Now that we are head first into the summer season, I wanted to take some time to bring everyone up to speed on the chapter’s activities. Not that you have missed too much, since our Marketing Director Lynda Alfano has been great about getting emails out to the membership on a regular basis. Thanks for that, Lynda.
For those of you who were able to make it to the social meeting, I hope you had a great time. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Colin choose that particular night to pay us a visit, but those of us who were able to get there had a great time. Thanks to Bravo for their hospitality. Everything was great.
It goes without saying, that the events of the month of June have brought something that none of us could ever imagine would happen to our city. Shock and disbelief are two words that come to mind. A series of awful events have rocked our community and our industry. There has been an outpouring of support for the victims and families, and this is something that must be ongoing. We as a chapter have made a donation to the Orlando One Fund, and we are continuing to develop events that will help into the future. We will make sure all of you receive this information as it is ready. On behalf of the ACFCFC, I want to thank all of those who helped where and when they could. First responders, Doctors, Nurses, and Restaurants who helped feed those who were on call for days at a time, and everyone who did whatever they could. I ask that you please continue to keep the victims and families in your thoughts and in your prayers.
Most of you probably remember the Taste of Compassion, a tasting event that we were part of for over 10 years. Since that event was canceled, we have been searching for another community group that we could be involved with on a similar basis. I am pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Downs Syndrome Association of Central Florida, and that Chef Richard Cote will be the ACFCFC liaison for the event. We are still in the pre-planning stage of the event, but we anticipate it will be held in March or April of 2017. I’ll keep you informed as things move along.
We have also very recently formed a business partnership with the Central Florida USO. They are getting ready to open a Welcome Center at the Orlando International Airport that will be set up to provide our deploying and returning military a place to relax, have some refreshments, and just be comfortable. There is a great opportunity for some of our members to volunteer at the center, and as the information becomes available we will pass it on to you. We have also had some discussion about doing a fundraiser for them in the future. A “huge” thank you to Chef Peter Vossenberg, for volunteering to be the chapter liaison with the USO. He brings a military background to the table which I’m sure will be very helpful.
Just recently, I received a notice from the ACF National Office that they have dissolved the local chapter in the Daytona Beach area and added those Chefs to our roster. I am sorry to hear about the dissolution; however I welcome those Chefs to the chapter and hope they are able to attend some of our meetings and events. We will not have our next meeting until Monday September 12th at Le Cordon Bleu Orlando starting at 6:30 pm. There will be plenty of emails to remind you. Keep your calendar open for the last week in September for the FRLA Culinary Competition. If this is something you might want to compete in, all the information and registration forms are available from the homepage of our website – www.afcfcf.com.
Last and certainly not least, as we head off to Phoenix for the ACF National Convention, I’m asking you to keep your fingers crossed for Chef Kathleen Vossenberg, as she competes for National Chef Educator of the Year; and also for the chapter as we hope to become the National Chapter of the Year.
Thanks for your time, and have a safe and prosperous summer.
Roger Newell, CEC, CCE, CCA, ACE, AAC
ACF Central Florida Chapter