ACF Today, Vol. 1, No. 3 - December 12, 2003

In this edition . . .

  • Order new business cards for the new year!
  • National office posts holiday hours of operation
  • ACF accepts candidates for 2004 Achievement of Excellence Awards
  • Close-out on select ACF merchandise, in time for holiday gift-giving!

Personalized ACF Business Cards Available from the National Office
Now you can order business cards with your ACF chapter's logo. Printed with your personal and work information, these cards with three-color ink and foil-stamped gold are impressive and professional. Order quantities starting at 500 for only $85. Visit

ACF Hours of Operation, Holiday 2003
To celebrate the 2003 holiday season, ACF's national office will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, Dec. 25
  • Friday, Dec. 26
  • Thursday, Jan. 1
  • Friday, Jan. 2

On Wednesday, Dec. 24, the national office will operate from 8 a.m. to noon Eastern Time. ACF's toll-free telephone answering service, (800) 624-9458, is available 24 hours a day during holiday closings. Also, visit us online at, where information on ACF programs and events is only a mouse-click away!

Nominate Your Candidate for a 2004 ACF Achievement of Excellence Award
Do you know of an excellent foodservice facility worthy of an ACF Achievement of Excellence Award? Restaurants, bakeries, clubs, corporate dining facilities, hotel signature dining rooms . . . Many industry segments are represented in the awards program. Awards will be presented at the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., next July. Full entry applications are available online at, or contact Tracy Smith at (800) 624-9458, ext. 114. Deadline for entry is April 30, 2004.

Order Close-out ACF Merchandise Through Our e-Store!
The following discontinued items are available at discounted prices through ACF's e-Store:

  • Coaster set (ME132). Four-piece absorbent stone coaster set with ACF's logo imprinted in full color. $15 (orig. $18).
  • ACF V-neck sweater (ME119). Long-sleeve v-neck sweater, in navy blue, made of Lo-Pil acrylic fiber that is washable and colorfast. ACF's logo is embroidered on left. Sizes L to 2XL. $30 (orig. $40)
  • Chef and Child Foundation logo mug. Red (CCF01) or blue (CCF02). $3 (orig. $5).
  • Chef and Child Foundation logo mouse pad (CCF14). $2 (orig. $5).
  • ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 bomber jacket (TEAM09). High-quality Dunbrooke bomber jacket, dark navy blue, nylon with comfortable poly/cotton jersey lining with nylon sleeve lining, knit rib trim on cuffs and neck, elastic waistband, zippered front hand pockets, pocket on left sleeve, and security pocket on inside right chest. ACF Culinary Team USA logo embroidered on left. Sizes 2X and 3X only. $50 (orig. $60).
  • American Academy of Chefs V-neck vest (AA018). Sleeveless pullover vest made of 80% cotton / 20% polyester with a subtle vertical textured striped fabric. Knit rib trim on V-neck, arm holes and waistband. In ivory, embroidered with the American Academy of Chefs Logo. Sizes M to 3XL. $40 (orig. $49).
  • American Academy of Chefs logo baseball cap. Made from 100% cotton twill. This classic Pro Style cap features six panel construction, stitched eyelets, and buckram lining for quality embroidery. In white (AA019) or black (AA020). $12 (orig. $15).

Price of each item includes shipping within the continental United States. Visit while supplies last.


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The growers who make Florida's Natural® Premium Brand juices are inviting professional chefs to participate in the brand's 2nd Annual Citrus Recipe Pro Cooking Contest. To enter, contestants need simply to submit a recipe using any Florida's Natural juice product. The three most culinary-inclined contestants will be selected as finalists and flown to Orlando for an old fashioned cook-off in the Grove House, Florida's Natural's cracker style Visitor Center located in their Lake Wales world headquarters. Up for grabs are a $10,000 cash prize and an exclusive weekend stay at Coronado Springs in Orlando. Other prizes include $1,000 for each runner-up and $50 plus a Florida's Natural cookbook for ten honorable mentions.

Florida's Natural has long been an advocate of using their premium juices for citrus cuisine. Aside from their own personal brand cookbook, "Favorite Recipes From Our Groves," Florida's Natural delivers a quarterly newsletter providing cooking tips and citrus recipes to prospect and loyal consumers. This passion for citrus cuisine demonstrates an attitude that extends beyond simply providing the freshest juice products in the market. They are striving to become experts in "taste," evident through their enthusiastic epicurean pursuits.

If you desire more information regarding the Florida's Natural Pro Cooking Contest, or wish to become a contestant yourself, visit the following web address:

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