December 1st, 2018.
I would like to wish everyone Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! In this busy time of year I would like to reflect on how much our Chapter has achieved over the last two years. We have been able to grow our membership, there is true excitement in the air as we have many students from ACIT and ACCC joining us, and as we grow, we must remember that they are our future.
To all of our Professional Chefs, please continue to mentor and guide these young Culinarians in their efforts to gain experience and knowledge. It is very gratifying to be able to see these students working side by side with the Chefs from our Chapter sharing their knowledge and I thank you all for your mentorship of these students.
Our annual "Serving those who have served us" Veterans Day Brunch was another tremendous success, especially since we served it this year on Veterans Day. What a huge amount of support we received from Chefs, students, volunteers, vendors and purveyors, but without your help and support we could not do this. The Veteran's enjoyed every moment and are already looking forward to next year’s Brunch.
I am very proud to say that we have a Culinary Team that will compete at Chef Connect Atlantic City during the Conference! Also, our Community Outreach continues on the local, state and national levels. We will be the very first Host Chapter during Chef Connect Atlantic City 2019 to hold a Community Outreach Program on a Conference level. It will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Salvation Army in Atlantic City, which is also the first day of the Conference. For the fourth year in a row our Chapter will also spearhead the National Community Outreach during the ACF Convention in Orlando, Florida.
**If you have not signed up yet for the Chef Connect Conference in Atlantic City, I encourage you to do so. It will be an outstanding event.
We as a board have been working hard on upcoming events which will prove to be very busy but also an exciting time for our Chapter. Elections will be on December 11th during our annual Christmas Party and collection of Toys for Tots. Also, donated Gingerbread Houses will be given out to the local hospitals and the homeless shelters. Installation of the new board will be held during our January meeting.
Upcoming events: As the conference comes to an end on February 26th, we get busy right away with the Captains Table that will be held on February 28th, 2019 to benefit the South Jersey Food Bank. On March 31, 2019 we will hold our annual Presidents Charity Scholarship Ball at the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City! We have also been in contact with the Atlantic City Aquarium for Chefs at the Shore, with the date already set for June 20, 2019. So as you can see we continue to be a vital, strong and relevant Chapter within the American Culinary Federation, and I continue to be very humbled and honored to serve as your Chapter President.
I would like to ask everyone to keep Chef Chris Neary ACF Northeast Vice President and his family in your thoughts and prayers, as he is facing his battle with cancer and is now in Hospice.
As we move forward into the New Year please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions, as all are welcome.
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 a few planned and upcoming events this coming year. As you can see from Chef Ken's message, the first one will the Chef Connect Conference in February, to be held at Caesars Casino Hotel in AC, from February 24-26. The next one will be two days after that Conference as we support the South Jersey Food Bank with our"Captains Table" during the AC Boat Show. Chefs at the Shore" Fundraiser will be held on on June 20th, 2019. 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.