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Food & Cooking Organizations

Pittsburgh Region



  • Pennsylvania Beef Council
    The non-profit organization representing 25,000 beef, dairy and veal producers in Pennsylvania. Agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania; the state ranks ninth in the number of cattle and calves sold.
  • Pennsylvania Dietetics Association (PADA)
    The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, a chapter of the American Dietetic Association, is the advocate of the dietetics profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being. It is an organization of nearly 3400 members throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, organized into six geographical districts.
  • Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association / Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council
    A trade association whose mission is to improve the public image, effectiveness and profitability of companies in the food industry.
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA)
    Formed from the merger of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (PRA) and Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association (PTLA), the PRLA represents more than 7,500 foodservice and lodging establishments in Pennsylvania.
  • Project PA
    Project PA is an educational campaign to enable Pennsylvania School Food Service personnel to successfully implement menu planning systems that are in compliance with the School Meals Initiative.
  • School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania (SNAPa)
    (formerly the Pennsylvania School Food Service Association)

United States

  • American Culinary Federation
    the nation's largest association of cooks and chefs
  • American Dietetic Association (ADA): Eat Right America
    Nutrition and contact information; abstracts from their Journal; and links to other nutritional organizations, state dietetic associations.
  • American Institute of Wine and Food
    In 1981 Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff, and others founded The American Institute of Wine & Food, a non-profit educational organization devoted to improving the appreciation, understanding, and accessibility of food and drink. Today, The AIWF has 24 chapters with over 3,000 members who are restauranteurs, food industry professionals, food educators, nutritionists, chefs, wine professionals and dedicated food and wine enthusiasts.
  • American Society for Nutrition
    In 2005, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (formerly the American Institute for Nutrition) and the Society for International Nutrition merged to form ASN.
  • Association of Food Journalists
    AFJ (formerly the Newspaper Food Editors and Writers Association) is a networking system for food journalists. Its membership numbers 275 mainly from the United States and Canada. Their website includes links to members' blogs and websites
  • Canned Food Alliance: Mealtime
    The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) is a consortium of steelmakers, can makers, food processors and canned food brands that have joined together to promote the nutritional and convenience benefits of canned food. Mealtime is a website for consumers, encouraging them to use canned food.
  • Center for Consumer Freedom
    This is a coalition of restaurant chains and food and beverage suppliers that work "to defend your right to a full and varied menu of dining options." They are against "food cops" telling people what to eat (even if they are obese).
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
    IACP is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink. They give cookbook awards each year.
  • International Dutch Oven Society
    Do you like to cook with cast iron over a campfire? Check out this organization and its recipes.
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
    A non-profit, tax-exempt foundation directed by certified organic farmers supporting organic farming grant-making research and advocacy.
  • Organic Trade Association
    A national association representing the organic industry in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, distributors and retailers.
  • School Nutrition Association
    The School Nutrition Association (formerly American School Food Service Association) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.
  • Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)
    The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), was organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition.


  • Guild of Food Writers
    This is the professional association of food writers and broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Their website offers a recipe of the month and a list of awards winners (best first book, British food, cookery journalist, food journalist, food book, cookery book, and healthy eating).
  • International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association
    The IFW&TWA strives to be a gathering point and resource base for an active membership composed of professionals engaged in the food, wine and travel industries. The association's membership includes professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and in the hotel and hospitality management industries.
  • Slow Food
    This is an international movement opposed to "Fast Food", active in 153 countries worldwide, with 100,000 members and about 1,300 "convivia".