May 26, 2022, 12:50

Join the CAFE Community

Join a community of foodservice instructors by becoming a member of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE). Foodservice educators come from secondary and postsecondary programs, as well as specialized programs (such as Job Corps) that help train future entry-level workers in the hospitality field who aspire to become cooks, bakers or take on management roles. 

CAFE's mission is to connect the foodservice industry with the foodservice classroom. Our organization helps educators meet the dual challenges of keeping up-to-date on industry trends and staying informed on best practices in their field.

CAFE offers its community an array of benefits including:

  • A content-rich website
  • A monthly online magazine, The Gold Medal Classroom
  • In person and virtual events around the country
  • An Annual Leadership Conference
  • Industry and Educational Podcast

Become a CAFE Member today and receive additional benefits including discount to CAFE events and access to The Journal of Culinary Education Best Practices. Designed exclusively for CAFE Members, the Journal will feature articles juried by a panel of their peers that will focus on methodology in classroom practices.
CAFE Members also receive access to members-only CAFE Talks Podcast Lesson Plans.  These lesson plans are designed to be an extension of our podcast series.
We are now offering three membership categories:

  • Individual annual membership fee $75.00.
  • Institutional annual membership fee is $200.00 for 3 or more persons from the same institution.   For institutional annual membership set up instructions click here
  • Industry annual membership fee is $350.00. 


The annual membership fee can be paid online by credit card or you may request an invoice and remit payment by mail.

(CAFE annual memberships are on a calendar-year basis)

What do I do if my membership is already expired?

If you were a previous member and your membership has expired, please login to your account using your previous user credentials. Users who have an expired membership are automatically redirected to the homepage after you login. You will get an error message because your membership has expired. On the homepage there is a link called "Join Cafe Membership". Expired users (who have been redirected to the homepage) should click on this link to renew their membership.

Thank you for supporting CAFE's efforts to promote networking among chefs and educators throughout the foodservice industry and advance educational initiatives in this dynamic field.