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The Canadian Chapter has been active since 1984 and has been one of the most active long term chapters in FCSI’s world. We host several events each year including an annual fund raising dinner in support of the FCSI Educational Foundation, a Bi-annual General Meeting and several educational programs periodically throughout the year. We are well supported by our local members and by our industry allies who help to make all of our endeavors a great success.
The Canadian Chapter has a special category of membership in the form of a “Regional Allied” membership that allows regionally based manufacturers, distributors and Manufacturer’s Agents to participate in our activities.
The Canadian Chapter has contributed several professional members to active participation on the FCSI North American Board of Trustees as well as the FCSI Worldwide Board of Directors, including presidents of FCSI as well as FFCS. FCSI Canada has been fortunate in having been selected to host two FCSI worldwide conferences in Vancouver (1996) and Toronto (2004).
We are here to serve you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have comments about our past programs or suggestions for future events. Please return to this page frequently for up to date information relating to the Canadian Chapter on this website.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WALKABOUT 2019
TO BEER OR NOT TO BEER – ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT 2019
This event took place on October 16, 2019 at Humber College.
CANADIAN RESTAURANT AND BAR SHOW 2018
FCSI The Americas Canadian Chapter presented at the Canadian Restaurant and Bar Show on October 29, 2018. The Canadian Chapter recorded their session and it can be viewed here. The end goal of the presentation was to give the audience a better understanding of the players involved in foodservice and kitchen design.
Primary Contact for the Canadian Chapter:
John Radchenko, FCSI
Canadian Chapter Leader
President, Van Velzen + Radchenko Design Assoc.
Welcoming members in MN, WI, IA, IL, OH, ND, SD, NE, IN, MI
Upper Midwest Chapter Forum *members only
The Upper Midwest Chapter has been active since 2010, and hosts one primary event each year and one hospitality event held Sunday evening during the NRA Show. In addition the Upper Midwest Chapter hosts educational programs periodically throughout the year. We are well supported by our local members, have great involvement from other consultants, designers, dealers and manufacturer representatives and by our industry friends who make all of our educational and social endeavors possible.
The Upper Midwest Chapter is organized to support our members. We work to provide educational, networking and professional support opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any comments or suggestions concerning our chapter.
Please become involved in our chapter through involvement in our upcoming events. View the FCSI website frequently to see updates to our event schedule.
UMW Chapter Educational Event / Technology Update
The FCSI Upper Midwest Chapter held its annual educational seminar on October 10th at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. We had three great presenters, Cathy Ness from CBORD, Reggie Kimble from Revel, and Peter Seif and Chris Anderson from AETHON. Cathy led off the presentation with Evolving Technology, Keeping up with Demands from Consumers; or what technology trends are coming to foodservice. Reggie Kimble followed with the Digital Consumer Tsunami talking about POS systems; how they are now failing us and what we will see in the future. Our last presenter was Chris Anderson from AETHON talking about Leveraging Technology in Foodservice Delivery; or how robotics delivery affects foodservice. At the end of the seminar we brought all of the presenters up on stage and had an open conversation about technology and how it will affect foodservice venues in the future. We ended the evening with a networking hour!
Networking Reception 2019
Primary contacts for the UMW Chapter:
Upper Midwest Chapter Co-leader
Upper Midwest Chapter Co-leader
One of the first chapters to receive a charter from FCSI, the Northeast (formerly New England) has enjoyed continued success and growth for over 30 years.
We host two primary events each year; a Holiday Social in December and a Golf outing in June; both of which serve as networking/fundraising events benefitting various industry-related charities. Periodically, Educational programs are also hosted.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of our local members, industry allies, colleagues, and friends, all of whom generously support our endeavors year-in and year-out. It is because of them that we are able to pursue our endeavors and continue to give back.
The Northeast chapter has contributed professional members to active participation on the North American Board of Trustees, the FCSI Educational Foundation, AIA Cornerstone Partnership Committee, Code Review Task Force and Americas Division Ethics Committee.
We are here to support the foodservice industry, our fellow members and friends. We welcome and encourage your questions and/or comments.
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46TH ANNUAL KIRIKOS GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 46th Annual Kirikos Golf Tournament took place at Andover Country Club in Andover, Massachusetts on June 3, 2019. The tournament had a phenomenal turnout with 86 tee box sponsors and 128 golfers who hit the links. After the tournament, a New England Lobster boil was served for dinner.
Attendees don’t think of this day as just another business day. Many find it as a day to bond with colleagues and give back to those in need. This year’s charity of choice was the Christopher Ouellette Scholarship Fund. Christopher Ouellette lost his mother and primary care giver this past January to Influenza. Christopher has special needs and autism which requires 24/7 care. Christopher is in the process of being adopted by a close friend and neighbor and the Northeast Chapter is excited to share their donation of $16,500.00 to his scholarship fund!
If you want to give back, join Northeast Chapter as they host the 47th Annual Kirikos Golf Tournament on June 2, 2020 at Andover Country Club in Andover, Massachusetts!
Primary Contact for the NE Chapter:
Edward Arons, FCSI
Northeast Chapter Leader
Colburn & Guyette
Welcoming members in WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, WY
Pacific Northwest Chapter Forum *members only
The Pacific Northwest Chapter has been in existence for over 20 years and welcomes all FCSI Professional and Allied members from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming to join us twice a year for events that almost always qualify for continuing education credits. In addition to FCSI members, we encourage manufacturer representatives as well as prospective members to join us whenever possible. Our educational events have included several Allied member factory tours and talks by local area experts on critically important subjects such as ServSafe, HACCP and building/fire/sanitation code changes.
A meeting is held each year in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Restaurant Show (alternates each year between Portland and Seattle) and the other in one of the states or provinces noted above. Most meetings are no more than a half day in length and include lots of time for networking via a reception and dinner.
