As we reviewed the meeting agendas for the noncommercial foodservice associations, one thing struck us over and over: Across the board, this year’s educational sessions emphasize more equipment, technology and kitchen renovation seminars than we’ve ever seen from this group.
Despite functioning in very different arenas—from college and university foodservice to corrections, healthcare, schools and more—the noncommercial groups are organizing agendas with more similarities than differences. Most groups have planned a key session or sessions on security and emergency/disaster planning, for example. Several will offer one or more HACCP sessions, too.
But perhaps more interesting for equipment-specifying attendees, at least three associations—ASHFSA, DMA and HFM—will host seminars on planning a kitchen renovation or making a new-equipment purchase. And several groups will offer sponsored luncheons featuring new equipment and technologies that attendees can investigate first hand.
In these pages we’ve gathered meeting details most pertinent for equipment and supplies pros. To review full agendas and register for your meeting, visit your association’s Web site.
American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators
If you’re a healthcare foodservice administrator charged with learning about new and more efficient kitchen equipment, make sure you attend these sessions at this month’s ASHFSA conference:
· Session: Emerging Technology Trends, June 12
Featuring: Rod Collins Associates; Don Fisher, Fisher-Nickel Inc.; Ronald Jacobson, Very Smart Technologies; and Scott Saklad, Computrition Inc.
Overview: Peer into the future of foodservice technologies and discuss them with leading consultants, engineers and suppliers. Topics will focus on how technology can create automation efficiencies, cost reductions and environmental advantages.
· Session: Vendor Lunch ‘n’ Learn Workshops, June 13
Featuring: A la Cart Inc.; Aladdin Temp-Rite; Champion Industries; Computrition Inc., Dinex Int’l.; Hobart/Traulsen, and Rod Collins Associates.
Overview: Depending on the luncheon session you choose, you’ll hear about “conduvection” retherming of patient meals; using automation to streamline operations; new upscale products for retherm and conventional patient trays, and the latest cooking technologies available for healthcare.
School Nutrition Association
This year the SNA has updated its program tracks to reflect the top issues of school nutrition pros. The tracks will cover commodities, leadership, managing resources, marketing, safety and security, and wellness. If you’re charged with tracking HACCP and food safety for your school system, check out these sessions:
· Session: Emergency Preparedness
Overview: Need motivation to complete an Emergency Preparedness Plan for your schools or districts? This session should help. A panel will discuss preparing for a disaster and strategies for saving food supplies.
· Session: HACCP Seminars: Guiding School Nutrition Professionals in Implementing HACCP
Overview: Attend this session to learn about SNA’s HACCP training seminar and strategies for successfully implementing a school food safety program.
· Session: Food Safety: It Takes a Team
Overview: Developed by SNA along with several public and private partners, the Food Safe Schools Action Guide offers a team-based approach to creating a school-wide food-safe environment.
Dietary Managers Association
Several key renovation and equipment sessions are slated for the DMA meeting next month. If you’re looking for guidance in creating a new kitchen environment, plan to sit in on the following:
Foodservice Solutions: Lessons Learned in Kitchen Renovation
and Equipment Purchasing, July 16
Overview: This two-part program will walk you through the lessons learned from foodservice directors and dietary managers before, during and after a kitchen renovation. The second part of the session will teach you how to purchase equipment and the importance of writing equipment specs.
· Session: Building a Food Safety Program, July 16
Featuring: Pam Brummit, Brummit & Associates
Overview: In addition to learning how to build a facility-specific HACCP program, you’ll also hear an update on the FDA Food Code and guidance on how to access local regulations pertaining to food safety.
· Session: Upscale Dining—Two Hot Concepts, July 18
Featuring: Paul Peterson, Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Overview: Two concepts—the resident choice meal plan and room service—will get the once-over, and you’ll learn how to implement a plan for each.
National Association of College & University Food Services
NACUFS will offer two pre-conference events that might lure you to Toronto ahead of the general meeting.
· Session: Neighborhood Marketing: The Campus C-Store, July 24 and July 25
Overview: Targeting those who manage c-stores on campus, this pre-meeting event promises to deliver practical ideas and solutions through presentations and roundtable/panel discussions.
· Session: Analyze This! Benchmarking and Financial Analysis, July 25
Overview: This session will present the annual Operating Performance Benchmarking Survey, as well as review the value benchmarking has for your campus, and compare data against operations that are like yours. Participation will include a CD containing a customizable spreadsheet for use with the survey.
Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates
Corrections foodservice pros will have plenty to mull over during the ACFSA conference this year, especially after attending these key sessions:
Induction Cooking Technology, Aug. 23
Computer Technology in Food Service: How to Get the Most Out
of Your Computer, Aug. 23
Disaster Management: Are You Really Ready? Think Katrina,
National Society for Healthcare Foodservice Management
The HFM conference is set to bring several key equipment and operations sessions to healthcare foodservice pros, including:
· Session: How to Facilitate a New Kitchen Construction or Remodel Project, Aug. 23
Overview: Thinking of starting a new kitchen, remodeling an existing one, or purchasing new equipment? This panel discussion will explain the role that dealers, manufacturers’ reps and service companies play in equipment distribution.
Society for Foodservice Management
With the SFM conference schedule still in the works, we’re only able to bring you general details on the sessions being planned.
· General Session: The Celebrity Chef Phenomenon in Las Vegas
· Concurrent Sessions: Diversity and the Marketplace, Creative Competencies,
Going Green: Packaging and Sustainable Buildings, Rapid Coaching, and Healthy Eating in the Workplace.
Watch the SFM Web site for updates to the meeting schedule.