The Chef de Cuisine Association of California, ACF-Los Angeles
Since I have last written here, a lot has happened! We have had a very busy Summer and Fall!
I will attempt to recap it all for you very briefly.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, myself and several other members of the chapter attended a Retirement Celebration for Chef Giovanni Delrosario at Los Angeles Harbor College. Chef Gio was a long time member and supporter of the ACF and the CCAC. He will be missed!
In June we had a very busy month. Several members of the chapter and I were hosted by Chef Eric Ernst, the Executive Chef at U.S. C., to attend the Chefsnet Conference at U.S.C. This was sponsored by the National Association of College and University Foodservice and U.S.C. We all attended this as guests of the sponsors. This was a phenomenal event. Please mark your calendars for June 2017, and plan on attending as it will be at U.S. C. once again and we have been invited to attend. This was probably the best conference or show I have attended in a very long time.
Additionally in June, we had our Multi-State, Multi-Chapter Chefs’ Picnic at the Laguna Nigel Regional Park. This was an outstanding event with the Chefs from Rational cooking for us again this year. We had an outstanding time. Please put this Family Event on your schedule for June 2017.
In July, I attended the ACF National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my family and many members of our local chapter. We all had a good time and met old friends there and made some new ones too.
The month of August wiped me out! The chapter and I were extremely busy! We had three major functions. Yes, three! We started with the Christophe Bernard Culinary Competition at A.I. Santa Monica. This was an ACF Sanctioned Competition which we sponsored. We had a great turnout and many people won metals and awards.
Next we had a Social and Educational Meeting with dinner at The LAB at U.S.C., where we toured their new aeroponic vertical garden.
Finally we finished the month of August off with a multi-day, multi-chapter membership drive at the Western Restaurant and Hospitality Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All six Southern California Chapters were represented. We had some important chefs come by and visit with us including Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Ferdinand Metz, C.M.C.
In the month of September, we had a Social and Educational Meeting with dinner at Los Angeles Mission College, where we were hosted by Chef Jesse and his Students and Crew. We had a very good meal and a very good time. I also attended a class at U.S.C. presented by Chef Rich Rosendale, C.M.C. I really learned a great deal from this man! I recommend you try and attend one of his classes; you will learn a lot and be amazed. Look for an upcoming announcement for another class here in Los Angeles.
I am glad that the month of October is over! What a crazy month! Halloween and my daughter’s birthday. A trip to Las Vegas to be inducted into the Chaine. But much, much, much more important we had a Social and Dinner Meeting at the Commoncy Restaurant, where we were hosted by Chef Joseph Gillard, and where we honored Chef Jacques Tokar with a Life Time Achievement Award. For those of you, who don’t know Jacques, let me tell you about him. He is one of my friends and one of the greatest living ice carvers, in fact he has won World Championships of Ice Carving. He is a fantastic artist and a very long time member of our chapter. He is one of our living legends! Additionally, two of our other legends were in attendance! Chef Richard Morgan, C.E.C., A.A.C., the youngest member of our chapter was there with his son, Steve. Richard is 98 years young and as such is the member with the longest membership in our chapter. Our legend in attendance was Chef Luis Martinez, C.E.C., A.A.C., was in attendance with his lovely wife, Joan. A special thanks to Chef Mike Lodi, President of the ACF Ventura , for attending our meeting and being the Martinez’s driver for the evening.
I am totally in awe of these men and I hope you are too! These men represent to me what the ACF is suppose be!
In the area of upcoming events we will be having a November Dinner Meeting and hoping to have a Presidents Ball in December. We will keep you posted!
In February, 2017, we will be having a Chef and Child Golf Tournament at the Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Please try and attend and encourage your vendors and friend to do so also.
We have many events planned for next year including an American Academy of Chefs Dinner on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the Town and Gown at U.S.C. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.
On the business end of things we have developed some new relationships in the community.
Turbo Pots has become one of our sponsors and partners. I personally am very impressed by their products and can recommend that you give them consideration when you are looking for new pots and pans. They really work!
We have become part of Communities for Causes, an application on your Smart Phone that helps raise money for charitable causes. If you use this application you can help us to raise money when you go out to dine.
A reminder we are still looking for more members to take on the Caterina Club Program for feeding after School Programs.
Two last things before you go off and prepare for Thanksgiving!
Once again, we are helping to prepare and sponsor the Veterans Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 4, 2016. We need your help to prepare the food. Please volunteer! If you have any questions, please contact me or Chef Basil.
Secondly, if you would like to host or sponsor an event, please contact me or Chef Joseph Gillard.
Thank you all very much, you are making the difference in people’s lives!
Robert Phillips C.E.C., C.C.A., A.A.C.
President for the Chef De Cuisine Association of California