ACF Today Vol. V, No. 9
April 16, 2007
In this edition . . .

  • 2007 American Culinary Federation Regional Conference News
  • Visit eCulinary Today! Earn Continuing Education Hours by taking April's Online Quiz
  • The NAFEM Show is October 11-13, 2007: TWO WAYS FOR ACF MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE
  • Are you a Culinarian looking for a Job or Employer looking to fill a Position? ACF's online Career Center is the Answer!
  • Proctor & Gamble Professional™ Products
  • CAFÉ Announces 2007 Educator Workshops and Leadership Conference

2007 American Culinary Federation Regional Conference News

Southeast Regional Conference
The Sights, Sounds and Flavors of Music City

April 29-May 1, 2007
Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.
Hosted by ACF Middle Tennessee Chapter

Conference Highlights:

General Session promises to balance ACF business, culinary education and fun. The keynote speaker is Walter Scheib, HAAC. Scheib served as the White House executive chef for 11 years (1994-2005) under the Clinton and Bush Administrations. His experiences at the White House serve as his primary resource for an array of anecdotal storytelling, which includes views of the Clinton and Bush families, the corridors of political power, international personalities and what it was like in the kitchen at the most famous building in the United States.

Scheib now runs The American Chef, a company in Great Falls, Va., that offers catering, cooking classes and culinary talks that draw on his White House experiences. Scheib has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Food and Wine Magazine, and US News and World Report, and has appeared on Iron Chef America on the Food Network, CBS' The Early Show, NBC's Today Show, and ABC's Nightline, among others.

Songwriter's Night at the Wild Horse Saloon Sunday, April 29 - A benefit for childhood hunger awareness in middle Tennessee, this gala will feature the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City complete with cocktails, music, dinner, music, a songwriter's roundtable, line dancing and-you guessed it MUSIC!

Songwriters Victoria Shaw, Bob DiPiero and Jim Photoglo will do more than just perform; they will share the stories behind the inspiration to songs they have written for artists such as Garth Brooks, Alabama, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Olivia Newton-John, George Strait and more.

Ticket prices range from $20, which is good for admission to the show only, to $75 for the full evening of cocktails, dinner, the show and dancing afterwards. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Detailed information about ticket options, the entertainment line up and more is available online at Tickets are on sale now through the chapter and through Ticketmaster, and will be available to the general public this week. Be sure to order yours before they're gone!

Visit eCulinary today!
Earn continuing education hours by taking April's online quiz

American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) eCulinary Professional Development Institute offers online educational opportunities that help culinarians take their careers to the next level. Developed in collaboration with Thomson Delmar Learning, eCulinary provides professional-development training and resources beneficial to career advancement in an easy-to-navigate online format.

Go to:
1. Click "Login & Register" button
2. After logged in:

  • To purchase the April NCR quiz, click on the "The National Culinary Review Quizzes" link.
  • To purchase any of the Apprenticeship courses (Introduction to Cooking, Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, or Cost Control for Food Service Operation) click on the "Training Courses" link

If you have any questions about the quizzes or courses, contact Michael Baskette, ACF Education Development Director, at (800) 624-9458, ext. 110 or

The NAFEM Show is October 11-13, 2007

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show is a biennial trade show featuring more than 600 manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies, used for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service.

NAFEM invites ACF members to participate in The Show, October 11-13, 2007, in Atlanta, like never before through two exciting programs - Complimentary Badges and Attendee Scholarships.

Here's more information about these programs and how you can participate:

The Complimentary Badge program offers free badges to all ACF members who follow this simple process:
a. Register online at by September 28, 2007
b. Enter the ACF code: AP43

NAFEM will mail Complimentary Badges directly to all registrants before the show.

New this year, the show also offers ACF the opportunity to participate in an Attendee Scholarship program. This program makes it easy to attend the show by providing $500 travel stipends to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  1. Apply online at by July 11, 2007
    (Please hurry; scholarships are limited!)
  2. Enter the ACF code: AP43
  3. Be an ACF member in good standing
  4. Hold current employment with an entity recognized by ACF
  5. Did not attend the last NAFEM show (2005)
  6. Have hotel accommodations during The NAFEM Show in the show's official hotel block

Once these criteria, including on-site participation, are confirmed, NAFEM will mail each participant a $500 travel stipend after the show.

Are you a Culinarian looking for Job or Employer looking to fill a Position? ACF's online Career Center is the Answer!

The ACF Career Center allows job seekers to post résumé anonymously and view positions for recent culinary jobs available across the nation. Plus, personal job alerts can be established for e-mail notification of jobs posted that match search preferences. Employers can post open positions, manage postings, view résumé, store candidate information and manage online recruiting with ease. Create an account now at!

Proctor & Gamble 
Professional™ Products

Proctor & Gamble Professional™ Products

Procter & Gamble Professional™, the away-from-home division of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, provides the foodservice industry with a complete line of cleaning and sanitation solutions for establishments that serve and prepare food, including restaurants, schools, supermarkets and health care facilities.

The Foodservice business provides holistic programs with quality products, equipment and employee training materials to enable back and front of house cleaning and sanitation. The business features a complete line of Dawn® products consisting of Dawn Manual Pot and Pan Detergent, Dawn Packets, Dawn Power Dissolver, Dawn Heavy Duty Degreaser and Dawn Heavy Duty Floor, all designed to remove tough grease on back of house kitchen surfaces. Other products featured in the Foodservice business include Comet® Cleaner with Bleach, Spic and Span® Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray & Glass Cleaner and Clean Quick® Broad Range Quaternary Sanitizer.

In addition to the foodservice industry, P&G Professional is also a major player in the convenience store, janitorial and lodging segments, to which it supplies trusted P&G brands such as Tide®, Downy®, Mr. Clean®, Spic and Span, Febreze®, Bounty®, Folgers® and Millstone®. P&G Professional also features its own brand, P&G Pro Line™, a complete line of products for finished floors, carpets, and daily and specialty cleaning.

P&G Professional offers complete solutions through products, services and support, and the division draws on P&G's technical expertise and resources to help customers solve problems.


CAFÉ Announces 2007 Educator Workshops and Leadership Conference

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) offers professional-development workshops for chefs and chef instructors.

Go to "Events" at


  • June 1-3 - "Pâtés and Forcemeats," L'Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • July 12-15 - "Breads: from Basic to Artisanal," Florida Culinary Institute, West Palm Beach
  • July 27-29 - "American Regional Cuisine," Kendall College, Chicago. Emphasis on the cuisines of the Midwest, New England, Pacific Northwest, South and Southwest
  • Aug. 2-5 - "International Cuisines & Wines," Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas. Mexican, Bistro French, Contemporary Chinese and Eastern Mediterranean. (Registrants must be at least 21 to attend.)

Register by May 1 for all CAFÉ events for best registration discount!

Also ...
Specifically for college-program directors and lead instructors:

"Today's Issues, Tomorrow's Classroom"
June 22-24, 2007
Scottsdale Culinary Institute
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Keynote: Jesse Cool, chef/owner, Cooleatz Restaurants, Menlo Park, Calif., and author, Your Organic Kitchen.
Master classes (one included free with registration) include Wine with International Flavors, Catering to an Aging Population, The Art of Presentation, The Art of Lamb (hands-on fabrication), and Generations, Genders and Going Forward.
Breakout sessions include teaching team-building in the classroom, food allergies, teaching current issues, how to get published, media coaching, and fighting burn-out/maintain a great place to work.

ACF CE hours and Purdue University CEUs awarded at all CAFÉ events

Visit or call (410) 268-5542 for dates, agendas, registration and hotel information.