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Lesson Plan: Citrus Fruits with a Future

Lesson Plan: Citrus Fruits with a Future

Top chefs know that exceptional produce is where flavor begins. More produce choices equates to more chances to shine. That’s why citrus is something to celebrate. Courtesy of The Culinar...

Unilever Foodsolutions Contest for Educators

Unilever Foodsolutions Contest for Educa…

This Award is sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions as part of their outreach in a “Seductive Nutrition” Challenge to remake familiar dishes to be more calorie/health consciousness and produce a classroom-friendly lesson plan in order to teach these principles. Contestants are asked to provide: Read more

Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Award

Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Award

The Idaho Potato Commission sponsors a recognition program for individuals (or programs) that have shown innovation in their Culinary Arts/Baking/Pastry program.  This could be: changes to the curriculum, unique community outreach, Read more

CAFÉ/KENDAL COLLEGE GREEN AWARD for 2015

CAFÉ/KENDAL COLLEGE GREEN AWARD for 2015

The annual CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award is the first national award to recognize secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts, baking/pastry and hospitality-management programs for their commitment to sustainability and teaching its tenets. All secondary and postsecondary culinary arts and baking/pastry programs in the United States, whether diploma or degree granting are eligible The objective of the award is to build the body of sustainability resources in foodservice education.  Selection criteria are based on the integration of sustainability into educational programs and/or operations. Past winners include: Read more

Sysco/CAFÉ Educator of the Year Award

Sysco/CAFÉ Educator of the Year Award

Sysco Corporation, in conjunction with CAFÉ, announces its sponsorship of the new annual CAFÉ/Sysco Foodservice Educator of the Year Award launching in 2015. One secondary instructor and one postsecondary instructor will be honored. Each awardee will receive $1,500 plus a complimentary registration to CAFÉ’s 2015 Leadership Conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y., June 18-20, hosted by Niagara Culinary Institute—a new, state-of-the-art, 90,000-sq.-ft. training center only one block from historic Niagara Falls. Read more

Upcoming CAFE Events

February 20-22, 2015:  Postsecondary Deans and Directors Retreat Hosted: Kendall College, Chicago   June 18-20, 2015: 11th Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference Hosted by Niagara Culinary Institute, Niagara Fall, NY      Read more

SAMPLES FROM THE 2014 LEADERSHIP CONFERE…

The 2014 CAFÉ Leadership Conference had 20 presenters in addition to roundtable discussions, an InfoFair, an opening night reception and plenty of networking opportunities! Below are  samples of some of the presentations.  And put June 18-20, 2015 on your calendar for next year’s Leadership Conference! Read more

CAFE Update March 16, 2015

Many culinary programs in the U.S. have limited time allotted to hands on instruction.  We have been fortunate to have Chef Adam Weiner from JobTrain in California, address these challenges  in his monthly column in "The Gold Medal Classroom."   At the upcoming CAFÉ Leadership Conference in June, Chef Weiner will be giving a presentation on how to teach important culinary principles in 50 minutes.  One of the topics he will cover is sauces.  Each attendee of his break out session will receive an outline covering the topic and a suggestion on how to help students master the techniques involved. Read more

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