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