The PNW Chapter also teams up with AHF and SHFM to host the S3 Conference held in Seattle annually. This is a one day education event with plenty of opportunity for networking.
ERACE Hunger 5k Finishes Successfully!
Primary contact for the PNW Chapter:
Pacific Northwest Chapter Leader
JLR Design Group
Welcoming members in CA, NV, HI, UT, AZ
Southwest Chapter Forum *members only
The Southwest Chapter has been in existence for a number of years and welcomes all FCSI Consultant and Corporate Members from California, Nevada, Hawaii, Utah and Arizona to join us. In addition to FCSI members, we encourage manufacturer representatives as well as prospective members to join us whenever possible. Our educational events have included presentations by local area experts on critically important subjects such as the new CAL CODE, HACCP and CEC Regulations for cold storage rooms.
We are here to serve you; our members and friends, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have comments about our past programs or suggestions for future events. You will find news and events relating to our Chapter on this website.
Primary Contact for the SW Chapter:
Southwest Chapter Leader
Welcoming members in VA, WV, NC, SC, KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL
Southeast Chapter Forum *members only
The Southeast Chapter welcomes all FCSI Consultant and Allied members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to join us whenever possible. We welcome you to share your experiences to support and inspire others in the industry, and to share your ideas on how we can make the Southeast Chapter a more active and vocal community. We look forward to serving you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions about the chapter. Please check our forum for news related to our chapter and upcoming events.
FCSI TA’s Southeast Chapter Revit Roundtable Webinar
With Revit remaining the hot topic of conversation and angst, the Southeast Chapter hosted a few webinars, generally around an hour long, to work through any topics related to the software that FCSI members found challenging, as well as to share some of the solutions that some of us might not be aware of.
FCSI TA Southeast Chapter Annual Educational Event
The FCSI Southeast Chapter event kicked off on November 1, 2018 with a cocktail social in typical FCSI fashion at SSA Tampa’s newly constructed studio featuring a custom bar that became the main focus of the night. The plethora of local spirits, beer, and wine along with catering by the famous Columbia Restaurant radiated the networking environment throughout the studio. Many industry relationships were strengthened while new relationships were created throughout the night as we collaborated on not only business topics but also various cocktail creations. Many manufacturers were present to support our chapter creating great opportunity for networking and future educational opportunities for the consultant attendees.
The event continued November 2nd graciously hosted by Eaton Marketing in Clearwater FL. Eaton Marketing opened their test kitchen doors to four manufacturers who presented for roughly an hour and a half each, educating attendees on the various industry segments they represented. LTI discussed counter construction regarding millwork versus stainless steel and the various configurations/ applications for each. Electrolux focused on high speed sandwich press technology and how it can add significant value to a client’s operational work flow. Breaking up the day was a delicious plated lunch by Eaton Marketing’s corporate Chef. Blodgett / Pitco then offered an in-depth look into combi oven and fryer technology along with the respective engineering minutiae. Perlick peaked everyone’s interest to end the day with discussion of the ease at which clients can have premade kegged cocktails through the use of the proper equipment required for this type of system. Overall the event was a great success with a large attendance, vast array of education (6 CEU’s), and invaluable relationships that were formed. We look forward to the 2019 event and look for it to be even bigger and better!
Primary Contact for the SE Chapter:
Southeast Chapter Leader
Welcoming members in MO, KS, OK, AR, LA, TX, CO, NM
Lower Midwest Chapter Forum *members only
Our chapter is having its inaugural year in 2015. The Lower Midwest Chapter includes Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona. We are excited to begin our efforts as a Chapter in the spirit of accomplishing the following goals:
- To engage our region’s FCSI members more intimately with the Society in order to increase understanding, enthusiasm, membership meaning and overall involvement.
- To invite and grow collaboration and networking with not just our own members but also with our valued Allied members, MAFSI associates, industry experts and potential new FCSI members.
- To increase educational opportunities for our members, not just to attain required CEU’s, but to also support continuous professional growth.
- To activate participation of the chapter members within our region that will lead to further exposure of the FCSI brand as well as to meaningful contributions to our communities.
- To enjoy each others’ company, share lessons learned, offer support and requested assistance to each other and form a bond of purpose as a Chapter which will go through growing pains and spurts in participation and engagement.
Our intention is to have a minimum of twice-yearly chapter meetings that will also include educational opportunities. When possible, we will seek to align these meetings with larger regional food shows or industry events.
Primary Contact for LMW Chapter:
Lower Midwest Chapter Leader
817.540.4665 ext. 1-2232
Welcoming members in Mexico, Central and South America
Latin America Chapter Forum *members only
We encourage all foodservice consultants in Latin America to be part of the FCSI Latin America Chapter. We welcome you to share your experiences to support and inspire others in the industry. Join FCSI in taking the foodservice industry to the next level in South America.
Gastronomic Show “Innovation in Restaurants”
The Second Gastronomic Congress “Innovation in Restaurants” was held on October 3, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in El Salvador, with the sponsorship of FCSI & Food Gurus. Speakers from Mexico, Uruguay, and El Salvador attended the event. The team of Mero Mole from Mexico presented the topics “Gastronomic Trends 2020”, “How to Develop the Experience in Restaurants”, and “How to Make Iconic Dishes for my Restaurant”. At the beginning of the congress there was a live broadcast by the local station, Radio Lasser 92.9, who interviewed the speakers “live”. Also, presentations were made on topics like franchises, technology for restaurants, and equipment. Participants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras received valuable information to implement in their restaurants and hotels that have a presence in the Central American region. Attendees were invited to the future congress in 2020.
Primary Contact for Latin America Chapter:
Juan Matamoros, FCSI
Latin America Chapter Co-leader
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