Testimonials

"IFEC simplifies my job and has enriched my career. The culture of the organization encourages communication, courtesy, education, respect, professionalism, volunteerism—and fun! IFEC promotes smooth working relationships between editors and publicists, and provides a welcoming environment where friendships can flourish. I look up to so many of its members, and have met some of my favorite people in the world through IFEC.”

Gail Bellamy
Executive Food Editor
Restaurant Hospitality

"I've been on 'both sides of the desk,' as a PR person and a contributing editor, and no other organization is as beneficial in my work as IFEC.  On the PR side, IFEC gives me direct access to the editors who are most important to my clients. On the editorial side, I can always depend on IFEC members to provide me with invaluable information and story leads in a timely fashion.  IFEC just makes my life easier." 

 

Tom O’Brien
O’Brien Culinary Communications
Writer & Contributing Editor

"As a past-President and veteran IFEC member, I have relied on IFEC for over twenty years to provide editorial relationships and structure for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) public relations program. Our IFEC meetings ensure press for IPC multi-segment marketing activities, and our product and training materials. In addition, we often add pages and value to our advertising schedule with bids on ad space at the IFEC scholarship auction."

Don Odiorne
Vice President-Foodservice
Idaho Potato Commission


"Along the way, as an added benefit, many of these people have become close friends. That's what IFEC's all about." -- Blake Swihart, Principal, Foodservice Solutions


"To me, IFEC is the soul of the industry. If you want buzz, this is the hive. Before I joined IFEC, I may have been in the foodservice industry, but I wasn't really in the game. Instead of pitching stories into a void, I've really gotten to know the editors through this organization and now I know the people I'm contacting throughout the year. Through this one conference, my clients and I are able to line up a whole year of publicity for our products. IFEC is not only win/win, it's great fun. IFEC people are creative, informed, interested and interesting. And best of all - they're welcoming.”

 

Tia Woodward
Vice President/Account Director
Ketchum Food B2B

"IFEC is unlike any other organization in the industry. Not only does it help members do their jobs better through excellent networking opportunities, professional development and informational resources, it offers incredible support. IFEC provides a place for editors and publicists to form warm, mutually respectful professional and personal bonds--a place that could never exist in the consumer media world.”

Pat Cobe
Food Editor
Restaurant Business Magazine


"As a young newcomer to the industry, IFEC opened many doors and sparked lasting friendships that have aided me both professionally and personally." -- Jason Stemm, Vice President, PadillaCRT


"In these times of fast-changing technology and the ever increasing need for quick project turn-arounds, developing and maintaining a solid network of dependable associates is vital. But it becomes even more challenging given the multitude of opportunities we have to chose from as foodservice professionals. IFEC is and always has been, for over 30 years for me, my source for serious and solid contacts in my work as an independent foodservice consultant. Along the way, as an added benefit, many of these people have become close friends. That's what IFEC's all about."
 

Blake Swihart
Principal
Foodservice Solutions
     

"IFEC was one of the first professional organizations I ever joined, and the only one I always renew. As a young newcomer to the industry, IFEC opened many doors and sparked lasting friendships that have aided me both professionally and personally. Each year, I look forward to gatherings for the chance to see old friends, and the opportunity to meet new members. It is a special group, that I have enjoyed being a part of for 14 years...and counting.”

Jason Stemm
Vice President
PadillaCRT