June 22, 2021.
Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
We have come through the Pandemic together and are now seeing our Country reopening. I hope everyone has remained safe and healthy during this most difficult of times.
During the months with restrictions upon us, we were able to continue our Chapter Board Meetings and Chapter Membership Meetings via Zoom. Special thanks to our Recording Secretary, Chef Maggie Feairheller for her guidance through this virtual platform. During these times, we were able to join with our fellow Chapters by creating "Chapters Helping Chapters". In doing so, Educational Seminars were shared between Chapters allowing us all to participate and gain further knowledge. I believe this will continue to be of value to us in the future as we continue to help make the ACF a vital part of our Profession.
Congratulations to Atlantic Cape Community College on receiving their Recertification from the ACF. I was able to join with the College during the ACF site visit in a reception they held which was an awesome event. Again, on May 10th we were asked to come and speak with the Students about the ACF and our Chapter which was a wonderful experience. Due to this personal interaction with the Students at ACCC, we had several Students join our Chapter and we will continue to reach out to the students to join our Association, as they are the future of the ACF and our Chapter.
On May 11th, we were able to have an Awards Dinner/meeting to recognize those members who continually give of themselves. It turned out to be a fantastic night with sixty-eight people in attendance at the Smithville Inn. We were also joined by ACF Big Apple Chapter President Chef Robert Walljasper, ACF DVCA Chapter President Chef Kathy Salemno and our ACF President Chef Tom Macrina, who then presented Chef Luigi Baretto CEC, AAC, HOF with his Prestigious Presidential Medallion.
As we look forward, my hope is that beginning with the September Meeting, we will again be able to hold our meetings in person.
I would also like to mention, that Plans have already begun for our annual Golf Outing, to be held at Renault Winery on Monday, October 4th, 2021.
Please continue to watch your emails and this Website for upcoming events.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our Board Members, as we are happy to help in any way.
May everyone continue to remain safe and healthy and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
I remain humbled and honored to serve as your President.
Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
President, Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
Dear Members, Colleagues, and friends.
As we begin our summer break from the monthly meetings, we hope that you all enjoy time with family and friends, relax, recharge, and enjoy every moment. For some of you it might even be a busy time now.
The Board will be continuing with plans for the upcoming year. If anyone has any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Together, our Chapter continues to be a very vital part of the American Culinary Federation. As some of you know, we are less than a month away from the ACF National Convention and we'll be represented well there.
Our Chapter will for the fourth year in a row be spearheading the National Community Outreach program as we again be cooking for about 300+ clients at the Orlando Rescue Mission. We wish to thank not only our Chapter members who are involved, but also the many Chefs who have volunteered from across the United States.
**On another very Happy Note: Lets all Congratulate Chef Luigi Baretto, CEC, AAC, for being selected into the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame. He will be inducted on Sunday, August 4th, 2019. Well deserved Chef Luigi!
On behalf of the Board of Officers and Trustees we wish everyone a very successful upcoming year. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support as together we can continue to support our community services, mentor the young Culinary Students, grow our Chapter and provide wonderful events throughout the year.
Chef Kenneth Trout, CEC, CCA, AAC
President of the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey (PCASJ)
A chapter of the ACF
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at our upcoming meetings and events.