The Culinary Insider - January 28, 2014 (Vol. XII, Issue 2)

ACF Board of Directors & Commissions in St. Augustine, Fla., for Meetings

Green vegetables

It was a busy week at the ACF national office with many ACF members arriving in St. Augustine, Fla. The ACF Board of Directors, ACFEF Accrediting Commission and ACF Certification Commission are in sunny, but cold, Florida, for meetings. In addition, several vendors, partners and international guests were at the national office. One of the many highlights included a visit by Gissur Gudmundsson, president, and Ragnar Fridriksson, general manager, of the World Association of Chefs Societies for an all-day meeting with ACF National President Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC. ACF is off to running start in 2014.

New ACF Chapter Logos Available for ACF Members

American Culinary Federation The new ACF branded chapter logos are available to ACF members on their member profile page on the ACF website. To access, members need to log in to the ACF website, go to the “Members Only Area” and click “Download Your ACF Chapter Logo.”

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFE)

CAFE CAFE 2014 Events for Educators

2nd-Annual Deans and Directors Retreat
February 21–23
Kendall College, Chicago

Topics include leading change within your organization, distinguishing fads from trends, determining the value of culinary education (and telling your story!), strategies to improve student retention, update on social-media integration, more. Registration includes opening reception, lunches, breaks, transportation to/from hotel and ACF continuing-education hours. Visit for agenda, registration and lodging info.

** Limited to 50 attendees! **

Job Hunting in Today’s Economy


From executive chef and pastry chef to educator, ACF is here to help you in your job search. Visit the ACF Career Center for available jobs in the culinary industry. Search by location or type, or post your resume. Create job alerts and never let a matching job opportunity pass you by. New jobs that match your search criteria will be emailed directly to you. Sign up today.

Ingredient of the Month: Cinnamon

Cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon has many health benefits. It helps regulate blood sugar, reduces inflammation in the body and the risk of blood clots, and has been used to stop bleeding in small cuts and scrapes. Smelling cinnamon stimulates brain activity and helps with memory and problem-solving. Find out more in January’s Ingredient of the Month by ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation, including healthy recipes for tasty Oatmeal Cookies and Cinnamon-Poached Chicken and Rice.

2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow

Catersource Catersource, the leader in catering and event industry news and education, brings you the 2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow held March 23–26, 2014, in Las Vegas. Join caterers, chefs, suppliers and more in an environment built for learning, sharing and experiencing all the industry has to offer. Use code ACF14 and save $50 on registration at

Hot Potato, Healthy Potato Recipe Contest


The United States Potato Board is celebrating the goodness of potatoes with a new recipe challenge—the Hot Potato, Healthy Potato Recipe Contest. The contest begins Feb. 1 and the deadline for entries is May 31. Submit your recipe for a healthier potato side dish, appetizer, salad or entree, along with a description of why the dish is better-for-you and what potatoes bring to the party. Recipes will be judged on taste, creativity, presentation and the provided description. Winners will be announced in July 2014. Learn more and apply.

Connect with ACF’s LinkedIn Group

LinkedIn ACF’s group page on LinkedIn, American Culinary Federation-Official Group, is for chefs and foodservice professionals to share information and post questions pertaining to the culinary industry. Join today and start a conversation with others who are as passionate about food as you.