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2010 Major Events

I. ACF National Convention August 2-5, Anaheim, CA (Pics coming soon!)
a. FREEDOM CHEF (West LA Fisher House) - Tim Byk, Executive Director -July 31st
II. Presidents Grand Ball, Sheraton Hotel LA - David Binkle, CEC - Oct. 30
III. Chef & Child - Marjoria Frazier - October 16
IV. Escoffier Dinner, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Whitney Werner, Mon., Dec. 6
V. Treats of Christmas - (Beverly Hills Fundraiser) - David Binkle, December

Save the Date: Event Details, Social, Business, Educational Meetings & Flyers


November & December 2010

Dear Society Member and Friend of Escoffier:

(Also scroll to see our ACF Los Angeles special holiday season updates)

Escoffier Flyer

Escoffier Menu - Unbeatable Value!

As President of Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Los Angeles, it is my pleasure to announce the year 2010 dinner tribute to August Escoffier.

Our gala dinner will be presented at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites on Monday, December 6th, 2010. The dinner will be prepared and presented under the guidance of Executive Chef Andreas Nieto in the manner of Escoffier.

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

404 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Main Phone: (213) 624-1000

Champagne Reception and Hors D’Oeuvre at 6:30 PM

Dinner at 7:00 PM

Reception and Dinner Cover: $130.00

Attire: Black Tie

Parking: $18

Escoffier memberships with medallion and certificate are available for an additional $130.00. If you are already a member your national membership dues of $5 per year are included in the price of the dinner. Please join the society or purchase tickets at acfla.org.

Attention: The only way to purchase tickets to attend this event is by online sign up at www.acfla.org and pre-purchase tickets with a credit card online. (see paypal button below)

*Do not send checks to the Chefs De Cuisine office.

No checks at the door accepted: Online, prepaid reservations are required and must be received by November 30, 2010. See safe and secure paypal button below.

I look forward to greeting old friends and meeting new ones at this gala event.

Sincerely,
Whitney Werner, CEC, CCA

Escoffier Society President, Los Angeles
Ph. 310-213-545-1502
Email: chefwhitney @ thebc.org

 

Holiday Updates:

All,

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Here is the amazing holiday lineup of events for the ACF Los Angeles Chef's de Cuisine Association.

November 30th - Ecole de Cuisine featuring Chef Farid Zadi

Download the Flyer

Born in Lyon, France, Chef Farid Zadi started his culinary education as a teenager working at the renowned Castel de Valrose, just north of Lyon in the idyllic village of Montmerle sur Saone . He graduated from École Hôtelier Auguste Escoffier. Zadi’s early career included stints at the then-three-starred Chez Jacques Cagna in Paris; Bouchon aux Vins and La Machonnerie back in his native Lyon; Dryades Resort Spa in Limousin, France; Frederick’s of London; and Silver Darlings in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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December 15- Wilshire Grand Hotel Los Angeles (Download Flyer)

The World Famous Historical Downtown Landmark under the tutelage of our very own Home Grown Executive Chef Daniel Fennesey for nearly 10 years he has performed his culinary magic and guidance of 5 separate restaurants.

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December 6 - 58th Annual "Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Los Angeles" Dinner performed by Andreas Nieto, Executive Chef Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Dr. Joel Fischer, Master Sommelier.


Nieto was recognized as Chef of the Year by Le Toque Blanches International in 2001 and again in 2002 by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Esquire magazine noted Nieto’s talents by naming ‘Breeze’ Best New Restaurant while he was at the helm. Wine Spectator profiled Nieto in a three-page spread in 2002. Additionally, Nieto was awarded the James Beard Dinner and Award, as well as the Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine in 2001

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK) and was awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of the Wine Work Book now in its 6th edition. He is the President and CEO of the LA Winefest and the SCV Winefest.

We hope to see you all!!

David Binkle CEC CEPC CCA FMP
President
ACFLA Chef's de Cuisine Association of California- "Since 1923"


Thank you to all who could make the ball this year!

October 2010

Please join us for the ACFLA Presidents Ball for "Dine & Dance" (Flyer) at the Sheraton Downtown LA on October 30. A wonderful evening for an incredible 5 course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Richard Mendoza.

A limited number of 200 Tickets are available by reply with your address or call me at 213-923-9975 and I will get them to you.

Tables of 10 are $300.00

Everyone Welcome! Proceeds benefit the West Los Angeles Fisher House.

David Binkle
President
ACFLA Chef's de Cuisine of California

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LA’s Spotlight on Childhood Hunger" - ( Flyer)

Day: Saturday, October 16, 2010 Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center

News from Chef & Child Foundation (National Office) Summer 2010
Excerpt includes comments from First Lady Michelle Obama
and an article on ACF-LA's Chapter Chef and Child Foundation's Childhood Nutrition Day called “LA’s Spotlight on Childhood Hunger”

Main Talent for LA's Spotlight on Childhood Hunger - (Flyer)
(Coincides with National Childhood Nutrition Day & World Food Day)

Sponser Letter/Flyer - ACF Los Angeles Chapter/Chef & Child Foundation "LA's Spotlight on Childhood_Hunger"

Sponser Contribution Form ACF LA's "Spotlight on Childhood Hunger". Proceeds go to West Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation

West Los Angeles Fisher House

About the W. Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation:

“There’s no place like home,” said Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. This may be true, but the West Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation has strived to create a “home away from home” for Veterans’ families. The Fisher House is a free place for Veterans’ families to stay while their loved one is undergoing care at the VA facility. It provides the families some of the comforts of home such as home cooked meals, a garden and a library. In addition, they can bond and empathize with other families experiencing the same emotions. Meanwhile, the Veteran also benefits by having the physical and emotional support of his/her family during treatment.

How can this be free? Well, the West LA Fisher House Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization has raised just under $3 Million and hopes to reach their fund raising goal of $3.5 Million before the end of this year. Our success was due to community support from individuals, families and businesses. Although we can’t thank all of our supporters, it’s important to thank Former American Legion Post Commander Mr. Louis Cozolino and the members of Pacific Palisades Post 283 who made a generous contribution totaling $2.15 Million. There are no words that can thank the Post and its members!

Although there’s no place exactly like your home, now there’s a “home away from home” for Veterans’ families.

Tim Byk - Founder/Executive Director W. Los Angeles Fisher House
Louis J Cozolino - Commander Post 283
Scott Erickson - Executive Committee

Fisher House Program Origin:

Mrs. Pauline Trost, wife now Admiral Carlisle Trost, US Navy, Retired, and former Chief of Naval Operations is credited with giving Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher the idea for the Fisher House program in 1990. The first Fisher House opened with President and Mrs. Bush joining the Fishers and the Trosts at the dedication ceremony.

About: "LA's Spotlight on Childhood Hunter"

The ACF-LA's Chef and Child Foundation's Childhood Nutrition Day, called "LA's Spotlight on Childhood Hunger," will take place Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There will be a Kid's Healthy Cooking Contest and a Benefit Concert to bring awareness to childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity in America, and we are inviting many at-risk and disadvantaged children to participate. Furthermore, most of our proceeds will go to our adopted charity, the West Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation. This foundation provides temporary housing for families of veterans while they undergo longterm care.

