Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Join your fellow MCCA members and their families for this popular annual event! We will enjoy a pre-game party and cash bar at the Detroit Athletic Club, courtesy of Kevin Brennan, CEC, AAC, and then walk over to Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Cost is $80.00 per person, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis so purchase your tickets today! Important: Please remember to bring your PayPal transaction receipt to the event, and present it at the MCCA registration table at the DAC before the game.

The tailgate portion of the event at DAC is rain or shine. In the event of the game being canceled due to weather, you will receive replacement tickets for the specific rescheduled game date. Tickets for the rescheduled game will not be exchangeable, but tickets may be transferred to anyone you choose if you are unable to attend on that date.

Discounted parking for the MCCA is available in the DAC parking garage for $10 (normally $20). Cash only.

President's Letter

March 2016
Chef Brian Henson

I hope everyone has had a great winter and now ready for spring.

This is a great time of year here as everyone knows our crops in Michigan will soon start to hit the farmers markets soon. It also means everyone is probably finishing up writing their spring menus at the local clubs and restaurants, which always gets me a little anxious for spring training to wrap up and March Madness to begin.

A few quick announcements and reminders about upcoming events: By the time everyone reads this we will know how chef Sarah Rougeau, student chef Callie Nelson and the team from Baker College in Port Huron faired at the Central Regional Competition in St. Louis. Luckily for them, the results will be announced on the same day as the competition on March 12. There have been times in the past where it was not made known for a few days, which I can tell you, made sitting through the days at the conference unbearable.

The combined Central and Western Regional ChefConnect Hawaii is coming up, so I'm sure whoever is attending has already made plans. I was completely wrong when I found out the conference was in Hawaii and thinking not many chefs could make the long trip, when we booked our trip 2 months ago, the listed rooms available for discount had already been sold out for a few of the nights.

Chef John Piazza has worked very hard on an extremely unique April chapter meeting. We will be hosted by US Ice Corporation in Detroit, and will hold an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned ice carving competition during the event. I have never heard of another chapter actually holding a competition, let alone a sanctioned ice carving competition during a meeting. The thought chef John put into this meeting is very impressive, and our association needs to thank him for his time and effort.

The Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) will be holding a WACS judging seminar in Windsor, Ontario, just prior to their national convention this year, on Saturday May 14, 2016. With close proximity to Detroit, this seminar will give ACF and MCCA members an opportunity to attend with little travel and added expense. The registration process is quickly coming to an end so please contact Judson W. Simpson, CMC at 613-996-0867 for more information.

Our annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame event at the Detroit Athletic Club is set for Tuesday June 7th against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Have a great month and and good luck on all the spring openings.

Brian Henson