ACF Today, Vol. II, No. 25
December 10, 2004

In this edition . . .

* Deadline to nominate national ACF officers is fast approaching!
* Apply for the Culinary Knowledge Bowl by Dec. 31
* Practical exams for certification offered at regional conferences
* ACF Educators Clinics at each regional conference next year
* ACF's e-store offers new seasonal and sale merchandise
* Discounts on IBM equipment for ACF members through the end of year

Dec. 31 Is Deadline to Nominate Chefs for National ACF Office
The American Culinary Federation seeks nominations for all offices on its national board of directors, plus the office of vice-chair of the American Academy of Chefs (which is not part of the board). Nominations for all offices of the American Culinary Federation are open until December 31, 2004. Terms for ACF national office are four years, from mid-2005 to mid-2009. Terms for American Academy of Chefs offices are two years, from mid-2005 to mid-2007. ACF's board of directors will be seated at the 2005 ACF National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, July 30-Aug. 3.

Seats for ACF national office are:
* President
* Vice President, Central Region
* Vice President, Northeastern Region
* Vice President, Southeastern Region
* Vice President, Western Region
* Secretary
* Treasurer
Any ACF member in good standing may nominate one or more ACF members in good standing for one or more of the above seats.

Seats for Academy national office are:
* Chairman
* Vice-chairman (no vote on board of directors)
Any Academy member in good standing may nominate one or more Academy members in good standing for one or both of the above seats.

Nominations must be in writing, and must be sent via U.S. mail or express service. Nominations postmarked later than December 31, 2004, will not be considered.

Written nominations must be mailed to:
Frederik J. Lucardie, CEC, AAC
3603 South MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629-8907

For more information, contact ACF at (800) 624-9458,

Apply to Compete in Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowls by Dec. 31
The deadline to apply to compete in the regional 2005 Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowls is December 31. Applications, available online at, will be accepted by fax or mail. Registration fee is $100.00. Mailed applications must by postmarked by Dec. 31 and mailed to American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095. Applications will be accepted by fax to (904) 825-4758 until 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 31. For more information, contact ACF at (800) 624-9458,

Practical Exam for ACF Certification Offered at Regional Conferences
The ACF certification practical exam will be offered at each of the upcoming regional conferences. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis until spaces are filled. For more information or to register, contact ACF at (800) 624-9458,

If you are a registered practical examiner or examiner apprentice and are taking the exam to fulfill the requirements to become a practical-test examiner, the $50.00 registration fee is waived. Also, the two required practical-exam classes for practical test examiners will be offered at each of the regional conferences. (You do not need to pre-register to attend these classes.) For more information, contact ACF at (800) 624-9458,

Educators Clinics Offered at All Four 2005 Regional Conferences
Register now for ACF's regional Educators Clinics at any of the four upcoming 2005 ACF Regional Conferences. Presented by professional educators, these clinics will be packed full of education trends and techniques required by modern culinary educators. The eight-hour format is ideal for in-service training requirements of most secondary and postsecondary institutions, and can be used to partially satisfy the education-development-training requirement for ACF's certified secondary culinary educator (CSCE) and certified culinary educator (CCE). For more information or to register contact ACF at (800) 624-9458,, or register online at The registration fee is $125.00, which includes lunch.

ACF's e-Store Offers Great Holiday Gift Items!
A host of new merchandise has been added to ACF's online e-store at Examples of distinctive ACF items (plus some popular items that have recently been discounted) are:
* 100% cotton Short Sleeve Denim Shirt, #ME177, $30
* 100% cotton Long Sleeve Denim Shirt, #ME194, $30
* 10oz. Silver Travel Mug with ACF Logo, #ME185, $8
* ACF Coaster Set, #ME132, $15
* Neckerchief, #ME176, $9
* ACF Neckerchief Slide, gold #ME137G or silver #ME137S, $8
* Mini Organizer, #ME199, $15
* Knife & Fork Lapel Pin, #ME181, $10
* Chef Lapel Pin - Pewter & Brass, #ME192, $12
* ACF Money Clip, #ME179, $12
* ACF Clip Watch, #ME180, $12
* ACF Key Chain, #ME047, $8

Also, show your support of ACF Culinary Team USA 2004's recent World Championship win in hot food at the 21st "Culinary Olympics"!
* Culinary Team USA 2004 Bear, #Team 07, $10
* Culinary Team USA Black Caps, #Team 16, $15
* Culinary Team USA Stone Caps, #Team 17, $15
* Culinary Team USA Navy Caps, #Team 20, $15
* Culinary Team USA Poster, #Team 22, $8
* Culinary Team USA Postcards (set of 10), #Team 21, $6
* Culinary Team USA Notecards (15 cards), #Team 23, $12
* Culinary Team USA Bomber Jacket, #Team 19, reg. $55, NOW $50

Academy Items ON SALE:
* AAC Ivory V Neck Sweater Vest, #AA018, reg. $40, NOW $30
* AAC White Cap, #AA019, reg. $15, NOW $10
* AAC Black Cap, #AA020, reg. $15, NOW $10
* AAC Solid White Polo Shirt, #AA022, reg. $27, NOW $20
* AAC White Polo Shirt with Blue Trim, #AA017, reg. $35, NOW $25

Prices include shipping (via USPS) to addresses in the contiguous United States only.

Receive a Special ACF Discount on Computer Notebooks!
As an ACF member, enjoy savings of 20% off select award-winning ThinkPad® X and T Series IBM notebooks and select innovative ThinkCentre™ M and S series desktops through the end of December only. Take advantage of discounts of 10% to 15% on hundreds of other IBM products and services, including notebooks, desktops, software, servers and accessories. Standard shipping is included when you order any PC or PC accessory online (U.S. only). Visit



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