Monday April 82019, set a precedent when the Tampa location of GiGi’s Playhouse hosted the monthly chapter meeting of the Tampa ACF. Members learned of the efforts to support and provide a positive learning environment for families of children with Down syndrome. Chef Rob Rawlings works with young adults at the program interested in learning culinary skills they may apply in the hospitality industry.
An event such as this is not possible if not for the support of people such as Cory VanWagoner of Smithfield Foods supplying “breakfast for dinner” of hand-held breakfast items prepared by her team, Lynn Hinds-Juillerat of Cheney Brothers, Inc. who provided the students’ chef coats, The Ryan Wells Foundations’ donation of $1000 to the culinary students education and our own Chef Vince Blancato donating his 50/50 winnings to the school as well. The Tampa ACF Chapter encourages all ACF chapters to reach out to the over 40 locations of GiGi’s Playhouse throughout the U.S. to learn how they may support the schools efforts.
To learn more about GiGi’s Playhouse or The Ryan Wells Foundation please follow the links below:
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 American Culinary Federation:
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. is a
professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks. It was founded
in 1929 in New York City by three Chefs organizations: the Societe Culinaire
Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs Association of America. The
principle goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today – to promote
the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians
at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master
Chefs. Successful culinarians know the value of belonging to the oldest and
largest organization of chefs and cooks in the United States.
Tampa Chapter American Culinary Federation