CCF Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2010
Celebrating Childhood Nutrition Day October 16
ACF members and chapters around the nation supported Childhood
Nutrition Day on or around October 16 by holding events to raise
awareness about the need for education on childhood hunger, proper
nutrition and obesity issues.
Healthier Halloween Demo
The Upper Michigan Chapter of the ACF hosted a Healthier Halloween
Demo during the Fall Bazaar held at St. Stephens Church in Escanaba,
Mich. The chefs made healthier alternative treats such as Orange
Jack-o-lanterns, Ghostly Bananas, Mummy Sticks, and Ghoul Aid for the
children and parents.
Principal for the Day
On Oct. 21, 2010, Gloria Hafer, CCF Central Regional Chair, and
another member of ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians, Inc, were
invited to be the “Principal for the Day” at the Henry Clay
School in Chicago. The topic for the day was eating healthy to curb
childhood obesity. Chef Hafer visited classrooms, ranging from
pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade, and gave a cooking demonstration using
pretzels, peanut butter, raisins and almonds to make edible flies.
LA’s Spotlight on Childhood Hunger
ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California hosted an all-day
event bringing public awareness to childhood hunger, malnutrition and
obesity in America. The day began with a kid’s healthy cooking
contest, followed by a benefit concert. The E.A.T.F.U.N. healthy cooking
contest used the following six criteria developed by the CCF Chair:
(E)ase of preparation, (A)ffordability, (T)aste, (F)amily-friendly
appearance, (U)se of sustainable products, (N)utritional content.
The city also made an official resolution to declare Oct. 16
Childhood Hunger Day in Los Angeles.
Packing a Healthy Lunch
ACF Capital District Central New York Chapter held a Chef & Child
event at the local green market teaching young children and their
parents how to pack a healthy lunch using ingredients from the market.
The students prepared two “brown bagged” lunches using a
variety of locally made products that also fit the nutritional
requirements of grade school children while making the food taste good
Learning Begins at Breakfast
In its fourth year, chefs from ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter, along
with representatives from the American Heart Association (AHA), go into
elementary schools to teach third graders the importance of a nutritious
breakfast. After a brief introduction by AHA, ACF chefs demonstrated how
to make a breakfast parfait using yogurt, cereal and fresh fruit.
Email your success stories to email@example.com.
Find out more about how you and your chapter can raise awareness in your
community on our website.
Spotlight on…Chef Lorena Garcia
One of the country’s leading Latina chefs, Lorena Garcia was
born and raised in Venezuela, and credits her many gatherings spent
entertaining family and friends as her career inspiration.
“Bringing loved ones together to enjoy wonderful food is something
that has always fulfilled me.”
Lorena has taken on the challenge of combating childhood obesity
using her culinary knowledge. She developed “Big Chef, Little
Chef” as a comprehensive program to help kids and their families
take control of their eating habits and ultimately, their lives. More
than simply promoting healthy eating, it is a lifestyle modification
plan that educates children of all ages and their families about the
benefits of nutrition and of living a healthy, happy, and positive
Find out more about Chef Lorena Garcia on www.cheflorenagarcia.com.
Soup for the Holidays
by Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE
Make it Hot! Make it Fast!
As the days get shorter and the holiday season gets more hectic,
comfort food is in higher demand. And there is nothing more comforting
than a bowl of hot soup. Soup, paired with a side dish or two, can be a
heartening, nurturing meal in itself.
Groundbreaking Ceremony set for Hattie Mae &
Pals Foundation Children’s Healthy Living Center and Funville
Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation hosted a
groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hattie Mae & Pals
Children’s Healthy Living Center and Funville Activity Park on
Mon., Sept. 27, 2010.
The ChildrenRw17;s Healthy Living Center and Funville Activity Park
is expected to be America’s first activity complex devoted to
combating childhood obesity. With the planned opening of Fall 2012, the
complex will include a 60,000 sq. ft. facility on over 22 acres of land
located adjacent to Rudy Moran Park.
“We are very excited to help Mississippi lead the way in the
fight against childhood obesity. Everyone supports the cause of
bettering the lives of our children, especially given the recent upsurge
in childhood obesity,” said Foundation CEO, Shawn Smith.
“This center will provide children with resources, tools, and a
safe place to exercise and play in a safe, healthy
CCF Recipe Collection
CCF is proud
to announce a new addition to the website with recipes collected by
Vince Blancato and updated by Clemson University for nutritional
content. New recipes will be added shortly. Currently available for
Local Chapter Corner
Get Involved In Your Community
The support of ACF chapters is needed to accomplish the goals and
projects we have set in motion for CCF. Please get involved in your
community. You can use one of the programs
we have available online or create your own. Most importantly, if you
are doing a fundraiser for a charity in your area, please register the
recipient with the Chef & Child Foundation through the national
office. This will allow donors to receive a tax break and protect your
chapter from breaking tax laws. Download the revised fundraising
form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail it to ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation, 180 Center Place Way,
St. Augustine, FL 32095.
Clemson University Partnership
Culinary Nutrition News
Nutrition News articles are free and available for download the
first Monday of each month. Download articles, share with colleagues or
click the “Send to a friend” button and share with family,
friends and peers. Download these articles and build your personal
nutrition library. Sponsored by French’s Foodservice.
Ingredient of the Month
The nutritional Ingredient
of the Month is a free downloadable guide featuring a new
nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus.
Available the first Monday of the month, the downloadable guide will
provide an in-depth look the latest in nutrition ingredients. Download
these articles, share with colleagues and start creating your
Support Our Mission
The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation relies on the support of
generous sponsors and donors to continue to fulfill its mission
“to educate children and families in understanding proper
nutrition through community-based initiatives led by American Culinary
Federation chef members and to be the voice of the culinary industry in
its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.”
by calling (800) 624-9458, ext. 102, or by mailing a check to Chef &
Child Foundation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.
Meet the Chef & Child Foundation Board
Elizabeth Mikesell, CEC, AAC, Chairwoman
Ira Fingerman, Vice Chair
Phil Cragg, CEC, CCE, AAC, Communication
Brad Everett, Education
Jean Hull, CCE, AAC, Liaison
Lynn Krause, CEPC, AAC, Central Region
D’Aun Carrell, Central Region
Phil Cragg, CEC, CCE, AAC, Northeast Region
Kyle Shadix, CCC, MS, RD, Northeast Region
John Maxwell, CCE, CEC, AAC, Southeast Region
Malika Robins, CEC, FMP, Southeast Region
Patti Curfman, CEC, CEPC, AAC, Western Region
Joe Eidem, CEC, AAC, Western Region