ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter
Bringing our Chapter year to a Grand Finale: Sunday, June 26th took us to the Annual Chef of the Year Awards Celebration, this year again at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. Chef Chris Johns and his Team did such a spectacular job. Commencing with a reception and custom-made ice carving announcing Chef Gustuv Mauler as the awardee as the backdrop, we were delighted by the stunning display of Charcuterie and butlered Hors d' Oeuvres. This was followed by another great dinner interspersed throughout with numerous awards. The climax of the evening was the presentation of the Chef of the Year Trophy to Chef Mauler as an acknowledgment of his years of service to the Chapter and professional achievements.
I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge the many donors for the door prizes we received and wish to thank them for their individual donations: Chef Michael Ty (2 ticket sets for 4 - 51 tickets), Aloha Shoyu (5 gift sets), Las Vegas Spice Company (Spices and Gift Box), the Classic Steak House Dinner for 4 (Junior Members), $500 Ikea Gift Certificate (Meadow Dairy), Wine Dinner for 2 (Chef Gustuv Mauler) as well as LavAzza Coffee Company for one-half pound of coffee for every attendee, and Southern Wines and Spirits for supplying the wines served throughout the evening.
The very next day, Monday June 27th, brought us to our 2nd Annual “Member Appreciation Family Outing” (set-up with many thanks by Chef Michael Ty) at Cashman Field as the 51's played the Sacramento Rivercats. We had a great response with nearly 140 RSVPs. While it turned out to be a very hot and windy evening it was certainly a great way to close out our Chapter calendar year with Chef of the Year Gustuv Mauler, and Associate Member of the Year Lorri Davidson, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
The next in the series for the monthly Poker Tournament continues on Tuesday September 6th. Details remain the same; South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa - Poker Room to join the action, registration and buy-in ($60 per person) 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, follow our calendar on the website as it evolves for the latest information.
Our Education and Events Committees 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. Both will be hosted by LCB.
On behalf of the Education and Events Committees, 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 personal 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!!!
The September 26th (Monday) General Meeting sees us at Nicholas and Company, 5670 Nicco Way, North Las Vegas 89115 starting at 5 PM with an educational seminar; we are very much looking forward to greeting you in person with the start of our “New Year.”
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