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Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management & Tourism: Websites

Career Resources

COD Library's Career & College Information Collection (CCIC)
Located on the 2nd floor of the Library (3rd floor of the SRC building), CCIC provides online and print information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career, and employment goals. Resources cover writing resumes & cover letters, preparing for job interviews, and occupational information (salaries/wages and job outlook).

College of DuPage's Culinary Program
Information about COD's Culinary programs.

College of DuPage's Hospitality Management and Tourism Programs
Information about COD's Hospitality Management and Tourism Programs.

College of DuPage's Career Services Center 
Offers a variety of resources to help individuals with their short and long-term career goals.

Job board for restaurant and hospitality industry with opportunity fit scoring, learning tools and career mapping resources.

The International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE)
Founded in 1946 as a non-profit association for those involved in educating employees for the food service and hospitality industry. Members are schools, colleges, and universities that offer programs in hotel and restaurant management, food service management, and culinary arts.

Culinary Arts

American Culinary Federation (ACF)
ACF is a non-profit organization for chefs. It was founded in 1929 in New York City. The group works to promote a professional image of American chefs worldwide. Its focus is education, apprenticeship, and certification. There are more than 230 chapters and some 20,000 members in the U.S.

American Institute of Baking (AIB)
Promotes education and research in the science and art of baking, bakery management, allied sciences, food processing sanitation and safety.

American Institute of Wine and Food (AIFW)
AIFW is a non-profit educational organization with membership open to all. It was founded by chef Julia Child, winemaker Robert Mondavi, and others to improve understanding and appreciation of fine food and drink. AIFW encourages the exchange of information and ideas through conferences, publications, and chapter programs.

The Bread Bakers Guild of America
The Guild is a non-profit group of professional bakers, baking educators, home bakers, and ingredients and equipment suppliers. The Guild’s goals are to support education and training of young bakers, communication between group members, professionalism, and recognition of excellence. Discounted student memberships are available.

International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)
The IACP is a non-profit association that works as a resource for food professionals around the world. The association provides educational opportunities for its members. There is a Career Center with job listings.

James Beard Foundation (JBF) 
JBF is based in New York City and located in the former home of the famous chef and cookbook author, James Beard. JBF provides a variety of education programs and scholarships. Student memberships are available.

Les Dames D’Escoffier (LDEI) 
An organization of professional women who are leaders in the field. Members include chefs, restaurant owners, cookbook authors, food writers and publicists, wine professionals, culinary educators, and hospitality executives. There are currently 26 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Check the website for the locations.

Research Chefs Association
The leading professional community for food research and development. Its members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology® - the blending of culinary arts and the science of food.

Food Service Administration

Food Management
Provides ideas for food service directors, managers and chefs through coverage of industry issues and events, operational topics and food trends that affect the noncommercial foodservice industry, such as schools, hospitals, prisons, etc. (from the website).

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP)
The society for financial and MIS professionals in the hospitality industry. This site includes jobs and current issues of the society's publication, The Bottomline.

Illinois Restaurant Association 
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois.

National Restaurant Association
Includes information and links valuable to the Food Service and Hotel/Motel Management student.

NRN Online 
The web site for Nation's Restaurant News, the newsweekly of the foodservice industry, offers news stories and features such as Food Trends, Chef Close-Up, and Digital Chef Recipes of the Week.

Restaurant Hospitality
Dedicated to the success of full-service restaurants and edited for chefs and other commercial foodservice professionals on a monthly basis, including those operating full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, and other commercial foodservice operations (from the website).

Restaurant Owner 
A business resource center for independent restaurant owners and operators.

Restaurant Report 
A free weekly e-mail newsletter that includes feature articles, reader feedback, restaurant industry news & links, pointers to other resources, and more, including the Top 100 Hospitality Sites.

Hotel Management

American Hotel & Lodging Association includes information and links valuable to the Hotel/Motel Management student, especially the Educational Institute (EI) and the American Hotel Foundation (AHF).

Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association BLLA is an Association created to be the unifying voice of this distinctive, yet extremely fragmented sector, within the hospitality industry. Its goal is to unite the world's collection of boutique & lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them, offering them the opportunity to successfully compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies.

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association is a Federation of Associations, encompassing 35 national hotel associations from around the region. The diversity that characterizes the federation of CHTA throughout the Caribbean offers its members the opportunity to benefit from the strengths of its colleagues from other countries and other national hotel associations.

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association serves as the essential resource and unified voice for advancing the lodging industry across Illinois.

International Hotel & Restaurant Association is exclusively devoted to promoting and defending the interests of the hotel and restaurant industry worldwide.  IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of the hospitality industry. has a webpage linking to the various hotel associations in the different states inside the United States.

Chicago Hotel Concierge Association is a professional association dedicated to supporting the professional and ethical growth of the hotel concierge community. The measure of a concierge is not only what they know, but who they know.

Tourism & Travel

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) 
TIES is on the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, and educational resources.

Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA)
Non-profit association whose purpose is to enhance the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development.

The Tourism Society 
An organization for people working in tourism and travel, including educators and students, and others interested or involved in the visitor economy across all its sectors worldwide.

U.S. Travel Association 
Connects, promotes, advocates, and researches the diverse areas of the travel industry.

The World Food Travel Association 
The world’s leading authority on food tourism. The Association maintains an array of cutting-edge products and services that meet the needs of today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality and media professionals.

Other Hospitality Areas (Clubs, Casinos, Resorts, Event Planning)

American Gaming Association (AGA)
Opened its office in Washington, D.C., in June 1995 with the fundamental goal of creating a better understanding of the gaming entertainment industry by bringing facts about the industry to the general public, elected officials, other decision makers and the media through education and advocacy.

Club Management Association of America (CMAA) 
Professional association for managers of membership clubs. It has nearly 7,000 members who run country clubs, golf clubs, athletic clubs, military clubs, and other types of private clubs. CMAA provides career services, student scholarships, grants, and more.

Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) 
RCRA develops and executes programming to keep professional recreators and educators in the know and on leading edge trends within the recreation industry.

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