The Culinary Insider - July 6, 2010 (Vol. VIII, Issue 14)

Experience the Power of Connection at 2010 ACF National Convention

Online Registration Closes July 11
Hotel Discount Expires July 9

Experience four days of educational seminars and culinary demonstrations featuring the latest trends and techniques, hands-on workshops, competitions, networking opportunities, a two-day trade show, Chef & Child Foundation Community Service Day, and fun activities such as Disney night at the ACF National Convention, Aug. 2–5, at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. View the schedule and see why it’s the perfect opportunity to Taste Success. Register

Join the AAC at ACF National Convention

American Academy 
of Chefs
American Academy of Chefs

Join the American Academy of Chefs (AAC) as it hosts the following at ACF National Convention:

  • 39th Annual Academy Induction Reception and Dinner, Aug. 3: Enjoy an amazing seven-course meal at the Anaheim Marriott as we celebrate the induction of our new Fellows and award honorees. Tickets are $140. Order
  • First Annual Chef’s Classic Golf Tournament, Aug. 2: Tee it up at AAC’s shotgun scramble at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course. The cost is $50 for ACF members and $150 for nonmembers. Order
  • Spouses Outing to Los Angeles, Aug. 2: Come on down to the Price is Right or enjoy shopping at the Farmers Market and Grove Mall. Tickets are $20. Order
  • Spouses Lunch, Aug. 4: The spouses lunch is always an event to remember, with this year’s taking place at the Anaheim Hilton. Tickets are $20. Order

Order your tickets online or call (904) 484-0202. Seating is limited and tickets are selling fast! More information.

Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria

Culinary Nutrition News

Friendly bacteria are vital to proper development of the immune system, protection against disease and digestion, and absorption of food and nutrients. With the increasing popularity of foods and supplements known as probiotics, these sociable bacteria are gaining attention. Learn more by reading July’s issue of “Culinary Nutrition News,” Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria, sponsored by French’s Foodservice and provided through a partnership between ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

ACF National Convention—Visit Happy Chef® Booth for Exclusive Offers

Custom embroidered ACF chef coats, aprons & special deals only available to ACF National Convention attendees. Visit booth #308 for $5 chef hats, $10 chef coats & pants. Don’t miss out on these amazing offers!

Straight Talk for Chefs

Culinary Nutrition News

As chefs, nothing is more important to us than the food we source. However, unlike areas such as energy and water conservation and waste reduction, there are no easy answers about food to guide us. Chris Koetke, dean of culinary arts, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, speaks with Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, a fellow with the Leopold Center at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in this month’s Sustainability Corner to help clarify some of the issues. More

ACF Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations of candidates interested in running for positions on the ACF National Board of Directors for the 2011–2013 term will be accepted from the floor at the Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, during the 2010 ACF National Convention at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. Nominees will have until December 1 to submit, in writing, their intent to run, along with supporting documentation, to Mark Kent, CEC, chair of the ACF Nominations & Elections Committee. Guidelines and criteria will be posted on the ACF website by mid-July.

ACF Certification Budgeting A Must

Developing a budget is a necessary step in making your ACF certification process go smoothly. Understanding and planning for the initial cost of certification is almost as important as obtaining your certification. Contact if you have questions about the certification process.

The Solution to Serve Fresh Food for Long Hours


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ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association Issue Challenge

Supporters Thank you ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association for your generous donation of $10,000 to support ACF Culinary Team USA in its journey. The chapter made a three-year commitment to support Team by donating $4,000 in 2010, and $3,000 in 2011 and 2012. It is challenging ACF chapters to match or beat its donation. Support your Team, as it represents you and American cuisine in the international arena. Donate

National Restaurant Industy Needs You

National Restaurant Association The National Restaurant Association is looking for examples of ways restaurateurs provide nutritious menu options to consumers and help families provide healthful food options to children. It will use the examples to showcase the restaurant industry’s commitment to healthy living in a strategic communications effort. Please share what your restaurant is doing by e-mailing your examples to

ACF-Sanctioned Culinary Competitions

Culinary Competitions Calendar

Competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a culinarian to hone his or her craft than by putting skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format. Participate in an ACF-approved competition and earn continuing education hours.

Better Homes and Gardens Easy Appetizer Challenge

Submit a recipe by the July 15 deadline for an appetizer that can be prepared in 45 minutes or less with no more than eight ingredients, not including salt, pepper, etc. The grand prize is $2,500. Enter