A childhood fascination with restaurants and hotels, as well as strategic early career choices, gave CFL Principal Foster Frable a head start in an industry he’s now called home since 1971. As a young man he designed and later owned a restaurant, worked for an architectural firm, and taught in the Penn State School of Hospitality Management after graduating from the program himself. He founded CFL in 1983 and remains the company’s lead creative designer/master planner.
Foster enjoys different things about each of the industries his company serves. Health care facilities, for instance, are often complicated and pleasantly challenging, while restaurants offer an element of fun. While many in the foodservice industry focus primarily on equipment, Foster’s passion is more about the fundamentals of why a particular project is being created in the first place. He looks through a wide lens, considering the entire interface and transaction between the customers, employees, food and equipment that make up the overall experience for everyone involved.
For more than a decade, Foster has served as a judge for the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards, along with colleagues representing companies that include McDonald’s, Disney and Darden Restaurants (Oliver Garden, Yard House). He is also a national recognized columnist for several major industry publications.