April 2019

Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well and you are looking toward some wonderful spring weather. As we have seen, the flowers are coming through fighting the last bit of cold weather that Mother Nature chooses to send our way.


Last Monday, our March general meeting was held at Montour Country Club. Our guest speaker was Dr. Richard J. Mills Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. His presentation was on sustainable farming and food technologies. Dr. Mills brought personal experience caring for his farm across the street from the club, a farm he grew up on.  He’s grown a variety of vegetables throughout the years and raises some animals for consumption. The name of the farm is Roselea Farm. Robert Mowery is the owner of Forever Heart Farm. He and Dr Mills work together in a barter system for the items that they can trade with each other to help keep costs down. Some of these items are feed products for Dr. Mills and manure he composts for Mr. Mowery for his vegetables. The system works well.

There was also a presentation by Amy Logston, Exec Director of Autism Speaks Pittsburgh. Amy spoke about the annual Dine-In Charity Night Gala on Thursday 21 November 2019 to benefit the local chapter.

The participating chefs are pared with a unique individual. The chef will get to know the individual, what that person likes and create tastings based on their food choice. The average number of guests is around 300, and this year they are hoping it reach 400! The foods are not necessarily complicated or exotic by any means. I went to a meeting last Thursday that Amy hosted at SoHo on the Northside. There were about 20 attendees. John Selick CEC, CCA, WCEC ACF Cleveland President, and a 10-year veteran of this event, Tim Fetter CEC ACF Laural Highlands President, and I were in attendance.  It was great to get together with other chapter presidents and chefs to and discuss working together on a common cause over a beverage and hors d’ oeuvres. If you are interested, Amy can be reached at amy.logston@autismspeaks.org.

After Dr. Mills and Amy’s presentations, the club provided a few nicely prepared hors d’ oeuvres. There was also a cash bar.  At the end of the evening, both presenters were pleased at the amount of inquiries they had and spoke to many of the members.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 22 Apr at 7:00pm at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford. The presentation will be on Aquaponic Tower Gardens by Robert Lilko. I met Bob at a National conference a few years ago. These are great for limited space and can be used inside and out. The evening will be will be hosted by Chef Martin Thomas, CEC.

Finally, if you have not made you reservations for the ACFPC Awards Gala, please do so. The dinner is sure to be fantastic. As always, Chef Cindy Tuite will manage our annual auction. There are golf packages, knives, hand made leather knife rolls, baskets, dinner packages, as well as some other interesting items. And, if you haven’t heard, this is the ACFPC’s 75th anniversary! Come and enjoy a beautiful dinner at a beautiful club. Come and enjoy a glass of champagne, scallop ceviche, and other hors d’ oeuvres the patio! Unless Mother Nature has something to say about it!

See you then,
Rikk Panzera CEC, CCE, AAC
ACFPC President