ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 22
September 17, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* National office is fully operational following Frances
* ACF will exhibit at the upcoming FRA Show
* Deadline for several 2005 ACF awards is Oct. 29!
* Northeastern Region invites all to its Educational Forum
* Special offer to ACF members attending the International Hotel Show
* NCR seeks certified chefs who are also registered dietitians

ACF Headquarters Survives Hurricane

The national office of ACF, which closed for several days last week due to lack of electricity and telephone service in the wake of Hurricane Frances, is fully operational to serve its members. Managing director Dawn Jantsch extends her thanks to all who expressed concern and support of staff members whose homes were without electricity and other utilities in the aftermath of the storm.

ACF's Internet server was not able to accept e-mails while power was out. If you e-mailed ACF during the timeframe of Sept. 3 to 10 and did not receive a response, most likely the intended party did not receive it. Please resend your e-mail so that we may get back to you, or feel free to call us at (800) 624-9458.

ACF to Exhibit at Florida Restaurant Show

The Florida Restaurant Show has been rescheduled for October 22-24, 2004, due to the severe weather affecting the state. ACF will exhibit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando at booth #1981. Please stop by and visit us if you are attending the show. For more information, visit

Deadline for Many 2005 National Awards Is Oct. 29

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate someone or be nominated for most of ACF's top national awards in 2005, among them, Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Chef Professionalism, Student Culinarian of the Year and Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement. Even the Educator of the Year Award, which traditionally maintained a later deadline, will close earlier to accommodate a new competition that will determine the award-winner at ACF's 2005 National Convention in San Antonio, July 30-August 3. Deadline to receive completed forms for all the above awards is October 29.

The heat is on to nominate the best candidates before the deadline! All applications and awards criteria are conveniently located for review and download at

Criteria and a nomination form for the 2005 Achievement of Excellence Awards, with a deadline of February 28, 2005, are also online.

For additional information on any of ACF's national awards, contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, x114, or e-mail

Northeast Regional Educational Forum Scheduled Nov. 6-7

James Taylor, CEC, AAC, Northeastern Region vice president, invites and encourages all ACF members to attend the 2004 Northeast Regional Educational Forum.

WHEN: Saturday morning, Nov. 6, 2004, through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7

WHERE: Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
One Liberty Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 296-9800 or (800) 575-1776
(Visit for directions.)

REGISTRATION: $120, includes all meals, breaks and educational sessions

LODGING: $89/night single or double occupancy, guaranteed until Oct. 15. Call (800) 575-1776 and mention the American Culinary Federation to receive this special rate.

Checks should be made payable to ACF Philadelphia and mailed to:

Educational Forum 2004
204 Whistling Swan Lane
Downingtown, PA 19355-4507
(610) 249-2131

Plan Now for the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show

The best things in life are free! So here's a free ticket to one of New York's premier hospitality events.

The 89th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) - running Saturday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 16, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - will feature 1,700 exhibitors with thousands of products and services for hotels, restaurants and other hospitality outlets.

In addition to the exhibits, the show offers more than 40 educational seminars - including a power-packed opening day of conferences for either the hospitality or foodservice executive (additional fee) - as well as dozens of exciting culinary demonstrations and competitions, and countless networking opportunities. Don't miss all that it offers to make your business a success!

Through a marketing agreement between ACF and the IH/M&RS, we are pleased to offer you one complimentary admission - valued at $50 - for the show. Just visit and enter the special promotional code: ACF04.

You can also check out for complete IH/M&RS details, including an exhibitor list and schedule of events. And, register online for additional badges for the show. But hurry! The advance registration fee ($25 per person) expires on October 1. For information, contact George Little Management's Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206.

The National Culinary Review Asks, Are You an RD?

The National Culinary Review is developing a feature article on working chefs who are also registered dietitians through the American Dietetic Association. If you are certified at any level, from cook to educator to master chef (or are working toward ACF certification), and if you hold an active RD designation from ADA, we would like to hear from you. Please respond to Brent T. Frei at or fax to (847) 882-5877.

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