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Applied Food Studies Takes a Broad Perspective

The Culinary Institute of America’s Applied Food Studies (AFS) major debuted in January. This new program provides a broad and interdisciplinary perspective on the complex and interrelated issues in the food world today.

Equality in the Kitchen

Valerie James has spent 25 years serving everything from soups and pizza to classic New England lobster at her restaurant in Holden, Massachusetts. Val’s Restaurant has become a community landmark, and James’ story recently inspired a documentary, Celebrity Female Chefs Transforming the Food Industry.


At Menus of Change, chefs, C-suite execs, nutritionists, and health policy experts alike preached a mission to imbue the foodservice industry with healthier menu options. But as compelling as these appeals were, most begged the simple question of how.

Menus Of Change General Sessions Available Via Webcast

For the third year, more than 350 executives, experts, and innovators in food, foodservice, health and wellness, nutrition, and environmental science will come together for the Menus of Change leadership summit, which is co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Harvard T.

CIA Hosts Inaugural Sommelier Summit

The Culinary Institute of America hosted the inaugural CIA Sommelier Summit with more than 130 sommeliers converging on the college's Greystone campus in St. Helena, California, in late April.

The Man with the Plan

A few weeks ago, Tim McEnery was at a supermarket in the suburbs of Chicago, perusing the cereal aisle, shopping basket dangled nonchalantly over the crook of his elbow. He glanced from name to name on the shelves—did he want his favorite, Frosted Flakes, or a more robust wheat bite?—while tugging on his polo, which had a logo of a delicate white feather in the corner, along with a few inscrutable words that dissolved into a wrinkle.

RAMMYs Finalists Discuss DC Dining

On May 6, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) brought together local industry leaders for a conversation about the state of the region’s restaurant and foodservice community.

Fox Leads the Hunt

Sam Fox is a happy guy.Laughing frequently as he discusses Fox Restaurant Concepts—the restaurant empire he built in Arizona and is rapidly expanding from coast to coast—Fox speaks with passion and enthusiasm about the dining concepts he’s created and the company he says has annual sales “in the range of $200 million a year.

Game Changer

It’s a crisp 57-degree Sunday morning in Santa Clara, California. The late-autumn sun sits shrouded behind clouds. On the corner of Tasman Drive and LaFayette Street is Levi’s Stadium, the 70,000-seat home to the San Francisco 49ers that opened in fall 2014.

Tapping Into a House Soda Program

I’m a firm believer that every restaurant should have a strong non-alcoholic beverage program. There are a multitude of reasons why somebody might not be able to enjoy a cocktail or wine, and why should that guest have to suffer? Each guest should still have a selection of exciting, fun, one-of-a-kind beverages to choose from.

Looking Global, Acting Local

The Melting Pot RestaurantsHeadquarters: Tampa, FloridaFounded: 1975Unit Count: 135, with three company-owned locations2013 sales: $220 millionAverage unit volume: $1.6 millionAverage check:$40 per dinerOn the cusp of its 40th anniversary, The Melting Pot has hit its stride as a mature, national brand—and now it’s picking up the pace to become even more relevant in local markets and expand internationally.

A Ruth’s Chris Love Story

Mark Oswald wasn’t sure who would be on the other end of the phone when he answered. “Hello?”A low, gravelly voice rasped, “Mark! Something’s wrong with your numbers.”It was the fall of 1991, and Mark was sitting in the Buckhead, Atlanta, location of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Prix-Fixe Perfection

Indra Nooyi should meet Naomi Pomeroy. In a broad­cast interview this summer, Nooyi, the charismatic CEO of PepsiCo, said women cannot do it all—referring to the delicate work-life balance that women strive to achieve.

Family Matters

Building a career and legacy in the restaurant industry for nearly 40 years—27 of those with family-dining concept Golden Corral—Mickey Chance would love nothing more than to keep his company, Chance Hospitality, going for years, decades, and even generations to come.

Second Class Graduates WFF Executive Leadership Program

WFF, the premier leadership development organization in the foodservice sector, announced the second graduating class of its Executive Leadership Program, fueled by Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and sponsored by PepsiCo.