Presidents Message February 2018

Dear ACF Philly members,

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your friendship and dedication over the past year in making our Philadelphia ACF Chapter a great organization to be a part of.

I also want to take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our communications committee that was given the task of researching sources for a better way to market our chapter. As you can see our new website is just one example of the progress that was made by these dedicated members. Technology is rapidly changing and we are excited about moving in this new direction to communicate to our membership, attract new members and market the benefits shared by ACF membership and the community. Links are provided on our website so that you can easily rsvp, register and join our upcoming events .When our communications team posts on our Facebook page, the post feeds onto a sidebar on our calendar page providing constant updates and consistent messages. We welcome constructive feedback.

We recently enjoyed a holiday celebration at our chapter gathering in December held at Louie’s Old Mill Restaurant in Hatboro. It was great to see all of you who were able to attend. I especially want to thank those members who brought toys for our Toys for Tots drive.

Our membership continues to grow and we have some great events planned for the year and these will be posted on our website and Facebook page as soon as the logistics are confirmed.

Due to conflicts with restaurants preparing for Valentine’s day, our next general meeting will be held on the first Tuesday ,the 6th of February. The meeting will take place in The Grille@Cheyney in the Harris Turner building at Cheyney University on Tuesday February 6th at 7:00 pm. Our educational segment will be “Exploring Aqua Farming” with a tour of the Herban Farms a full functioning business : Aquaponic farm on Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Tours will begin at 6:30 for those who arrive early.Cheyney is the first HBCU in the United States it first opened in 1847. The event will be prepared by the hospitality program interns. Please confirm your attendance

We will also be discussing certification opportunities, competitions and future events planned for our membership. A certification test is scheduled at The Restaurant School at the Walnut Hill College on Sunday March 25th. Please register asap and keep practicing.

Remember to bring business cards to every general meeting for our business card exchange table. The ACF general meeting is a great opportunity to network with other professionals.

I encourage all of you to reach out to your friends and young aspiring chef and invite them to join us at our next meeting.

Wishing you all the very best,

Mike McCombe CEC, CCE, AAC
ACF Philadelphia Chapter President