The TUCO Academy is supporting the facilitation for TUCO members attendance at the 2024 NACUFs National Conference. This event is taking place from the 17th to the 20th of July at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. There will also be an opportunity to attend a walking tour of Sustainabilty and Foodservice facilities at the University of Louisville prior to the conference.



NACUFS is The National Association of College & University Food Services, providing the programs and resources their members need to excel in today’s dynamic dining environment. From benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking, NACUFS is the association to help their members bring excellence in collegiate dining to campus. 

NACUFS institutional members include private colleges, large public universities, two-year colleges and four-year universities. Their members are self-operated, contract managed or a hybrid of both and located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Industry members represent a broad spectrum of regional, US national and international companies from food and equipment manufacturers, equipment to brokers and foodservice-related companies.

As a trade association (similar to TUCO) NACUFS is dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in collegiate dining, NACUFS pursue strategic initiatives to best place NACUFS as a highly valuable resource to position college and university foodservice professionals to deliver distinctive campus dining experiences, cultures, and strategic value through learning and development. The National Conference pulls all NACUFs strategies in to one very large event.

Who is this for?

This event is for thought leaders, decision makers, and policy visionaries from food service operations in the TUCO membership, who would like to explore NACUFs learning and panel sessions, key note speakers, live culinary challenges and vast exhibition of suppliers (on the 18th and 19th of July).

Please email Sarah Mcloughlin to make an Expression of Interest [email protected] (and you will be notified when the bookings go live.)

Bursary places

There will be bursary places available free of charge and the TUCO Academy will be accepting applications up to the closing date of the 20th of June 2024 through the following form: Bursary Application Form Please do not use the booking form button on the right.

Why should I take part?

NACUFS 2024 National Conference, is where the energy is creative, collaborative, and contagious. Attendees can distill knowledge into something meaningful through learning sessions, edutours, and connecting with colleagues! The NACUFS 2024 National Conference is where you can refine your skills and acquire fresh insights. Network and share with like-minded individuals working together to craft a sweeter future for campus dining.

How will it help me?

During the event, you will benefit from…

  • An opportunity to engage in dialogue with boundary-pushing foodservice industry peers
  • Attending speaker sessions from engaging University Dining Services practitioners who lead in their field
  • Taking part in real world, operational experience discussions
  • Attending learning sessions to power up your professional development
  • Observing chef compete at the live culinary challenges
  • A visit to Louisville University to review their Dining Services and Sustainability initiatives

What’s included?

  • Transport to the USA and the Conference
  • Overnight accommodation during your stay
  • All site visits including entry to the Conference
  • Food and drink each day

What’s not included?

Anything not listed on the itinerary including, but not limited to:

  • Additional drinks, room service, trips not on the itinerary etc. 

Provisional Itinerary:

A provisional itinerary and costs will be made available closer to the time. Final itineraries will be emailed approx. 1 week prior to the event commencement. 

Flight details are:

Departure to Louisville; London Heathrow Terminal 3 Monday 15th of July 09:15

Arrival from Louisville; London Heathrow Terminal 3 Monday 22nd July 12:10

The group generally meets 3 hours prior to the flight time.

You can find out more about the conference and NACUFS here.



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