April 2019
A Special Thanks to Our 2019
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Sponsor Spotlight
The Kitchen Innovation award program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovation. This year, RATIONAL is proud to be a Kitchen Innovation Award recipient for the UltraVent Plus.

The UltraVent Plus captures vapor, grease and lingering smoke enabling operators to install RATIONAL equipment in smaller kitchens and customer-engaging front cooking areas without investments in vented hoods. The UltraVent Plus hoods work for the popular RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter ® Combi-Duo and retrofitting on existing equipment is possible.
“Since the launch last year, the UltraVent Plus has been providing kitchen designers and customers with new design solutions that were previously not available in North America,” says Jim Lund, Design & Consultant Resource Manager.

You can see the UltraVent Plus in action at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show, in booth 2440 and in the RATIONAL booth 4260, on May 18-21, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
Educational Foundation

Greetings FCSI Consultant & Allied members,

Not that long ago we all met in Orlando for the FCSI Symposium and the NAFEM Show. During the symposium I encouraged everyone to share a bit of cash with the  FCSI Educational Foundation . We want to launch new programs and enhance existing programs for the future benefit of all members. I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to consider making a small donation toward our 2019-2020 goal of $200,000.00. I will keep you all updated with our progress as we move through the year. Remember that your donation is 100% deductible for your business due to our 501 c3 non-profit status.

Thank you,

Ed Norman, FFCSI (PP)
FCSI Educational Foundation President
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Associate Members
Lily Gin

Isamar Magalhaes
Studioino Arquitetura & Design

Mark Stone
JME Hospitality

Congratulations to the following members pursing Professional Membership!

Senior Associate

Kevin Edgerton
Faust Howell Associates; FHA Architects
Membership Drive 2019

This year's Membership Drive was a great success! The Drive ran from January 1st until March 31st and brought us 12 new members!

Two prizes were up for grabs:

  • All members who referred approved applicants were entered into a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card and a $50 credit for the FCSI Store.

  • The member who referred the most new members also received a $200 Visa gift card and a $50 credit for the FCSI Store.

Congratulations to our two winners!

Jimi Yui  was our randomly drawn member winner

Nahum Goldberg  referred the most new members (4)

We would like to welcome all of our new members and thank those members who referred them and helped to grow our Society!
James Camacho, FCSI Celebrates 40 years at
Camacho Associates

On April 1, 2019, James Camacho, FCSI celebrated his 40th year at Camacho Associates. James has been President of Camacho Associates since he bought the company from his father in 1996. He has continued to lead the company to great success year after year and looks forward to continuing the tradition.

NAFEM's Doctorate of Foodservice Award

Congratulations to William Caruso, FFCSI (PP), for receiving NAFEM's Doctorate of Foodservice Award. The DFS award is presented at each NAFEM show to allied hospitality association leaders in recognition of their contributions to the industry. The leaders were recognized at the All-industry Breakfast during the NAFEM Show, Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Renee Huber Obituary

It saddens us to report that Renee Huber, wife of Doug Huber, FCSI, CFA, CFSP, lost her battle with brain cancer and passed away April 2, 2019. Doug is an active member of FCSI and currently serves on the Council for Professional Standards for The Americas. Our sincere condolences go out to Doug and his family during this difficult time.

FCSI The Americas Store

Check out our FCSI Store! You will find FCSI The Americas branded clothes, tumblers, and organizers. When you order from our store, 15% of all sales will go back to the FCSI The Americas Division!
Have you used the #myfcsi yet on your posts?

If you use the hashtag, you could win a $25 Visa gift card. All you need to do is post at least once a month using #myfcsi and you will be entered to win the gift card at the end of the month.

Winners are not eligible to win again but are eligible to win the grand prize at the 2020 Conference in Austin, TX.

Be sure to use #myfcsi today!
Want to share your expertise with the Foodservice Industry?

Consider being a part of FCSI The Americas Foodservice Consultants Experts Network. The network is intended to be a research tool to search for Independent Foodservice Consultants who wish to spread their knowledge in the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry.

