The Culinary Insider - December 30, 2013 (Vol. XI, Issue 27)

Join Us Jan. 6, 2014, for the Unveiling of ACF’s New Logo and Vision

The Unveiling

Join ACF National President Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, AAC, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. EST via a video message, as he unveils ACF’s new logo and vision. As ACF approaches its 85th anniversary in 2014, the new logo and vision underscore the organization’s commitment to growth and transformation, and to innovation in the culinary world. Join us!

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Ingredient of the Month: Apples


Apples are low in calories and free of fat, sodium and cholesterol, and the skin is rich in dietary fiber. They are also high in antioxidants that lower the risk of a variety of cancers, stroke, asthma and diabetes. Nutrients are lost when apples are commercially processed into applesauce and juice. Learn more about apples and get the recipes for PDF Cranberry & Apple Chutney, Hot Apple Flapjacks and more in December’s Ingredient of the Month, provided by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation.



One of the most recognizable names for quality in the food service industry, WUSTHOF introduces PRO series…their first stamped food service line since the company’s founding in 1814.

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  • Made in Solingen/Germany.
  • NSF Certified.

ACF Regional Conferences and National Convention Embrace Sustainability


The theme for ACF’s 2014 regional conferences and national convention is “Embracing a Sustainable Future” through personal, professional and green/global growth opportunities. The focus will be on sustainability with a variety of opportunities to help chefs grow professionally and personally. Educational seminars and hands-on demonstrations will center on strengthening skills, inspiring careers and building a legacy for professional chefs through sustainability. Visit the ACF website to learn more, see conference schedules and register.

ACF Western Regional Conference

March 2–5, 2014 - Oakland, Calif.
Early registration deadline: Jan. 17, 2014

ACF Central Regional Conference

March 16–19, 2014 - St. Louis
Early registration deadline: Jan. 24, 2014

ACF Northeast Regional Conference

April 11–14, 2014 - Providence, R.I.
Early registration deadline: Feb. 21

ACF Southeast Regional Conference

April 26–29, 2014 - Charleston, S.C.
Early registration deadline: March 7

ACF National Convention

July 25–29, 2014
Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Mo.
Early registration deadline: June 6

RCA Conference & Culinology® Expo

RCA Annual Conference & Culinology Expo Make plans now to join the Research Chefs Association (RCA), March 11–14, 2014, in Portland, Ore., for the RCA Annual Conference & Culinology® Expo. Touted as the only research and development conference focused on Culinology®, the expo is the blending of culinary arts and food technology. Register by Feb. 7, 2014, and save $100.

ACF Chefs Predict What’s Hot in 2014

The annual What’s Hot in 2014 survey of more than 1,300 professional chefs, all ACF members, revealed that the top restaurant menus trends for 2014 focus on local sourcing, environmental sustainability and nutrition—children’s nutrition in particular. The survey, conducted annually by the National Restaurant Association in partnership with the American Culinary Federation, shows that these trends have been gaining momentum for several years, indicating that these wider themes influence the national culinary scene. In addition, the survey found that the top five alcohol and cocktail trends will be micro-distilled/artisan spirits, locally produced beer/wine/spirits, on-site barrel-aged drinks, culinary cocktails and regional signature cocktails. Read more and watch the video.