The Culinary Insider - October 21, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 22)

Take the “What’s Hot” Survey & You Could Win a $500 AmEx Gift Card

Take the Survey November 3 Deadline
ACF and the National Restaurant Association have teamed up again for the annual “What’s Hot” survey to identify restaurant menu trends for the coming year. As a professional chef and member of ACF, your input is invaluable to gauge which trends will be hot on restaurant menus in 2014. Determine what’s a hot trend, yesterday’s news, or perennial favorite according to your professional opinion. The list is not all-inclusive, so please use the space indicated to let us know of any trends we might have missed. Everyone completing the survey may enter a drawing for a $500 American Express gift card. Complete the survey by the Nov. 3 deadline.

Present at an ACF Regional Conference


ACF strives to provide innovative seminars and demonstrations on the latest culinary trends and topics at our 2014 conferences and convention presented by skilled, experienced chefs who excel in the culinary industry. The theme for 2014 focuses on “Embracing a Sustainable Future” through personal, professional and green/global growth opportunities. Chefs interested in sharing their knowledge consistent with the theme should submit an electronic proposal by Nov. 15. Apply Offers ACF-Approved CEHs now offers CEHs that include 5-hours in Food Management (allergens, nutrition, kitchen recycling and children menus), 7-hours on the Keys to Baking (shop 101, cake making, cake mixing and herbs, seeds and more) and 12-hours on Supervisory Skills. has combined all 24-hours in a SPECIAL CEH package for only $8.29 per hour. CEH’s are ACF APPROVED, affordable and accessible 24/7.

ACE Refresher Back to Basics Webinar

Register Now Approved Certification Evaluators (ACE) must attend an ACE refresher webinar training each calendar year. Register today for one of the following back to basics presentations:
Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. EST
Nov. 11, 2 p.m. EST
Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m. EST
Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. EST
Dec. 20, 4 p.m. EST

Add Convenience to the Holiday Season with Upscale Disposables from WNA


Add convenience to the holiday season with upscale disposables from WNA! The “Starry Swirlz” stock holiday design offers a holiday impression, but is universal enough to be used during the entire winter season. With Starry Swirlz printed Masterpiece™ plates, matching tumblers, and Reflections™ cutlery and stemware; only WNA offers the ability to create such an elegant holiday presentation in a disposable tableware setting!

ACF Culinary Team USA Practice Begins

ACF Culinary Team USA Tryouts

ACF Culinary Team USA’s first practice will take place Oct. 25–27 at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill. The 11 chefs will begin training on their cold-food program as they work towards their first international competition at the 2014 Expogast-Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. Watch the video from the August 24 hot-food tryout at the College of DuPage produced by Multimedia Services at the College of DuPage.

Cuisine Decor for Chefs

Tools for Chefs

Our Chef’s Tool Kits are an exciting way to jump start your culinary creations! Inside you’ll find 120 unique picks and skewers that will add amazing diversity and excitement to your dishes. See the ad on this page for a promo code to get your Chef’s Tool Kit today! Pick On Us has been supplying bamboo picks, skewers and serving ware to chefs and caterers nationally and internationally for 25 years.

Ingredient of the Month: Squash


Low in calories, winter squash is packed with nutrients necessary for optimal health, from vitamin A for a strong immune system to fiber for a healthy digestive tract. It also provides the body with immune system-supporting vitamins B6 and C, and energy-producing potassium and complex carbohydrates. In addition, the seeds are a good source of fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids that benefit heart health. Learn more and get the recipes for Winter Squash and Quinoa Salad, Creamy Mac N Cheese featuring Butternut Squash and more in October’s Ingredient of the Month, provided by the ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation.

Second Annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge

Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge The National Restaurant Association is accepting submissions for its second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge. The initiative is aimed at showcasing restaurant and foodservice companies’ culinary ingenuity of creating healthful options for children. Restaurant and foodservice operators should submit one or more recipes from their children’s menus that meet the nutrition criteria from Kids LiveWell, which are based on the USDA dietary guidelines, by the Dec. 15 deadline. Apply