The Culinary Insider - May 11, 2009 (Vol. VII, Issue 10)

ACF’s National President Invites You to Join Him at National Convention

What do you get when you bring 2,500 chefs together for four days? More than 100 top-notch educational seminars and culinary demos, cooking competitions featuring the ACF Regional champions as they vie for their respective national titles, networking opportunities, a trade show featuring the latest products and services, and fabulous dining.

Join me and your colleagues for the 2009 ACF National Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla., July 11–14. Online registration is available, so take advantage of the early registration discounts and room rates. See you in Orlando.


John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC
ACF National President

New Durable Retail Price Computing Scales

The OHAUS RA and RE Retail Price Computing Scales combine durability with NTEP (legal-for-trade) certified weighing for retail use from 15 to 60 lbs. Both incorporate easy-to-clean designs, thick stainless steel pans and cast aluminum weighing platforms, rated to 150% of capacity. Weigh and price/lb information are displayed on dual LCDs. The RA offers 24 Price Lookup memories, the RE 100 PLUs (24 via the keyboard using preset keys).

For more information, call Carl Pugliese at (800) 672-7722, ext. 7021.

Culinary Nutrition Articles Available

The Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University have partnered to offer a series of free monthly nutrition articles. The inaugural issue, which features vegetarian-friendly menu development, is now available. New articles will be released the first Monday of every month on the ACF Web site.

Visit ACF’s Booth at the NRA Show

ACF is exhibiting at booth 2186 at the 2009 National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, May 16–19. All ACF members, vendors and partners are encouraged to stop by and find out the latest news. Identify yourself as an ACF member and you will receive a token of our appreciation.

CAFE’s Summer Program for Professional Foodservice Trainers and Educators

CAFE offers 5 weekend events in 2009 delivering topics and trends critical to your successful professional development.


  • CAFE’s 5th-Annual Leadership Conference, J&W University, Denver
  • Front-of-House Operations, CIA, Hyde Park, N.Y.


  • Food and Breads of the World, Florida Culinary Institute
  • Global Cuisines, Kendall College, Chicago


  • Edible Art, Professional Culinary Institute, San Jose, Calif.

Earn ACF continuing-education hours! Click Events at for more information.

ACF Certification Adds Value at Any Age

Read the inspiring story of Alvin Friedman, CC, who, at 81, earned his certified culinarian designation. “It’s Never too Late to Become Certified” documents Friedman’s culinary path and the service he is now skillfully able to offer his community.

Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism to the foodservice industry.

Purchasing Habits Survey

The generous support of sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers has enabled the American Culinary Federation to enhance the quality of our educational programs, events and publications. Please assist us in continuing to build and sustain these partnerships by completing a short product usage survey. Your feedback will enable us grow. Thank you in advance. Take the Survey

ACF Student Team Regional Winners to Prepare Four-Course Meal at Convention

Sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc.
The 2009 ACF Student Team Competition regional winners vying for the national title will prepare a four-course meal on July 13 during the ACF National Convention at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Sponsored by R.L. Schreiber, Inc., tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Seating is limited.

2009 ACF Student Team Competition Regional Winners:

  • Central Region: ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association; Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Mich.
  • Northeast Region: ACF Pittsburgh Chapter; Pittsburgh
  • Southeast Region: ACF Western North Carolina Culinary Association; Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, N.C.
  • Western Region: Chefs de Cuisine Association of Hawaii Honolulu; Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu

International Chefs Congress Scholarships is offering five scholarships exclusively to ACF members to attend the 2009 International Chefs Congress show (ICC), September 20–22, New York. For details, e-mail by July 30 with the subject line: Scholarship Information Request. is also offering a discounted rate of $225 for a 3-day pass to all ACF members. Use the promotion code ACFICC when ordering your tickets to receive the discount.