November 17, 2017,
Our November meeting at the Tuckahoe Inn was very well attended, and we even had to ask them to bring in some more chairs as we packed the room. Chef Tyson and his team were great hosts while they also let Students from ACCC help set up in their kitchen. Students from ACIT helped us set up as well.
The educational seminar was provided by Chef Norbert Zastavny from Rational USA, speaking about the versatility of the ovens and how they can fit into today’s kitchens, and how so many menu choices can be finished in them. We also provide continuing Education Hours to everyone attending our meetings and seminars, which can be used when going for Certification. A big thank you to all that attended the meeting.
Mrs. Marie Buto and family kicked off our ‘Toys for Tots’ collection drive with donations in memory of Chef Francesco Buto, “Francesco really go behind and supported Toy’s for Tot’s”. “We all do miss you Francesco”.
Our Chef and Child Initiative programs at ‘Our Ladies Star of the Sea’ on Oct. 19th, and ‘Atlantic County Special Services schools’ on Oct. 26th were all well attended. Chef George Kralle organized it and the following Chefs were in attendance: Guy Dunagan, Fred Belfus, Ken Trout, Chef Maggie Feairheller and her students Savannah and Hassiara showed the students what they should be eating to be healthy and the question and answer session afterwards was both rewarding and precious. Our chapter applied for a Grant from the ACF National to cover the cost for products used during those events.
New Business: The Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball will be held on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at Resorts/Mohican Sun Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Again, this is the time where we will be awarding Scholarships to a number of students, as well as presenting our annual awards of the year.
Our Events committee has been working closely with Ed Batten, VP of Food & Beverage, Ed McAviney, Catering manager and Chef Rob Levinson who are very enthusiastic about making this event a very special one for all to enjoy. Our tickets are set at $150.00 per person.
We also have a number of Sponsorships available like our ‘Gold Sponsorship’ @ $2500.00, the ‘Program Book Sponsorship’ @ $2000.00, the ‘Cocktail Hour Sponsorship’ @ $2000.00, and the ‘Band Sponsorship’ @ $2000.00.
**All of these Sponsorships include a Full page Ad in the Program Book and also 4 tickets to our event.
We also have the following Advertisements in the program book @ $450.00 for a half a page Ad and $600.00 for a full page Ad.
We ask you to please take advantage of these Ads and Sponsorships to help make this affair another great event.
Tables of Ten are also available if requested. For those of you staying overnight, the Hotel set aside a block of 15 rooms that have been made available to us for Sunday’s check-in @ $59 per room plus Taxes. Anyone wanting to stay Saturday into Sunday, the room rate will be $239 plus taxes.
When calling for a room. please use the special Code provided which is listed on our Events Page.
As you have heard, the Veteran’s brunch had to be postponed because of concerns at the Veterans home, and we thank you all who have coordinated donations and time for this event. As soon as we get a new date, we will blast it out to all.
The Soup Cook Book to raise much needed funds for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission is moving forward with details to come.
The date for our 'Chefs at the Shore' event will be held on June 21, 2018, so please mark your calendars and save the date.
On another great note, our treasurer, Chef Wolfgang Geckeler has been selected as a regional semi-finalist for the American Culinary Federation's 2018 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award. The regional winner will be announced in February at the ChefConnect Conference in Charlotte, NC. Four (4) regional winners will advance to National finals at the Cook, Craft, Create ACF National Convention and Show where the winner will be announced at the Presidents Ball on the final night. Please wish him the best at the upcoming Conference in Charlotte NC.
The chapter is also busy finalizing an Application for one of our American Academy of Chefs members, Chef Luigi Baretto, to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs ‘Hall of Fame’. Please wish him also well and Good Luck too.
The last few months have passed by quickly, so please do make some time to be with family and/or friends during the holiday season. Many Chefs, including myself, have family members at work too, so I try to take the time to ask my coworkers how they and their family are doing and or discuss what is important to them.
I’m also looking forward to our December meeting, so please NOTE as Chef Bob Hettmansperger has a full house during that week and had to change the day/date this year to Wednesday, December 13th at the Golden Nugget. Please don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for "Toys for Tots"
I encourage everyone to join us at our meetings, share your ideas, bring a friend and join in the many activities that we offer. We continue to be a vital, strong and relevant Chapter one I am proud to belong to.
Kenneth B. Trout CEC, AAC
ACF PCASJ (Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Dear members and Friends
We are very happy to announce, that at our new Board of Directors has been selected and are proud to serve you. They are also anxious to take us to new heights with many of the upcoming functions being planned in the near future.
Please feel free to contact any of the members for any questions or perhaps in need of help.
Chef Kenneth Trout, CEC, AAC
President of the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey (PCASJ)
A chapter of the ACF
On behalf of the Board of Officers and Trustees, we wish everyone a very Happy Easter and Passover Holidays.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at our upcoming meeting.