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Pride in Foodservice Week

Celebrate Pride in Foodservice Week, where we honor those who bring flavor and passion to our meals! Let's appreciate their tireless dedication.
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February 5
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Spice up your calendar and save the date for the start of Pride in Foodservice Week commencing on February 5! As part of this exciting week-long celebration, we honor the heart and soul of the food industry - the dedicated foodservice workers who toil behind the scenes, making our meals memorable. Instituted by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) in 1991, this vibrant event has been bringing foodservice professionals to the forefront, applauding their hard work, passion, and innovative flair. So, how about we take a moment to say a hearty 'Thank you' to these talented individuals who never fail to bring a song to our taste buds!

History of Pride in Foodservice Week

Pride in Foodservice Week Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Foodservice Industry</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 1800s, the foodservice industry begins to take shape, particularly in the United States and Europe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emergence of Institutional Foodservice</div><div class='timeline-text'>By mid-century, institutional foodservice - including hospital, school, and military foodservices - proliferates, necessitating professional service practitioners.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dietary Managers Association Formation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Dietary Managers Association (now ANFP) is established to advocate for excellence in foodservice management.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pride in Foodservice Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) institutes the first-ever Pride in Foodservice Week.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Throughout the 2000s, the week gains prominence and recognition across the nation, celebrating the unsung heroes of the foodservice industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2022</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic Solidarity</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the COVID-19 pandemic, foodservice workers' efforts are highlighted more than ever, reaffirming the importance of Pride in Foodservice Week.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Pride in Foodservice Week

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Throw a 'Foods of the World' potluck</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family to prepare and bring a dish from a different culture or country. This way, everyone has the opportunity to taste various cuisines, while also sharing about the unique food traditions from around the globe.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a cooking demonstration</h3><p class='facts-text'>Enlist a local chef to give a cooking demonstration at your home or office. This not only offers entertainment and education, but also gives due credit to the experts in the food service industry.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a culinary tour</h3><p class='facts-text'>Take a trip around the town visiting various restaurants, bakeries, and food trucks. Trying different types of food can be a great way of appreciating the diversity and creativity in the food service industry.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit a culinary school</h3><p class='facts-text'>A day spent at a culinary school demonstrates an appreciation for the training that food service professionals undergo. Most schools offer tours and, often, a meal prepared by the students themselves.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank</h3><p class='facts-text'>Show your support for those in the food service industry by giving back to the community. Many of these organizations rely on food service professionals to provide nourishment for those in need.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Pride in Foodservice Week

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrates the Backbone of the Food Industry</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Pride in Foodservice Week gives us a chance to recognize and applaud the dedication and skill of food service workers. These individuals are often hard at work behind the scenes, ensuring that we savor and enjoy memorable meals every day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes Food Diversity and Education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This week encourages us to explore various cuisines and learn more about food from different cultures. It promotes food education through cooking demonstrations, culinary tours and potlucks, presenting the incredible diversity and creativity in the food service industry.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages Community Involvement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The week not only celebrates professionals in the food service industry, but also underlines the importance of food in community building. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or food bank within this week serves as a testament to the essential role that food service plays in supporting community wellbeing.</p></div></div>

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