ACFEF Chef and Child Foundation -Nutritional Updates, Partnerships, News & more

“To educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led by the American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.

ACFLA, Chef & Child Chair Chef & Child Foundation: Marjorie J. Frazier
ACFLA Chapter President: David Binkle


September 2010

ACF LA Chef's de Cuisine Association Meeting September 30 at La Espinola Meats in Harbor City from 3-5pm ( Download the Flyer! )

Greetings To All,

We hope you can join us for our next ACF Los Angeles Chef's de Cuisine Association meeting and social at La Espinola Meats in Harbor City on September 30th from 3-5pm.

We will be discussing "The LA Spotlight on Child Hunger" event slated for October 16, 2010 at the LA Convention Center, USDA's Chef's Move to Schools Program, The Presidents Grand Ball at the Sheraton Downtown LA October 30 and "The Los Angeles Treats of Christmas" Bake Sale, Gingerbread House Competition & Auction benefitting the West LA Fisher House Foundation.

Please bring a friend and we hope to see you there!

David Binkle CEC CEPC CCA FMP
President
ACFLA


August 2010

I. ACF National Convention August 2-5, Anaheim, CA

(Pics coming soon!)

2. ACFEF Chef and Child Foundation - Mission Statement, News & Updates.


June 2010

I hope all of you are doing well. I have attached a pdf flyer for our next chapter meeting which is on June 29th at J. Goodman & Associates.

Place:
J. Goodman & Associates - Food Service Sales & Marketing
1734 Colorado Avenue
Santa Moinca, CA, 90404
Ph. (310) 828-5040

Host: Sarah Ramirez
Date: Tuesday June 29th, 2010
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Educational Presentations:
Chef Spotlight: "A Culinary Career"-Chef, Hugo Fressle
& Ventura Foods - Wendy Smith

Members and Guests Welcome See you soon!

David Binkle CEC CEPC CCA FMP
President
ACFLA


May 2010

The Los Angeles Convention Center, is hosting the Chefs de Cuisine of California, American Culinary Federation Chapter Meeting on May 20 from 3PM to 5PM. I encourage your support and participation.

Please join us as we provide an afternoon of fun and enjoyment. We are working hard to rebuild the chapter which would be beneficial to all of us. We have seating for 100 and plenty of standing room. Arrive early or late, no matter!

Social hour includes terrific sustainable hors d' oeuvres paired with wonderful Cakebread Chardonnay and Lancaster Merlot wine or beer.

The meeting will be in room 153 A, B and C on the first floor. Afterwards we will head over to LA Live for an informal gathering at the bar. I have attached a flyer with information (note room change). Parking has been donated in the West Hall on Pico. Bring your flyer and tell the attendant you are here for the meeting.

Special guests scheduled to appear include Fiona Gately, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution publicist and The Honorable Miriam Long, Deputy Mayor City of Los Angeles.

I sincerely hope to see you there. Pass this along if you like! Cheers.

David Binkle CEC CEPC CCA FMP
President
ACFLA


APRIL 2010

April 29th, 3-5PM, Business Meeting and Social @ PMG, in Chatsworth Hosted by Chef Bruce Armstrong, CEC (.PDF)

Educational Presentation by Tom Carter, Caddy Corporation, Food Service Equipment. - Thank you!


MARCH 2010

March, 25th. General Membership Meeting @ Lakeside CC, in Burbank. 3-5 PM. Hosted by Executive Chef Neil DeFries. (.PDF)

Educational Presentation by Elizabeth Hennel, Marketing Coordinator,
Smucker's Food Service J.M. SMUCKER'S fine products from brands including, FOLGERS, Dichinson's, EAGLE BRAND, CRISCO and many more. Thank you!

BOARD MEMBER AGENDA - 2010 (.PDF)

Date: Thursday, March18, 2010

Place: Los Angeles Mission College, Sylmar, CA

Time: 3:00 PM-4:00PM


Janunary, 2010

Greetings and Happy New Year!

As you may or may not know, we have resurrected the ACF Chef's de Cuisine Association of California monthly meetings. We are excited to begin the new year with our first meeting hosted by Executive Chef Rick Wineman at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 25, 2010 from 3-5 pm.

We hope you will get involved and we invite you and your guests for an afternoon of fun, seeing old friends and making new friendships. The Los Angeles Chapter has been in existence sine 1923 and has included some of the finest world renowned chefs, educators and food service business professionals.

Our March meeting will be at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank hosted by Executive Chef Neil DeFries.

I have attahced the direction to the February meeting.

In the Spirit of Hope,
David G. Binkle, CEC, CEPC, CCA, FMP
Acting President
ACF- CCAC


June, 2009

You Asked for MORE
The 2009 ACF National Convention promises to provide more of what you want: MORE continuing education, MORE professional development and MORE meaningful programs.

Be part of the biggest annual gathering of chefs, students and foodservice professionals in the U.S. An array of workshops, seminar, cooking demonstrations, networking and social functions await you at the 2009 ACF National Convention.

Attendees
Make your plans now to join us at the Orlando World Center Marriott, boasting the brand new Cypress Ballroom, site of the 2009 Trade Show.

Jaunary, 2009

HOT FOOD COMPETITIONS! Scroll Down for Details
ENTRY DEADLINES – January 4, 2009, Competition in San Francisco

Contact: Dean A. Thomas CEC CCE
Executive Chef Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino www.Barona.com
Ph. 619-328-3524 Email: Dthomas at barona.com

ACF Chefs Comp Info Page

Soy Foods Council Competition
ACF MEDALS; Best of Show Prizes
Gold: 36-40
Silver: 32-35.99
Bronze: 28-31.99
Culinary Diploma: 24-27.99

QUICK NOTES:
• The competition fee is $100.00 per individual, includes show badge
• Deadline to submit entry is January 4, 2009
• Recipes, Waivers, Application, and Application fees MUST be turned in by the deadline.
• In order to be considered to compete, individuals must submit the required
information by the deadline - The Application Form MUST be FILLED OUT
• There will be only 6 individuals allowed to compete in each of the four categories.
This competition will take place on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2000 in its entirety.
This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Six (6) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition. ACF Judging guidelines will be followed. Each competitor will be responsible to create four (4) portions of a signature entree recipe using the following Soy ingredients: trans-fat-free soy oil, soymilk, firm tofu & edamame.

The competitor must submit signature recipe and a complete diagram or color photograph to the Show Committee for review. Once the application and recipe is received, the head ACF judge shall review. Fourteen days prior to the competition, competitors will be notified of their selection, receive all documents for competition, time schedules and a map and entrances to the convention center.

