Dear ACF Philadelphia Members,
Our April Chapter activities were a huge success and it was so nice to see so many members
enjoying the opportunities that we have.
On April 6 th , Madame Saito along with help from Chef Joe Gudonis hosted the 13 th Annual
Subaru Amateur Sushi Creation Contest at Tokyo Head house cafe in Philadelphia. The event
was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed the food and had a great time.
Our Presidents Ball on April 9 th was fabulous! Special thanks to Chef Joe Koye for organizing the
dinner and evening at the Philadelphia Country Club and to our board and committee members
who help to make this a magical evening. I want to thank all of the members who were able to
attend or who supported our chapter by selling ad space, tickets or sponsorships.
The AM Radio Band was excellent, and the service and food prepared by the staff of Chef Fritz
Gitchner CMC AAC was outstanding!
We had an overwhelming support from our sponsors this year with many of them attending the
Ball. Please consider supporting these sponsors who help us financially so we can continue to
enjoy chapter events: US Foods, Clemens Food Group, Performance Foodservice, Sysco, and
Presidents Ball Highlights
Our National President, Tom Macrina CEC, CCA, AAC was present with his lovely wife Cathy,
Tom awarded Chef Andres Marin CEC with a Presidential Medallion
Educator of the Year: Chef Peter Gilmore
Culinary Student of the Year: Liz Sebzda
Student Volunteer Medallions: Liz Sebzda, Leah Fox, Ashley Lademann
Purveyor of the Year: Clemens/ Hatfield Food Group
Employer of the Year: Villanova University
Pastry Chef of the Year: Chef Katie Horan, Philadelphia Cricket Club
Presidents Awards: Chef Dave Lademann, Chef Hubert Proulx, and Chef Joe Gudonis
Gerhard Koennecke Lifetime Achievement Award: Chef Cindy McClure CC
Chef of the Year: Chef Francine Marz CEC, MBA
April 23, 2017 - ACF Certification Testing organized by Certification chairperson, Christine
Neugebauer, CEC, AAC, was held at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
April 2, 2017 - Nordon Food Service Company in Langhorne, Pa. hosted our Board meeting. We
are thankful for the nice dinner that they provided for those that were able to attend.
April 29, 2017 - ACLAMO‘s annual Culinary Celebration was held at the Montgomery County
Community College. Chef Francine Marz did an amazing job of organizing the event and Chef
Hubert Proulx represented our chapter well while preparing Spanish food for over 300 guests.
Since 1976, ACLAMO has worked to promote improved access to economic, health,
educational, social and cultural opportunities for low-income families in Montgomery County,
especially those of Spanish Speaking background. Our Chapter did an excellent job of
supporting this community service event.
May 1, 2017- the Clemens Food Group, we were invited to participate in a pork tasting and
evaluation at the Clemens / Hatfield Group in Hatfield, Pa. At least 30 members came out and
enjoyed participating in the event. It was a lot of fun for all that attended and the Clemens
Group really treated us so graciously. We are looking forward to more events with Clemens so
try to make it next time, you will not be disappointed!
Please try to free up some time and enjoy yourself!
Hope to see all of you soon!
Chef Michael McCombe CEC CCE AAC President of ACF Philadelphia