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ifec newsletter
july 2015

Message from the President
Sam Oches QSR Editor

Hello IFECers!

I just got off the phone with Carol to recap where we stand on planning for the annual conference, and let me tell you guys: This thing is getting real. The details are falling into place; my stomach is already growling.

Thanks to a boatload of help from our vice president Cathy Holley, who is based in Portland, as well as from our awesome planning committees, both Chef's Showcase and the Food Tours are coming together beautifully, with a cross-section of Portland's finest chefs and restaurants on the docket. I keep thinking about how perfect Portland really is for IFEC; the city is a cultural and culinary force, with plenty to offer by way of great eats and foodservice innovation. And it's not all lobster! From distilleries to sheep farms to immigrant chefs, Portland has got a little taste of everything.

For those of you looking to get involved, there are still sponsorships available for the conference, so make sure you check in with Carol to see how you and your client might be able to fit in. Also, be sure to register for the conference as soon as possible; there are 27 editors on board for Office Hours - the most in several years - so you're not going to want to miss out on that feeding frenzy! Registration closes October 2, but the sooner you sign up, the better.

Finally, don't forget that you still have two days to suggest potential members for IFEC as part of our July membership drive! Send potential names to Carol and you might win a shiny prize.

That's all from me for now - talk to you in a month!


Welcome to new members
We're delighted to introduce these newly-minted IFECers [thunderous applause] and we look forward to welcoming them face-to-face in Portland.

Jennifer Davis
Marketing Communications Manager
Kellogg Company
Elmhurst, Illinois

Holly Henman
Brand Manager, Foodservice
Barilla America, Inc.
The Colony, Texas

Dana Moran
Deputy Editor
FoodService Director magazine
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Niveen Saleh
PR Associate
All Points Public Relations, LLC
Deerfield, Illinois
Amsterdam Falafelshop
Bubbakoo's Burritos
Coconut's Fish Café
Kona Ice
La Madeleine
Smoke's Poutinerie
Wild Wing Café

Susan Szymanski
Executive Director of Marketing, Events & New Media
Chicago, Illinois

Sophia Venetos
Corporate Communications Manager
Reinhart Foodservice
Rosemont, Illinois

Derek Walls
Senior Account Executive
Ogilvy Public Relations
Atlanta, Georgia

News from and about people
Lisa Friedrich
is leaving her position as Director of Marketing at Golden Sun Marketing in Minneapolis. She previously worked in progressive marketing functions for a national restaurant chain. Contact Lisa with opportunities in strategic marketing leadership at,   

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) recognized foodservice educators with the 2015 Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards at the 11th-annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in June. "The Idaho Potato Commission applauds culinary educators whose vision brings a new and exciting prospect to the arts of cuisine and hospitality," said Don Odiorne, IPC vice president-foodservice. The top award of $1,500 went to Collen Engle at Miami (FL) Culinary Institute, while two runners-up took home $500 each; all received complimentary registrations to the conference. For more information, and

Having recently completed an assignment at Kraft Foods in Nutrition & Regulatory, long-term IFEC member Alice Heinze is looking for full-time opportunities or contract or consulting projects in food marketing, nutrition, communications or regulatory. Alice can be contacted at:

We love IFEC-powered stories, so it was nice to see Patty Fitzgerald's interview with Chef LJ Klink in the June issue of School Nutrition. Patty connected with Chef Klink at the Dallas conference where he presented a learning session for the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council featuring three delicious lentil-based dishes he developed for schools.

In other media news, CSP Business Media, which operates CSP magazine, Restaurant Leadership Conference, Restaurant Business magazine, FARE Conference, FoodService Director magazine and three digital properties, is changing its name from CSP Business Media to Winsight. "The name reflects our intention to triple our size in the next five years by continuing to help customers and audiences meet their business objectives through the winning insights we provide and by adding key new resources and offerings to our portfolio," said Winsight's CEO, Mike Wood.

Dana Tanyeri reports that she has stepped down from the Editor in Chief post at restaurant development + design magazine to re-launch her freelance writing business. She'll continue as a contributing editor for rd+d and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, and, as of September, will be available to other clients, as well. She has more than 30 years in the business and has covered it all -- operations, distribution, marketing, design, development, food/menu, equipment. She's worked on both the editorial and PR sides, and is freshly out of being a restaurant operator herself. She and her husband recently sold the independent restaurant they'd owned in Madison, Wis., for the past 20 years. She can be reached at

Big cheers for RB, FSR and CSP, winners in anybody's book
Three IFEC-member magazines received Azbee awards from The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) this year. The top Azbees -- Magazine of the Year in two divisions -- went to Restaurant Business (large pubs with revenue of more than $3 million), and FSR (smaller publications). CSP won best General-Interest Feature. According to ASBPE, judging for the Magazine of the Year award is based on the quality of writing, reporting, and editing; value to the reader; editorial organization; interaction with readers; and layout and design. The awards were announced at ASBPE's national conference July 24 in New York City. ASBPE is the professional association for editors, writers, art directors, and designers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press.

Congratulations to our own IFEC-member editors who lead, staff and energize the Azbee- winners cited above: RB Senior Editor Pat Cobe and Senior Associate Editor Sara Rush; FSR Editor Connie Gentry and Associate Editor Sonya Chudgar; and CSP Deputy Group Editor Abbie Westra. We're proud to be associated with you exemplary professionals!

Your scholarship-auction dollars at work
The 2015 scholarship auction committee headed by Amy Rosendahl of deep, and advisor Tara Fitzgerald of Food Management, is deep into planning the auction. They're switching things up this year by conducting a silent auction at the conference in addition to the online auction platform, Bidding for Good. It's not too early to start thinking about donations; Amy's team will be reaching out to you in the next few weeks. Popular items include restaurant and travel gift certificates and food and wine gifts. To remind you of why the auction matters, check out this note from Yvette Cabrera, a candidate for a masters in food studies at New York University and the recipient of a $3,000 IFEC scholarship awarded last month.

Yvette writes .... " I want to thank you and all of the IFEC members. I am honored to receive a scholarship from the council. I hope to pursue a career that allows me to produce my own radio and written pieces about issues related to food that I find most important, ones that affect underprivileged populations, the environment, and the health and wellbeing of peoples in general. Food waste, food security and non-communicable disease are just a few examples of these tougher issues that I hope to draw attention to. By addressing these issues through media, conversations can be started and solutions can be disseminated quickly and globally in an effort to correct problems worldwide, and I want to be a part of that effort. Again, I cannot thank you ... enough for this grand gesture."

The Maine Thing
In case you missed the announcement, here it is again:

Registration for the Portland, Maine conference is open on  Log in with your member codes (shown below) and select "conference" from your member page menu. The link to "Register Now" is at the top of the conference page; at the bottom, there's  a link to reservations at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.

Cut-off for conference registration and hotel reservations is October 2. To take advantage of the full conference, make travel plans that will get you to Portland by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, and keep you there through Thursday morning, November 5. 

If a sponsorship is in your plans, don't delay. Some categories are close to selling out. The sponsorship cut-off is August 31.

2015 Annual Conference, Portland, Maine - November 2 -5
2016 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 26 - 29
2017 Annual Conference, Boulder Colorado - Fall, dates tba

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