All Other Rules and Guidelines Please refer to the ACF Competition Guidelines at www.acfchefs.org
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

HOT FOOD COMPETITION
ENTRY DEADLINE – January 4, 2009
COMPETITION DATE – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009; 1:30PM

Competitors will work in identical kitchens, which will consist of:
• One 4-burner electric Commercial Vulcan stove/with an oven below
• One 24x36 work table with hand sink and demo mirror
• One single door institutional refrigerator
• One 3-compartment sink will be shared by all competitors.
1. All competitors will report to the Culinary Show Chairman approximately 45 minutes before official starting times where they will be checked in.
2. Competitors will then have a 1/2 hour to set up and test all cooking equipment.
4. Competitors will then begin preparation and cooking at the official starting time.
5. Competitors will have 1 hour of preparation and cooking time.
6. At the end of 1 hour, the competitor will have 10-minute time limit to plate and serve all four portions: 3 for tasting, 1 for display.
7. Competitor must bring all cooking equipment, tools and food to participate. Sponsor proteins supplied on site.
8. No advanced preparation or cooking is allowed. Vegetables can be peeled and salads may be cleaned and washed, but not cut or shaped in any form.
9. Competitor will bring in their own china to display their final presentation.
NOTE: Absolutely no open flame can be used in the Moscone Convention Center.
NOTE: There will be no common table of ingredients.

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Niman Ranch Lamb Sirloin
ACF MEDALS; Best of Show Prizes
Gold: 36-40
Silver: 32-35.99
Bronze: 28-31.99
Culinary Diploma: 24-27.99

QUICK NOTES:
• The competition fee is $100.00 per individual, includes show badge
• Deadline to submit entry is January 4, 2009
• Recipes, Waivers, Application, and Application fees MUST be turned in by the deadline.
• In order to be considered to compete, individuals must submit the required
information by the deadline - The Application Form MUST be FILLED OUT
• There will be only 6 individuals allowed to compete in each of the four categories.
This competition will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 in its entirety.
This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Six (6) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition. ACF Judging guidelines will be followed. Each competitor will be responsible to create four (4) portions of a signature entree recipe using Niman Ranch Lamb Sirloin.

The competitor must submit signature recipe and a complete diagram or color photograph to the Show Committee for review. Once the application and recipe is received, the head ACF judge shall review. Fourteen days prior to the competition, competitors will be notified of their selection, receive all documents for competition, time schedules and a map and entrances to the convention center.

All Other Rules and Guidelines Please refer to the ACF Competition Guidelines at www.acfchefs.org
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

 

HOT FOOD COMPETITION
ENTRY DEADLINE – January 4, 2009
COMPETITION DATE – Monday, Jan. 19, 2009; 10:00AM

Competitors will work in identical kitchens, which will consist of:
• One 4-burner electric Commercial Vulcan stove/with an oven below
• One 24x36 work table with hand sink and demo mirror
• One single door institutional refrigerator
• One 3-compartment sink will be shared by all competitors.
1. All competitors will report to the Culinary Show Chairman approximately 45 minutes before official starting times where they will be checked in.
2. Competitors will then have a 1/2 hour to set up and test all cooking equipment.
4. Competitors will then begin preparation and cooking at the official starting time.
5. Competitors will have 1 hour of preparation and cooking time.
6. At the end of 1 hour, the competitor will have 10-minute time limit to plate and serve all four portions: 3 for tasting, 1 for display.
7. Competitor must bring all cooking equipment, tools and food to participate. Sponsor proteins supplied on site.
8. No advanced preparation or cooking is allowed. Vegetables can be peeled and salads may be cleaned and washed, but not cut or shaped in any form.
9. Competitor will bring in their own china to display their final presentation.
NOTE: Absolutely no open flame can be used in the Moscone Convention Center.
NOTE: There will be no common table of ingredients.

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Tyson Game Hen & Nuedske Applewood Smoked Bacon
ACF MEDALS; Best of Show Prizes
Gold: 36-40
Silver: 32-35.99
Bronze: 28-31.99
Culinary Diploma: 24-27.99

QUICK NOTES:
• The competition fee is $100.00 per individual, includes show badge
• Deadline to submit entry is January 4, 2009
• Recipes, Waivers, Application, and Application fees MUST be turned in by the deadline.
• In order to be considered to compete, individuals must submit the required
information by the deadline - The Application Form MUST be FILLED OUT
• There will be only 6 individuals allowed to compete in each of the four categories.
This competition will take place on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 in its entirety.
This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Six (6) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition. ACF Judging guidelines will be followed. Each competitor will be responsible to create four (4) portions of a signature entree recipe using Tyson Game Hens & Nuedske’s Bacon.

The competitor must submit signature recipe and a complete diagram or color photograph to the Show Committee for review. Once the application and recipe is received, the head ACF judge shall review. Fourteen days prior to the competition, competitors will be notified of their selection, receive all documents for competition, time schedules and a map and entrances to the convention center.

All Other Rules and Guidelines Please refer to the ACF Competition Guidelines at www.acfchefs.org
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!


HOT FOOD COMPETITION
ENTRY DEADLINE – January 4, 2009
COMPETITION DATE – Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009; 10:00AM

Competitors will work in identical kitchens, which will consist of:
• One 4-burner electric Commercial Vulcan stove/with an oven below
• One 24x36 work table with hand sink and demo mirror
• One single door institutional refrigerator
• One 3-compartment sink will be shared by all competitors.
1. All competitors will report to the Culinary Show Chairman approximately 45 minutes before official starting times where they will be checked in.
2. Competitors will then have a 1/2 hour to set up and test all cooking equipment.
4. Competitors will then begin preparation and cooking at the official starting time.
5. Competitors will have 1 hour of preparation and cooking time.
6. At the end of 1 hour, the competitor will have 10-minute time limit to plate and serve all four portions: 3 for tasting, 1 for display.
7. Competitor must bring all cooking equipment, tools and food to participate. Sponsor proteins supplied on site.
8. No advanced preparation or cooking is allowed. Vegetables can be peeled and salads may be cleaned and washed, but not cut or shaped in any form.
9. Competitor will bring in their own china to display their final presentation.
NOTE: Absolutely no open flame can be used in the Moscone Convention Center.
NOTE: There will be no common table of ingredients.

Maxfield’s Shrimp & Anova Tuna
ACF MEDALS; Best of Show Prizes
Gold: 36-40
Silver: 32-35.99
Bronze: 28-31.99
Culinary Diploma: 24-27.99

QUICK NOTES:
• The competition fee is $100.00 per individual, includes show badge
• Deadline to submit entry is January 4, 2009
• Recipes, Waivers, Application, and Application fees MUST be turned in by the deadline.
• In order to be considered to compete, individuals must submit the required
information by the deadline - The Application Form MUST be FILLED OUT
• There will be only 6 individuals allowed to compete in each of the four categories.
This competition will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 in its entirety.
This competition is open to all chefs (ACF and non-ACF). Six (6) individuals will compete in this ACF Contemporary Competition. ACF Judging guidelines will be followed. Each competitor will be responsible to create four (4) portions of a signature entree recipe using Maxfeild’s Seafood Shrimp and Anova Saku Tuna.

