The next ACFAZ Meeting is Monday, Oct. 12th featuring, Shandee Chernow President and CEO of CertiStar. This meeting is a Zoom meeting with the meeting information belown. Open to all to attend.[Read more…] about Monday, Oct. 12th featuring, Shandee Chernow President and CEO of CertiStar
Hello, ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona members and friends.
Come join members of our chapter as we build food boxes for our community members in need. Click on the link below to sign up!
The ACFAZ September meeting will be held via Zoom with featured guest, Jeff Bacon, CEC, CCA, AAC, Executive Director, Founder and Managing Chef of Providence Programs Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.[Read more…] about ACFAZ September Meeting
A line from When Harry Met Sally, it’s something that plays in my head when someone says I need to write more content for the site. I agree, so here I am.
Part of my writing goals is launching two newsletters. Yes, not one, but two. One for the American Culinary Federation Chef’s Association of Arizona and one for the Arizona Food Service Network.
The ACFAZ newsletter is being refreshed and at the next board meeting, that structure will be confirmed. There’s an email blast that goes out to share information but the feedback from members and meeting attendees is, they would like to see a newsletter.
For the AZFSNetwork newsletter, that’s a little more involved as that’s directly tied with the website which we’re working on the finishing details there as well. Pricing and structure are the main focus, something easier said than done.
I’d show you the template for the AZFSNetwork but I want to work on that some more so I’ll wait for now. They both have similar formats but have different goals and the same applies to the audience. Part of the AZFSNetwork Newsletter will include a link to the ACFAZ Newsletter.
For the ACFAZ, my goal has always been for members of the association to talk about their “why’s” for ACF Certification and getting involved with their local chef’s association. I’ll have more to add to this next week in preparation for the March 9th meeting and then, of course, the follow up from the meeting.
WordCamp Phoenix was February 7-9 and I’m still following up from that conference too. Great networking and information about the WordPress platform, online marketing, and small business tips, I always enjoy WordCamp, I highly recommend this to marketing managers and especially those using the WordPress platform for their website.
Here are a few of the slides from presenters from this year’s event. Still filtering through this information as we make changes. Always something to do or fix in the digital space. As for writing, my confidence level has increased with my subscription to Grammarly Pro. Woohoo, that helps.
Some of the presenter’s slides are below, would like to list them all when I find them.
Kimberly Lipari – Understanding Website Health
Aaron D. Campbell – Why WordPress in a World with Options?
Rich Tabor – Designing & Building Gutenberg Blocks
Bet Hannon – The Business Case for Accessibility
Francesca Marano – The Art of Networking
As for writing, yes, I know what I’ve gotten myself into and that makes me laugh a bit when I think about it. “What the hell was I thinking?
As for writing styles, Anthony Bourdain became the voice in my head for writing, even with all his arrogance and disdain for vegetarians, it was his voice that helped me write and encouraged me to develop a writing style.
Surprisingly, remembering how much Anthony has influenced me, reminds me of how much of a loss his passing means to me. My two favorite episodes of his are from Part Unknown, they are of are Punjab, India and Lyon, France, and I may have to revisit them soon. Shout out to Anthony, you are missed, my friend.
Onwards and upwards, keep moving forward, and that I am.
It’s the middle of February and past the New Year, New Me stuff yet for the ACFAZ, it continues. The first meeting of the year, and with the new board happened January 13th at Agave Farms and yes, it was a good turn out with many reasons to get excited about the new year for the association. Pictures of that event are below.
Agave Farms is a great place to hold an event, get involved with a community garden, but also a great place to purchase plants as well. I was impressed with their selection of roses. Roses grow very well in Arizona yet the colors of roses offered at local retail stores are very limited. Only one color is what I found last year.
The new board election confirmed at the November 4th meeting held at Southwest Gas. Below are pictures from that event, and here is a list of the new ACFAZ Board of Directors.
Fast forward to February again, much follow up happening and have to get into blogging again and getting the newsletter(s) fired up too. There is also chapter information I need to share too, and working on that too. You can see some of that on the ACFAZ.org website and on the ACFAZ Facebook page.
The next ACFAZ meeting is March 9th at Barry Goldwater High School in the school’s restaurant, Avenue 27, which is also their culinary arts department.
Here’s information about this event.
“On March 9th, ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona welcomes Culinary Love, a local collective of chefs promoting wellness in the hospitality industry.
Culinary Love believes we are “an industry in need” of supporting the individuals who give so much of themselves in kitchens and dining rooms across all venues of foodservice. The meeting will feature a panel discussion with ACF and Culinary Love members.
ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona is Walking to End Homelessness on April 18th at the Phoenix Zoo. Participants get a free pass to the Zoo that day!
Walk the Walk to support UMOM New Day Centers as we fight to end homelessness in our community.
Wear a chef coat, toque, or apron, to show your chef pride! If you cannot join us or the walk, please consider a donation in support.
Find our team page here:
Click “Join Team” and follow directions to register for $5 or Click “Donate” if you cannot join the walk, but would like to donate in support.
Southwest Gas will be hosting the next ACFAZ meeting on Nov. 4th starting at 5 PM and this is open for all culinarians to attend. Features presenters are Armando Suarez of Desert Peak Marketing showcasing Winston Foodservice, Robert DeSantis of Affinity Group Elite showcasing Kellogg’s and Morningstar Farms, and Chef Lonnie Schatz with Cult Coffee Roasters and Artisan Beverage Company.
Southwest Gas Corporation
Guenter Haab, Peoria, Arizona
Meet Guenter Haab of Peoria, Arizona. Certified Master Baker, Educator, happily retired.
