CAFÉ Launches Expanded and Improved Web Portal for Foodservice Educators

ANNAPOLIS, MD., October 29, 2009 – The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) announces a revitalized Web site at serving culinary and baking/pastry instructors at the secondary and postsecondary levels. 

Following a months-long refit of the site, CAFE is proud to unveil its new portal that is both engaging and easier to navigate, with all of the most trafficked and requested features up front. The site is now more user-friendly for foodservice educators, with dedicated pages that allow a more focused opportunity to search for what is precisely of interest. 

“We’ve added some exciting new features that foodservice educators won’t find all in one place anywhere else,” says Mary Petersen, CAFÉ’s founder and president. “Now, instructors can scan for relevant news, teaching tips, industry resources, professional-development grants and job openings more conveniently than ever.” 

Additionally, CAFÉ’s electronic publication, “The Gold Medal Classroom,” increases to monthly from bimonthly with the Web-site relaunch. Articles are now presented in a reader-friendly newsfeed format to facilitate critique and discussion among colleagues. 

Some of the most valuable features on include:

  • CAFÉvision, which provides short, visual industry lessons from the kitchen
  • CAFÉ’s Recipe Book, searchable by cooking method and menu part
  • Instructors’ forum for online networking
  • CAFÉ events nationwide, designed for instructors’ professional development—the site currently promotes the Front of House Operations National Symposium in Las Vegas in March; Mastering French Cooking in Gaithersburg, Md., and the 6th-Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference in Baltimore in June; and The Healthy Menu in Chicago in July
  • Teaching tips from educators that promote best practices and winning ideas in the classroom and field
  • Expanded coverage of school and industry news of interest to foodservice educators.


About CAFÉ

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education, founded in 2002, specializes in providing needed resources to educators so that they may more successfully train students for vibrant, fulfilling careers in the ever-evolving foodservice industry that the National Restaurant Association predicts will add 2 million positions by 2018—with considerable growth in positions of management, chef and head cook, and combined food preparation and service. Through its online e-zine, “The Gold Medal Classroom,” and its series of regional skills and learning workshops, CAFÉ is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of highly specialized professionals who wear two hats as culinarians and teachers. For more information on CAFÉ, visit