NAFEM offers a variety of programs and services to support its membership and positively impact the foodservice industry at-large. We consider the following to be key ingredients to success:
The biennial NAFEM Show attracts approximately 20,000 foodservice professionals and features 500+ exhibitors displaying products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service. The NAFEM Show connects buyers and sellers of foodservice equipment and supplies every other year, providing a showcase for the hottest and coolest products available. The show also features education sessions and social events with big-name entertainment.
In 1987, NAFEM established the CFSP Program to create standards for foodservice professionalism. More than 1,000 individuals have earned the designation and the program has been licensed in Central America and Great Britain. It awards special recognition to those foodservice industry professionals who have demonstrated high levels of competence and ethics.
In 2010, NAFEM and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) announced Brad Barnes, associate dean for food production at the CIA, as the first recipient of the NAFEM Professorship in Culinary Arts. The position is dedicated to specialized research in food equipment manufacturing, curriculum development and industry education and strengthens the relationship among the CIA, NAFEM, NAFEM members and foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.