The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation held their 2nd Annual Scholarship fund raising dinner this past Sunday evening August 18. Ten Chef member’s created a variety of menu items served at action stations such as Chef Peter Gambacorta’s Cucumber cups with Pistachio Cream and smoked salmon, blueberry sous vide Cervena Venison Tenders with an Arugula Chimichurri by Chef Andy Coniglio of Welbilt and Chef Rene Marquis, team manager of ACF Culinary Team USA with a cocoa and coffee crusted beef tenderloin with a red curry demi-glace.
The Chefs raised just over $5K for culinary students scholarship awards through the support of over 70 guests in attendance. Attendees also enjoyed wine and craft beer from event sponsors Zonin Wines and Stilt House Brewery, respectively. The Chefs thank their other sponsors the Ft. Harrison Hotel for providing the venue and Homer Laughlin for creating and producing our unique cover plate which each guest took home as a souvenir of the event. An announcement will be made in the coming months detailing the 2020 Scholarship Dinner.
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