Our annual networking event during the NRA Show in Chicago is an excellent opportunity for sponsors (on both sides of the desk -- both PR and editorial) to put their brands in front of their colleagues and other influential thought leaders in the foodservice community. Save the date for the party and start planning your sponsorship now.

Save the date: Monday, May 22 / 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM / The Hotel Palomar Chicago / 505 N. State St.

Click here to apply for a sponsorship

Firehouse Subs
Sponsor Fees

Food and Beverage presentations:  $800 + prep charges (plan on 175 guests)

Take-Home Gifts:  $500 + cost of your gift (plan on 175)

Branded event items:  $500 + cost of the item (ask about quantity)

Event sponsorships (no products)

Diamond $1000
Gold        $  500
Silver       $  250

Sponsor Benefits
Recognition on the invitation (if you sign up by April 14th)
Recognition on event signs
Recognition in pre- and post-event publicity
Recognition on the IFEC website
Acknowledgment at the event in President’s remarks
You’ll receive digital images of your presentation

All sponsors are asked to provide their logo and correct sponsor name by April 14.

Requirements for Food & Beverage Sponsorships
You provide your product and you may provide your own recipe or else IFEC will arrange for the hotel chef to create a dish for you. The hotel will bill you for preparation.

You may engage your own chef or culinary presenter for your food station. Each food station will consist of a back prep table (if needed by your presenter) and a front display table. Standard linens, serving ware and replenishment and busing service will be provided. The hotel may charge for rental of any equipment you request that is not stocked by the hotel.

Food sponsors provide their own table signs and decoration for their stations.   Decoration is encouraged.  Beverage sponsors provide table tents for the bar.

Details of your presentation must be provided by April 14; last day for changes is April 21.

Requirements for Gifts

Take-Home gifts should be non-perishable and compact enough for easy carrying.

Items for the event may include branded napkins, cocktail stirrers, coasters and similar.

Please contact IFEC with questions and/or to discuss your ideas. 845-229-6973 /

60th Anniversary Party
A 60-year-old tradition
The IFEC spring cocktail party and IFEC, the association, both started with a group of editors and PR people meeting for drinks at The Drake Hotel during the 1956 NRA Show. They decided that frequent meetings would benefit them and the industry, and  IFECers have gathered during the show, at an annual conference and other foodservice events ever since.

Cheers and thanks to our 2016 sponsors!
Firehouse Subs  

Farmer Brothers
Penton Food and Restaurant Group: Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management and Supermarket News
Winsight Media: Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and CSP Magazines  

Flavor & The Menu


Restaurant Startup & Growth /

Death's Door Spirits

Don Q Rum

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

National Honey Board

National Mango Board

National Pork Board

National Watermelon Promotion Board

Reser's Foodservice

Three Thieves Wines

Tyson Food Service

Wisconsin Cheese