The North American Olive Oil Association(NAOOA), a nonprofit group that promotes the health, versatility and authenticity of all types of olive oil for North American consumers, announces registration is open for its Inaugural Olive Oil Conference—“Spend Wisely on Olive Oil”—to be held Aug. 25 and 26 at the Westin O’Hare near Chicago in Rosemont, Ill.
GMC Breaking News
Food and beverage executive Fernando Salazar was named the new managing director of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio, effective June 1. He replaced David Kellaway, CMC, managing director for the past five years, who relocated to Colorado.
Salazar has been involved with the CIA for several years, serving on the executive committee of the college’s Latin Cuisines Advisory Council and presenting at several of its thought-leadership conferences. He was commencement speaker at the CIA's New York campus in 2010.
Salazar comes to the CIA from Wyndham Hotels and Resorts where, since 2007, he was vice president for food and beverage and vice president of operations for Latin America. From 1996 to 2007, he held several management positions with Omni Hotels and Resorts, including director of operations for the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio and vice president for food and beverage for the entire company.
His career in food and beverage management began in 1975 as restaurant manager with Helmsley Hotels at the St. Moritz in New York City, and continued with more than a decade at Westin Hotels.
Strawberries are a favorite of American diners, and operators across the country—from quick-service venues to fine-dining restaurants—use strawberries on menus in every daypart to generate orders. Guaranteed to appeal, California strawberries enhance and add value to salads, appetizers, desserts, beverages, sauces and condiments.
With such broad popularity, the California Strawberry Commission knows there are thousands of signature strawberry items on menus waiting to be discovered. So, the commission is asking foodservice pros to take a photo of their favorite strawberry dish to share—in their own operations or when dining out.
The Club Foundation, based in Alexandria, Va., is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2015 Joe Perdue Scholarship:
- Kaitlyn Ellis, Kansas State University
- Julie Fewer, Niagara University
- Patrick Sears, University of Delaware
- Amanda Tidwell, Niagara University
- Sarah Wendee, California Polytechnic State University
Foodie culture continues to marinate in U.S. cities, along with its various cousins the farm-to-table and craft-beer movements. Many cities are encouraging restaurant districts and boutique eating, and reaping the benefits.
With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, 2015. These cities strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine and provide residents with an innovative and eclectic mix of restaurants and delicious food to eat.
Kendall College is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Dina Altieri, CHE, CEC, CCE, to dean of the School of Culinary Arts. Previously, she was a chef-instructor and associate professor at the college for seven years.
“Chef Altieri is not only the consummate educator, but renowned nationally for her culinary and management skills in a wide range of foodservice operations,” says Emily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College. “Adored and looked up to by students and admired and respected by our faculty and administration, she is the ideal dean for the School of Culinary Arts as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year and embark on the next 30. Given her vision, passion, expertise and drive, Chicago’s—and the nation’s and world’s—culinary community looks forward to the positive impacts her leadership of our esteemed program will make on the domestic and global foodservice industry of tomorrow.”
Altieri was born in New York City and has worked in the foodservice industry for nearly a quarter century. She graduated as salutatorian from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1991, with an associate degree in occupational studies.
Building her career following graduation, Altieri cooked from coast to coast for multiple restaurants, catering operations and special events, including those of the famed James Beard House in New York and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. She worked as sous chef at Fino in Torrance, Calif., and as executive sous chef at Descanso in Hermosa Beach, Calif., before becoming executive chef at More Than A Mouthful, Inc., in Los Angeles.
The National Honey Board (NHB) presented the first-ever Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award at the 2015 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ (WCR) Conference and Gala Awards Dinner on April 20 in New York City.
Recognizing trailblazing women entrepreneurs in foodservice, the inaugural award and $2,500 cash prize were presented to Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, founders of Cherry Bombe magazine, by National Honey Board CEO Margaret Lombard.
Golden Amulet Award winners Diamond and Wu had a vision for a print magazine highlighting women in the food industry, while still employing the aesthetic qualities of a fashion magazine. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, their vision became a reality as Cherry Bombe magazine, which was soon followed by a complementary radio show, Radio Cherry Bombe.
Famed chef and television personality Jacques Pépin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The Culinary Institute of America after delivering the commencement address at the college’s New York campus on May 22.
Pépin served as personal chef to three French presidents, including Charles de Gaulle, and his career in the United States ranged from cooking at some of the nation’s finest French restaurants, such as New York’s Le Pavillon, to being a trailblazing R&D chef for Howard Johnson’s.
“Today is your day,” Pépin told recipients of associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and arts. “It is a time of hope; a time to believe in yourself; a time to dare, to be curious, to be enthusiastic, to be tenacious, and to be engaged. It is a time in your life where the word ‘impossible’ does not exist; a time to reach for the sky.”
Individuals with a flair for cooking can now put their passion to work at Star Career Academy’s Egg Harbor Township, N.J., campus, which recently introduced three new culinary programs: Professional Cooking, Commercial Cooking and Professional Pastry & Baking.
The Professional Cooking class began on April 7, 2015, with new classes beginning each month. In June, the campus began its first Commercial Cooking class and on July 1, 2015, the first Professional Pastry & Baking class.
Star Career Academy has a history of producing satisfied graduates. Graduate Aronita Foxwell initially began attending classes simply to hone her cooking skills, but after spending time in the classroom, she realized she wanted to make cooking her career. Foxwell realized her dream and works in her field as a chef. Now, individuals residing near the Egg Harbor Township campus have the same opportunity to pursue this career path.
Donna L. Quadri-Felitti has been selected as the new director of the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State, effective July 2015.
“Dr. Quadri-Felitti brings a combination of academic and industry experience, which means she will do well at helping the school build relationships with industry partners and other external constituents, such as alumni,” said Ann C. Crouter, Raymond E. and Eric Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. “She brings a broad perspective on hospitality from foodservice to hotels while understanding the connection between communities and hospitality.”
Prior to joining Penn State, Quadri-Felitti served on the faculty of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism in New York University’s School of Professional Studies, where her most recent post was as academic chair of the center.
Quadri-Felitti replaces John O’Neill, professor of Hospitality Management, who will lead the school’s new Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy.
While at NYU, Quadri-Felitti developed and taught various hospitality-management undergraduate and graduate courses not only at the flagship campus in New York City, but in NYU programs in Florence and Prague. She has advised scores of undergraduate and graduate students on their individual academic, research and career development.