CIA Partnership
NAFEM enjoys a strong partnership with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to educate future foodservice industry professionals, discuss emerging equipment needs and understand worldwide food and flavor trends.

Partnership Objectives
  • Broaden knowledge about research influencing the industry.
  • Identify, develop and promote best practices and new innovation.
  • Increase collaboration and dialog between NAFEM and CIA community.
  • Advance curriculum development on all CIA campuses.*
  • Establish a foodservice equipment and supplies Advisory Board.
  • Act as an advisor to NAFEM.
  • Promote awareness about NAFEM and industry trends.
NAFEM Professorship in Culinary Arts
Chef Brad Barnes, CMC, Director CIA Consulting and Industry Programs, is 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.

Chef's Selection
Education & Presentations
  • Menus of Change, a leadership initiative & annual summit co-presented by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Department of Nutrition, envisions the convergence of nutrition and public health, environmental and social imperatives, the culinary arts, and innovation within the business of American foodservice. NAFEM members may help support this initiative through sponsorship which allows a company representative to attend, learn and engage with this influential audience. For information, contact Shara Orem at or 707-967-2439.
  • A Healthier Menu for the Soldiers at Fort Bragg
  • Trends 2016