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Dear ACF Philadelphia Members,

The last few months have been an amazing time for our Chapter because of the support of you, our members. Our Chapter membership continues to grow as you invite fellow Chefs to join the ACF and participate as a Philadelphia chapter member.

The last 2 general meetings have been well attended and it is nice to meet new members and re-connect with long time members that are excited to become active again. Our meeting at The Philadelphia Cricket Club was outstanding as we enjoyed a delicious and creative New Orleans inspired meal prepared by Chef Ben Burger and his staff. Our educational guest Chef John DePinto, CEC, from The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County CC, demonstrated some useful tips for using sous vide in the kitchen. Our National Treasurer and Candidate for National President, Chef Bill Tillinghast CEC, AAC, MBA also joined us for the evening as we welcomed new members.

Last month we were invited to have our general meeting at Yang Ming Restaurant in Bryn MaOur hostMichael Wei and Chef Vince Violla could not have been more accommodating. The evening started out with education provided by Chef Violla as he demonstrated the techniques in making Asian Pizza and Chinese dumplings. Chef Joe Poon was in attendance, and everyone knows that when Joe is present, he is always sharing knowledge and the entire room was smiling as Joe worked with a talented Chinese young lady demonstrating amazing dumpling preparations. A young girl named Sydney who competed in the Kids Chopped Show attended with her family and was excited to meet all of us and tour the kitchen of Yangming with Chef Violla. Koppert Cress Farms USA also provided a variety of trendy micro greens and edible flowers for us to sample. It was fun listening to fellow chefs discussing how they could use them on their culinary creations.

Madame Saito and Chef Joe Gudonis CEC, announced the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphiataking place throughout Philadelphia from April 1 -9.

Our next general meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland PA.

Chef Christine Neugabauer, CEC, AAC, HOGT, has been hard at work organizing certification test at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College on Sunday, April 23, 2017. For more information, please contact Chef Nat

I want to thank the membership for providing me the opportunity to represent our chapter at the ACF Regional Chef Connect Conference in New York City. I saw many Philadelphia chapter members at the conference and was able to attend several educational seminars. Please congratulate our very own Chef Chad Durkin who was recognized by our National President Chef Tom Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC with the “Cutting Edge Award” for his work with modern pastry preparations.

Our next premier event is the highlight of our year, ACF Philadelphia Presidents Charity \ and Scholarship Ball. It will be held at The Philadelphia Country Club on Sunday April 9th. We have had overwhelming support from our sponsors with financial support for our chapter and from local businesses that support the event through ads in our program booklet. Our ticket sales are really going well and I know that Chef Fritz Gitschner CMC,AAC will do a fantastic job with the food and service. That’s right, CMC or Certified Master Chef! When is the last time you had dinner prepared by a Certified Master Chef?

Chef Joe Koye and all of the board have been working hard to make this event a memorable evening. The AM Radio Band will be providing music to enjoy dancing and Chef Pierre Rausch, CEC, AAC, HOF will do an amazing job as our emcee for the evening.

This will truly be a magical evening. Tickets are still available, so it's not too late to join us!

Sincerely Yours,
Chef Michael McCombe CEC CCE AAC President of ACF Philadelphia



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