I have a wide experience in cooking including: fine foods, short order, high volume and catering. My baking experience is comprehensive including: breads, rolls, danish, Viennese and French pastries, and marzipan work.
Certified Master Baker Degree by the Retail Bakers Association of America
•Presenter at workshops for the Retail Bakers of America that are scheduled nationwide.
•Member of the American Culinary Association and the Greater Phoenix Chefs’ Association.
First Place winner of the 1989 Durkee National Baking Contest (Puff Paste Category).
•Forty one years experience in the food service industry.
•Completion of a three year baking apprenticeship in Bispingen, Germany.
Eight years teaching experience at the secondary level, plus three years of post secondary instruction.
•Member of the Classroom Teachers Association and the Arizona Vocational Association.
Prior to coming to the United States in 1964, I had served four years in the Merchant Marines as a baker, cook’s assistant
I am systematic in my work, using well defined and efficient procedures. This produces a smoothly running kitchen and a staff who know what to do and how to do it. The end result is excellent food that is well served. I maintain excellent standards of cleanliness. I contribute to a good working atmosphere by politeness to those whom I supervise. I pay a lot of attention to menu planning and give careful consideration to what the customers like and to consulting with other chefs. I am meticulously honest with materials and money.
Part Time Work
I served on the faculty of Gateway Technical Institute in Wisconsin, participating in the development of a food service production curriculum, teaching Baking for Chefs and taught various baking courses for adult education classes. I developed and taught the CETA Food Service Production program. At a
Teacher’s College I was in charge of meat production for up to 4000 meals per day.
I have catered banquets for up to 200 persons from my home in Racine, Wisconsin. I have served catered events
I completed European grammar school in 1950. I completed a three year apprenticeship in Baking and became a journeyman baker in Bispingen, Germany on September 12, 1953. I have had the privilege of working for many excellent chefs.
Work History August 1983 to Present
Metro Tech Vocational Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona. Commercial Baking instructor for the Culinary Arts Program. The pro
August 1988 to Present
Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona. Instructor for Beginning and Advanced Commercial Baking courses.
February 1982 to May 1983
Haab’s Restaurant, Sun City, Arizona. Owner and manager for my own full-service restaurant. I performed or oversaw all operations, production, service, and bookkeeping functions.
October 1981 to February 1982 Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Chef- In charge of all kitchen operations.
May 1981 to September 1981
Hyatt Hotel Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, California. Executive Sous Chef- Responsible for production and supervision in main kitchen. Also handled banquets, special functions, and supervised
two satellite kitchens.
February 1979 to May 1981
Saga Corporation, University of Nevada at Reno, Reno Nevada. Pastry Chef and Cook- Prepared foods and fine pastries 800 to 1000 students.
January 1979 to July 1979
MGM Grand Hotel, Reno Nevada. Head Baker- Bakery Department.
November 1977 to Dec 1978
Brick Oven Bakery, Sturdevant, Wisconsin. Trained the new owner of a bakery shop in the development of an all around bakery.
September 1974 to Oct 1977
Seven Mile Fair, Caledonia, Wisconsin. Food Operation Supervisor- Responsible for preparation of all food and beverages. The kitchen, equipment and staff of 25-30 persons were under my supervision. Cared for and maintained all kitchen related machinery.
1970 to September 1974
Haab’s Fine Pastries, Racine Wisconsin. Developed and ran my own business for four years. I handled all supervision, operations, advertising, and purchasing.
1964 to 1970
Harding Williams Corporation, Chicago, Illinois. Head Baker- Baker for this corporation which owned a chain of restaurants and food concessions in 180 locations across the United States (acquired by Saga Corporation in 1968).
Monday, May 13, 2019
Hope for Hunger Food Bank, 5605 N 55th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301
Two Shifts of volunteers: 9-11 AM and 11 AM – 1 PM
To sign up or ask questions, contact us via the ACFAZ via Facebook page.
Additional information for the event from the Phoenix Recuse Mission, and Chef Garry Waldie, CEC, CEPC, CCE, AAC, HOGT.
“Dear PRM Volunteer,
Thank you for your volunteer service with the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Your efforts on behalf of the Mission are truly appreciated. Your valuable time and services allow us as a Mission to offer superior programs and support to the Valley’s homeless and less fortunate.
All volunteers should be particularly aware of the following:
The minimum age for volunteer service is 12. You will not be permitted to serve if you do not meet this age minimum and are accompanied by an adult.
Please read the Volunteer Guidelines prior to your service.
Please arrive on time. Otherwise it will be necessary to arrange for a substitute.
Please do not bring more volunteers than scheduled, unless previously arranged. We have limited spots available for each service and they are reserved on first come first serve basis. We’ll be happy to schedule others for another time.
Please, dress conservatively, preferably:
Wear jeans or long shorts, T-shirt, etc. NO TANK TOPS OR SPAGHETTI STRAPS ARE ALLOWED!
Closed –toed shoes are a health code requirement. NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS! (Otherwise you will not be able to serve.)
Parking is available in the small lot located on the south side of the building at 55th ave and Luke. Additional parking is available along Luke avenue, please observe and obey all posted parking signage.
We look forward to seeing you. Have fun!
From the ACF newsletter, The Culinary Insider, April 29, 2019, the ACF National Officers election ballots have been sent out via email. If you are eligible to vote, please do. Show your support for your association by returning the email ballot.
No deadline noted for the return. The ballot email is “ACF Election Coordinator”, email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject line “2019 ACF Offical Election Ballot.”
“If you do not receive a ballot and believe you are eligible to vote, please check your spam and junk folders before contacting the federation. All comments and questions should be directed to email@example.com. “