CCF Newsletter - Summer 2011

Volunteer and Make a Difference!

Chefs Outreach to the Community, Friday, July 21 - Dallas

The Chefs Outreach to the Community event is an opportunity for chefs to share culinary knowledge, nutrition information and offer hands-on demonstrations for low-income families in the Dallas community. Be a part of this all-day event by running different education sessions, which will feature healthy vegetables, whole grains, healthy snacking and reducing fat and sodium with at home meals. Make a difference and sign up to volunteer today! Register online.

Hear from chefs and community members who took part in the 2010 event.

Barton Seaver at National Convention

Barton Seaver

National Geographic Fellow and acclaimed chef, author, and speaker Barton Seaver wants to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other through dinner.

Join us at the 2011 ACF National Convention in Dallas, and experience Barton Siever for a book signing and seminar as he discusses issues of sustainability and health as they relate to seafood. Through demonstrations of three recipes from his new book, “For Cod and Country,” he’ll address some common points of confusion and challenge: omega-3s vs. mercury; farmed vs. wild; fresh vs canned or frozen; and how best to procure fish to ensure that certain sustainability standards are met. He’ll speak to the opportunity that chefs have to actually participate in the restoration of ocean ecosystems, and how this role ties back to the core values of wellness and community.

New Food Icon to Help Consumers Make Healthier Choices On June 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled their new food icon, MyPlate, that will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

The USDA’s intent is to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid as an easy-to-understand visual guide.

More information at

Food Day, October 24, 2011 Food Day, which is spearheaded by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, wants to get Americans cooking healthy, delicious meals for their families again. Food Day will encourage people to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and support the local farms that produce them.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of real food and an effort to improve health, the environment, and America’s food system. It’s a grassroots mobilization push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, human way. On October 24, 2011, people will gather at events big and small, and from coast to coast, in homes, schools, supermarkets and elsewehre to both learn and advocate.

To help make Food Day a great success and learn how to organize or attend an event in your community, visit

CCF Chair and Vice Chair

2011–2013 Term

The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation is pleased to announce that Ira Fingerman has been elected as chair, and Joseph W. Kraft, CEC, CCA, AAC, has been elected as vice chair for the next term. Both officers will officially assume their duties at the close of the 2011 ACF National Convention. Please read their candidate’s statements below.

Chair, Ira Fingerman
National Manager, Lady Aster
Tyson Food Service

I will continue the positive works that we have started over the last couple of years. Moving forward, I will focus on three key areas:

  • focused fundraising, both internally and externally
  • innovative initiatives, specifically focused at a chapter level and a national level
  • national networking, to partner with similar organizations to spread the word

Vice Chair, Joseph W. Kraft, CEC, CCA, AAC
Corporate Executive Chef
Morrison Management Specialist

My intent is to carry on the best practices and success of CCF, and also to create and lead CCF in our goals and objectives to promote, execute and develop ideas to promote nutritional awareness and education to our children and the ones who influence them.

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.

Find out what other local chapters are doing and more about the fundraising process at the chapter corner of the CCF website. Email us at and share your success stories with us.

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.

CCF Recipe Collection

View our healthy and nutritous recipes provided by our members and updated by Clemson University for nutritional content.

Current favorites include Tarragon Yogurt Chicken Salad, Vegetable and Country Dijon Potato Salad, and Green Apple Carpaccio. Don’t forget to check back frequently for more recipes.

Support Our Mission

ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation Special thanks to the following for supporting our mission to promote proper nutrition and fight childhood obesity.

  • Michael R. Bird, CEC, CCE
  • Claudio Natalio, Sr.
  • Bruce Riddell, CEC, AAC
  • ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association

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