2008 ACF Event
Series Logo 2008 ACF Northeast Regional Conference

Hosted by: ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Kenneth D. Webber, CEC, President

Photo of Mark Wright
Mark Wright
ACF Northeast Region
Vice President

Falling on the same week as Major League Baseball’s opening, we made sure the 2008 Northeast Regional Conference featured an all-star line-up. The first day was a double header of mega demos and included an industry trade show in the afternoon and a trip to Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc. in the evening. Day two of the conference included our regional culinary competitions, seminars and hands-on demonstrations at the state of the art facility, Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The Vice President’s Gala brought the conference home with an evening of dining, award presentations and networking.

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

I especially congratulate Norman Hart, CEC, CCE, AAC. Hart met me in the kitchen for a heated culinary competition in which we had to create three dishes in one hour. I tip my toque to Hart as he was named ACF’s 2008 Toque to Toque Champion.

The General Session was truly unique as we mixed ACF business with a little fun. Chef Edward Leonard, CMC, AAC, executive chef of the Westchester Country Club, delivered the keynote message and he was followed by a culinary fashion show “Hot Looks for Today’s Cooks.”

Other notable educational programming included:

  • Heirloom Pork: How Specialty Farmers Have Enhanced the Center-of-the-Plate
    Sponsored by: Snake River Farms
    Chef Alan Turner discussed specialty pork and the proper questions to ask your supplier, while demonstrating several culinary applications that highlight the unique attributes of this favorite protein.
  • Lobster Tales: History, Harvesting and Handling of Downeast Maine Lobsters
    Sponsored by: Lobster Select
    This informative session explored the history of the world’s favorite crustacean, the Maine Lobster. Biological facts, the evolution into a modern-day delicacy and responsible harvesting, safe handling, proper preparation and serving were all covered.
  • It’s All About Flavor: Cheese Course Trends and Examples
    Sponsored by: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
    Attendees discovered the potential of cheese with “Cheese Course Trends and Examples.” Trends from casual to fine dining were reviewed and attendees tasted and discussed pairing ideas and serving suggestions.

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 Northeast Regional Conference a success, especially:

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

See you next year,
Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
ACF Northeast Region Vice President