The competitor must submit signature recipe and a complete diagram or color photograph to the Show Committee for review. Once the application and recipe is received, the head ACF judge shall review. Fourteen days prior to the competition, competitors will be notified of their selection, receive all documents for competition, time schedules and a map and entrances to the convention center.

All Other Rules and Guidelines Please refer to the ACF Competition Guidelines at www.acfchefs.org
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!


HOT FOOD COMPETITION
ENTRY DEADLINE – January 4, 2009
COMPETITION DATE – Monday, Jan. 19, 2009; 1:30PM

Competitors will work in identical kitchens, which will consist of:
• One 4-burner electric Commercial Vulcan stove/with an oven below
• One 24x36 work table with hand sink and demo mirror
• One single door institutional refrigerator
• One 3-compartment sink will be shared by all competitors.
1. All competitors will report to the Culinary Show Chairman approximately 45 minutes before official starting times where they will be checked in.
2. Competitors will then have a 1/2 hour to set up and test all cooking equipment.
4. Competitors will then begin preparation and cooking at the official starting time.
5. Competitors will have 1 hour of preparation and cooking time.
6. At the end of 1 hour, the competitor will have 10-minute time limit to plate and serve all four portions: 3 for tasting, 1 for display.
7. Competitor must bring all cooking equipment, tools and food to participate. Sponsor proteins supplied on site.
8. No advanced preparation or cooking is allowed. Vegetables can be peeled and salads may be cleaned and washed, but not cut or shaped in any form.
9. Competitor will bring in their own china to display their final presentation.
NOTE: Absolutely no open flame can be used in the Moscone Convention Center.
NOTE: There will be no common table of ingredients.

 

 

December, 2008

Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Los Angeles

L'Homme n'est juge digne de porter la toque 
blanche que par son travil parfait.
                                     -Auguste Escoffier

Get On-line Tickets to the 2008 Escoffier Dinner December 8th - we have limited seating 
 Please purchase your tickets by Dec. 6th at 12 noon.

The Chef De Cuisine Association (ACF), The International Food Service Executives Association, and Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Los Angeles, proudly present:

 


57th Annual Los Angeles Escoffier Dinner
Monday December 8th, 2008
at


The Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens
Exceptional world class service-banquets, events, corporate, weddings
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Location Phone: 213-2543-9261

Time: Champagne Reception 6PM, Dinner 7PM
Price: Only $145 per person, Includes Champaign Reception, savor 7 courses w/ Paired Wines for each course, after dinner cigar and paratifs in the beautiful outdoor gardens on the 3rd floor of the Kyoto Hotel Gardens.

Relax in the Garden in the Sky, sit among waterfalls or walk the garden paths, very special & romantic.
Optional Hotel Guest Room Escoffier Price only:$99
You can arrive early, don't worry about the drive home.
Parking: $8
You can order Ticket(s) Online by clicking link above
Pls Bring Your Email Confirmation to Dinner.
We will have a list to admit you for dinner as well.
Contact the hotel front desk for optional guest rooms.

Click here for a history of the Escoffier dinner

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April, 2008

LA Wine Fest 2008  - Return to Hollywood
July 12th & 13th. @ Raleigh Studio
Check it out!

 

February 2008

ACF Western Reginal Conference
See wrap up presentation and details.

 

 

 

January 2008 

December 3rd,  2007 -  The California Club - Los Angeles

Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Los Angeles

L'Homme n'est juge digne de porter la toque 
blanche que par son travil parfait.
                                     -Auguste EscoffierIn

Tickets for our Annual  2007 Escoffier Dinner - December 3rd, at the California Club available online, via our quick & easy online sign up.
Please sign up asap the last day is Nov. 29th at 6pm.

The California Club  is noted as one of the finest clubs in the world.

More Information -  View  menu, pictures, from our Escoffier Dinner at the California Club in 2004 and review  the history of the Escoffier Society.

Please email chefwhitney@clubculinary.com for new membership information. 
or lance@clubculinary.com

Provide your contact information  and let us know who referred you. 

 

Chef of they Year 2008 Nominations are closed.
Dear Members,

In order to nominate a chef please email the chefs contact information, and three reasons why you feel your nominee should be a candidate and anything else you would like to add a short bio for example – and/or other accomplishments.

The deadline for submitting is August 31st. Email your submission to President@acfla.org

Once the Chef of the Year committee has qualified the nominees the membership will be asked to vote. The Chef with the most votes will become the 2008 ACF / LA Chef of the Year.

Thank you,

2008 Chef of the Year Committee

P.S. We are also looking for volunteers to begin work on next year’s competition, which will be returning to our cook off style. It is a very exciting and rewarding experience and you get a chance to meet some top chefs!

August 2007

11th Annual Chef/Purveryor Golf Tournament - Aug. 13th - The California Country Club.

June 2007

Dr. Joel Fishers April  2007 Wine Column is now posted click here.


2nd Annual LA Wine Fest on the Queen Mary-Weekend of June 29th, 30th and July 1st

The largest wine tasting benefit in Los Angeles, LA Wine Fest is back and open to all - simplifying the world of wine plus good eats, educational happenings, music - all at a reasonable price.

All wine is included, but some food and the Special Friday Reserve Dinner is the big $$$$. But if you come for Saterday. and/or Sunday it's less $. If  you stay or just go for the SAT. night music performances you have add a little  in just a little more- but I think it's all worth it.

This will sell out! But easy online tickets are still available at
www.lawinefest.com also  the latest updates, hotel deals, ticket price options and more.

125 plus wineries, specialty foods, all kinds of bands, singers, cheese masters and wine makers and wine gurus like...

Peter Birmingham, Il Grano
Tony Campanale, Vibrato
Frederic Hemon, J Lounge
Paul Sherman, Valentino's

George Skorka, from dishwasher to sommelier to restaurateur to Director of Restaurants, Jonathan Club.

LIVE MUSIC : 7-12PM |  DJ 12-2AM

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF GIANTS
Not just another LA based band back from europe -more about UTIOF at
http://www.myspace.com/thegiants

LARKIN MCLEAN
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=43963602
The L.A. Native's Nouveau-Retro Blend of Brazilian, Jazz, Blues With Touches of Country and Tahitian Music Is Co-Written, Produced and Arranged By Kenny Lyon
(Lemonheads, Brazzaville , Los Super Elegantes)

THE OUTLINE - still working up new record for Fearless?
http://www.myspace.com/theoutline
"This is what Metal Box would've sounded like if John Lydon grew up listening to Genesis and Ultravox instead of Alice Cooper and had actually been able to sing." -Jeffrey Morgan - Metro Times

OVER NIGHT LOWS - a.k.a. OLOWS
"Some people call us OLOWS"
http://www.myspace.com/overnightlows

Try something unique and you will help out the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA and more. You can learn some stuff about wine, hang out, check out the music, dance to the DJ's and enjoy being alive. Plus I think the last time I was on the Queen Mary I was like 3 or something - they have a lot of cool stuff going on now. check out the Quess Mary at www.queenmary.com

But this event is 21 and over! 

