ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 8
April 16, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* ACF members who are at least 75 years old receive extra discount to attend 2004 ACF National Convention
* Latino and Black Forums to be held at 2004 ACF Southeastern Regional Conference
* Academy of Chefs' Southeastern Regional Dinner is April 30 in Atlanta
* Complimentary event offered to Southeastern Regional Conference attendees during free evening in Atlanta
* Youth Team of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 to produce special fund-raising dinner during national convention in Orlando
* SeaWorld planned for CCF/Team USA fund-raising event in Orlando; deadline for raffle tickets is June 30
* Sign up now for Chefs Knowledge Bowl at ACF National Convention
* Post-convention trip to ACF's new headquarters scheduled
* National Culinary Review seeks stories of great mentors
* Sara Lee Dressings & Sauces offers free registration to ACF's national convention as prizes in recipe contest

ACF Offers Special Convention Registration Discount to Senior Members 75 or Older

In recognition of ACF's 75th anniversary, all members who were born in 1929 or earlier may deduct an additional $50 from the already-discounted full-registration fee for senior members to attend the 2004 National Convention in Orlando, Fla. ACF wants you at the convention! Simply fill out the registration form that appears in The National Culinary Review or download the form from (This discount is not applicable when registering online.) When totaling fees for full registration, deduct $50. If you're 75 or older, it's that easy. The first general registration-discount deadline is May 1.
     For more information, contact Beverly Stuart, director of member services, at (800) 624-9458, x108, or

Southeastern Regional Conference to Hold Latino and Black Forums

A Latino Chefs Forum will be held at the Southeastern Regional Conference at the Atlanta Hilton on Thursday, April 29, 2004, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., led by Candi Izaguirre, president of the ACF National Latino Chapter. Whether you're a Hispanic or Latino chef, yourself, or employ Hispanic or Latino workers and would like to discover ways to better assist your employees in their careers, everyone is invited to attend this forum. For more information, contact Olga Gómez in ACF's member-services department, (800) 624-9458, x100, or
     An African-American Chefs Forum, led by Dennie Streeter, CEC, CCE, national advocate of black-culinarian issues for ACF, will be held at the Atlanta Hilton on April 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Again, all chefs, regardless of cultural background, are invited to attend. For more information, e-mail Streeter at

Academy of Chefs Dinner at Southeastern Regional Conference at Cherokee Town & Country Club

The American Academy of Chefs will hold its Southeastern Regional Dinner for 2004 at the Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta on Friday, April 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m., hosted by executive chef Kevin Walker, CMC, and executive pastry chef Chris Northmore, CMPC, AAC, during ACF's Southeastern Regional Conference. Seating, at $125 per person, includes round-trip transportation from the Atlanta Hilton. For more information or to reserve seating, visit, fax to fax to (312) 663-5702, or e-mail

Hadco to Offer Free Entertainment at Southeastern Regional Conference

Hadco will offer off-site entertainment featuring the "Fish Witches" brew of exotic fish and wine pairings from Robert Mondavi Winery for attendees of the Southeastern Regional Conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is free on this open evening for attendees. RSVP online at, fax to (312) 663-5702, or e-mail

ACF's Youth Team to Host Gala Dinner at National Convention

The Youth Team of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004, just having returned from the 31st WACS Congress in Ireland where it won a gold medal in hot-food competition against 15 other youth teams from around the world, will create a special dinner with the help of Culinary Team USA National members during the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla.
     The five members of the Youth Team - Scott Campbell (captain), Chad Durkin, Kim Lex, Krystal Weaver and Louis Yocco - are all registered apprentices through ACF. They will prepare four courses on Friday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., at Gaylord Palms Resort near the Orlando World Center Marriott (host site of the convention). The event will serve as a fund-raiser to assist the Youth Team in preparation for and travel to the IKA International Culinary Art Competition in Erfurt, Germany, in October. Seating at the Orlando dinner is limited to the first 125 tickets sold at $100 each.
     This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets must be purchased in advance. Credit cards are accepted. For more information or to reserve seating, visit ACF's Web site at or e-mail

