ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 14
June 4, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* ACF names managing director
* Deadlines to participate in convention-related events are approaching!
* Reserve seating now for President's Grand Ball in Orlando
* ACF's 2004 member-recruitment drive offers incentives through July 9
* Youth Team of ACF Culinary Team USA to host fund-raiser dinner

Jantsch Named Managing Director of ACF

Dawn Jantsch, 43, has been named managing director of ACF, effective July 13, 2004.
     The appointment of Jantsch, who was selected by ACF's board of directors from a field of more than 300 candidates, was announced by Edward G. Leonard, CMC, AAC, president of ACF, at the 85th National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago in late May.
     "Dawn is the ideal individual to assume the mantle of our federation's operations as we embark on the final stages of our five-year growth plan," said Leonard. "Her management, development, marketing and communications skills will help propel ACF to its rightful place in the industry as the leading voice and standard-setter for America's chefs."
     Jantsch will be formally introduced to the ACF membership at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando next month. For the full news release on her appointment, visit

Deadlines for Convention Are Approaching!

To register for the 2004 ACF National Convention with the last discount: June 15. Active members save $85 by registering early; student members save $95. See the form in the most-recent National Culinary Review or visit

To compete in the 2004 cold-food salon: June 15. Compete in Orlando in categories A, B, C and D. First-place winners in each category receive $500. Entry fee: $40 for ACF members, $75 for non-members. Call (800) 624-9458, e-mail, or visit for an application.

To reserve lodging at the host hotel: June 24. The convention rate is $149/night plus applicable taxes at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Lodging incentives include a seventh night free with six paid nights. This special ACF rate is not guaranteed after June 24. Call (800) 621-0638 or visit

For chapters to submit raffle-ticket monies from CCF/Culinary Team USA fund-raiser sales: June 30. Chapters may keep all monies in excess of $750. Contact Beverly Stuart for details, (800) 624-9458, x108, or To see the 1975 Trans Am being raffled on July 18 in Orlando, visit

To visit ACF's new headquarters following the convention: at earliest convenience. A bus trip is planned following the board of governors meeting Wednesday, July 21. To plan properly, ACF would like as accurate a count as possible, as early as possible. Buses leave the Orlando World Center Marriott mid-afternoon and return that evening. Call (800) 624-9458 or e-mail

Select Seating for the President's Grand Ball Online

Now through June 30, registered attendees of the 2004 ACF National Convention may reserve seats for the President's Grand Ball, Monday, July 19, by visiting ACF's Web site. Seats will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Avoid lines at registration and select the seating of your choice by reserving now!
1. Go to ''
2. Choose 'Events/2004 National Convention' from the main menu.
3. Click on 'Seating' on the convention menu.

You must have your convention-registration confirmation number to reserve your seat. (This number is found in the upper-left corner of the confirmation form mailed to you after your convention application and payment have been processed.) All tickets purchased on a single confirmation will be assigned to the same table. To reserve group seating, gather the required confirmation numbers and designate one of your group to go online and register everyone at the same time.

You can only register online once. Do not register online until you are sure of your seating preference and have communicated with all persons in your seating party. An approximate layout of the ballroom at the Orlando World Center Marriott can be viewed online.

Help ACF Grow Through 2004 Recruitment Drive

ACF's member-recruitment drive in 2004 enlists all members in the cause to "spread the good word" of the American Culinary Federation to the nation's 2 million professional cooks.
     If ACF gains 2,500 new, active-category members by the 2004 ACF National Convention in mid-July, each active member's 2005 dues will be reduced by $5. If ACF gains 5,000 new active members, each active member's dues will be reduced by $10.
     Plus, every member who brings aboard at least one new active-category member will receive a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2005 ACF National Convention in San Antonio, Texas (one chance for each new active member). Drawing will be held at the 2004 National Convention in Orlando. Other incentives include a framed picture of ACF's new headquarters to everyone who brings in at least three new active-category members.
     Deadline for signing on new active members and submitting their dues to ACF headquarters is July 9. For more information, visit To receive recruitment materials, contact Beverly Stuart at (800) 624-9458, x108, or

ACF's Youth Team to Host Gala Dinner at National Convention

The Youth Team of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 will create a special dinner with the help of Culinary Team USA National members during the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla.
     The five members of the Youth Team will prepare four courses on Friday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., at Gaylord Palms Resort near the Orlando World Center Marriott (host site of the convention). The event will serve as a fund-raiser to assist the Youth Team in preparation for and travel to the IKA International Culinary Art Competition in Erfurt, Germany, in October. Seating at the Orlando dinner is limited to the first 125 tickets sold at a minimum donation of $100 each.
     This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets must be purchased in advance. Credit cards are accepted. For more information or to reserve seating, visit ACF's Web site at or e-mail

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