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November 2019 Chapter Meeting

When: November 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Culinary Studies Institute of Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus, J Building – Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills MI 48083

Parking: Park in faculty lot off of Orchard Lake Road

Meeting Host: Staff and Students of Oakland Community College

Host Chefs: Douglas Ganhs CEC (Department Chair), Kevin Enright CEC/CCE/AAC/HGT, Roger Holden CEPC/CCE, Dan Rowlson RD, Julie Selonke CEC (Department Coordinator), Athena Bolger CCC, Jason Smith (Catering), Susan Sebastian (Purchasing), Christina Santos (Secretary), Greg Stroker (Adjunct)

Presentation: Tequila’s Temptations by Michael Schafer, The Wine Counselor®

Cost: Members and all students with ID $15. Non-members and guests $20

Who’s Invited:

  • All ACF members, not-yet members, chefs, students and educators
  • All food service industry personnel
  • Members of Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Members of the Club Management Association of America
  • Members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Other Allied Industry Association members including CCF, MRLA, DRLA, RCA, IFT, ISES, NACE, NACUFS

Presenter: Michael Schafer — The Wine Counselor®, brings the world of wine and spirits down to earth for everyone to enjoy. Wine and spirits should be fun — not intimidating. Michael takes the mystery out of wine and spirits in a fun and informative way that makes learning enjoyable for consumers and professionals alike. Michael is a distinguished wine and spirits educator holding the Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), Specialist of Wine and Specialist of Spirits (both from The Society of Wine Educators) designations. In addition, he has been widely featured across leading networks and publications about a wide-range of wine and spirits topics including Michigan wines.


Holiday Gingerbread House Challenge

Achatz Handmade Pie Co. (AHPC) invites all Michigan Culinary Students and Culinary Professionals to
enter our Holiday Gingerbread House Challenge. You will have an opportunity to showcase your exquisite culinary skills to the community by entering an edible Gingerbread House made from your choice of sweets and treats for a Grand Prize of $2,000, 2nd Place of $1,000 & 3rd Place of $500. Houses will be on display & open for viewing December 6th – 16th at our Troy pie shop. The edible gingerbread houses will be publicized by AHPC in a variety of channels including newspaper ads and social media. A panel of celebrity judges and ACF members will vote for each winner at an Award Ceremony hosted by AHPC.

We are proud to announce our new sponsorship partners this year: Guittard Chocolates, Star of the West Milling Co., and Dawn Foods. Because of their generosity, we will be able to offer various ingredients to assist in the concoction of your gingerbread house!

Culinary Institute of Michigan 2nd Annual ACF Sanctioned Culinary Competition

Friday & Saturday, November 8th and 9th, 2019

MI122 ACF West Michigan Lakeshore Chapter (student ACF Chapter)

Show chair/contact: Christopher Sowa, CEC, Culinary Institute of Michigan – Muskegon Campus, csowa03@baker.edu, (231) 777-6601

Download Application

Download Competitor Information

Download SW/SWP Category Narrative


Ford Field Project

Interested in working at Ford Field for Lions games, concerts and events and helping the Chapter raise money while getting paid? We are looking for qualified culinarians to assist us.

What we do:

We provide ServSafe Certified Culinarians/Chefs/Cooks to review each of the foodservice operations throughout the building during events. These operations are all run by non-profit organizations as fundraisers for their respective groups and they are generally not culinarians. We assist the staff at Levy Restaurants (Compass Group), the company that runs the foodservice operations at Ford Field, in coordination with the City of Detroit Sanitarians with insuring safe food service. Some of our more experience chefs also work in various culinary staff positions in the Hall of Legends and in the suites in action stations.

What you do:

  • Typically a 4-6 hour shift starting before each event and ending shortly after the beginning of the game or event. Some shifts may be slightly longer depending on your assignment.
  • Inspect booths and work with the volunteers to train and insure safe food service.
  • Work action stations.
  • Work on special prep for additional foodservice items.

What we require:

  • Current ServSafe Certification with strong knowledge of same.
  • Absolute work ethic. Due to the nature of this business, NO SHOWS are not tolerated.
  • Willingness to do whatever is assigned.
  • Solid culinary skills.
  • Professional appearance, specific attire required.
  • Must be a member of the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine.
  • Culinary students are welcome.

What we offer:

  • $125 is paid to the MCCA by Levy for Culinary Scholarships. The MCCA provides YOU a $75 stipend per shift.
  • Your work helps us raise funds for future scholarships.
  • You can stay and watch the balance of the game or event post shift.
  • MCCA logoed chef coat after working at least 3 events to wear at the games.
  • Opportunity to work with and see BOH operations of a world class organization.


Contact our Ford Field Project Managers:
Chef Charles Laurencelle, ucbrimar@hotmail.com
Dave Poirier, chefdave@mi.rr.com

How to apply:

Complete the following form:

Ford Field Project


2019 Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Show

When: October 15-16, 2019

Where: Suburaban Collection Showplace, Novi

2019 MCCA Holiday Party

When: December 1, 2019

Where: Steve & Rocky’s, Novi

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