On Sunday, March 11, ACFPC held our Annual Awards Gala at St. Clair Country
Club. At the gala, we celebrated some of the people who make our organization great.
Our Supporter of the Year is Bidwell Training Center.
Cindy Tuite introduced the winners of the William Foust Educational Scholarship:
Richard Grabowski and Conner Capozoli
Chef Norman Hart was awarded the highest honor of the night, Chef of the Year.
At the reception, our palates were delighted with Tuna Tartar on Lotus Chip, PB&J Pork Belly, Polenta with Gorgonzola Gratin and Fig Jam, and a Deluxe Antipasta and Cheese Display
Dinner was stunningly beautiful, featuring Cauliflower Panna Cotts with Aerated Cauliflower and Fresh Cucumber, Woodland Duxelle Cannelloni with Marchand de Vin Cause and Pecorino, a Brioche “Twinkie” with Caesar Romaine and Truffle- Mascarpone Mousse, and Pacotized Golden Pineapple with Ginger Fizz and Macerated Pineapple. We also had a choice of entrees
Beef Duo with Butter Roasted Tenderloin of Angus Beef, Braised Short Rib, Truffle Arancini, Slow Cooked Carrot, Silky Fennel, Tomato Jam, Mushroom Fricassee, and Jus Lie
Cedar Wood Halibut with Lemon Aioli, Root Celery Gratin, Dilled Frisee and Smoked Bacon Salad, and Crispy Egg Yolk
Paupiette of Eggplant with Herbed Farmer’s Cheese, Toasted Quinoa Crunch, Grilled Asparagus, Mushroom and Squash Ragu, Saffon Rissoto, and Carrot Flan.
We ended the night with a Chocolate Praline Bomb with Hazelnut Chiffon, Chocolate Meringue, Linzer Sable, Frangelico Crème Anglaise, and Fresh Raspberry.
The evening was also included fundraiser for the Chef William Foust Educational Scholarship which benefits the future generation of chefs and a Chef’s Market filled with delightful treats from local businesses and chefs.
We would like to thank St. Clair Country Club, Chef Shawn Culp, Chef Brian Buskey, Jill Kummer, and all of the sponsors for the evening: Paragon, BreakThru Beverage Group, US Foods, Mastro Ice, Chefs Warehouse, Reinhart Foodservice, Weiss Meats, and Euclid Fish.
Photographs provided by Kathleen Garland, Jill Kummer, Valerie Njie, and Lisa Beiswenger