During the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) 80th semiannual Hospitality Training Conference in New Orleans last month, nearly 40 CHART members and guests came a day early to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers traveled to a residential neighborhood where they helped a homeowner paint, put up a fence and install insulation.

CHART members and guests at the Habitat for Humanity volunteer site

"CHART comes to its host cities with an attitude of caring," says Mike Amos, franchise consultant for Perkins and Marie Callender's Inc. and president of CHART, in a statement. "We want to give back to the local community, while creating bonds among members and providing them an example of volunteerism they can take back to their restaurants and hotels."

Community service projects have been incorporated into CHART's semiannual conferences since 2002. The next conference will take place Feb. 5 to 8, 2011, at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort. For more information, visit www.chart.org.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307), which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on Aug. 5, is supported by the United Fresh Produce Association. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ariz.), chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced the legislation earlier this year.

"The drive for healthier kids through increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is something that United Fresh and the entire produce industry has pursued for many years now," said United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzel, in a statement. "United Fresh commends [chair] Lincoln, ranking member Saxby Chambliss [R-Ga.] and the Senate Agriculture Committee and members of the Senate for their passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This bill provides a clear road map for healthier school meals and greater access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables."

United Fresh and other members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity Coalition urge the House of Representatives to pass child nutrition legislation before the programs expire on Sept. 30. For more information about the bill, visit www.ag.senate.gov/site.

Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, is under construction on a 34,000-square-foot school of culinary arts and is seeking a culinary arts director. This individual will be involved in all aspects of opening, staffing and operating this state-of-the-art facility.

Work in an environment where:
  • you can share your knowledge and experience of the culinary profession;
  • you will have an integral role in the program planning and design and curriculum development for a facility consisting of eight instructional kitchens and an a la carte kitchen as part of our teaching restaurant; and
  • excellence, innovation and continuous improvement are fostered and where respect and appreciation for "employees as our greatest asset" are part of our core values.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center, located in northwest Oklahoma City is one of the finest technology centers in the nation. Access our Web site at www.francistuttle.edu for information about the school. Annual Salary: $60,000 to $70,000. Comprehensive Benefit Package to include paid health and dental insurance and 100 percent contribution into the Teachers Retirement System of Oklahoma. Relocation costs are not covered.

Primary Function: Will provide leadership, coordination and supervision for the school of culinary arts. This individual will also play a prominent role in the local culinary industry and is expected to have national connections within this industry.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or advanced industry-related certifications required. Must have a minimum of five years of culinary experience with at least three years recent experience in a managerial capacity or as an executive chef with supervisory responsibilities. Instructional and supervisory/managerial experience with a culinary educational institution preferred. Must hold or qualify for an Oklahoma Secondary Vocational Teaching Certificate.

Apply Today: Website: www.francistuttle.edu/discover/jobs for additional information and application. Or contact Human Resources at (800) 722-7799, ext. 4331, to obtain application and extended job description. EOE

Job closing date: August 16, 2010

Submit completed application and resume to:
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Human Resources
12777 N. Rockwell Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73142-2789

Bill Allen, Director
Personal Services Programs
(800) 722-7799, ext. 4333 · (405) 717-4333