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New Officers and Board Members Elected to NRA

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced the election of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively.

Phil Kafarakis Joins Meals On Wheels Association of America Board of Directors

The National Restaurant Association announced that Phil Kafarakis, chief innovation & member advancement officer, has been elected to the Meals On Wheels Association board of directors. “Phil’s extensive experience in the food industry enables him to bring a unique and critical perspective to our Board of Directors,” says Vinsen Faris, Meals On Wheels Association board chair.

Famous Dave's Elects Ed Rensi to Board of Directors

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. announced that it has elected Ed Rensi to its board of directors effective January 10.Ed Rensi spent most of his career at McDonald's rising to president & CEO of McDonald's U.

Four CIA Alumni Lead the List of Forbes "30 Under 30"

The January 20 issue of Forbes magazine honors the best up-and-comers in a wide range of fields. In its annual "30 Under 30" list, four graduates of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) were named in the area of food and beverage.

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Announces Annual Conference

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, an organization dedicated to educating, supporting, and mentoring female culinary professionals with a focus on supporting young females entering the foodservice industry, announces the 21st Annual Conference, “The Art of Keeping Green,” at the Intercontinental Chicago hotel (505 N.

Bennigan’s Builds Dream Team

As Bennigan’s wraps up another banner year of growth and looks ahead to an even busier 2014, the company has added to the infrastructure and management team at its global restaurant support office.

Angelou and O'Brien to Keynote the WFF Conference

The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced that Dr. Maya Angelou and Soledad O'Brien will headline an all-star bill at their 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference, which will be held March 23–26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Time Running Out for WFF Nominations

It’s Awards and Scholarships Season at WFF with one week remaining for nominations!Apply/nominate for the SOAR Award, Leadership Award, Women Making Their Mark List, Chris Lowe Scholars Award, and Sewell Scholars Award.

Restaurant Finance Summit to Occur at NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

The National Restaurant Association will host its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit on May 19, during NRA Show 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, bringing together restaurant financial executives and operators, Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax/accounting professionals to discuss issues related to the financial health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

MEG Conference Shared New Strategies

The National Restaurant Association Marketing Executives Group (MEG) welcomed restaurant marketers to Denver for its fall conference late last month with a new Ted-style format and two full days of guest speakers, networking opportunities and an exchange of ideas.

American Culinary Federation Announces 2014 Events Series

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) a professional member organization for chefs and foodservice professionals in North America, with more than 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide.ACF’s events series is four regional conferences and a national convention that provide educational opportunities and highlights food trends for attendees through hands-on sessions, culinary demonstrations, and seminars presented by chefs, culinary trend experts, and foodservice industry professionals.

WFF Conference Announces Keynote Speaker

WFF 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference attendees will leave inspired and prepared to take on opportunities for innovative leadership within their organizations as well as for their own personal career development.

Stephen Goglia Named CEO of David Burke Group

Chef David Burke, the founder and creator of leading upscale hospitality firm the David Burke Group is excited to announce the appointment of current President, Stephen Goglia, to the additional position of CEO.