May 2007

SPRINGFEST 2007 "FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL" 

Join us on a Walk through Europe

Enjoy the finest wines and microbrews from over 15 different countries. Indulge your taste buds as you feast on regional foods made by our own award-winning Culinary Arts Institute.

Saturday, May 12, 2007 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Questions? Please call: 310.415.1875 
$50.00 tax deductible. Proceeds benefit Mission College Scholarship Program . $35.00 for students

AT L.A. MISSION COLLEGE CAMPUS CENTER
13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, CA. 91342. Go to www.lamission.edu for a map.

April 2007

Dr. Joel Fishers April  2007 Wine Column is now posted click here.

February-March 2007.

Dr. Joel Fishers February-March  2007 Wine Column is now posted click here.

January: 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers December  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

December: 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers December  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Dr. Fisher will be a guest on "What's Cooking" live - December 27th click here.

 

Escoffier Society Members of Los Angeles Annual Dinner, December, 4th.
Click here for information and to pre-purchase your tickets online.

 

November: 2006

Dr. Joel FishersNovember  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

 

Get your event on the Calendar! Share your ideas!
All members invited to our annual planning meeting on November 7th @ 7pm - The Beach Club, Santa Monica California.

Chef / Year 2006, Culinary Competition - Oct. 16th, 2006.
Free Fun & Educational!

CLICK FOR FREE PASSES, ENTER COMPETITION, OR NOMINATE A CHEF

Thank you for  participating in and/ or attend our 4th Annual Chef of the Year Los Angeles 2006 Culinary Competitions. This dramatic and exciting culinary competition is tool place  Monday, October 16, 2006,  at the Southern California Gas Company (A Sempra Energy Utility) Energy Resource Center in Downey, California.

Click here to view the Chef / Year 2006 Competition Results Page

September, 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers September /October  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

 

August, 2006

 
Check out LA Wine Fest Sept. 16 & 17 Only $35 per person Inc. wines.

LA wine fest
— the largest public wine tasting ever to hit Los Angeles. With over 100 participating wineries and at only $35 per ticket, this event is sure to sell out. We are partnering with the best area restaurants to offer food complementing the wine selection. Sommelier and winemaker symposiums will also be offered over the weekend. All wine is inclusive, some food will be additional charge. LAWINEFEST reserves the right to refuse service to anyone appearing to be intoxicated.

This year’s festival is the first annual, and we look forward to making this a Los Angeles tradition. Join us at The Vanguard in Hollywood at 6021 Hollywood Boulevard. This will be a weekend to remember!

Dr. Joel Fishers July / August  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

For more up-coming events, seminar / dinner registrations & info click here.

July, 2006

Due to unavoidable circumstances the competition show
platters seminars, originally scheduled at The Beach
Club in Santa Monica for this Monday night, 7/24 and the the remaining dates of 8/21,9/25, will be cancelled until further notice.

We apologize for an inconvenience this may cause and will let you know if the circumstances change.

June, 2006

May, 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers May / June  2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

2006 Educational Seminar / Dinner Series - Cancelled till further notice.

Note: Monday's seminar date of 6/26 has been moved. We will not meet on 
Monday 6/26. Next seminar will be on 7/24.


American Culinary Federation Approved Seminar / Dinner - ACF Competition Show Platters!!! with Garde Manger Specialist Martin Gilligan click here to register.

All ACF / CCAC Membership, IFSEA Members, and Guests are invited!

The nights will be lively, inexpensive, and includes many tasters.

First in a series of five workshops (5/22,6/26,7/24,8/21,9/25) that will allow the student/professional to devise a platter, continually improve it for review with Chef Martin until it is ready for the ACFLA competition at the Gas Company in Downey on October 16, Five workshops just $50pp!

The Cost is only $55 per person and includes tasters and samples, free parking, and your completion certificate. You can use your credit card to sign up today click here. This event will sell out. Pre-paid on-line reservations are recommended.

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Register ONLINE now for the 2006 ACF National Convention!
The American Culinary Federation will hold its 56th National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, July 14-17, 2006 and you're invited!

This event which brings together nearly 2000 of America's most influential and accomplished chefs, celebrity chefs, culinary educators and students, restaurateurs and food industry representatives is packed with professional development, networking, leading industry expertise and social events.

Join us at the Philadelphia Marriott and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the summer of 2006 for what has become the nation's finest gathering of culinarians. For more information please visit the online convention information page

 

 

  
Deadline for semi-finals submissions is April 28, 2006 click here. Tuesday, April 18th. For easy  ACF Membership RSVP click here. (Also open to all food service,& hospitality professionals.)


April, 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers April 2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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"Spring Time in Paris" June 16th, 2006.
Attention: The benefit for the Riverside County Culinary Academy
at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ball Room has a new date of June, 16th.

A benefit for the Riverside County Culinary Academy
at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ball Room, will be held on June 16th, 2006.
Click here for online tickets sales and more information.
For more information call the event hotline at (951) 955-9785
Click here to view or print the flyer. Note: Date is incorrect
This event will sell out! Don't miss it! 

2006 Educational Seminar / Dinner Series - April 24th
American Culinary Federation Approved Dinner - ACF Certification Now!!! with Dr. Eloise Cantrell April 24th, 7PM at The Beach Club in Santa Monica,  click here to register.

All ACF / CCAC Membership, IFSEA Members, and Guests are invited!
The night will be lively, inexpensive, and includes many tasters.
Dr. Eloise Cantrell will give the in’s and out’s of certification and give you her easy three step method to fit your busy schedule!
The Cost is only $30 per person and includes tasters and samples, free parking, and your completion certificate. This event will sell out. Pre-paid on-line reservations are recommended.

To pay by check please RSVP Dr. Eloise Cantrell (eloisecantrell@earthlink.net), then bring your check with you, made out to "Chefs de Cuisine Association of California".

Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible.
Attire: Business Casual (no jeans please)
We look forward to seeing you! 

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March 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers Feb./March 2006 Wine Column is now posted click here.

2006 Educational Seminar / Dinner Series 
American Culinary Federation Approved Dinner - Empowering Wellness!!! 
with Sandi Lampert and Natures Finest Produce for Today's Chef - click here to reg.


All ACF / CCAC Membership, IFSEA Members, and Guests are invited!

The seminar is on March, 6th, at 7PM at the Beach Club in Santa Monica. The event will be lively, inexpensive, and includes many tasters.

Sandi will explain her six proven principles to stay connected and excited about your profession! See the newest garden treats for your kitchen!

Natures Finest Produce Company Representative, Ryan Polisky (323) 235-4343 will be presenting products and information.

The Cost is only $30 and includes tasters and samples, free parking, and your completion certificate. You can use your credit card to sign up today by clicking here. This event will sell out. Pre-paid on-line reservations are recommended.

To pay by check please RSVP Chef Sandi Lampert (sandilampert@sbcglobal.net), then bring your check with you, made out to "Chefs de Cuisine Association of California".

Attire: Business Casual (no jeans please)
We look forward to seeing you! 

