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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 – December 2019
To Beer or Not to Beer – Annual Fundraising Event 2019
October 16, 2019 at Humber College.
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 – October 2018
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!
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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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.
Virtual Educational Event – December 2020
The FCSI The Americas Pacific NW Chapter and Performance Reps NW, hosted the ‘BYO’ CEU Experience, a virtual two-day live stream event for FCSI members, on Dec 7-8th. The event allowed members to build their own schedule and earn FCSI Continued Education Credits (CEUs). Members were able to choose from seven different individual sessions offered over a two-day period. The sessions qualified for anywhere from .5 CEUs to 2.0 CEUs each. The Experience offered a total of 10.0 CEUS should an attendee participate in all seven sessions. Each session featured a special guest speaker and educational equipment-based content.
The two-day event featured Tim McDougald (FCSI The Americas PNW Chapter Lead) as moderator and Janel Rupp with Performance Reps NW.
The special guest speakers included: Robin Ashton, TheAshtonReport; Joe Carbonara, FES Magazine; Richard Young, Frontier Energy; Betsy Craig, Menutrinfo™, LLC; Kevin Kochman, KCL; and closing speaker Rich Malachy, Malachy Parts & Service, FEDD Group. The special guest speaker sessions were filled with quality content covering topics from the state of the Industry data, post pandemic changes to the way we dine, energy efficient kitchens of the future, designing an allergen friendly back of the house, trends in equipment, and the important role social media plays in creating a digital footprint.
Educational session speakers included: Nate Sanford with Sammic, Tim Wilczak and Marcy Mathews with Delfield, Chef Patrick Simon and Deb Friar with Welbilt, Paula Donohoo with Jackson WWS, Joe Nicholson with Cleveland and Tom Cowley with Caddy Corp. The sessions covered everything from serving and sanitation solutions, sous vide, conveyors and accumulators, the basics of steam, to Warewashing and featured a live stream cooking segment with rapid cook ovens and combis from the Performance Reps NW test kitchen.
Each day kicked off with a Cup O’ Coffee session every morning with a panel discussion providing perspectives from the rep, manufacturer and consultant point of view on the state of the industry and 2021 forecast. The Cop O’ coffee panel was made up of Tim McDougald speaking from the consultant perspective; Kirk Goss, VP of Consultant Relations with Welbilt speaking from the manufacturer’s perspective; Jeff Cunningham, Principal of PRNW and Greg Stoffer, Principal of PRNW speaking from the rep perspective. The day one topic focused on how each one has been affected by COVID-19 and how they have had to adapt to the events of 2020. Day two built on that conversation as they forecasted what 2021 might look like.
Robin Ashton kicked off each morning, sharing his equipment and supplies forecast. While most of the data shared was to be expected, Ashton was hopeful that we will see improvement mid-2021 and encouraged everyone to stay positive. The closing session on day two pushed FCSI members to become more familiar and comfortable with an online presence as Rich Malachy discussed social media platforms and the importance of building your brand.
Overall, the sessions were well attended from members across the nation and the event received positive feedback. According to Janel Rupp, “Our goal was to deliver an action-packed virtual experience and provide members with valuable educational content while keeping them entertained and engaged through the use of polls, Q&A and an array of dynamic speakers. It is disappointing that we cannot all come together in person, but it was important to provide FCSI members with an opportunity to gain CEUs and good information.” Tim McDougald added “In what is clearly a difficult year, we wanted to offer our membership a valuable platform where they could gain some industry insight, pick up any remaining CEUs they might need to close out the year and just come together for a short time. While we would much rather sit down in person and see each other face to face, this gave us a way to at least stay in touch, share ideas, learn something and maybe brighten everyone’s spirits a bit. I have to give a quick thank you to our amazing sponsors and the whole Performance Reps NW team for all of the help on this one.”
The event was sponsored by Caddy Corp, Jackson WWS, Sammic and Welbilt.
All session were recorded and will be available for viewing on demand soon!
ERACE Hunger 5k – October 2019
Primary contact for the PNW Chapter:
Pacific Northwest Chapter Leader
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.
Networking and Educational Event at LTI – October 2020
While masked and socially distanced, consultants, manufacturers, and representatives enjoyed attending the FCSI Southeast Chapter local Atlanta event on October 22nd held at LTI, Inc. in Jonesboro, GA. It was a great day spent networking and learning. Keshia Williams, Director of School Food Services, with Coweta County Schools presented COVID’s Evolution of School Nutrition. Keshia is currently serving on Georgia Governor’s task force focusing on school meals amid a global pandemic. Following lunch, Chance Hunt from LTI, Inc. presented Changing How Food is Served Moving Forward; lessons and comparisons of hot wells, cold pans and hot/cold well technologies. We ended the day with a tour of LTI’s new headquarters facility.
Networking and Educational Event at Welbilt – November 2020
An amazing group of masked FCSI, MAFSI and NAFEM members came together for the second FCSI Southeast Chapter local event in 2020. A wonderful day of learning, cuisine, and camaraderie was hosted by Welbilt and their culinary team on Thursday, November 5th in New Port Richey, FL. The food was incredible and the double lattes were a plus – kudos to the Chefs and Baristas. The day entailed education on speed ovens and hot holding along with what is important to remember & key mistakes made by operators. During the presentation, Welbilt’s culinary team, Chef Kim Miller-Boivin, Cher Andy Coniglio & Chef Ted Speck, prepared live demonstrations to combine hands on application with the presentation. Following lunch, Kayla Williams from ITW Food Equipment Group presented Food Safety for Dishroom Operations. Great discussion among attendees occurred when covering the topic ‘Understanding the 5 Log Kill’. The day ended with a tour of Welbilt’s ETC test kitchen and R&D lab areas.
Primary Contact for the SE Chapter:
Southeast Chapter Leader
Vivreau USA LP
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
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” – October 2019
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:
William Taunton, FCSI (PP)
Latin America Chapter Leader
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