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HCAT Clubs

The School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism has several clubs that may interest our students.

American Culinary Federation logoAmerican Culinary Federation (ACF)

To promote, develop, and carry out the goals, work and program of the American Culinary Federation; to promote the best interests of the culinary profession generally and the interests and welfare of chefs, cooks, and others engaged in the culinary profession.

ACF Food Competition Team

Culinary students from SUNY Schenectady compete with other culinary students from New York State. A combination of skills and classical techniques are judged by ACF-certified chefs from across the United States.

Members are encouraged to take part in community outreach events with emphasis on food related charitable events.

The Casino Management Association

Students participate in field trips, educational conferences, execute on campus events, and discuss industry specific topics at bi-monthly meetings.

Hospitality Club

To embark on education activities to promote self-development as well as exploring career opportunities within the hospitality industry.

Over the years, this club has appealed to "front-of-house" students, with a focus on meeting/event planning. Student members can become members of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSHTA). We attend workshops offered by MPI and have attended the annual conference for NYSHTA.

Meeting Professionals International logoMeeting Professionals International

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide, committed to providing the best education, experiences and relationships to help you produce the best meetings and events.

Slow Food logoThe Slow Food Club

The Slow Food Club works to promote healthy, sustainable, fair food for the world, and strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine. The Club also works to represent the interests, further studies and personal growth and promote the general welfare of the members.

Past events and activities include:

  • Cooking demos at Schenectady Green Market
  • Showcasing local farmers seasonal produce, meats, etc.
  • Cooking demos and informational sessions at College Suites at Washington Square
  • Terra Madre Day Event
  • Film screenings
  • Guest lecturers on campus

All majors are welcome.