October 2017

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all well and in good health.  It seems like the summer had gone by very quickly and autumn has officially arrived. I find this to be my favorite and the most beautiful time of the year. The fall colors starting to turn, the smell of the fallen leaves on the ground, and the chill in the air all leads to a crisp, clean feeling. Fall crops are now available, and the variety are plentiful. It’s also a time to not only go for a drive to see the colors, but also to stop by the road side veg & fruit stands and support some of the smallest farms in our area. In fall, we think about heartier foods, warmer drinks, apple pies, pumpkin pies, berry, and mincemeat pies. If you look closely you’ll see tap lines that have been set for maple syrup production. All this amounts to the benefit living in the north. Yes, it can get cold, snowy, & icy but the change of seasons is something we are fortunate to experience and it can’t be beat.

Before we know it, the holidays will be here. Many of you are gearing up for the holiday functions and dinners. Some businesses may need extra help during this time, please feel free to send me a message on what positions you need to fill and I’ll pass on the information. Make sure that you send pertinent information: desired qualification, who to contact, email, and phone number.

Last Monday, 25 September, we held our general meeting along with the last Anything Goes Competition for this year headed by Chef Inzinga CEC, CCE, AAC. The meeting was held at PTC hosted by Chef Norman Hart, CEC, CCE, AAC and the culinary staff and students. There were three competitors, all being from PTC. There were 4 judges: Chefs Johan Meinke, Edward Colon, Dave Russo, & Mark Clink. Chef Inzinga arranged with Dexter Knife Co. to donate knives as prizes for the competitors. Their names in order of placement are 1st Conner Capazoli from The Duquesne Club, 2ndVictoria Rucci from Buca di Beppo, & 3rd Chandler Flak from The Carnegie Science Center.  Thanks to Chef Inzinga, our competitors, judges, hosts, and everyone else who helped organize another great competition.

This month on 30 October, our meeting will be held at Bidwell Training Center. Joe and Mike Mastro owners of Mastro Ice Company, have agreed to do an ice carving demonstration and will have a few pieces of ice for a few people to try their hand in carving. They will discuss the various techniques of carving ice as well as the new technology now being used. Joe is a Master Ice Carver, and he and Mike are founding members of NICA National Ice Carving Association. They are both national and international competitors and past judges.

Joe & Mike have been loyal supporters of ACFPC for over thirty-five years. Their work can be found at many of the city’s events, at our Annual Awards Dinners, and in the movie Groundhog Day.  I was fortunate enough to work with Mike and Joe for the homecoming of our troops from Desert Storm. Along with 5 or so other carvers we produced a red, white, & blue flag complete with 50 stars and an eagle on top. This sculpture was featured on the cover of NICA magazine 1994 or 1995. Many of the tables, bowls, and figures are also found on their website, www.mastroice.com .  This will certainly be a fun evening.

Also, there are Board positions opening up at the end of the year. More information will follow in an email blast.  Nominations will continue until our November meeting.  Finally, the November meeting will be a social meeting at Mac & Tozz in Bridgeville.  I hope to see many of you all at the meeting.

Rikk Panzera CEC, CCE, AAC
ACFPC President