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April-May 2015

Message from the president

Sam Oches
Editor, QSR magazine

Hello IFECers,

Happy almost-May! I can't believe it's already time to wade through the piles and piles of emails related to the NRA Show. Nostalgia!

All kidding aside, though, we're so excited for our NRA Show reception, to be held May 18 at 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Dawson (730 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago). We've got an amazing lineup of sponsors and are thrilled to invite a bunch of potential new members to show them what IFEC is all about. Don't forget to RSVP! And please extend the invitation to any colleagues whom you think would benefit from an IFEC membership.

Speaking of which, many thanks to everyone who participated in our March Membership Madness drive last month. The drive was a huge success, netting us 80 member leads and two new members, both of them editors. Remember, we're always looking for new people so keep on sending prospects our way.

I'll keep it short and sweet this month; if you're anything like me, you're already neck-deep in planning for the trip to Chicago. See you there!


News from and about people

Congratulations to board member Amy Rosendahl, of deep, on her promotion to Senior PR Manager, and to Bethany Bell, also of deep, on her advancement to Assistant PR Manager.

Our very best wishes to Jewel Hazelton who has left The National Peanut Board to take a position in corporate communications at a regional power company in the Atlanta area. Jewel says she's enjoyed working with such a welcoming community and hopes to return to the industry someday. In the meantime, stay connected with her on LinkedIn and visit her blog

It's great news from Amy Cesta of Schafer Condon Carter: Amy has a baby boy, Nicholas "Nico" Martin Cesta, born March 15.

Welcome new members
We're delighted to introduce eight newly-minted members and to welcome back former member Doug Peckenpaugh.

Sara Baer-Sinnott
Boston, MA

Judy Bizzozero
Senior Editor
Food Product Design magazine
Phoenix, AZ

Eric Cronert
VP Marketing and Communications
Restaurant Inc. magazine /Reinhart Foodservice LLC
Rosemont, IL

Bob Garrison
Prepared Foods magazine
Plymouth, IN

Scott Hume
River Forest, IL

Doug Peckenpaugh
Chief Editor
Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine
Downers Grov, IL

Rachel Tabacnic
Senior Account Manager
Fish Consulting
Hollywood, FL
Clients:  Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Tropical Smoothie Café, McAlister's Deli

Barney Wolf
QSR magazine
Chapel Hill, NC

Chef recipe contest
Our friends at Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute want to let you know about their SWAP MeatTM for Alaska Seafood Professional Chef Recipe Contest. The idea is to create a recipe that swaps out beef, pork, lamb or poultry for wild, natural & sustainable Alaska seafood. The top prizes are $2,500, $1,000 and $500, Tell your chef friends and clients. Recipe deadline is June 1st.

Conference sponsorship details coming soon

We've cooked up some exciting and fun new opportunities for this year, not to replace such tried-and-true favorites as Chef Showcase, Learning Sessions, Activity Stations, menu items, etc., but to give you more options. Watch your in-box for an announcement with a link to details and a sponsor application later this month.

Happy Birthday IFEC!

It all started fifty-nine years ago, in May of 1956, when a group of editors and public relations professionals attending the NRA Show met for drinks at The Drake Hotel.  Apparently, the meet-up was so productive that they decided to make it an annual affair. The actual date is lost to history, so if you want to celebrate, you'll just have to party all month long. What else of food note happened that year? Anthony Bourdain and Alain Ducasse were born, Clarence Birdseye and Caesar Cardini died (Cardini was a chef/restaurateur in the U.S. and Mexico who is credited with creating the Caesar Salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s) and the drink Bloody Mary appeared in print (in Punch) for the first time. It's hard to believe it wasn't an IFEC editor that broke the news, but then history doesn't always get it right.


NRA Reception, Chicago - May 18
2015 Annual Conference, Portland, Maine - November 2 - 4
2016 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota - dates TBD

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