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February 7–9, 2009
Westin Waterfront

2009 ACF Northeast Regional Conference

Our Northeast Regional conference held in Boston the first weekend in February was a success. ACF Epicurean Club of Boston, was our host chapter. I want to personally thank Denise Graffeo, chapter president, and Rico DiFronzo, regional chairman, and all of the chapter members for their coordination and organizational efforts. The conference ran smoothly and was packed with pertinent, timely and beneficial seminars, demonstrations, competitions and more. View the photos.

Additionally, I would like to thank ACF’s national office, Tony Graffeo and his mass of volunteers, Jeff Bar and his “ambassadors,” Dr. Henry B. Wainer and Boston University for without the expertise, energy, manpower and location, the conference would not have been possible.

Our trade show was well received and well attended. Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors, without whom we would be hard-pressed to provide the quality programs, seminars and meal functions you all have come to expect from an ACF event.

Twenty-two chapters received Chapter Achievement Awards, four chefs received president’s medallions, ACF Pittsburgh Chapter was named Chapter of the Year, and Pierre Rausch received the Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement award. Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., gave an entertaining, amusing and informative demonstration.

Congratulations all of our award winners, teams and competitors. Please join me in wishing our regional winners “good luck” as they prepare for the national competition in Orlando, Fla. I have sent a letter to all chapter presidents, hoping they can help as these chefs and students begin the journey to the finals in Orlando.

The 2010 regional conference will take place in Hershey, Pa., and registration has already begun. We look forward to a “sweet” conference and plenty of chocolate.

See you in Orlando.

Mark Wright

Mark Wright, CEC, AAC
ACF Northeast Region Vice President