On March 26th Members of the Tampa ACF chapter along with Chefs from around the world prepared an authentic Hawaiian meal for 263 local area homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Clearwater. The meal consisted of Kahlua Pork, Roasted Broccoli, Buttered Corn, Saimin Soup, Mac Potato Salad, Mixed Green salad w/ Ginger Dressing, Sweet Hawaiian Roll with Butter, Pineapple Foster Cake with Ice Cream and POG Juice (pineapple-orange-guava).
As if that could be followed up the same group of volunteer Chef’s, guest Chef’s and culinary students created a sumptuous dinner for attendees of their fundraiser on the evening of March 28th when the Chef’s raised $40,000 for WCWB humanitarian relief efforts.
Donations of food, time and services were provided by Cheney Brothers, Inc., Chef’s Willment Leong, WCWB Chairman, Cornelia Volino, WCWB Secretary General, Stafford DeCambra, ACF President, Thomas A. Gugler, WCWB President and committee members Ray McCue, Mauricio Armendaris, and Oliver Esser. Additional support was provided by the host venue Ft. Harrison Hotel and contributors Lynn Posyton of Volunteer Ministers, Concerned Businessmen of Tampa Bay, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc., Lisa J. Valverde-Mansell and Laurie Jessup.
Additional information about the WCWB organization may be found at the link 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