CAFE Weekly News

Apr 1, 2020, 2:15

CAFE Update February 10, 2020

13 February 2020

What's New

2020 is our 16th Annual CAFÉ Conference which is specifically designed for culinary/baking/hospitality instructors at all levels.

What is continuing?

  • Hands on master classes
  • Awards ceremony
  • Opening night reception featuring our sponsor/partners trends in foodservice
  • A Full day of industry outreach including trends presentations and an InfoFair
  • A Full day of educational best practices featuring peer presentations and including Dr. Fred Mayo as everyone’s favorite keynoter!
  • ACF continuing education hours awarded to attendees

What is NEW?

  • The opportunity to go out on a lobster boat to see first-hand how this famous Maine seafood is handled from the start (numbers are limited).
  • The chance to visit one of the oldest brewpubs in New England and enjoy a tasting/pairing experience with California cheeses (numbers are limited).
  • The 1988 Culinary Olympic Team—winners of the GOLD—will be a part of our event starting with the opening night, including a special New England lunch—and a workshop on winning techniques.
  • A keynoter from LeanPath, a technological method developed to track waste in a kitchen.
  • A Happy Hour featuring snacks and the showing of the movie “A Fine Line” which is telling the story of top female chefs and their battle for recognition in a male dominated world.

Don’t wait! Hotel rooms are limited as are some of the master classes. For an agenda, hotel information, and on-line registration, click here.

You can request to be invoiced. And CAFÉ members receive a $25 discount!

This event is the best value for a culinary educational professional in the industry!

Job Opening – Sun Valley, Idaho

The Sun Valley Culinary Institute is accepting applications for an executive chef. This is a start-up which also affords a challenge in a beautiful place to live!

Click here, for more information.

Awards Deadlines are Less than 2 Months Away

The Awards for Educator of the Year (secondary and postsecondary), Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Green/Sustainability efforts deadline is April 1st.

For more information, click here.

Awards = Cash prizes and complimentary registrations to the Leadership Conference.

Sold Out – 8th Annual Deans and Directors Retreat

If you would like to be on the wait list, contact CAFÉ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2021 location and dates will be announced soon, so hopefully you can plan ahead!


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.