Consultants can be searched by location, areas of expertise, market segments, or experience. For more information or a list of contacts, visit the  Experts Network webpage  or contact  Wade
Consultants Contributing Corner

Compass Restaurant Consulting & Research (Compass RCR) publishes a monthly pulse report on the Restaurant Industry. The information in this Business Summary is derived from Compass RCR’s monthly reports, the National Restaurant Association Research Department, and Black Box Intelligence. Click the image on the right to view the Quarterly Restaurant Industry Snapshot - Quarter 4.

If you are a Consultant and would like to share your experiences with our Society and contribute to this section of the Direct Connection, please contact  Sydney .
Serving Up Solutions
Chapter Corner
FCSI TA's Upper Midwest Chapter Networking Reception

The Upper Midwest Chapter is hosting their Annual Networking Reception during the NRA Show at the Godfrey Hotel - Urban Roofscape Lounge  from 5:00-7:00pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Join us during this fun-filled event.

If you have questions, please contact  Jessica Dengel  or  Katharine Mizla .
Southwest Chapter Event
Marci Pick, Southwest Chapter Leader

It’s actually happening! That’s all I could think when arriving at the Marriott San Ramon Wednesday afternoon on March 20th. The Southwest Chapter of FCSI-TA was finally having an event of our own. When I agreed to be the chapter leader back in Denver, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was signing up for. In the end, we had a fabulous event.

Our cocktail mixer at the Marriott was a hit and Thursday at Frontier Energy (Fishnick) was awesome. Not only did everyone in the room get some great education, the camaraderie of everyone was such a great thing to see.

I can’t thank enough the Food Service Technology Center and Marriott San Ramon for hosting our group as well as Eloma and Alto-Shaam for providing some wonderful food and education!
Northeast Chapter's Golf Outing and Lobster Dinner
On June 3, 2019, the Northeast Chapter is hosting their Annual Charity Golf outing and Lobster dinner at Andover Country Club in Andover, MA. Groups will tee off at 11:30am followed by cocktails at 6:00pm and Lobster Dinner at 8:00pm.

For more information, contact Jim Whiffen or Linda Bowden at 781.221.7276
Industry News
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ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award

Congratulations to FCSI Corporate Member, Hoshizaki America, Inc. on receiving the 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Hoshizaki America's accomplishments were recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy on April 11 in Washington, DC.


Next Step Design has expanded their operations to Chicago and Ottawa. NSD added these two new office locations to make room for their growing staff of foodservice professionals.

The Chicago office was the first satellite location and the Ottawa office is a dedicated Revit® studio. Next Step Design Foodservice Consultants now has six different locations in North America.
Consultants graduate from LTI's New Headquarters

Earlier this month, FCSI Corporate Member, Low Temp Industries / LTI, held an FCSI Education Provider Program on trends in the virtual reality world and how to use augmented reality storytelling to present projects to customers. It was their first graduating class of consultants in their new headquarters!
KCL Gives Back with 2nd Annual Service Day

KCL recently joined with colleagues and friends for their second annual  KCL Gives Back  charity event for  Feed My Starving Children  (FMSC). Owner Kevin Kochman noted, ”As active participants in the foodservice industry, we once again focused our efforts on a food-related service project. A packing event for Feed My Starving Children allows us to make a big difference in a small amount of time.”

Feed My Starving Children distributes these nutritionally complete meal packs to children in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, as well as North, Central, and South America.
Employees from Reitano Design Group, Culinary Equipment Group, Equipment Dynamics, DLT Sales, Hurst Interiors, and American Construction Metals participated in the event. In addition, Deirdre Flynn, CFSP, NAFEM's Executive VP, made a generous donation to support FMSC’s mission.
The KCL team, along with other volunteers, packed 183 boxes of meals, handily exceeding last year’s total during their 90-minute stint. That translates into nearly 40,000 meals. According to FMSC, that’s enough to feed 108 children for a year.
National Restaurant Association Show 2019

Join the NRA's centennial celebration on May 18-21 where new technology is launched, concoctions are re-concocted, and game-changing equipment makes its debut-where everyone leaves ready to turn ideas into action. The event will be held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

This is where it's felt. This is where it's seen. This is where it happens. It's a whole thing. 

NAFEM Advocacy Update

NAFEM publishes Advocacy Update monthly to keep members up-to-date on pending legislative, regulatory and technological issues potentially impacting the smallwares, middleware and hot- and cold-sides of the commercial foodservice equipment industry. For more information, visit the  Advocacy  section of  www.NAFEM.org .