From The President
Trick or Treat! More like a trick - I cannot believe we are into November and the official Holiday season. In October, we were privileged to host National President, Tom Macrina, CEC, CCA, HGT, for our monthly meeting. MCCA Executive Director, Brian Lorge, CCTP, HAAC was able to spend the afternoon discussing the ACF nationally and how the national organization pertains to the MCCA. We were able to follow up those discussions at our board meeting and then with the general membership as we were able to have President Macrina as our guest speaker at our meeting. Some of the highlights we discussed were: growth opportunities - better branding of our organization, pushing to make the ACF a more recognized name and brand growth of potential partnerships with other hospitality service and food organizations.
The Detroit Three, Chefs Joe Nader, Jake Williams, CEC and Scott Breazeale also presented President Macrina with a check for $3000 from their fundraising efforts for the ACF Chef and Child.
Also a big thank you to Kevin Enright, CEC, CCE, AAC, Doug Ganhs, CEC, Sue Baier and the rest of the staff and students of Oakland Community College for hosting the event last month. This was a great meeting with very strong attendance and an awesome opportunity to network with the top chefs in the area. The facility and students both worked very hard to put on a wonderful dinner with great food at each station.
On December 1, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we will have our Annual Holiday Party at Steve and Rocky's. This is always a fun event with lunch, entertainment for the kids, and even a visit from Santa. We hope to see you and your families there before the holiday craziness goes into full swing! Please see the registration form on the website HERE or in the newsletter. This event is free to MCCA members and their immediate families. Extended family members and guests are also welcome and are $35 or $15 for children under 12. We ask that each family bring a gift for the raffle and we will again be collecting non-perishable foods for donation to Gleaners Food Bank to help those in need and less fortunate.
I hope you and your families have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. After my November competition in Dubai with ACF Team USA and putting on Thanksgiving dinner for the masses at the club, a fundraiser Friday and a wedding Sunday... I know I will be thankful for a little R and R with my family! Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. A little message passed to me from a mentor this week that I would like to pass along to you: "A great cook doesn't need the most expensive product to create magic, the great cook creates magic from the simplest of product."
Brian Beland, CMC, President, ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine
Metro Detroit Chefs Present a Cornucopia of Recipes for Thanksgiving
In anticipation of the year's biggest food holiday next week, The Detroit Free Press asked five metro Detroit chefs to share one recipe they think home cooks should try this Thanksgiving. They got five fantastic, flavor-packed, holiday dishes that, all together, make for a turkey day meal to remember. Read the full article HERE.
Local Chef to Compete in International Championship
Brian Beland, CMC, president of the American Culinary Federation's Michigan Chefs De Cuisine Association has been selected to be part of the American Culinary Federation Inc.'s team of chefs to represent the United States at the inaugural Dubai World Hospitality Championship next week. Read the full article HERE.
UPDATE: Local Chef Competes in International Championship, and Returns Home With Gold Medal
The Michigan Chef's de Cuisine is pleased to announce its President, Brian Beland, CMC, and executive chef/director of food and beverage at the Country Club of Detroit was part of the ACF Team U.S.A. that was awarded a gold medal and came in second place at the inaugural Dubai World Hospitality Championship, Nov. 16-18, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read the full press release HERE.