Johnson & Wales University is honored to celebrate 50 years of the College of Food Innovation & Technology. Since its inception in 1973, the program has evolved its approach to education and remained on the cutting edge of culinary excellence. 

We take great pride in educating and preparing the next generation of culinary and food leaders.

There will be several events to honor the occasion throughout the year. Learn more below, dates will be updated as they are finalized, so be sure to check back for updates.

Event Schedule

Monday, September 12 | Charlotte

Charlotte Food Truck Night, 5 pm 
Renowned chef, TV host and entrepreneur Tyler Florence ’94,’04 Hon. will make a special appearance! Bring your family and support your fellow alumni food truck owners, Andarrio Johnson ’00 (Cuzzo’s Cuisine Food Truck), Josh Parel ’11 (Screamery Creamery Dessert Truck and Chili Man 2.0 cart) and Craig Barbour ’08 (Truck ’54) and enjoy some delicious food and beverages during this special event. Register now!

Tuesday, September 13 | Charlotte

Epicurean Society Event 
For Epicurean Society members only. For more information or to join click the link above.   

November | Universitywide

JWU Connects: Alumni Executives Throughout the Culinary Arts
Virtual panel featuring special guests. More information to come. 

November | Providence

Epicurean Society Event 
For Epicurean Society members only. For more information or to join click the link above.    

December | Universitywide

Cook Along with JWU 
We invite you to cook along with during this virtual demo. More information to come. 

Monday - Wednesday, March 6-8 | Providence

FIT Symposium 
JWU is holding its third FIT Symposium this March. Check back for more information on panelists and subjects as the event gets closer. 

April | Providence

Alumni Leaders on Campus
By invitation only.

April | Providence

CFIT 50th Anniversity Celebration for Alumni
More information to come. 

Monday, May 22 | Chicago

Alumni & Industry Reception
The Alumni & Industry Reception in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association Show returns in May! More information to come.