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NAFEM 2007



The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers

October 11-13, 2007
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

The NAFEM Show took place October 11-13, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and was attended by approximately 20,000 foodservice professionals. The NAFEM Show featured the most comprehensive showcase of foodservice equipment and supplies solutions from more than 600 exhibitors displaying products in more than 700 categories.

The 2007 Atlanta Rising Stars
The 2007 Atlanta Rising Stars

NAFEM kicked off the show with a Global Networking Event and the Rising Stars Revue on October 10th at the Georgia Aquarium. Set in the largest aquarium in the world, guests enjoyed signature dishes from the city’s hottest culinary talent as well as fine wine pairings, spirits, and entertainment. The Rising Stars Revue is a national award that recognizes chefs from around the country who are coming into their own as young leaders in the culinary field.

Rising Star Chef Ford Fry prepares pork belly at the Jade Range booth on

Rising Star Chef Ford Fry prepares pork belly at the Jade Range booth

During the day, several Rising Star chefs prepared samples at the Jade Range and the Vita-mix booths. NAFEM also offered complimentary educational sessions which covered four categories: food safety, overhead, personnel and quality. New this year was the Spotlight Presentations, giving attendees a glimpse into the future of foodservice trends. In “The Future of Opportunity: A 20/20 Vision of Your Success,” Inc. Magazine Consultant Steven S. Little gave attendees practical advice on focusing on their near-term future. CIA Master Chefs Ron DeSantis and Victor Gielisse discussed kitchen innovation and how it provides solutions for culinary staff including improved motivation and productivity in their Spotlight Presentation “CIA Master Chefs Explore the Future of Kitchen Technology”.

Attendees at the Jade booth on

Attendees at the Jade booth

The All-Industry Celebration took place Friday, October 12 and featured musical entertainment by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and songwriter, John Fogerty. As part of this year’s celebration, NAFEM presented Thomas C. Cassin, vice president, Pitco-Magikitch'n, with the 2007 William W. Carpenter Award and Rick Cartwright, vice president and general manager, Retail Systems, ITW Food Equipment Group, received the 2007 NAFEM President's Award. The William W. Carpenter Award is the association’s highest honor, bestowed at each NAFEM show to a foodservice industry professional who has continually contributed to NAFEM’s success and to the enrichment of the foodservice industry at-large. “NAFEM is proud to present this award to Tom, a committed, talented leader in the foodservice industry for more than 40 years,” said Carol P. Wallace, CFSP, NAFEM president and president/CEO, Cooper-Atkins Corporation, Middlefield, Conn. “His involvement and experience across many sectors in the foodservice industry, dedication and expertise has helped strengthen NAFEM and our industry.” NAFEM awarded 57 recipients its 2007 Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) medallion during the NAFEM Show.

Equipex President Gary Licht show off his equipment to a NAFEM attendee on

Equipex President Gary Licht shows off his equipment to a NAFEM attendee

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) is a trade association comprised of more than 600 foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service. For more information, visit Mark your calendars for the next show, February 5-7, 2009, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.




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Published October 2007