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april 2017

President’s letter

 by Patty Fitzgerald
Editor, School Nutrition

There is an effervescence about IFEC, isn’t there? While our membership is rooted in the business connections we make as editors and publicists, it is the signature sparkle and fizz of IFEC that engages our spirit and inspires us to be active participants in this organization.

That’s why I loved the initiative of this year’s planning committee for our annual shindig during the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show next month. Following the model of similar annual events with a brand or theme, they are giving the IFEC annual NRA Reception a makeover with a new name—and a perfectly suited new attitude. I hope many of you will join us at The Bubble Party, Monday, May 22, 4:30-7:00 p.m., at The Hotel Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel.

We’ll toast to the spirit of IFEC with some Prosecco, the official party drink, enjoy blowing bubbles from tiny wands, watch them pumped from a machine and maybe challenge one another to an informal bubblegum competition! There are still openings to be a party sponsor, so please sign up on www.ifeconline.com/sponsors_nra.cfm before April 14.

While we’re on the subject of bubbles, I’ll confess to having more than a few "Calgon, Take Me Away!” moments in recent weeks.  Most of us in this business are facing the relentless challenge of producing more and more content within the same time and resource constraints. That’s why I’m particularly grateful for the four IFEC members who readily accepted my invitation to serve on the IFEC Executive Director Search Committee: Vice President Megan Bykowski, Secretary Katie Ayoub and former Betty winners Don Odiorne and Alexei Rudolf.

I also want to thank those of you who have offered your help and those who have been offering testimonials about potential candidates. Again, the way this kind of enthusiasm and commitment simply…well, "bubbles up,” is a big reason why I feel called to volunteer for this organization. I expect to share details with you about our process and timeline soon.

Finally, please join me in lifting a virtual glass of bubbly in memory of Michael Varese, husband of Betty Bastion Varese, former IFEC Executive Director. Michael passed away last week, peacefully in his own bed, with Betty beside him. He was 91. I remember well Michael’s gentle, elegant presence at Betty’s side at numerous conferences since her retirement in 1991. Indeed, he made quite the impression on many IFECers, who characterize him as discerning, kind, gracious, encouraging and inspiring. If you would like to reach out to Betty with your condolences, please contact Carol for her address. Carol and the other Betty Award members are reflecting on ways to honor Michael’s memory.

Alright, I must retreat back into my little work bubble for the time being. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for May 22, and get ready to allow bubbles to take away all of your troubles!


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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.