ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 12
May 14, 2004


 In this edition . . .

* View the scrapbook from your 2004 regional conference online
* One week remains to save the most on registration for the 2004 ACF National Convention!
* Flying to Orlando in mid-July? Earn 1,000 bonus SkyMiles from Delta Air Lines by booking online through ACF
* Take the practical exam for certification during ACF's national convention
* Tour ACF's new headquarters following ACF's convention
* The National Culinary Review seeks chefs with addictions

Who Won What in Your Region?

Photos of awards presented at the 2004 ACF regional conferences are posted on ACF's Web site. To view, visit:

Early Registration Discount for 2004 ACF National Convention Extended to May 21

The deadline to register for the greatest discount to attend the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 16-20, has been extended to May 21. For active members, full registration is only $460; after May 21, the fee increases to $535 (until June 15). Student members pay only $360 through May 21 ($405 after, until June 15). To register by mail or fax, refer to the form in The National Culinary Review or register online at

Book Convention Travel Online Through Delta, Earn Bonus SkyMiles

Through ACF, Delta Air Lines is offering discounting of up to 10% on certain classes of fares for travel to and from the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla. . . Discounts are applicable for travel July 13-25, 2004. Plus, if you book your reservation online by linking from ACF's Web site, you'll receive 1,000 bonus SkyMiles.
To be eligible to receive both the discount and the bonus SkyMiles, you must visit, and click on the Delta Air Lines logo at the bottom of the page.
For more information, contact Debbie Kelder, ACF's travel-services manager, at (800) 624-9458, x 107, or

Take the Certification Practical Exam During ACF Convention

The next practical exam for all levels of ACF certification (except CMC and CMPC) is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, at the Orlando (Fla.) Culinary Academy/Le Cordon Bleu on the last day of the 2004 ACF National Convention. The fee is $50 for members, $100 for non-members. Space is limited; availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the exam or for more information, contact Belinda Fieldhouse at (800) 624-9458, x138, or

Visit ACF's New Headquarters in July Following Convention

Are you interested in visiting ACF's national office in St. Augustine, Fla.? A bus trip is tentatively planned following the board of governors meeting Wednesday, 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) 624-9458 or e-mail A minimum sign-up of 50 is required for this visit to take place.

The National Culinary Review Asks, "Does Your Habit Help You Cope?"

The plunge into bad habits, the fall into the abyss . . . If diners are running to restaurants to get away from it all, to what do chefs turn when they need an escape? The National Culinary Review explores addictive behavior in the form of habits you'd quit if you could - or you've kicked. Respondents may remain anonymous, although NCR seeks real stories from chefs who suffer or have suffered from abuses of alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, sex, etc., and how you feel about it. The journalist compiling the feature will approach the subject with sensitivity. To indicate your willingness to share your experiences, e-mail Kay Orde, editor-in-chief, at (Some respondents might not be interviewed.)

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