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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 Ambrogi Produce.

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!

Upcoming Events:


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7 pm.
Hosted by: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill
4207 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
Education: 7pm the Art of Preparing Fresh Pasta by Chef Antoinette Pendleton CEC
Annual Scholarship Awards presented after the meeting
Special Announcement with Champagne Toast

June Chapter Picnic

To be announced soon!
2 nd Annual Industry Day at the Ball Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers
When: July 23, 2017
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Tailgate starts at 10 AM
Proceeds go towards a scholarship for Young Chefs!

Please try to free up some time and enjoy yourself!
Hope to see all of you soon!
Best Regards,
Michael McCombe CEC CCE AAC
Chapter President