The Tampa chapter of the American Culinary Federation is celebrating a successful socially distanced Scholarship fund raising dinner at the prestigious Bay Club this past Sunday evening. Chapter member Chefs created eighteen (18) unique tasting plate menu items along with craft beer supplied by Stilt House Brewery and specialty wines offered by CSM Distributing LLC. Guests were greeted by a sailboat ice carving provided by member Russell Samson of Artic Ice on the club patio overlooking Tampa Bay. The Chefs raised $10,000 through the support of the 100 guests who attended for student scholarships within the culinary field. General Manager Julie Cortina of The Bay Club and her talented staff provided unparalleled service and support throughout the evening. Cheney Brothers supported the fund raising event through their generous donations of food to the Chefs preparing the evenings fare.
Chapter President, Vanessa Marquis, CEC shared her thoughts on the event, “We will not let COVID stop us from serving the community. We want to make sure we can still provide scholarships to the local culinary students this year. I am just grateful that we sold out for this event and guests were comfortable enough to attend during these times.”
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