I hope this finds all of you well and unaffected by Hurricane Matthew. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I send best wishes to our colleagues in other parts of the state and the entire east coast. We are keeping you in our thoughts, and we hope that you, your families, and your properties were spared a lot of damage.
The Culinary Competitions at the FRLA Show once again went off without a hitch, and as usual Chef Jayson and his staff did an amazing job in getting it set up for the competitors. A big “thank you” to the volunteers who made time to get to the convention center and help with the set up. This is a lot of work, and I know your assistance was appreciated. Our congratulations go out to all of the cooks and chefs who competed this year, and special congratulations to all of the members of the ACF Central Florida Chapter who not only competed but received recognition in their events.
Our chapter seems to have a problem with hurricanes and tropical storms. Some of you may remember that attendance at our social meeting in May was affected by a tropical storm. I’m thinking that Hurricane Matthew did the same thing to our most recent meeting held at Sysco Central Florida in Ocoee. For those who were unable to attend, you missed a great meeting and reception. Chef Luis Reyes and Chef Nora Galdiano went “all out” to provide us with a great educational seminar on Certified Angus Beef. Safe to say that we all learned something new that night. I know I did. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The reception set by some of Sysco’s premier clients was excellent. Thanks to Sysco for the great door prizes. A good time was had by all.
We are heading into the end of the calendar year and some important things are coming up. The chapter Chef of the Year selection committee has been appointed, and they will be meeting to determine who will be on the ballot. The ballot is determined by a number of factors, and if you feel you know someone who should be considered, please check our website for the requirements and timeline. Your input is appreciated and valuable.
The chapter Christmas Party is in the planning stage – the date and location will be announced via email as soon as the details are finalized.
Last but not least, I hope you are able to attend the November 7th general chapter meeting to be held at Le Cordon Bleu – directions and starting times are listed on our website.
I hope you all continue to have a prosperous year, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
ACF Central Florida Chapter