September 1st, 2018.
Looking forward to seeing everyone after our summer break! Our next meeting will be held at Blue Heron Pines Country Club. Meet and greet at 6 pm followed by monthly meeting, educational seminar and dinner.
As we come to the end of the summer and to the start of the new Year, we have much to look forward to, and much to be grateful for. Our Annual Chefs at the Shore was a great success this past June with many of our local Chefs and restaurants participating. We were able to give three deserving Culinary Students Scholarships! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped. We truly appreciate everything and are already in talks for 2019 Chefs at the Shore.
I would like to ask if everyone could please keep Chef Wolfgang and Maria Geckeler and their family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I’m sure your prayers will help them cope with the loss of their daughter Nicole.
In July we traveled to New Orleans to attend the 2018 Cook,Craft,Create Convention. What an amazing time we had, full of educational seminars, meetings and seeing old friends as well as meeting new ones. Our Chapter for the third year in a row spearheaded the National Community Outreach program which was a huge success. Many thanks to all who were able to participate. We’re already in talks with the ACF to again spearhead the 2019 National Outreach Program! During the convention, Chef Wolfgang Geckeler was awarded the prestigious National Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award! Also Meg Trout received the new “Spirit of Aloha “Award. Congratulations to both of them. Going into the convention as the 2018 Northeast Region Chapter of the Year was fantastic! Congratulations go to the Southeast on winning the National Chapter of the Year!
Now as we're looking forward, there is much to be done within our Chapter. September 10, 2018 is our annual Golf Outing at Ron Jaworski’s Blue Heron Pines Country Club, followed by our first meeting after the summer break on September 11, 2018 at the same place. We hope to see many of you there.
In October we will be taking nominations for officers and again in November, with voting in December. It only seems like yesterday that the new board took office. I am so very proud of all we have been able to do and accomplish, and looking forward to the continued success of our Chapter, thank you all.
As you all know we have been selected to be the Host Chapter for the 2019 Chef Connect Conference, which will be held in Atlantic City on February 24-26, 2019. We have been in close contact with the ACF now on a daily basis and are moving forward with the planning stages to make this the best conference ever! I hope to see everyone there!
On Sunday November 11, 2018 will be our annual “Serving those who served us” Brunch at the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ. This is an outstanding event in which not only the Veterans look forward to, but also their families, as well as our Chapter, Student Volunteers and Veterans groups.
December will again bring us to the annual Toys for Tots Drive, Gingerbread Houses for kids at the local hospitals and homeless shelters.
We have also started with the planning stages for our annual President's Charity Scholarship Ball. More information about this event will be coming your way in the near future.
The "SOUPer Chefs" cookbook put together by many of our chefs with Chefs Bob Harre and Wolfgang Geckeler being the Authors, is another great success we all can be very proud of. It can be purchased online from the ACF website, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission website or by contacting Chef Wolfgang to purchase it. All proceeds go directly to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.
I am very encouraged by the Culinary Students that have been coming out not only to help but also joining our Chapter. They are our future Culinarians and our future looks promising. Having two students joining our Board of Officers has also brought new ideas and thoughts to the Chapter, ones in which we need to continue to foster and mentor.
As we now continue with our Chapter meetings, we have also planned exciting educational seminars.
There is much to look forward to as we begin this new Year, the Chapter is growing and we must continue to mentor the students and encourage them to join us. Our community service is commendable and is far reaching those in need, not only on the local community level, but state and national level as well.
I encourage everyone to join us at our meetings, share your ideas, bring a friend and join in the many activities that we have to offer. We continue to be a vital, strong and relevant Chapter, one I am proud to belong to and serve as your President.
Chef Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
ACF PCASJ (Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey.
Corporate Executive Chef
The Carriage House
25 South Pitney Road
Galloway, NJ, 08205
P: 609- 748-2400 Ext 300
Dear members and Friends
We are very happy to announce, that we are working on our next "Chefs at the Shore" Fundraiser on June 21st, 2018. Please check out the Events Page with all of the details to what's going on as well as to join the many restaurants already signed up for it.
We are also working very hard to make this the best Chapter in the ACF, and we have already been recognized by receiving the NE Regional Chapter of the year award.
We have many more great functions on our events calendar and you will find out about it in the very 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 busy and successful Somer Season.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at our upcoming meetings and events.