ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter
I feel I must start this message with a huge “shout-out” and big thank you to Chef David Simmons, as many of you know he was our host for our May 16th General Meeting at Lawry’s The Prime Rib.
Chef David Simmons put together a neat mini food show featuring Freedom Meats, Nicholas Foods, and Angelo Po America. While the food show started a little earlier than usual for a General Meeting at 5 PM, it was nonetheless quite well attended hour and included passed house Hors d'Oeuvres and sponsor food samples. This was followed by the classic Lawry's Dinner (hand-carved Prime Rib) intermingled with verbal informational presentations by our sponsors and an interesting explanation from Chef Geert Piferoen on the added advantages of their new Combination Oven as incorporated with the production of the evenings meal . We knew this would be a well supported event and it certainly turned out that way with almost every seat being occupied. Congratulations Chef.
Sunday, June 26th, brings us to our very own Annual Chef of the Year Awards Celebration (again this year at South Point) full details: times, menu, and ticket purchases are accessible through our website. This year we have approached the Award a little differently. After lengthy discussion and the recent establishment of an Education and Event Committee, thus relieving and suspending the Chef of the Year their multiple responsibilities, the board approached the nominations for Chef of the Year (for 2016 only) somewhat differently by considering all current Active or Senior members from those listed through the National Office. Of the four nominees, Chef Gastuv Mauler, A.A.C. of Spiedini Restorante at J.W. Marriott, Summerlin, was elected through a secret ballot and majority vote as an acknowledgment of his years of service to the Chapter and professional achievements. We hope you plan to join us in this annual celebration and awards gala. Tickets are $80.00 each, table of eight $600.00 and table of ten $750.00.
The very next day, Monday June 27th, brings us our 2nd Annual “Member Appreciation Family Outing” with the 51’s at Cashman as they play the Sacramento Rivercats. We have set the same criteria and arrangements as last year which include free parking, refreshments and catered “tailgate” inside the grounds at the start of the game. As always full details are available through our website, but I want to remind everyone that the deadline is rapidly approaching for reserving tickets, which is June 15th. We certainly will be closing out our Chapter calendar year in Grand Fashion.
The next in the series for the monthly Poker Tournament returns Tuesday July 5th. Details currently remain the same; South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa - Poker Room to join the action, registration opens at 5.30 PM, cards fly at 6.30 PM, with complimentary refreshments available and remember that you don't have to be a member to participate so be sure to spread the word and keep this event ever growing. Looking to future dates, August 2nd, and September 6th through the summer months with more to follow as our calendar evolves, be sure to refer to our website for the latest information.
Our Education and Events Committee are working on the tentative Chapter Calendar, September 2016 through June 2107. While we have many well established venues and events, including the scheduled ACF Practical Hands-On Workshop for September 10th followed by the ACF Practical Certification Exam (for any level) set for October 15 and both hosted by LCB.
On behalf of the E and E Committee, we are looking to you the membership at large for suggestions for stimulating educational content, alternative sites or better yet offers from yourselves to give presentations. We would love to have your feedback and help in our continued efforts to keep General Meetings relevant and meaningful to meet your professional needs. Ideas to drive a membership campaign, hands-on workshops, pretty much anything is possible, this is your opportunity to think outside the per-verbal box, the sky is the limit!!!
Finally, please join me again in wishing Chef Lewis C.E.C., C.C.E., the very, very best at the ACF National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona where she is will represent the Western Regional for ACF National Educator of the Year having been named at Central and Western Regional Conference in Hawaii last April.
Chef Philip Pinkney, CEC, CCE, AAC
ACF Chefs of Las Vegas
Executive Committee and Board
Philip Pinkney, CEC, AAC
Sergeant of Arms
Board of Directors
Tom Rosenberger, CEC
Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
Michael Yap Gabriel
John A Rees III
Associate Advisory Board
Junior Chapter President
Michael Ty, CEC, AAC
Culinary Show Chair