2014 MCCA Holiday Party

MCCA Holiday Party

November 30, 2014

You, your spouse and your children are invited to the 2014 Annual Christmas Party compliments of The Michigan Chefs de Cuisine on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Steve and Rocky's Restaurant in Novi. Steve and Rocky's is located at 43150 Grand River, Novi, MI 48375 on Grand River 1/4 mile east of Novi Road.

The event includes:

  • Dinner, courtesy of the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine, prepared and presented by Steve and Rockys of Novi
  • The Tom Plunkard Fabulous Magic Show
  • Gift raffle of donated gifts adds a little excitement for both the adults and children and pays for the Magic Show, (examples of gifts are homemade: cakes, cookies, or a bottle of wine). Each family is asked to bring a gift valued between $15 and $20 for the raffle
  • Santa will visit and bring gifts for the children twelve and under
  • Food Drive - We are asking that you bring at least one non-perishable food product for each person in attendance, or a gift card to a local grocer. These food drive items will be collected and donated by the MCCA to less fortunate families through Gleaners Community Food Bank

Guest policy: Immediate family (spouse, children, step-children) are included. Your extended family including parents, grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, etc., friends and other children are welcome to attend for $35.00 each. Children up to age 12 are only $15.00. There will be a registration desk for everyone and you can pay for your guest at the registration desk. Make checks payable to Michigan Chefs de Cuisine, not ACF/MCCA or MCCA.

How to register: Email the registration form to Mike Rooney at, or print and fax or mail the registration form to: 248-412-5201 or Mike Rooney, Rooney Personnel Company: 1000 S. Old Woodward, Ste. 107, Birmingham, MI 48009

From The President

November 2014

I wish I could say that October has been a bit slower but I would be lying. It has been just as busy as the rest of the year, but that's a great thing. It's currently very late at night in Pasadena, CA as I compose this letter, awaiting the first day of the 2014 CMC exam. I will be participating my first time as a proctor. I am not as nervous as I was when I took the exam, but still butterflies in my stomach because it is exhilarating to watch these 10 Chefs prepare for their journey ahead and I need help evaluate their skill set. Always a difficult job. But I look forward to sharing many positive things with them and also a great learning experience for me to watch them all cook, learn their styles, techniques and dig into their thought process.

This past October many of us partook in a Sous Vide technique class presented by Richard Rosendale, CMC at Schoolcraft College. Talking about cooking styles, thought process and techniques, this class hit it all. Chef Rosendale provided stimulating education during this two day session. If and when Chef Rosendale comes back to Michigan next year I strongly suggest to all of you to try and get a seat, it is well worth it. We are currently working with Chef Rosendale to set some days for 2015. Other opportunities to come may be Modern Plating, HACCP Development, Hydrocolloid Workshop and another Sous Vide intensive. As details of dates and program are set we I will be sure to pass that along to everyone.

For our 29th year, Oakland Community College was gracious enough to host the October Meeting. Thank you to all the chefs and students that helped put on a great evening. We had a chance to introduce one of our MCCA Honorary members for 2014, Chef James Rigato from Root Restaurant. Chef Rigato was unable to make the Awards Gala back in September do to shooting for Bravo's Top Chef Boston Series, so it was nice to introduce him to the membership. Also Chef Rosendale addressed the MCCA chapter about preparing and competing at the Bocuse d'Or, an incredibly inspiring session.

The MCCA will be electing its new Chapter Officers this fall for the 2015-16 term. Please look for your ballots to come via email. The slate is set but there is plenty of opportunity to volunteer and become even more involved. There are opportunities amongst all areas of the MCCA that could use your support and passion. Please feel free to reach out to any of the current Board Members or any of the Future Board Members after the elections. All support is welcomed, we would not be who we are if it was not for the support of every individual that steps up to help lead this great chapter.

The Annual Holiday Party at Steve and Rocky's is coming up after Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The holiday party is open to all MCCA members and your families. It's always a great time each year with excellent food, drink and camaraderie, a visit from Santa for all of the kids and an entertaining magic show too. This is a great way to spend some time with your kids and family and still see your friends in the chapter in a relaxed atmosphere. The party is free to members and immediate family members. Extended family members and non-family member guests are welcome too for $35 per person. Non-family member children under 12 are welcome for $15. Check out the ad in the newsletter or on our web page for addition details on how to register.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Country Club of Detroit on Monday, November 17, 2014 for our last chapter meeting of the year. Yes this is accurate; we changed the date to the third Monday for the Month for this November. The meeting will start with registration, networking and strolling action stations and wines at 6:30 p.m. Our presenter is The Wine Counselor, Michael Schafer and his topic this evening is the first of a two part series on The Big Six Grapes. For this night, we will be focusing on the Big Three Reds. This will be another one of those meetings you won't want to miss. Happy Thanksgiving!

Brian R. Beland, CMC, President, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine