The Culinary Insider - February 28, 2011 (Vol. IX, Issue 5)

2011 ACF Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta a Stellar Success

Play Video The 2011 ACF Southeast Regional Conference, hosted by ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter Inc., brought more than 450 chefs, cooks and foodservice professionals to Atlanta, one of the shining culinary cities of the South and home to approximately 500 Zagat-rated restaurants. Attendees Experienced the Power of Connection through the many seminars and demos featuring the latest trends and techniques, meal events, networking functions, trade show and intense competitions. More

A sincere thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors, whose support was instrumental to our success, and congratulations to the award recipients, honorees and competitors for their outstanding contributions and a job well done.

Ingredient of the Month: Lentils

Lentil Apple Muffins

Meaning “lens” in Latin, lentils are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, which makes them a healthy substitute for meat. Their high nutrient content and extreme versatility in the kitchen make them effortless, inexpensive and healthy additions to side dishes (puréed, whole and combined with vegetables), soups, salads and stews. Learn more and find out how to make lentil apple muffins by reading March’s Ingredient of the Month, presented by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University.

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The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Webinar


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is sponsoring a webinar on March 8, 2–3 p.m. EST, titled Healthy Eating Advice: The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Kathryn McMurry, MS, will review the significance and the key recommendations of the new guidelines in her address, Healthy Eating 101: What are the New U.S. Dietary Guidelines? Rachel Hayes, MPH, RD, in Making the Dietary Guidelines Actionable for Americans will address how to incorporate the new guidelines into the lives of Americans. Register.

Join Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength's Dine Out For No Kid 
Hungry Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry (formerly Great American Dine Out) is a national event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. From September 18–24, participating restaurants will raise funds through a variety of ways to support No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Register your restaurant today and make a difference in a child’s life.

The Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

CAFE 2011 Professional-Development Events

  • Teaching Strategies/Best Practices
  • Leadership Through New Ideas
  • Sustainability Conference
  • International Desserts
  • Catering Operations/Curriculum

Instructor scholarships available!

For more information on 2011 CAFÉ events, to read this month’s “Gold Medal Classroom” or to sign up for regular updates on CAFÉ programs, news and opportunities for foodservice educators and culinary trainers, visit

Your Signature Paella Recipe Could Win $1,000


ACF members enter an original “signature” recipe for paella made with Minute Rice, white or brown. The four ACF region winners will compete at ACF national convention for $1,000. Apply by March 11 for the ACF Central Regional Conference and March 18 for the ACF Western Regional Conference.

ACF National Elections Voting Eligibility

Vote ACF members will vote electronically in May for the 2011–2013 Board of Directors national officers. To guarantee your eligibility to vote your dues must be paid and your contact information and e-mail current. Update your member profile on the ACF website or call ACF at (800) 624-9458. Contact ACF Nominations & Elections Committee Chair Mark Kent, CEC, with questions at (330) 972-2349 or e-mail him.