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Welcome to the fall season – a perfect time to think about presenting your ideas or some of your successful teaching techniques at the 2017 Café Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Next June, CAFÉ, the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education, will hold Best Practices in Education day on Saturday, June 24 preceded by industry Sessions on Friday, June 23, and Master Classes and Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 22.

This year the Best Practices in Education will focus on Learning Strategies for Students.  If you are interested in offering a presentation on this topic, or a related topic, please consider developing it now and submitting it.  The theme will help us discuss ways we help students succeed – whether it is taking notes, learning more with less classroom time, integrating industry and educational ideas, developing professional skills, expanding their education, working closely with faculty advisors, or other topics that you might have.  With this letter, I invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop, lecture, or round table discussion for the Friday sessions on Best Practices in Education. 

Last year, the program at Kendall College focused on Partnerships and there were a range of presentations with the following titles;

  • Educators as Coaches:  Winning Strategies for Student Success – Dina Altieri (Kendall College)
  • Incorporating Writing Across the Curriculum into Written Assignments – Toni D’Onofrio (Westchester Community College and David Goldberg (Kingsborough Community College)
  • Inspired by Culinary Excellence – The Impact of Three Star Continuing Education – Lincoln Marquis (Louise County High School)
  • Putting a HACCP Plan in Culinary Courses Across the Curriculum—J J Lui (Culinary Institute of America
  • Shades of Green—Sustainability Efforts in Culinary Programs – Faith Jennetta (Technology Center of DuPage), Chris Koetke (Kendall College) and Sarah Waller (Kent Career Tech Center)
  • Student Involvement Outside the Classroom – Collen Engel (Miami Culinary Institute)
  • Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement” – Donna Fickes (Texas Tech University)
  • Successful Collaboration with Today’s Youth – Paul Carrier (Milwaukee Area Technical College)
  • Teaching Food Safety in 50 Minutes – Adam Weiner (Job Train Works)
  • Teaching Hunger to Culinary Students – Vivian Cadbury (The Culinary Institute of America)
  • Using Digital Tools to Gamify Learning—Nai Wang, KP Education Systems

If you have another idea, the CAFÉ Leadership Conference Planning Committee for Best Practices in Education is open to your ideas.  If you have an idea or a proposal, please send it to me atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 14, the end of the week after Columbus Day since the committee will start to consider proposals during the next week.  The Committee will review your proposal and get back to you by early November so that you have plenty of time to plan.

Each proposal should contain the following information:

  • Your name, email address, and phone number
  • Your current title or position, and institutional affiliation
  • The title of your presentation
  • A description (approximately two paragraphs) of what you will present and reasons it is a significant presentation for the audience of culinary teachers and administrators
  • Your audiovisual, computer or demonstration needs
  • Any supporting information you want the Committee to review

The day will begin with a short plenary session providing background information about teaching and learning strategies, the sessions will be an hour, and award winners will lead roundtable discussions at lunch.  Most of the morning and afternoon will be filled with simultaneous presentations. 

On behalf of the Planning Committee, I look forward to hearing from you in the next month and seeing you in Myrtle Beach – a great location and a chance to visit a brand new educational institution.

If you have any questions, please send me an email note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 845/258-8363.

Fred Mayo
Chair, CAFÉ Leadership Conference Planning Committee for Best Practices in Education
Clinical Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism
New York University School of Professional Studies

Mayo Consulting Services, Inc