Food & Culinary Professionals

FCP Connects




Looking for a way to get together with other FCP members at professional conferences? Wish you had friends to join you for dinner when traveling for business? Want to try that new restaurant in town?

FCP Connects is the answer.

FCP Connects provides an opportunity for FCP members and friends to gather at professional meetings (i.e. International Food Technology Conference, IACP, School Nutrition Association, AHF, etc), while traveling on business, visiting a new city or at home. These gatherings don’t require a lot of advance planning or organizing. It’s simply a way to gather with others over good food.

How Does It Work? FCP Connects provides the tools to set up casual networking opportunities where FCP members get together over coffee, a quick lunch, happy hour or dinner..

The steps are easy:
1) Post an invite to the EML’s (electronic mailing lists), Facebook (Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group) and on Twitter (@FCPDPG) suggesting a time and place to gather.
2) Use the membership directory at to locate other FCP members in the area.
3) Feel free to invite other colleagues to join in. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate what FCP offers to its members.

Share the Fun.  Don’t forget to take pictures of the delicious foods, fun and friends. These may be included in future Tastings or On The Menu articles, on the FCP website, or on Facebook and Twitter. Send a short summary including names of individuals, location, name of restaurant and other pertinent information to FCP’s Membership Chair, Hilary Thesmar.

For more information, contact Membership Chair, Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD.

Emily Anschlowar coordinated a FCP Connects event at Roy’s in Anaheim that coincided with the Natural Products Expo West show on Friday, March 7, 2014. This year’s Expo West was the largest to date, shattering records for both number of attendees and exhibitors.  There was lots to see and lots to learn, making it a perfect time for FCP members to meet and network.  Roy’s Anaheim was a great spot, as it was located within walking distance from the convention center. They proved their commitment to the customer by successfully accommodating both shellfish allergies and gluten-free restrictions (Thanks, Roys!).  Attendees included Emily, Shelley Case, Betsy Ramirez, Allison Enke, Tracee Yablon Brenner, Kathy Siegel, and Lauren Harris-Pincus.  Looking forward to seeing you at our next FCP Connects event.