Happy 4th of July to you all! I hope you’ve had a happy and safe holiday weekend. The weather gods were good to us and we had more sun than rain, which was great for the picnics.
On Monday 26 June, Chef Cindy Tuite and Bidwell Training Center hosted our meeting. Chef Bello did a wine and barbecue paring. Chef Buskey and students from Bidwell prepared the food for the tasting. There were 25 – 30 attendees. Thank you all for your help!
We also had our second meeting of the Next Gen Council. It was attended by 9 council members and 7 Board members. The Board members were impressed with the council member’s desire to keep the ACF an important part of our professional lives. The discussion centered how the council can assist in recruiting additional culinarians to become interested in the ACFPC. As we’ve mentioned in the past, this is a time when we need to embrace new ways of attracting additional members. It was interesting to watch; as we sat there talking about the importance of getting information out to our culinary community some of the council were on their phones sending out information they were discussing. This is what we need to keep us alive and well. Thank you council members for your belief in our organization and especially the ACFPC. Chef’s Bello and Buskey are the co-chairs of the committee. If anyone has any questions about the council, please contact either chef. I was pleased to see and hear the positive interaction and conversation.
As a reminder, there will not be a general meeting in July. Our next meeting will be 28 August. More information, including where it will be held will be forth coming.
The ACF National Conference in Orlando is being held July 9-13. I’ll be attending and representing our chapter at the Board of Governors meeting. It also marks a special date for Johan Meinke CEC and me. We will be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs. This marks a milestone for the both of us. As any AAC member knows, it’s a long time coming. Thank you to Chefs Richard Chene CEC, AAC and Tim Tain CEC, CCE, AAC who sponsored Johan and Art Inzinga CEC, CCE, AAC and Byron Bardy CMC, AAC who sponsored me. I also have to thank my mentor and very good friend of over 35 years, Fritz Sonnenschmidt CMC, AAC for his support and guidance throughout my career.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy Independence Day.
Rikk Panzera CEC, CCE