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February 2006

ACF KONA-KOHALA CHEFS DE CUISINE HOST 2006  ACF WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE


The ACF 2006 Western Region Conference is right around the corner - February 2-6 to be exact. February's a great time to escape the cold winter weather and head for "Paradise" as the 2006 Conference will be held on the Gold Coast of Hawaii Island. Hosted by the ACF Kona-Kohala Chapter Chefs de Cuisine, the 2006 conference location is slated for the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.

Filled with educational clinics, specialty sessions featuring unique Hawaiian 
products, competitions, and regional award presentations, the 2006 Conference will be a highlight of your new year. Register early as rates are $225 for early registration until October 31. They go up to $300 until January 31, 2006 and beyond January 31, they increase to $395. For more information and to register for the 2006 Western Region Conference, visit the ACF Kona Kohala Chapter website at www.konakohalachefs.org

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January 2006

Dr. Joel Fishers December 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

ACF Hurricane Katrina Updates - Click here for the following information:
* Food Donation Programs * Fundraising Opportunities * Job Target Relocation Opportunities on ACF Web site * Volunteering in the Community * Open Door Policy for Relocated Chefs * National Dine Out Day with NRA benefiting Red Cross * Resources for Members Questions or suggestions regarding ACF disaster relief efforts? Please e-mail DisasterRelief@acfchefs.net  Please make a financial disaster relief donation through the American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Click Here. Money raised will go directly to the ACF chapters in the areas affected by the storm. You may also mail donations (no cash, please) to: ACFF Disaster Relief, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095

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December 2005 

Escoffier Dinner was our best yet by many accounts, full details to be  posted soon, meantime here are some pictures from our  2005 Escoffier Dinner.

Dr. Joel Fishers December 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Order Ticket Now by Clicking Here
December 5, 2005 Escoffier Dinner @ The Beach Club, 201 Palisades Beach Rd (PCH), Santa Monica, CA, 90402 -- Please attend! This is the first dinner event at The Beach Club in the last four years and the first ever Escoffier Dinner in this beautiful location on the water. It will be one to remember with cocktails on the beach and course after course of culinary genius! See the newest techno-cooking in the Escoffier style! Featuring a Live Performance by Broadway Stars Diane and Ray Saar Performing Hits from Popular Broadway Musicals. Tickets are available online now order now as there is limited seating. 

November 2005

Dr. Joel Fishers October / November 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

November 7, Board Event planning meeting 6:30PM @ The Beach Club, 201 Palisades Beach Rd (PCH), Santa Monica, CA, 90402 -- Please attend!* If you have ever wanted to have a special event or just give us some new ideas, please attend and get involved!

October 2005

ACF Board LA Mission College 6:00PM, October 3rd.

2005 Educational Seminar/Dinner Series:

October 3, ACF Education Supervision, LA Mission …..Free!!!.....Free!!!
Part 1 - @ Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, CA 91342 - Collaborative Building, Room # CSB 107 
Time:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Please attend! Keep up with today's supervision techniques or gain certification points. 

To register click here 

Part 2 is on October 10th, - same time, place and info as part 1.(more)
Collaborative Building, Room #107 

October 17, Part 3 - ACF Education Supervision, LA Mission is cancelled, as parts 1 & 2 of the class will be two 3 hour sessions with homework to turn in for a total of eight hours refresher course!

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September 2005

Dr. Joel Fishers September 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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August 2005

ACF LOS ANGELES "CHEF OF THE YEAR 2005 Click Here For All Info!

Monday Aug.29th 10AM-2PM Registration is free!

Non-competing chefs, culinary students, hospitality professionals and guests are welcome and  click here to RSVP.

Sponsors include: Santa Monica Seafood and World Wide Produce
This years competition will be K-8 Live Lobster!
Winner eligible for ACF National Chef of the Year.
Winner will receive $1000 dollars cash for airfare & hotel for national competition.
ACF Medals will be awarded. Awards Ceremony after Competition at 2:00 PM in the Auditorium at The Collins School of Hospitality Management (more)

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2005 ACF National Convention
July 30 - Aug 2, 2005

Convention Information Click Here
Marriott Rivercenter - San Antonio, Texas
For More Information Contact: ACF National Office 800-624-9458

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Dr. Joel Fishers August 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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Cancelled - ACF/Chefs de Cuisine Association of California 10th Annual Chef/Purveyor Golf Tournament due to circumstances beyond our control. We thank all who expressed support and/or participation. We look forward seeing you next year!   If you have signed up or have questions please contact Chairman / Host Chef Lee Ciuffitelli, Ph. (661) 254-4401 x 269 Lciuffitelli@heritagegolfgroup.com
Click here for Golf Tournament Brochure Cancelled.
Click here for rules
Click here for directions

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2005 Oct. - Dec.  Click here to view / print 2005 year end calendar.

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July 2005:

Dr. Joel Fishers June/July 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

June 2005:

2005 Educational Seminar Series:
ACF Approved Seafood and Exotic Food Imports
You can use your credit card to sign up today clicking here. 
All ACF / CCAC Membership, IFSEA Members, and Guests are invited!
The previously scheduled June 20th seafood seminar is now to be on June 27th 6:30PM – at the Beach Club in Santa Monica. The night will be lively, inexpensive, and includes many tasters. Get ready for Soft Shell Crab, Ipswich Clams, Wild White Salmon and more unusual seafood items presented for you by Chef Whitney. Visit our sponsor Santa Monica Seafood.

In addition to Chef Whitney's seafood exhibition, Savory Gourmet will have samples of classic French imported cheeses, interesting specialty savory and sweet products, more "must see" items to help add some pizzazz to your menu!

For more information on Savory Gourmet's product line contact Evelyn at 310-391-5422 or email savorygourmet@verizon.net Ask her to visit your kitchen.

The Cost is only $20 and includes tasters and samples, free parking, and your completion certificate (will be mailed to you). You can use your credit card to sign up today - by clicking here now.

To pay by check please RSVP Chef Whitney Werner, then bring your check with you, made out to "Chefs de Cuisine Association of California".

Reservations are limited so please secure you place ASAP. 

For directions to the ACF  Seminar at the Beach Club click here 

We look forward to seeing you.

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Dr. Joel Fishers May 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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May 2005:

2005 Educational Seminar/Dinner Series:
UPDATE: ACF Approved Nutrition Seminar/Dinner-, May 26th Parts 1 & 2-rolled into one night !. Only $40 per person -including dinner, great location, free parking and your re-certification certificate. 5PM-10Pm at the Beach Club. 
(5 hours lecture & 3 hours take home project (tba) = total of 8 hours)
 For details and to RSVP online click here.
(To RSVP with a check or cash contact ccacacfla@aol.com Pls. include your contact information and make your check payable to "Chefs de Cuisine Assoc. of California")

Note: If you already signed up for Part 1 just show up at the Beach Club on May, 26th at 5PM - Bring a check for $20 balance due or use online credit card form.Click here.

The total for both parts of this seminar is $40.

