2017 GFEN FOODSERVICE WORKSHOP Photo Tour
The Gas Foodservice Equipment Network (GFEN), an Energy Solutions Center Consortium held its 2017 Foodservice Workshop on April 4-6 at the John H. Maxheim Natural Gas Technology Center in Charlotte, NC. The two and a half day event included a comprehensive look at the Foodservice Industry from customer, supplier and R&D perspectives. The Technology Center provided the attendees with ‘hands-on’ experience using commercial cooking equipment while the tours gave a more in-depth look at the manufacturing and testing supported by equipment manufacturers. Many special guests from the Charlotte area contributed their time to make this workshop a success. ESC acknowledges the effort and support provided by Chef Doug Allen and Piedmont Natural Gas.
John H. Maxheim Natural Gas Technology Center
GFEN Commercial Foodservice Workshop
Class of 2017
Karl Newlin, Piedmont Natural Gas
The keynote speaker welcomes us to the kitchen.
Mohammad Jenatian, Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance
Mohammad shared some great information about how Charlotte is growing.
Frank Johnson, Gas Technology Institute
Frank is very passionate about gas burners!
Foodservice Maintenance Repair Panel
Dan Reese, CFESA (left), Mick Jackson, Whaley Foodservice (middle), Richard Young, Fisher Nickel (right)
Foodservice Maintenance Repair
Customers need to be reminded that maintenance is a key to the performance of the equipment.
Linda Bedell, Woodstone
This Woodstone oven can cook pizza, salmon, chicken wings and when you turn it off, slow roast ribs overnight! She even uses her oven at home to make s’mores for the kids!
Team Assignments to Prepare Lunch
(l-r) Eric Jeremias, Kenny Walker, James Robinson, Richard Young, Poornima Eber, and Brady Cartwright.
How much spice should we put on this, Chad Lynch?
Which Knife is the Proper Tool?
Lorri Davidson and Monica Marlow
Lorri Davidson in front of the Woodstone oven.
Amy Dickerson and Michael Lilly.
Crabcakes by Amanda Hartman, Patti Ellingson, Kevin Yount, Monica Marlow and Kenny Walker
In the Kitchen
Team 5- Preparing batter for fried shrimp. (l-r) Kevin Murphy, Cindy Ellison , Brady Cartwright, Kristen Glehan, and Mike Favela
Mike, it’s not cooked yet!
You Can Never Have Enough Cheese
Chad Lynch and Casey Woodside
Tina Read, Poornima Eber, Amy Dickerson and Craig Layman.
Patti Ellingson and Jamel Dixon
Thoughts on Combi Ovens
Chef Geert Piferoen, Angelo Po and Mike Favela
Dinner Will Be Tasty!
Patti Ellingson, Jennifer Woodard, Kevin Yount and Frank Johnson.
Spicing the Filets
Chef Doug monitoring Brad Steinmetz
Griddle Full of Ribs
Chef David searing the ribs for Thursday’s post tour lunch.
2017 GFEN FOODSERVICE WORKSHOP VIDEO TOUR
Photo Tour of the 2015 Workshop
2015 GFEN-SGA FOODSERVICE WORKSHOP AGENDA AND PRESENTATIONS
The Gas Foodservice Equipment Network (GFEN), an Energy Solutions Center Consortium held its 2015 Foodservice Workshop on November 4-6 at the Southwest Gas Foodservice Demonstration Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The three-day event included a comprehensive look at some of today’s key natural gas fired equipment in the commercial kitchen including the versatile combi-oven. The workshop also covered a number of marketing presentations with a great closing presentation by Fisher-Nickel on how we might best serve the Foodservice Customer. ESC acknowledges the effort and support provided by SGA and Southwest Gas.