The Culinary Insider - December 22, 2008 (Vol. VI, Issue 26)

Dear ACF members, partners and supporters:

This holiday season I wish you all the warmth and happiness, as you spend time with your loved ones. During this hectic time, please take a moment to reflect on the past year and how lucky we are to be surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. It has been an eventful year for myself, as well as the ACF, and I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful group. I wish you all a joyful holiday season and have a happy new year.

Warm Wishes,

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

Demonstrate Your Culinary Excellence

Become Certified Today
If you’re thinking of becoming certified, it’s now easier than ever. Review the certification requirement grid for an overview of the different levels of certification. Applications for each certification level have been revised and requirement details have been expanded.

With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Learn more about certification today.

Broaden Your Horizon

From seafood to sous vide cooking, chocolate to cheese and from Boston to Seattle, the 2009 ACF Events Series covers an array of culinary topics from coast to coast.

Early registration discounts are available for a limited time. Learn MORE about the 2009 ACF Regional Conferences today.

Northeast Regional Conference   Central Regional Conference
Western Regional Conference   Southeast Regional Conference

Knowledge Bowl Registration Deadline: Dec. 31

Register your team today for the 2009 Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl and receive a copy of the NRAEF ManageFirst: Nutrition book, compliments of the 2009 sponsor, Pearson Education.

Teams of junior members will compete in the double elimination, “Jeopardy-style” competition, for the chance to become national champions. Interested teams, download the 2009 application and competition guidelines now.

ACF Wants to Hear From You

Have you switched jobs? Changed your email? Or recently moved? ACF would like to know, so that we can better serve you. Login to ACF’s Web site to update your member profile. Don’t forget to complete the demographic survey by clicking on “More Info.”

Forgot your login information? Use your member ID as your username and your chapter ID for your password.* Both are located on your ACF member card.

*If you have changed your username and password, use your new login information.

ACF Awards Seal of Approval to Stella Toppers Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Stella® Toppers® Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, a foodservice brand of Saputo Cheese USA, Inc., earned the federation’s endorsement on the Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine and Fresh Mozzarella Bocconcini products. Find out how both products earned the federation’s endorsement. More

Currently, there are more than 180 ACF-approved products. For information on ACF’s Seal of Approval, visit ACF’s Web site or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 128.

Recipe Contests: Submit Your Winning Recipe

Philly Express Holiday Sweepstakes
Prize: $5,000 Culinary Innovation Session
Entry deadline: Dec. 31

Create an Original Mionetto Cocktail
Prize: $5,000
Entry deadline: Dec. 31

More than a Mixer

An essential in any cook’s kitchen, the versatile KitchenAid® stand mixer does far more than simply mix. Over a dozen optional attachments expand the utility of this kitchen workhorse, transforming it into everything from a meat grinder and pasta roller to an ice cream maker.

Introduced almost 90 years ago, the legendary KitchenAid® stand mixer proves that good things can get even better over time. Beyond mixing, kneading and whipping, a range of optional attachments easily transform this culinary icon into a total “food preparation center.”

Grind and season meats, or prepare fresh breakfast sausage. Slice fruits and vegetables instantly, or strain them for sauces. Roll and cut flawless pasta, from flat noodles to angel hair or thin spaghetti. Quickly shred potatoes and cheese, and grind flour for special breads.

Optional attachments for the KitchenAid® stand mixer include a slicer and shredder, fruit and vegetable strainer, food grinder, grain mill, citrus juicer and sausage stuffer; a pasta roller and a ravioli maker; several pasta cutters including fettuccine, wide noodle, spaghetti and angel hair; and an ice cream maker.

For more information please go to

Academy of Ice Carving & Design (AICD)

New England Culinary Institute

Elegant Ice Creations