For directions to the ACF Nutrition Seminars at the Beach Club click here.

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Los Angeles Chapter's April - Sept 2005 Calendar of dinners/seminars, programs, and events - to view or print click here 

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April 2005:

April 27-28 Las Vegas Culinary Challenge! There is a wide variety of competitions available. Chef Whitney Werner has entered a 1 hour contemporary hot food competition. For information contact Chef Shag Shigenaga@ 702.895.3503 or email dale.shigenaga@ccmail.nevada.edu 
See You There!

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2005 Educational Seminar/Dinner Series: 
Sponsored by Food Innovations & The Fish Warehouse Corp. Leriza - (213) 627-5059
ACF Approved Meat Seminar/Dinner at LA Mission College, April 4th, 6:30 - w/ Rudy Garcia, 2004 Chef of the Year, Chef Instructor of LA Mission College, will be serving tasters of the newest exotic meats available today! This is a free Seminar - Limited Reservations. For more information or reservations contact Chef Whitney at ccacacfla@aol.com Late registration (1 week prior) call Chef Whitney @310.395.3254

Dr. Joel Fishers April 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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March 2005:

Dr. Joel Fishers March 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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February 2005:

February 17-20, 2005 - ACF / Western Regional Conference Register Today!

Go to 
http://www.acfchefs.org/events/Regional/2005/Western.html
for entry forms and more information.
Contact Information is:
California Capitol Chefs' Association
Doubletree Hotel
Sacramento, California
Contact: Jon Greenwalt, AAC
916-434-2600
Fax 916-434-2644 

Check out the California Rice Recipe Competition click here for more info
Click here for the entry  form.

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Dr. Joel Fishers February 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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January 2005:

All ACF / Chefs de Cuisine of California, IFSEA members, culinary students and friends invited. Monday, January 24th Academy Dinner in honor of Chef Richard Morgan, CEC, AAC recipient of the the Hermann G. Rausch Chefs Life Time Achievement Award. Must RSVP by Jan.20th 2005. Click here for information.

Monday, January 10th - Southern Italian Dinner, featuring the Wines of Sicily click here to for more information.

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Dr. Joel Fishers January 2005 Wine Column is now posted click here.

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December 2004:

Dr. Joel Fishers December 2004 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Los Angeles, Escoffier Dinner to be held at The California Club. Limited seating! Click here now for more info.

November 2004: 

Dr. Joel Fishers November 2004 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Thursday, November 18: Beaujolais Nouveau
-the legend continues Presented by Wine Vine and Dine click here for more info.

November 1st Board Meeting, 6:PM at Art Inst. Los Angeles click here

October 2004: 

Dr. Joel Fishers October 2004 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Our Annual ACF/CCAC Los Angeles Presidents Ball was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, on 10/11 Click here for pictures.

September 2004:

Our 2nd Annual Chef of the Year Los Angeles 2004 
Culinary Competitions was a standing room only success!

Dear Hospitality Professional,

Thank you  for participating  in and/or attend the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, (CCAC) 2nd Annual Chef of the Year Los Angeles 2004 Culinary Competitions, hosted by the Southern California Gas Company.  This dramatic and exciting event  took place Monday, September 13, 2004, 9:30AM-5:30PM at the Southern California Gas Company (A Sempra Energy Utility) Energy Resource Center in Downey, California.   More than 200 culinary professionals and students participated!  All ACF Medals and prizes awarded! more . 

August 2004: 

Dr. Joel Fishers  August 2004 Wine Column is now posted click here.

Dr. Joel Fishers July Wine Column is now posted click here.

July 2004:

July 16 - July 20, 2004
Orlando World Center Marriott - Orlando Florida
For More Information Contact: ACF National Office 800-624-9458 click link below for more information:

2004 ACF National Conference Information

The Next Board Meeting is  07/12//04 and will be held at The Cactus Patch @ 6:30PM. Our host is Luis & Joan Martinez.   Please contact Dennis if you are unable to attend as soon as possible and leave message if you can NOT attend - otherwise, we will expect you there. Call or click here for directions. The Cactus Patch 197 E High St Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-9550

June 2004:

June 27th: Day at the Races! Thank You Hollywood Race Park for a wonderful day and to all who attended - Mary Noell, Chefs For Children

Dr. Joel Fisher's  June Wine Column is now posted on our wine mentor page click here. 

April/May 2004:

The Top Chef's Dinner was a unique and delightful dinner!

Thank you to our sponsors and to the excellent staff and chefs.

Also to all who attended, we are glad you came and are thankful for you continuing support. Pictures and a review will be posted soon.

May 17th, at The Historical Federal Reserve Bank, Los Angeles A Dinner & Benefit presented by Compass Group's Eurest Los Angeles Top Chefs.

Continuing our series of 2004 Los Angeles Fine Dining Dinners
please reserve May 17th. Our unique location will be the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Branch 950 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. This historical location will enlighten and entertain upon entry as you enjoy a self-guided walking tour featuring the history of the Federal Bank in the United States. After which you will ascend to the dining room balcony and patio to be presented with a spectacular view that overlooking the lights of Downtown Los Angeles and enjoy fine cuisine prepared by the top chefs of Eurest Los Angeles Fine Dining services. More information, RSVP sign ups, and ticket information click here.

Dr. Joel Fishers  April/May Wine is now posted click here.

Cancelled. April 15th 9AM - 4:30 in Room 5 Nutrition Cert.

March 2004:

Dr. Joel M. Fisher's March Wine Column is ready!

Click here for the March Column

Western Regional Conference Announcements:

Whitney Werner Receives Presidential Medallion from ACF President Ed Leonard  in Colorado !  Whitney Werner, CEC, is Chef of the Year for the ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of California 2002. Currently executive chef at The Beach Club in Santa Monica, Calif. Chef Werner began working in restaurant kitchens at the age of 15 and brings 25 years of experience to our chapter. He serves as chapter second vice president, hosts the Escoffier dinner, and holds classes for junior members. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, he started in pastry as part of the opening team of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. He opened and operated restaurants for the Hilton Hotel Corporation nationwide and worked at the Ambassador Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, updating menus with current culinary trends. Chef Werner was awarded four stars for his French-Russian cuisine at Le Bel Age Hotel in Hollywood before opening his own restaurant, Whitney’s, on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, where he enjoyed many successful years of attracting a high-profile, celebrity clientele. Chef Werner has been a culinary educator at the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. Currently Whitney is known for bringing his "Whitney's" concept to The Beach Club in Santa Monica with resounding success. Chef Whitney is also a driving force for our chapter in the Chef of the Year Los Angeles Culinary Competitions. Providing boundless passion and vision! Well done and congratulations Chef Whitney!

Monday  March, 15th., Chef of the Year 2005 Nominee Dinner #1 of 3 , Nominee Dinner location Braemar Country Club click here for more information, maps, tickets and to nominate a chef for upcoming dinners and the final event in late August   Please invite or bring your friends, family, co-workers, clients, customers, purveyors - all are welcome!

