Greetings Columbus Chapter Membership,
The start of another academic year for all our educational venues is only days away. Our chapter secondary and post-secondary committees have solid goals that will come to fruition in the months ahead. If any of us can be supportive with their endeavors, feel free to reach out to our committee chairs. Your support will be reciprocated with deep appreciation.
Our summer recess concludes with our September Chapter General Meeting scheduled for Monday September 18. We are fortunate to have the Columbus Culinary Institute host our meeting located at 2469 Stelzer Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43219. We will value an educational session on the topic Certified Angus Beef and Ohio Proud Beef, presented by chapter member Johnny De Andrea with the Blue Ribbon Meats and Seafood Company. Johnny is an authority on Ohio Proud Beef, an experienced butcher and good friend to our chapter. He will engage us with his wealth of knowledge. Our general meeting will begin promptly at 7:30pm.
Many thanks to our hospitality committee with a shining light on Chef Sean Blair who arranged all the details for our very successful “Family Day at the Ballpark” on Sunday, July 23rd at Huntington Park, home of our Columbus Clippers who won the game. I personally had a wonderful experience. I haven’t seen a grand slam at the park since it was built, so that was a thrilling inning for our hometown team!! I enjoyed meeting some our members’ families while sharing family festivities and making memories.
I wish to acknowledge Chef Drew Patterson and many of his culinary team who participated in ACF affiliated cooking demonstrations at our Ohio State Fair. These cooking demonstrations were well received by hundreds of attendees who visited the Cardinal building Sanflippo stage on the fairgrounds. Fortunate onlookers enjoyed a taste of the creativity and expression of each of our culinary craftsmen.
We have an action packed autumn on the horizon with certification opportunities at CCI on August 26th. We are hosting our 94th annual Clambake with our Columbus Chamber of Commerce on September 14th at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. On October 2nd our fundraising committee is presenting the 3rd annual golf outing at the Golf Club of Dublin. If you are interested in challenging your personal culinary skills while earning certification points and future status, participate in an ACF sanctioned competition on October 28th and October 29th at Columbus Culinary. Many categories are available for students and professionals alike. Visit our chapter website for additional details on all the aforementioned events.
Chef C. David Wolf CEC, AAC