Fun-Filled Event Will Benefit Chef & Child and Culinary Team USA at SeaWorld Adventure Park During ACF National Convention

Fun and excitement, with the added attraction of supporting causes dear to the hearts of those in the culinary profession, await all who head for the Sea Harbor Pavilions entrance of SeaWorld the evening of July 18 in Orlando, Fla. Doors of the newly renovated Sea Harbor Pavilions open at 7 p.m. for the event. Proceeds from admission fees of $75 for adults and $40 for children under 12 will support ACF Culinary Team USA 2004 and the ACF Chef & Child Foundation.
     Guests will have full access to all of SeaWorld's shows and attractions. A buffet dinner will be served from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Sea Harbor Pavilions. The special kids' buffet will provide menu items appealing to the younger set.
     Make your reservations when you register for convention or e-mail for additional information.
     Spirited entertainment and a raffle of choice items and prize packages are set for 10 to 11:30 p.m. In honor of ACF's 75th Anniversary, a 1975-model vintage automobile will go to one fortunate raffle winner. Other ticket holders will have the opportunity to win one of the vacation packages, as well as other prizes. Raffle-ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
     ACF chapters may order raffle tickets through Beverly Stuart, Chef & Child Foundation director, (800) 624-9458, x108, Chapters that sell tickets, at $5 each, are required to submit to ACF only the first $750 raised. Monies in excess of $750 stay with the chapter to fund its programs. Deadline to submit monies to ACF's national office is June 30. (No raffle tickets will be sold on-site in Orlando.)

2nd-Annual Chefs Knowledge Bowl to Be Held at Convention

Test your culinary knowledge by participating in the Second-Annual ACF Chefs Knowledge Bowl to be held at the 2004 ACF National Convention, Monday, July 19, in Orlando, Fla. Teams of four chefs will be accepted to compete for a team trophy in this Knowledge Bowl just for chefs.
     The competition follows Baron H. Galand Knowledge Bowl Guidelines, available on ACF's Web site at The "Jeopardy style" game has five categories of cooking, baking and applied-sanitation questions and may be played in a round-robin style tournament format (four teams minimum to hold the game), or may go to single elimination tournament style for six or more teams. (The more teams that compete, the more exciting the format.) Point values are assigned to the questions and the team scoring the most points is the winner of the game.
     To register a team, contact Belinda Fieldhouse ( to receive an application. Each team must consist of four active-level ACF members. Completed applications must be returned by May 30.

Visit ACF's New Headquarters in July Following the Convention

Are you interested in visiting the ACF's national office in St. Augustine, Fla.? A bus trip is tentatively planned following the board of governors meeting July 21. Buses would leave the Orlando World Center Marriott mid-afternoon and return that evening. To express interest, contact ACF's events-management department at (800) 824-9458 or e-mail A minimum sign-up of 50 is required for this visit to take place.

The National Culinary Review Asks, "Did You Have a Mentor?"

The National Culinary Review is developing editorial on the need for mentors and positive role models in back of the house. Interested readers who have great stories to tell about their own mentors, or who are great mentors themselves, are encouraged to contact Kay Orde, editor-in-chief, so that she may pass along the best examples to the journalist compiling the feature. What special qualities are possessed by an effective mentor? And how great is the need for mentoring in modern foodservice? Let Kay know by e-mailing her at

"Top This" Recipe Contest Could Be Your Ticket to the 2004 ACF National Convention

Sara Lee Dressings & Sauces invites those involved in the professional preparation of food or recipes, 18 years old or older, to enter its "Top This" recipe contest for dressings and sauces. Prizes will be awarded for the three top original sauces and/or condiments used in an original sandwich concept.
     Sara Lee Dressings & Sauces, a division of Sara Lee Coffee & Tea-North America, particularly encourages culinary students to participate as a way to learn and test their skills and originality.
     The first-place winner will receive a trip for two to the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., including hotel, airfare and registration, and a $1,000 academic scholarship or contribution to a culinary institute of choice. Two runners-up will receive full convention registration. Winners will be announced at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, May 22-25.
     Deadline to enter is May 10, 2004. For official rules, contact Matthew Drew at (847) 472-2806, e-mail or visit

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