In support of the inaugural “Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival” Chefs Margurite Jirau, Vanessa Marquis and Vince Blancato prepared fresh collard green and fruit smoothies for festival attendees. The Chefs, from the Tampa Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, created samples of this healthy beverage from a combination of apples, bananas, collard greens, apple juice and ice. Chapter President, Rene Marquis, stated, “The festival organizers approached our organization and our Chefs were happy to step up and participate in the spirit of our “Chef & Child” program to teach children and their parents about making healthy food choices.” The Tampa ACF Chapter also supports a variety of community charity causes in addition to their annual culinary scholarship dinner to support area students.
About the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter:
Our chapter’s purpose is the advancement of the culinary profession and culinary awareness through education and certification of the membership and close interaction with other local organizations. The chapter membership is composed of chefs, cooks, culinary educators, students, and purveyors from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas Counties and the surrounding metro area. Our primary local outreach program is the ACF Educational Foundation’s Chef & Child Initiative, an ongoing program whereby our chapter chefs educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.
About the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival:
The Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival, Inc. (TBCGF, Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) charity invested in the overall health and well-being of Tampa Bay. We endeavor to bring a balanced mix of resources, education and assistance together in a fun and meaningful way as expressed in our mission statement, “To inspire healthier communities through urban agriculture, culinary experience, nutritional education, fitness and family fun.”
About the American Culinary Federation:
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. is a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks. To learn more about who we are and what we offer please follow this link: http://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/About/ACF/About/
Contact for Information:
Tampa Chapter American Culinary Federation
Tim Nicholson, Membership Chairman
Tampa ACF Chapter Chefs Participate at Collard Green Festival – Cont’d
Contact for Information:
Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival
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