IFMA Foodservice Fundamentals™ 

Whether you’re new to foodservice or just feeling a bit rusty - foodservice’s longest-running training on the basics of the industry is back in person. Nearly 2,000 professionals have taken Foodservice Fundamentals in the past eight years – and we’ve been offering the course a lot longer than that! 

The full-day training is in downtown Chicago will get you up to speed on this complex industry so you can get back to your day job.  

All content – both presented and valuable additional information not covered in-person – will be made available for all attendees on-demand through IFMA’s Foodservice Education Center. 

Take one day to build your expertise!

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Course Location

IFMA Education Center 
180 N Stetson Ave. Suite 2250
Chicago, IL 60601


What to Expect When You Take the Course

This in-depth course is designed for anyone new or needing a refresher on how food moves across the U.S. foodservice supply chain and how the overall marketplace is structured. You’ll learn how the industry works, hear perspectives directly from operators, and participate in group discussions. A personal certificate of completion is awarded at the end of the course. 

The course curriculum includes: 

  • A deep dive into foodservice definitions and structure 

  • Basics of the foodservice value chain 

  • A focus on restaurant segments

  • The role of retail foodservice and on-site categories


Course Fee

IFMA Members: $895 per person
Non IFMA Members: $1,195 per person
*Fee includes all meeting materials and programmed meal functions.


Cancellation Policy

All changes and/or cancellations must be submitted to IFMA in writing. 

Full Refund if given Notification on or before June 21, 2024.

No refund if cancelled on June 22, 2024 or later 

All changes / cancellations must be submitted via email to

Looking for customized training? IFMA can customize Foodservice Fundamentals for your team!