Western Regional Conference announcements:

...And the Hermann G. Rausch Chefs Life Time Achievement Award goes... to Richard L. Morgan,CEC,AAC 

Among his many accomplishments, Chef Richard was an Executive Chef years ago at the Brown Derby in Los Angeles and is also the coordinator of the "Original Cobb Salad" which the Brown Derby was famous for.

Chef Morgan recently gave a demonstration of the "Original Cobb Salad" for culinary students at the Art Institute in Santa Monica. Click here for details and pictures.

On behalf of our chapter we are so honored to have among our membership Chef Richard Morgan. As many of us know chef Richard's life time dedication to the culinary profession and fulfilling the role and mission of American Academy of Chefs is without question. An excellent chef, a kind and personable man, a teacher, a mentor, who shares his knowledge and wisdom freely to those who have had the fortune of meeting him. On behalf of all of us we and our longest standing chapter member, chef Richard L. Morgan,. congratulations and God bless you always.


This award, formerly the Hermann G. Rusch Humanitarian Award, honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession. Such chefs, through their involvement with and contributions to ACF and our craft, have advanced the culinary profession and ensured the enrichment of students, our members, and those in our profession. Any one of these candidates is worthy to carry on the proud tradition of the chef for whom this award was named in 1993, Hermann G. Rusch, AAC (1907-1997).(more)

Monday March 1st Board of Directors Meeting at the Art Institute of Santa Monica 6:00pm. Click here

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Dr. Joel Fishers February Wine Column is now posted click here

ACF Announces Candidates for 2004 Regional Chefs of the Year

The ACF Chef of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding culinarian who works and cooks in a full-service dining facility. This person has demonstrated the highest standard of culinary skill, advanced American cuisine, and given back to the profession through the development of students and apprentices. The following are regional candidates for ACF's national Chef of the Year award, which will name the U.S.A.'s Chef of the YearTM for 2004.

One candidate from each region will be chosen as this year's Regional Chef of the Year and announced at the respective regional conference. The four finalists will compete in a cook-off at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July. The awards are sponsored by UBF Foodsolutions North America.

Congratulations Chef Stephan, ACF Los Angeles Chapter

Our blue ribbon panel of ACF certified judges gave you the highest marks for your culinary expertise at our sanctioned culinary competition in August at the Western food expo. We wish you success as you move up to the regional competition. We also would like to welcome you as a new ACF Los Angeles Chapter member! More information please click here.

ACF Western Regional Conference

February 25-29, 2004
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colorado
ACF Colorado Chefs Association
Contact Joan Brewster
303-264--3005
ACF 2004 Western Regional Conference information
www.acfcoloradochefs.org

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Wednesday 25th-29th ACF Western Regional Conference, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Co. Click here.

We will have a Board Meeting on Monday February 2nd at Art Inst. in Santa Monica 6:00 PM.

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The 2004 Installation Dinner at Los Angeles Mission College was a success!

Excellent cuisine was prepared by Chef Rudy Garcia and his students, the dinner was a fine demonstration by a remarkable chef educator and the hard working, dedicated students under his care.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our event. We appreciated your time and effort to be with us for dinner last evening. 

Good job done by all !
Thank you from the Administration, Staff, Students and Faculty of Los Angeles Mission College. 

-Dr. Eloise Cantrell,CEC,CCE,AAC

01/19/2004

Dr. Joel Fishers January Wine Column is now posted click here

ACE Western Regional Conference

February 25-29, 2004
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colorado
ACF Colorado Chefs Association
Contact Joan Brewster
303-264--3005
ACF 2004 Western Regional Conference information
www.acfcoloradochefs.org

 

12/24/2003

American Culinary Federation Urges Chefs to Act Responsibly Following "Mad Cow" Incident

Edward G. Leonard, president of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Inc., today issued a statement to all professional chefs concerning the first incident in the United States of a cow suspected of being infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "Mad Cow Disease." [more]

Information that you may find helpful as you address questions from your customers regarding "Mad Cow" or BSE.

AFB News Story

USDA

USFDA Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Also Known as 'Mad Cow Disease'

 

12/07/2003

Next Event Monday 19th Jan. Junior Member Recognition/Installation Dinner. Los Angeles Mission College 6:30 pm

Last Event
Les Amis d'Escoffier Society Dinner 12/01- Pictures, wine sources and pricing coming soon.

November - December Newsletter is posted click here.

Pictures from the ACF Los Angeles Chef of the Year are now posted please click here.

ACF Los Angeles Chapter Chef of the Year in the News. Nations Restaurant News Story click here.

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10/21/03

The winner of the ACF Los Angeles 1st Annual Chef of the Year Los Angeles is Executive Chef Stephan Samson, of Valentino Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA


Congratulations Chef Stephan, our blue ribbon panel of ACF certified judges gave you the highest marks for your culinary expertise at our sanctioned culinary competition in August at the Western food expo. We wish you success as you move up to the regional competition. We also would like to welcome you as a new ACF Los Angeles Chapter member!

On October 20th, the ACF/Chefs de Cuisine Los Angeles held it's annual Presidents Ball in Los Angeles. The gala dinner featured a video premier presentation of our 1st Chef of the Year Los Angeles competition as well as the official announcement of this years Los Angeles Chef of the Year award, more details and pictures to come.. 

The Los Angeles Chef of the Year Award hosted by our Los Angeles Chapter is the first chapter to change from a popularity vote to an intense "iron chef style" live cooking competition. The new yearly competition is a positive change and well regarded event for Los Angeles area chefs, restaurants, hotels, caterers, educators and culinary community.  Nominees are a diverse field of highly regarded chefs, many from well known local establishments, hotels and the educational community. Nominations are open for Los Angeles Chef of the Year 2004 no membership required. The Los Angeles competition is a media intense event for participants, sponsors and the culinary community as well as an excellent educational experience. We encourage your participation!  Find how now how our event can benefit you.

Chefs Team Table results: "One of the highlights on the show floor was the American Culinary Federation’s First Annual Chefs de Cuisine Association Culinary Competition. Winning first place in the 2003 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo-LA Chef Table Luncheon was Team Desert Springs led by Steve Ferraro of the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA. The 2nd place team was Team Keoki, led by Joseph Orate from Grossmont College. Team Keoki represented restaurants in the San Diego, Orange Coast and Los Angeles regions. The 3rd place team was Team Beach led by José Leut Jimenez from the Santa Monica Beach Country Club. Many of the chefs that participated will also go on to the Los Angeles Chef of the Year Awards, which will be announced in October 2004 at the Gala Presidents ball."- Amy Riemer, Media Relations of Reed Exhibitions

We would like to thank all our competitors, participants and sponsors for supporting a successful culinary competition. We look forward to working with you as planning begins on the 2004 culinary competition.

 

 

 

   

The Los Angeles Chapter, is member of the national American Culinary Federation, is comprised of members of all aspects of the hospitality field. Our membership profiles range from students to educators, from local vendors to Executive Chefs. We take pride in our place in the culinary world and our work in our community. Thank you for your support!

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