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Sponsor Spotlight
KCL BIM/CAD Designer: Foodservice Design. Simplified
With more than 135,000 models from over 230 foodservice manufacturers, the KCL BIM/CAD Designer is the leading choice for FCSI consultants. KCL’s CAD and Revit tools provide unparalleled efficiency.
Time-saving features include:
  • Revit to 3D CAD conversion
  • Custom Block programs to quickly create 2D/3D CAD as well as 3D Revit items
  • KCL NapkinSketch to create kitchen layouts without a CAD or Revit program
KCL’s generous license means that your entire team has access to the full suite of design tools for one low price.
Visit us at NAFEM in booth 1908 or see our website,, now available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Connect to KCL on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Download KCL’s free app, KCL Mobile, from your app store.
Leadership Spotlight
FCSI The Americas Symposium 2021
August 24 & 25
Are You Ready to Rewind?
It's almost time to head to Orlando! We'll rewind to a time when we could share stories, laugh together, and learn from each other -- live and in person! 

As you know from previous FCSI The Americas events, we love to throw a party! We had so much fun at SeaWorld in 2017 that we decided to return in 2021—but the experience will be all new! We'll enjoy good food and raise a glass to a better year ahead.

On Wednesday, we'll open with a keynote presentation from Mike Lee, founder of The Future Market. Mike will examine the consumer behaviors and innovations that are shaping the future of food. Other sessions will focus on automation, labor issues, and video marketing, among many others.
See full Symposium details and register here. We can’t wait to see you!
Thank you to our Symposium sponsors!
Diamond Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Nominate your exceptional work over the past year for its chance to be included in the Project Showcase, a special publication to be produced by Zoomba Group, publishers of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies (FE&S) and restaurant development + design (rd+d).

All current FCSI — The Americas Division members are eligible to enter. Both Design and MAS consultants may submit one entry of any foodservice facility project completed between June 2020 and May 2021. Entries must be made by August 9. There is no charge to submit.

A committee of distinguished FCSI professionals and other foodservice experts will select a limited number of projects to be included. The special issue will be distributed in March 2022 to 6,000 FCSI members and architectural firms, operators, designers, construction firms, and contractors. FCSI will also highlight one project each month on social media channels.

FCSI The Americas On Tap
Season Two of On Tap
presented by FCSI The Americas

We're continuing our journey through the wide world of foodservice consulting, meeting our members and learning what makes them and the industry tick.

Season Two has new FCSI members, new questions, and new answers. But you're still stuck with FCSI The Americas Executive Director Wade Koehler as your host!

July Special Guests
Michael Pantano, FFCSI (PP), Culinary Advisors
Joe Schumaker, FCSI, FoodSpace

Don't miss an episode -- subscribe to On Tap on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and YouTube.
Chapter News
Save the Date! New England Foodservice Industry Golf Outing
Monday, October 4
Andover Country Club
60 Canterbury Street, Andover, MA
9:00 AM sign-in | 11:00 AM Dan Boever | 12:00 PM Tee Off

Dan Boever is back! Dan is a long drive world champion, golf entertainer, and Golf Channel celebrity. Lunch will be served on the course. Cocktails and dinner will follow.

Registration (includes golf, cart, and dinner):
Before 9/1/2 $275 per person
After 9/1/21 $300 per person
$75 per person for dinner only Cash bar
Tee Box Sponsorships are $300 
Tournament is limited to the first 132 paid golfers.

