December 2017

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with family and friends. The Christmas holidays and New Year will soon be here and will be gone even faster. During December everyone will receive a voting ballot in the mail. Please be sure to take a few minutes to vote and return the ballot in the envelope provided. It’s important to show your support for the nominees. The nominations were officially closed at the November meeting.

The November meeting was hosted by Chef Randy Tozzi at his second restaurant, Mac & Toz Alehouse in Bridgeville. Chef Tozzi is a long-time member and supporter of the ACF.  This restaurant is a different format from his first, Bakn in Carnegie. Bakn will soon have a sister restaurant in Warrendale which will open in early-to-mid 2018. Chef Tozzi is not a stranger to the Pittsburgh food family. He’s been a regular on WQED and has worked at the Duquesne Club and Market District before opening Bakn with his partner Dr. Susan McMahon.

There will not be a general meeting during December. Our next meeting is at the Capital Grill on Monday 29 January at 7:00pm, (more information to follow). It will be hosted by Exec. Chef Donato Coluccio. Chef Coluccio is another long standing and well respected member of ACFPC. He will do a presentation on dry aging vs wet aging meat along with a few other facts on meat. All participants will receive 1 CEU for ACF continuing education. We will have space for 40 members so reservations are required. Please send your reservations to me at or leave a message at 412-508-7805.

As we once again close out this busy season, don’t forget to reflect back on what this year has been and look ahead to what the future has in store. I wish you all a very Happy Holidays and bright New Years. Thank you for a wonderful 2017 and I look forward to seeing you at Capital Grill.


Rikk Panzera CEC CCE, AAC

ACFPC President