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Sponsor Spotlight
Hestan Culinary
As a company, Hestan is built upon a shared love of food and innovation. From what you cook on to what you cook with – even the wine to complement the meal – Hestan delights in the details of cooking. Hestan Culinary is born from Hestan’s longstanding culture of culinary innovation. Hestan founder Stanley Cheng pioneered hard-anodized aluminum cookware in the 1970s – the breakthrough that ushered in nonstick cookware.

Hestan is the first kitchen built around you. Our team worked with – and listened to – chefs to deliver the features you always wished existed and the reliability you demanded. Hestan’s completely modular design gives you the freedom to easily create a custom suite, lineup or freestanding unit. And that award-winning innovation is backed by an industry-leading 4-year warranty. Everything in the Hestan kitchen is built to serve a purpose: yours.
August 24 & 25, 2021
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FCSI The Americas On Tap
New Episodes Every Tuesday
The first season of On Tap presented by FCSI The Americas is now available!

Episodes premiere every Tuesday morning and are always available on our YouTube channel, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Each week, Wade interviews a consultant member and quizzes them on their professional accomplishments and gets an insight into their personalities.

April special guests were
  • Erik Haviland, theFUZE
  • Michael Berard FCSI, Commercial Kitchen Consulting
  • Gina Brinegar FCSI, Webb Foodservice Design
  • Jay Bandy, Goliath Consulting Group
BizEssentials Webinar Series
Let's Talk about Trends, Baby!
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm ET
This month’s BizEssentials webinar will be a roundtable discussion about trends in four industry segments. Each roundtable will be led by an FCSI leader who specializes in the segment.

Business & Industry
Kathleen Held, Cini-Little International
Joe Schumaker FCSI, FoodSpace
Lenny Condenzio FCSI, Ricca Design Studios
Tarah Schroeder FCSI, Ricca Design Studios
Healthcare/Senior Living
Stephanie Gilbert, BSI, LLC
Christine Guyott FCSI, Rippe Associates
K-12 schools
Sojo Alex, Envision Strategies

BizEssentials On Demand
On demand versions of all 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.
Chapter News
Save the Date! New England Foodservice Industry Golf Outing
Monday, October 4
Red Tail Golf Club
Devens, Massachusetts

Dan Boever is back! Dan is a world long drive champion, golf entertainer and Golf Channel celebrity.

Registration information will be available in July. Tee sign sponsorships are available!
Membership News
New Members
Arthur Liegeois, Foodspace
Danielle Natur, JME Hospitality
Joan Olivero, Colburn Guyette
Louisa Stangel, JME Hospitality
Mari Thulin, JME Hospitality

Senior Associate Upgrade
Kelsey Patterson, Culinary Advisors
It's Time to Upgrade YOUR Membership
It's Not Too Early to Track Your 2021 CEUs
Update your membership record at
One you have logged all required CEUs DON'T STOP!

Professional members can roll forward up to 6 CEUs to 2022. Senior Associate members can roll forward up to 3, and Associate members can roll forward 1 CEU. Continue learning to continue earning!
Industry News
Registration Is Open for The NAFEM Show, August 26 to 28
Attendee registration is open for The NAFEM Show, taking place August 26 to 28 at the Orange County Convention Center.

NAFEM offers complimentary registration to the show for FCSI consultant members. Registration is available online at Contact Penny Price to get the special FCSI The Americas registration code.

NAFEM is offering a $500 scholarship to offset expenses for first-time attendees. If you have never been to the NAFEM show before apply for the scholarship when you register for the event. There is no limit to the number of individuals from a single company who can apply.
Compass Consulting Industry Report
The April restaurant industry snapshot shows consumer sentiment rose 1.6 points. Consumer outlook for "current condition" rose 4.2 points, the largest monthly gain in several years. View the Report
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