2008 ACF Event Series Logo 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference

Hosted by: ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association

Mark Webster, CCE, CEC, President

Photo of David Russell
David Russell
ACF Central Region
Vice President

Despite the cold weather, Barbeque & All That Jazz turned out to be a smokin’ hot time. Barbeque was the theme for this year’s conference and for the first time ever, the Central Regional Conference, in cooperation with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, hosted a BBQ Challenge, sponsored by Tyson Food Service.

We also received great media coverage of the 2008 ACF Central Regional BBQ Challenge.

Congratulations to all the 2008 Central Regional Conference award winners. I wish you luck in the pursuit of the National title, we’re rooting for you!

Programming for this year’s conference was both informative and entertaining. Barbeque was the focus for general session and included a Bar-B-Q&A with award winning competitors Ray Lampe and Richard McPeake, Executive Director of Kansas City Barbeque Society, Carolyn Wells and co-host Jim Murray, CEC, CBJ.

Other notable educational programming included:

  • Flavor Dynamics of Beef & the Modern Menu
    Sponsored by: Beef Industry Councils
    Chef Lars Kronmark of CIA-Graystone led this informative presentation which included an explanation of the umami effect and other flavor pairings designed to take menus from ordinary to cutting-edge.
  • Global Flavors and Your Menu
    Sponsored by: Unilever Foodsolutions
    Unilever Foodsolutions’ Corporate Executive Chef, Steve Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC and Corporate Chef Rudy Smith, CEC, prepared authentic dishes from Singapore and Istanbul while presenting an exciting array of ingredients and spices that tantalized the culinary imagination.

If you forgot to bring your camera, don’t worry. We have posted all the conference pictures online. View the 2008 Conference Photos.

Finally, thank you to all who helped make the 2008 ACF Central Regional Conference a success, especially:

Next year’s conference will be held in Chicago, Ill. and registration for the 2009 ACF Central Regional Conference has already begun. Secure your spot by registering today.

See you next year,
David Russell, CEC, AAC
ACF Central Region Vice President