that she’s done for this organization these last 25 years. Central to this celebration was a delightful slideshow of Carol through the ages, as compiled by John Lawn.  Take a look at it on YouTube.

On behalf of the membership, I was pleased to present Carol with an all-expenses-paid trip to IFEC 2018 in Raleigh (so bookmark October 24-27, 2018, in your planners now), a promissory of a framed vintage magazine cover for her beautiful home and a fruit tree for her backyard. You will also remember that early in May I encouraged everyone to send a card, note or letter to be included in a memory box that Carol could turn to on a gray day when her "not-retirement” needs a boost. If you, like me, are still struggling to come up with the "right” words to express your gratitude for her friendship and leadership, just send it along whenever you are struck by inspiration! In the meantime, I was remiss in providing Carol with ample opportunity to offer her thoughts and reflections with those gathered amid the bubbles in Chicago—but knowing that these deserve to be shared with the entire IFEC family, I will be ceding my column to her next month.

I know what made Carol happiest and most relieved about this last official event before her "not-retirement” was the unanimous decision by the Board of Directors earlier that morning to select Jen Mac Kay as IFEC’s new Executive Director! As of this writing, we are fine-tuning a contract agreement set to go into effect on August 1.

As chair of the Search Committee, I can assure you that this decision was the result of a long, thoughtful vetting process. We received nine submissions to our Request for Qualifications; we narrowed that list to four top candidates; we conducted interviews with those candidates and checked references. Just prior to NRA, we submitted a 9-page report to the Board, summarizing the process, our assessments and our own unanimous recommendation. I’m very proud of the process—and very excited about the result! The passing of the torch to Jen, with her institutional knowledge, acumen and expertise, provides IFEC with a great combination of continuity and opportunity.

I want to take advantage of this message to thank my fellow Committee members for their time and generous attention and reflection to our charge: Megan Bykowski, Vice President; Katie Ayoub, Secretary; Don Odiorne, Betty Winner; and Alexei Rudolf, Betty Winner. I also want to thank IFEC members who threw their own hats into the ring, forwarded the RFQ to potential candidates and/or offered glowing references for Jen and, indeed, all our top candidates. It is precisely this example of passionate engagement by IFECers that made this position so attractive to individuals and association management firms alike.

One more decision—well, technically two—made by the Board at its May 22 meeting was to select Madison, Wisconsin, as the host city for IFEC 2019 and Santa Barbara, California, as the host city for IFEC 2020. (What did I say at the top about a bounty of good news?!)

[clicks dial on iPod…]

"It’s a Colorado Rocky Mountain high. I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky. I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly…”

Now, it’s time to start planning in earnest to GO BOLD in Boulder! Editors and publicists alike have been receiving email ticklers about making plans for Office Hours and Product Presentations. Volunteer committees are zeroing in on some really exciting speakers, food tours and chef showcase participants. Jen and I expect to get a sneak peek with a Boulder site visit later this summer, and I look forward to reporting back to you afterward with more details about what to expect.

In the meantime, I wish you cool breezes, a revitalizing vacation (or two) and many delicious eats all summer long!

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News Release Archives

Posted 4.18.17

Request for Qualifications for Association Management Services for IFEC

The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) requests submissions from qualified parties for providing association management services, focused on Executive Director leadership, as well as operational and managerial support for the association, with a particular emphasis on conference planning/management and membership services.

Click here for the RFQ document

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.”

For questions and more information, contact Carol Lally, Executive Director, ifec@ifeconline.com, 845-229-6973.


In the news in 2016

1. New officers elected

President Patty Fitzgerald, School Nutrition magazine
Vice President Megan Bykowski, Stephan & Brady
Secretary Katie Ayoub, Flavor & The Menu magazine
Treasurer Kathleen Stoehr, Catersource magazine

2. New board members elected

Amber Hensley, The Alchemedia Project
Michael Holleman, InHarvest
Tom O'Brien, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine
Doug Peckenpaugh, BNP media

3. IFEC’s highest honors awarded
The Betty
Abbie Westra of CSP Media, received The 2016 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award, aka The Betty, for her many contributions to IFEC during her years as a member.

The TerrIFECer
QSR Editor Sam Oches took home The TerrIFECer for making a positive impact during a relatively short time as a member.