Acclaimed futurist to keynote professional-development event for postsecondary deans and directors, Feb. 22-24 in Chicago

(Press Release) ANNAPOLIS, MD., January 17, 2013 – The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) is pleased to announce that Jack Uldrich will keynote CAFÉ’s inaugural event for postsecondary deans and directors of hospitality and culinary-arts programs, Feb. 22-24, 2013, at Kendall College in Chicago.


Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker and author. His books include the best-selling The Next Big Thing Is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business and award-winning Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies.


He is also the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks. Uldrich’s most recent works include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow.


Uldrich, who will present on behalf of CAFÉ courtesy of event sponsor Mercer Cutlery, launches the Deer Park, N.Y.-based company’s Speaker Series. “Partnering with CAFÉ to offer world-class speakers to educational leaders fits with Mercer’s goal of providing information and resources to culinary/baking/pastry/hospitality programs that will assist them in today’s environment and contribute to their students’ future success,” says Mercer’s president, Michael Wallick.


The theme of the inaugural CAFÉ event in Chicago is “20/20 Vision,” designed to assist education leaders in planning for the future of educational content as well as education delivery. The event is open to deans and directors of postsecondary culinary-arts and hospitality programs worldwide. Registration and agenda information can be found by clicking on the 2013 Events tab at and selecting 20/20 Vision.


About Mercer Cutlery
Mercer Cutlery—a company name highly regarded in the culinary trade—is synonymous with quality, professional cutlery. A leader in the commercial market for more than 30 years, and the predominant supplier to more than 90% of culinary academies in North America, Mercer offers the finest tools used by industry professionals. For more information, visit


About the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ)

Founded in 2002, CAFÉ links the foodservice classroom to the foodservice industry to provide needed resources to educators so that they may more successfully train students for vibrant, fulfilling careers in the ever-evolving foodservice industry. Through its Web portal, online magazine “The Gold Medal Classroom” and annual Leadership Conference, as well as its series of regional skills workshops nationwide, CAFÉ is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of highly specialized professionals who wear two hats as culinarians and teachers. For more information, visit