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13 February 2020

Taste of CAFÉ

February 21, 2020
8:00AM - 3:00PM

Auburn University and Taste of CAFÉ present a day of continuing education across the spectrum of current events in foodservice education. Join Auburn University faculty, staff, and community members in a day of learning. The event will cover a variety of topics including; Culinary Teaching Techniques, the No Food Waste Curriculum, a Sustainability Panel, and Culinary Trends from the Auburn University Culinary Program. This one-day event is an excellent way to sharpen your own knowledge and share your insights on challenges and opportunities facing the industry. To learn more about presentation topics, our presenters, or to register, click here.

Taste of CAFÉ is the newest offering in a stellar line up from national culinary education partner, CAFÉ. These one-day events, hosted at ambassador sites around the country, are open to foodservice educators of all levels. At just $99, these workshops will provide continuing education hours on a variety of topics. Interested in hosting an event? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CAFÉ today!

*There is $25 discount for CAFÉ members!

8th Annual Deans and Directors Retreat

Only 10 spots left!! This event attracts college leaders from across the U.S. and Canada. You will network; hear from experts in the world of change; share in your peer’s challenges and successes and enjoy the wonderful city of New Orleans, March 13-15, 2020.

We limit this event to 50 participants to enable multiple opportunities for one-on-one conversations. Click here for registration and hotel information.

Don’t hesitate! CAFÉ focuses on challenges for culinary arts/hospitality educators:

Remember what Mark Twain said:

“I'm in favor of progress; it's change I don't like.”
Mark Twain

An Industry Opening

Check out a new listing for an industry job in a most unique setting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Work alongside other talented culinary professionals to compose and prepare scratch made dishes for 8,000+ Epic staff, customers, and guests each day.

I visited this facility last fall and was impressed by their operation. Check it out on our Job Board here.


Cut Off Date for Deans and Directors Hotel
February 27, 2020

Deans and Directors Retreat
“A Case for Change”
March 13-15, 2020, New Orleans

Applications Due for CAFE Awards
April 1, 2020

Awards Announced
May 1, 2020

Cut off Date for Leadership Conference Hotel
May 16, 2020

16th Annual CAFE Leadership Conference
“Innovations and Inspirations”
June 17-19, 2020, Portland, Maine

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Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards

CAFE is proud to be partnering with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) once again as they sponsor the Innovation Awards for 2020.

This Award recognizes educators and/or programs at both the secondary and postsecondary levels who have shown to be innovative in their approaches to effective culinary arts education.

Examples of innovations can be in the areas of:

  • New programs or
  • New delivery methods or
  • New partnerships or
  • New relations with the local community

Click here for more information about the Innovations Award.

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Kendall College Entrepreneurship Award

CAFÉ is proud to be partnering with Kendall College as they sponsor the Entrepreneurship Award for 2020.

This Award identifies culinary programs that either (1) teach or encourage entrepreneurship in their programming or (2) implement revenue-generation and cost savings into their operations.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to individuals and all culinary programs
  • Open to secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Include all contact information in your application
  • Entries judged in the areas of quality of design, applicability, replicability, stewardship, success in implementation of the project or concept, impact upon the college and community and thoughtful innovation in practice and technique.

For more information, email Mary Petersen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sysco Educator of the Year Award

Thanks to Sysco for again sponsoring the Educator of the Year Award for 2020! This award is open to secondary and postsecondary educators as well as culinary educators working within the non-profit training sector. There will be two awards given.

The Committee will be looking for:

  • a description of methodologies that exemplify innovative teaching techniques. Give examples.
  • evidence of the educator’s professional commitment to the educational community and foodservice industry which might include school committee work, professional networking, and community involvement.
  • a resume with the application.
  • descriptions of ongoing professional development in both instructional and technical skills in the last few years.
  • overall evidence that the educator has proven leadership in his/her profession; examples may include peer reviews, student evaluations, letters of recommendation, certificates and honors received, etc.

For more information about the Educator of the Year Awards, click here.


Green Award for 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Green Award will be offered to individuals/culinary programs that emphasize sustainability or other “green” aspects in their programs.

This Award is sponsored by the United Soybean Board who is proud to reach out to educators and to recognize their efforts instructing students in the importance of agriculture in their selection of products and designing of menus.

Past winners have implemented aquaculture farms, gardens, farm-to-table menus, waste reduction and more!

What are your efforts in this area?

The Award is $1,000 plus a complimentary registration to the annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference where the winner will be recognized during the Award Ceremony on June 17th at our host school, Southern Maine Community College in Portland, Maine.

To apply, send your electronic application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put Green Award Application in the subject line. There is no application form, but please use a cover sheet with full contact information.

Deadline to submit is April 1, 2020. Winner will be notified no later than May 1, 2020.

For more information, click here.