The Culinary Insider - November 24, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 24)

Dear ACF members, partners and supporters:

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and there is much for which we should be thankful. During this busy time, take a moment to reflect on your good fortune and how lucky we are to be part of such an exciting industry. Also, I ask that you please keep in mind our troops and their families.

I am thankful to be involved with such a great group of culinarians, and wish all of you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Warm Wishes,

John Kinsella, CMC, CCE, WGMC, AAC
ACF National President

MORE Professional Development

Four Events, Four Cities, Two Thousand Attendees
From sous vide to sushi, wine pairings to beer tastings, the 2009 ACF Regional Conferences will feature more than 200 seminars, workshops and demonstrations on going green, sustainable aquaculture, the slow food movement, artisan cheeses, global flavors, financial planning, leadership lessons and MORE. If that isn’t enough, there will be competitions, trade shows, Knowledge Bowls and, of course, exquisite food. Find out what’s in store during the 2009 ACF Event Series.

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What Do You Think?

Are national standards for menu labeling a good idea?
A new bill, called the Labeling Education and Nutrition, or LEAN, Act of 2008, was unveiled at the National Restaurant Association’s 2008 Public Affairs Conference, Sept 23. The bill was created to replace inconsistent state and local nutrition ordinances with a national standard. If the bill is passed by the Senate, national standards would establish uniform regulations that require all restaurant and grocery chains with 20 or more outlets to display nutritional data for menu items to customers before they reach the point of purchase.

Do you think it is a good idea to have standardized national requirements? Or should states and local governments have the power to implement regulations? Tell us what you think on Not a member? It’s free to join.

Apprenticeship Programs Offering New Certification Options

Graduates Can Earn CSC or CWPC Designation
Apprentices graduating from 4,000 and 6,000-hour apprenticeship programs are now eligible to take the final written and practical exams for the Certified Sous Chef (CSC) or Certified Working Pastry Chef (CWPC) designations. Testing at this level begins in early spring. More

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Casting Call For Culinary Moms

Set to Air on Food Network
Are you both a chef and a mom? Do you have a BIG personality? Casting has begun for a new show featuring dynamic moms who can cook. This is your chance to show off your culinary knowledge and any special entertaining tips on your very own show. To apply for the show, please send your name, contact information, brief bio and photo to

Recipe Contests: Submit Your Winning Recipe

Your Most Tempting Peanut Recipes
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