CCF Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2010

Celebrating Childhood Nutrition Day October 16

ACF members and chapters around the nation supported Childhood Nutrition Day on or around October 16 by holding events to raise awareness about the need for education on childhood hunger, proper nutrition and obesity issues.

Healthier Halloween Demo

The Upper Michigan Chapter of the ACF hosted a Healthier Halloween Demo during the Fall Bazaar held at St. Stephens Church in Escanaba, Mich. The chefs made healthier alternative treats such as Orange Jack-o-lanterns, Ghostly Bananas, Mummy Sticks, and Ghoul Aid for the children and parents.

Principal for the Day

On Oct. 21, 2010, Gloria Hafer, CCF Central Regional Chair, and another member of ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians, Inc, were invited to be the “Principal for the Day” at the Henry Clay School in Chicago. The topic for the day was eating healthy to curb childhood obesity. Chef Hafer visited classrooms, ranging from pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade, and gave a cooking demonstration using pretzels, peanut butter, raisins and almonds to make edible flies.

LA’s Spotlight on Childhood Hunger

ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California hosted an all-day event bringing public awareness to childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity in America. The day began with a kid’s healthy cooking contest, followed by a benefit concert. The E.A.T.F.U.N. healthy cooking contest used the following six criteria developed by the CCF Chair: (E)ase of preparation, (A)ffordability, (T)aste, (F)amily-friendly appearance, (U)se of sustainable products, (N)utritional content.

The city also made an official resolution to declare Oct. 16 Childhood Hunger Day in Los Angeles.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

ACF Capital District Central New York Chapter held a Chef & Child event at the local green market teaching young children and their parents how to pack a healthy lunch using ingredients from the market. The students prepared two “brown bagged” lunches using a variety of locally made products that also fit the nutritional requirements of grade school children while making the food taste good as well.

Learning Begins at Breakfast

In its fourth year, chefs from ACF Minneapolis Chefs Chapter, along with representatives from the American Heart Association (AHA), go into elementary schools to teach third graders the importance of a nutritious breakfast. After a brief introduction by AHA, ACF chefs demonstrated how to make a breakfast parfait using yogurt, cereal and fresh fruit.

Email your success stories to Find out more about how you and your chapter can raise awareness in your community on our website.

Spotlight on…Chef Lorena Garcia

One of the country’s leading Latina chefs, Lorena Garcia was born and raised in Venezuela, and credits her many gatherings spent entertaining family and friends as her career inspiration. “Bringing loved ones together to enjoy wonderful food is something that has always fulfilled me.”

Lorena has taken on the challenge of combating childhood obesity using her culinary knowledge. She developed “Big Chef, Little Chef” as a comprehensive program to help kids and their families take control of their eating habits and ultimately, their lives. More than simply promoting healthy eating, it is a lifestyle modification plan that educates children of all ages and their families about the benefits of nutrition and of living a healthy, happy, and positive life.

Find out more about Chef Lorena Garcia on

Soup for the Holidays

by Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE

Make it Hot! Make it Fast!

As the days get shorter and the holiday season gets more hectic, comfort food is in higher demand. And there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of hot soup. Soup, paired with a side dish or two, can be a heartening, nurturing meal in itself.

Groundbreaking Ceremony set for Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation Children’s Healthy Living Center and Funville Activity

Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation

Hattie Mae & Pals Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hattie Mae & Pals Children’s Healthy Living Center and Funville Activity Park on Mon., Sept. 27, 2010.

The ChildrenRw17;s Healthy Living Center and Funville Activity Park is expected to be America’s first activity complex devoted to combating childhood obesity. With the planned opening of Fall 2012, the complex will include a 60,000 sq. ft. facility on over 22 acres of land located adjacent to Rudy Moran Park.

“We are very excited to help Mississippi lead the way in the fight against childhood obesity. Everyone supports the cause of bettering the lives of our children, especially given the recent upsurge in childhood obesity,” said Foundation CEO, Shawn Smith. “This center will provide children with resources, tools, and a safe place to exercise and play in a safe, healthy environment.”

CCF Recipe Collection

CCF is proud to announce a new addition to the website with recipes collected by Vince Blancato and updated by Clemson University for nutritional content. New recipes will be added shortly. Currently available for download are:

Local Chapter Corner

Get Involved In Your Community

The support of ACF chapters is needed to accomplish the goals and projects we have set in motion for CCF. Please get involved in your community. You can use one of the programs we have available online or create your own. Most importantly, if you are doing a fundraiser for a charity in your area, please register the recipient with the Chef & Child Foundation through the national office. This will allow donors to receive a tax break and protect your chapter from breaking tax laws. Download the revised fundraising form and email it to, or mail it to ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.

Clemson University Partnership

Culinary Nutrition News

Culinary Nutrition News articles are free and available for download the first Monday of each month. Download articles, share with colleagues or click the “Send to a friend” button and share with family, friends and peers. Download these articles and build your personal nutrition library. Sponsored by French’s Foodservice.

Ingredient of the Month

The nutritional Ingredient of the Month is a free downloadable guide featuring a new nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus. Available the first Monday of the month, the downloadable guide will provide an in-depth look the latest in nutrition ingredients. Download these articles, share with colleagues and start creating your nutritional-recipe collection.

Support Our Mission

The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation relies on the support of generous sponsors and donors to continue to fulfill its mission “to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by American Culinary Federation chef members and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.”

Donate online, by calling (800) 624-9458, ext. 102, or by mailing a check to Chef & Child Foundation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095.

Meet the Chef & Child Foundation Board

Elizabeth Mikesell, CEC, AAC, Chairwoman
Ira Fingerman, Vice Chair
Phil Cragg, CEC, CCE, AAC, Communication
Brad Everett, Education
Jean Hull, CCE, AAC, Liaison

Lynn Krause, CEPC, AAC, Central Region Chair
D’Aun Carrell, Central Region Co-Chair
Phil Cragg, CEC, CCE, AAC, Northeast Region Chair
Kyle Shadix, CCC, MS, RD, Northeast Region Co-Chair
John Maxwell, CCE, CEC, AAC, Southeast Region Chair
Malika Robins, CEC, FMP, Southeast Region Co-Chair
Patti Curfman, CEC, CEPC, AAC, Western Region Chair
Joe Eidem, CEC, AAC, Western Region Co-Chair