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From our Chair-Elect:

Happy New Year to everyone!  I sincerely hope that 2019 is a year of happiness and prosperity for each of you.
For those of you fortunate to attend our annual Holiday party this year at Great Wolf Lodge, the consensus overall was that everyone had an evening filled with cheer and fellowship. The venue was beautiful and the food, drink and service were all impeccable. Elvis was in the house and serenaded us all; we even had a Conga line that wrapped around the room!
As we say goodbye to 2018, the Longhorn chapter of the IFT hits the ground running in the new year. January’s meeting will be held at Culinary Focus, 300 Decker Dr, Irving, TX 75062 on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Jim Wisniewski is gracious enough to not only provide his office for meeting but to cater it as well! Therefore, this month’s meeting is completely free to all who attend. 
Our speaker with be Suzie Trigg, a Partner with Haynes Boone and local legal expert on FDA guidelines and issues. She will focus primarily on the intentional adulteration rule and the preparations that should be underway for this year’s compliance date. She will also provide an update on the status and rules governing CBD since this is top of mind for many manufacturers.
I hope to see you there and please RSVP as soon as possible so I can get a solid headcount to the caterer. 

Please continue to reach out to any of our officers about monthly meeting ideas, new professional socials, and how you can get more involved. We are always looking for more help and welcome all. 

-Chris Beninate

January Meeting Details:

VENUE: Culinary Focus
ADDRESS: 300 Decker Drive, Suite 200 Irving, TX 75062
DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2019
TIME: 6:00 PM Start
COST: Free to attend! (Generously hosted by Jim Wisniewski of Culinary Focus)
RSVP: Please email Chris Beninate and let him know if you plan to attend to reserve your space
Open Officer Positions 2019 - 2020, Longhorn IFT: 

Are you interested in joining our amazing team of officers for the Longhorn IFT section? The positions that will be open for 2019-2020 will be: Chair-Elect and Secretary. If you or someone you know are interested in the position(s), please email Kallen Ly for more information no later than January 10, 2019.


Preside at all meetings of LIFT and the LIFT Executive Committee
Appoint, with approval of LIFT Executive Committee, all committees, designate the Chairman of each, and fill any vacancies that may occur
Perform the duties of the Chairman in the event of the Chairman's absence and succeed immediately to the office of Chairman in the event of the Chairman's resignation.


Distribute notices of regular meetings and/or newsletters
Keep record of proceedings of LIFT
Record and distribute minutes of meetings of LIFT Executive Committee
Prepare ballots for election of officers
Prepare Annual Report of LIFT activities on forms supplied by IFT and submit to Executive Director of IFT. 

Have a job opening? Please email or click here for more details about how to get your new opening in the next newsletter!
Internship Seekers: 

My name is Tiffany Doggett, and I’m a senior at Texas Woman’s University currently pursuing a degree in Nutrition: Business and Industry with a minor in Chemistry. I will complete my Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2019; however, I would like the opportunity for an internship before I graduate. I am very interested in the area of R&D, but am also interested in any internship that will provide valuable experience in the field of food science and teach important, beneficial, and diverse skills that I can apply to my future career in the food industry. I can be reached at

January 24, 2019: 
January Monthly Meeting @ Culinary Focus (Irving, TX)
February 21-22, 2019: IFT-Aggie Day @ Hildebrand Equine Complex (Campus of Texas A&M University)
October 16, 2019: LIFT Annual Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament
October 17, 2019: LIFT Supplier's Night (Frisco, TX)

2018 - 2019 Longhorn IFT Officers

Chair: Bruce Perkin
Chair Elect: Chris Beninate
Past Chair: Felicia Blackburn
Secretary: Kallen Ly
Treasurer: Dick Metivier
New Professionals Co-Chairs & Volunteer Coordinators:
Ashley Bird and Cheyenne Cobb
Social Media Manager: Erica Hawks
Suppliers Night Technical Sessions Manager: Nitin Joshi
Suppliers Night Co-Chairs: Greg Hanks and Donna Henry 
Golf Tournament Chair: Madalyn Thibodeaux
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