ACF New Orleans Chapter members
were among volunteers at the Children’s
Hospital Sugarplum Ball, which took
place at the hospital’s new facility in New
Orleans, March 20. More than 600 people
attended the black-tie dinner and silent
auction. ACF chefs served charcuterie cream
cheese, smoked salmon and Louisiana
caviar. From left to right: Lenny Minutillo,
Leon West, Damian Thomas and T. Walden.
We mourn the passing of our fellow culinarians,
who meant so much to the industry and to the
American Culinary Federation.
Kurt T. Brown
ACF Akron-Canton Area Cooks and Chefs
Evan P. Danko
ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter
Randolph J. Franken
ACF Aruba Culinary Association
Stephen L. Sparks, CEC, CCE
ACF Washington State Chefs Association
Jacob Tiefenbach, CMPC, AAC
Fort Lauderdale ACF Inc.
Indiana chapter supports Meals on Wheels
Rick Bella, Bella Photography, Valparaiso, Ind.
Orlando chefs raise
money for scholarship
More than 375 guests attended the
9th annual Meals on Wheels Dine with
the Chefs event at the Avalon Manor,
Merrillville, Ind., March 7, a benefit dinner
and silent auction for Meals on Wheels
of Northwest Indiana. Ten ACF Chefs of
Northwest Indiana members, 30 students
from Ivy Tech Community College and
15 students from Purdue University,
Hammond, Ind., prepared the six-course
dinner. More than $71,000 was raised for
the nonprofit agency that serves hot meals
to the homebound elderly, ill and disabled,
as well as adults and children in daycare.
Chef volunteers at the 9th annual Meals
on Wheels Dine with the Chefs event,
Merrillville, Ind., March 7.
When the chapter began this annual
event, Meals on Wheels of Northwest
Indiana produced meals for 450 people
each day using a small kitchen space.
With the funds raised, they have since
purchased a newer facility, and now serve
more than 2,500 meals each day.
ACF Central Florida Chapter donated
$5,000 to the John Andrew Voight
Scholarship Foundation in March
to assist aspiring culinarians facing
financial obstacles. Voight loved
the culinary arts, and followed his
dream by attending Le Cordon Bleu
College of Culinary Arts in Orlando,
Fla., until an auto accident took his
life. In response, his family set up a
foundation in his name, dedicated
to the arts. In February, the chapter
donated $2,000 to the American Red
Cross to help with the ongoing relief
effort in Haiti.