Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
In these unprecedented times I hope everyone is healthy and safe. As with everyone else, we, as an organization have been affected by the present epidemic, "What is the new Normal". We have all had to adjust to many changes, new procedures to follow, masks, hand washing, social distancing, schedule cutbacks and layoffs, in some cases loss of a job. Restaurants were closed, only open for takeout, and now at 25 % capacity and hopefully making ends meet. The Food bank of South Jersey has been distributing more foodthan ever before.
During May and June, helping to supply the Salvation Army, the AC Rescue Mission and CODI, Inc in Egg Harbor City with products, but not being able to go inside. A Big Thanks to Andy Green and the New York chapters for coordinating and sending products to South Jersey, like we sent food and supplies to New York during Hurricane Katrina. We would also like to thank Rich Foods for their generosity in donating many of their products and Stockton University's Food Service in Galloway, NJ for storing those products for us to be distributed and served by the above-mentioned facilities.
The Prof. Chefs Association of South Jersey has also been affected by not being able to hold our April ,May ,June and September meetings in person, the ACF Eastern Regional Conference was canceled, and we were not able to have our "Chefs at the Shore" Fundraiser in June. The ACF National Convention for the first time ever was a Virtual Convention, all of our board meetings from April to September have also been virtual.
We are committed to moving forward with technology via Virtual Meetings on ZOOM, Email blasts and personal phone calls. Even though, with restrictions in place, we will try to host a live meeting in the future as well as plan and set up functions we had already planned for, but as you all know, due to Government restrictions many restaurants are limited in accommodating groups like ours.
To receive notifications from us, please make sure that we have your proper email as well as correct phone number.
We thank you all for being a loyal member and we look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.
With that said, please remember, we have our annual Charity Golf Tournament coming up on September 21st at the beautiful and upgraded Renault Winery in Egg Harbor Township. Please let Chefs David Goldstein, Kelsey Jackson, Willie Lewis or any of our Board members know if you will be attending as many Golfers are already on the Roster.
Please stay safe and as it's been a daily routine, wear your masks to keep yourself and others safe as well.
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.