For more information contact Jim Whiffen, Fountainhead Foodservice Group, at 781-221-7276.
"Who Loves Ya" Camacho Golf Tournament is Back
Wednesday, October 6
Bears Best Atlanta
5342 Aldeburgh Dr
Suwanee, GA 30024

Dr. J. C. Camacho, Green Jacket Champion and Moon Pie Connoisseur, invites you to the "Who Loves Ya" Golf Tournament. Registration opens at 8:00 am, with the shotgun start at 9:30 am. Fees are $90. Register with Anja Kuechenmeister before the event fills up!
Southeast Chapter Networking and Educational Event
October 13 & 14, 2021
Tampa/Clearwater, Florida

Wednesday, October 13; 5:00 pm
Cocktails & Networking - SSA Foodservice Design
601 S Harbour Island Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33602
 Thursday, October 14; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Day of Learning - Eaton Marketing’s Kitchen
5325 115th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33760
10:00 am to 10:15 am
Sign in & Networking
10:15 am to 10:30 am
Opening remarks by FCSI Southeast Chapter Leader, Danielle Mason (Vivreau) and Kevin Eaton (Eaton).
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
“How many menu items can this equipment build?” educational talks
Thirty minute sessions with interactive Q&A. Chefs will be preparing lunch while educating and demonstrating different features about menu trends and application, size and layout for each type of equipment:
  • Fryers, Ovens, Char Grilles, & Holding Cabinets
  • Purpose/application
  • Types of different systems
  • What to specify for varying menu items… what’s important to remember
  • Key mistakes made by most operators and why…how to prevent
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch prepared by Chef Rick Pawlak and Chef Matthew McMeekin
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
To be determined
3:00 pm
Tour of kitchen, cocktails & closing comments by Kevin Eaton & Danielle Mason

FCSI Consultant Members earn up to 4 CEUs
Membership News
New Members
Felicia Middleton, Urban Aesthetics
Michael Perigard, Cini-Little

Get Your Passports Ready!
While we're putting the final touches on the 2021 Symposium, it's already time to begin planning for the conference next April in Montreal!

Canada will reopen travel for vaccinated US citizens in early August and for all vaccinated persons in early September. Make sure you're ready to travel next May. You can keep on eye on travel notifications from Canada at their website.
Track Your 2021 CEUs Now and Avoid the Year-End Scramble!
Update your membership record at
CEU Opportunities Available on the FCSI Calendar
We're finally getting back to in-person events, but there are still plenty of online opportunities to earn your CEUs. New sessions are updated weekly. Check out the upcoming events!

And don't forget that on-demand versions of most BizEssentials webinars are available online. FCSI members receive 1 CEU if they use the registration link attached to each on demand webinar. Visit the BizEssentials site for more information about the series.
Industry News
FCSI Hosted Events at Abastur 2021
August 25, 2021; 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Redesign Your Spaces. How to Adapt Your Restaurant or Hotel to the New Reality
Presenter: Alejandra Molinar Trujillo 

October 1, 2021; 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Optimize Your Kitchen Operation and Reduce Costs
Presenter: Hamid Banna

September 29, 2021; 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Reinvent, Rediscover, Reconnect. New Business Models in Hospitality
Presenter: Omar Pereney

October 1, 2021; 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Zero Waste: the Ecological Revolution in Restaurants and Hotels
Presenter: Alejandra Molinar

October 1, 2021; 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm
Green Technologies: the Sustainable Innovations You Need to Know
Presenter: Carlos Tello
Fall Forum Invites Suppliers to Its October Event
Fall Forum is a private, invitation-only event that connects suppliers with hospitality owners, interior designers, architects and purchasing agents, at an executive level through common experiences, cultural interests and distillery tours. Fall Forum caters to relationship building and business exchange in a relaxed environment. It is designed to provide access to key design decision-makers and advance your business in a unique way.

Fall Forum is a semi-hosted hospitality design professional event. Delegates (your customers and potential customers) receive a two-night hotel stay and eagerly participate in our event activities, cocktail receptions, and dinners.

Time is running out to register for the NAFEM Show
Attendee registration is open for The NAFEM Show.
NAFEM offers complimentary registration to FCSI consultant members. Registration is available online at Contact Penny Price to get the special FCSI The Americas registration code.

Don't forget to visit FCSI The Americas at booth #2543 during the show!
Compass Consulting Industry Report
The June 2021 restaurant industry snapshot shows consumer sentiment rose again in June, but overall consumer outlook is very fragile. The report also shows the labor shortage and rising food costs continue to plague operators. View the June Report.
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