Food & Culinary Professionals

We dietitians look forward to FNCE® every year, and this year was no exception. In fact, it was extra special as we celebrated 100 years with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and 20 years for our Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group in headquarters-based Chicago, which also happens to be my home town. A record number (about 13,000!) dietitians attended, making it the biggest FNCE® of the 100 year history to date.

Our FCP events sold out quickly and with so much interest, we had not just one but four full food tours on Saturday, with unseasonably beautiful weather, making the day and walk through the Gold Coast even more special.  Friday night, our hands-on dinner event featured culinary and science updates from our sponsors, the Hass Avocado Board  and followed by fun in the kitchen, featuring a three course, buffet style dinner prepared by and for our amazing members. And finally, our sold out networking event Sunday night was held in the historic and stunning Chicago Cultural Center. We celebrated FCP style with amazing food all through the night, the biggest FNCE® fundraiser we’ve ever had, featuring over 40 wonderful prizes, and bringing in a record breaking $6,020! Thank you to all who participated through donating an item or buying raffle tickets. What fun for such a good cause. You can visit our FNCE® 2017 Facebook photo album to enjoy memories from all the festivities, including many of the amazing food from all food groups!

…And it didn’t stop there! On Monday, our spotlight session was standing room only in a ballroom filling over 1600 seats, spilling into an overflow room.  FCP member and past executive committee leader Dr. Hilary Thesmar and Dr. Jason Riis from Wharton delivered an outstanding session  that FCP planned in partnership with the Dietitians in Business and Communications (DBC DPG) on “Triggering Change in Patients & Clients: Insights from Behavioral Science.”

Read more about the happenings overall at FNCE® on, and be sure to check out Twitter and Instagram for the great sights and experiences from attendees and fellow FCP members.

Thank you all for your membership, for joining us, and for celebrating the 20 years of our amazing practice group. It’s a pleasure to be in your company. Hope to see you in DC in 2018 for our next FNCE® adventure!

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND
2017-18 FCP Chair

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