Press Release

Bring an Appetite for Adventure

The American Culinary Federation’s 2003 Western Region Conference takes place in Portland at the end of March

St. Augustine, Fla., February 17, 2003—Bring a healthy appetite and a sense of adventure to the 2003 ACF Western Region Conference, in Portland, Ore., March 28 to April 1. Join conference sponsor ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon, Inc. and ACF members from the western United States for this important educational and networking forum for chefs.

The 2003 conference will host competitions for members of the military and for students, as well as a barbeque competition and a professional hot food competition. Certification classes, educational seminars, and ice carving are scheduled, and evening activities include an Ice Breaker party, the American Academy of Chefs dinner, a senior chefs dinner, and a Gala Awards dinner. There will also be a fishing derby and tours of Portland and surrounding areas.

The Northwest Foodservice Show, sponsored by the Oregon Restaurant Association, takes place Saturday, March 29, through Monday, March 31, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Western Region Conference registration includes admission to the show, and the convention center is just two blocks from the conference hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel Lloyd Center. The professional hot food competition takes place on the trade show floor Monday, March 31.

Portland’s nightlife is excellent and varied, with the internationally famous Oregon Symphony at the top of the list. The city also has many local pubs and brew houses that feature jazz and blues, as well as comedy clubs and art gallery walks in the Pearl District. The city is home to the Trail Blazers basketball team.

For more information, access the 2003 ACF Western Region Conference Web site at or contact conference chair David Strouts at

Founded in 1929, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the largest and most prestigious chefs organization in America. ACF’s goal is to make a positive difference for culinarians internationally through education, apprenticeship, and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere.

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