NAFEM offers a variety of programs and services to support its membership and positively
impact the foodservice industry at-large. We consider the following to be key ingredients
The biennial NAFEM Show attracts approximately 20,000 foodservice professionals and features
500+ exhibitors displaying products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service.
The NAFEM Show connects buyers and sellers of foodservice equipment and supplies every
other year, providing a showcase for the hottest and coolest products available.
The show also features education sessions and social events with big-name entertainment.
Debuting in 2011, the NAFEM Showplace is an online, 24/7 marketplace created to extend the
energy and communication generated by each face-to-face NAFEM trade show. It serves as a
resource for the entire foodservice industry, a place to research equipment options and interact
with manufacturers and other users. NAFEM Showplace—the foodservice equipment world at
In 1987, NAFEM established the CFSP Program to create standards for foodservice professionalism.
More than 1,000 individuals have earned the designation and the program has been licensed in
Central America and Great Britain. It awards special recognition to those foodservice industry
professionals who have demonstrated high levels of competence and ethics.
In 2010, NAFEM and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) announced Brad Barnes, associate dean for food production at the CIA, as the first recipient of the NAFEM Professorship in Culinary Arts. The position is dedicated to specialized research in food equipment manufacturing, curriculum development and industry education and strengthens the relationship among the CIA, NAFEM, NAFEM members and foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.