May Presidential Letter

Date: March 1, 2019

May 11, 2019

Hello, Chefs, culinarians and associates

Summer is upon us and hopefully the weather will make its mind up and pick which season it would like to be! IN my March message I talked about AACT Culinary, our local ACF accredited secondary school, placing first in Culinary at the Nevada State ProStart Invitational. Well, I am on my way back from the National ProStart Invitational, in Washington D.C. put on by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. I am pleased to announce that the students had a great showing, with stiff competition from 48 other teams. However, they didn’t bring home a gold medal, they learned the value of teamwork and stress of competition. They are already working on next years menu. The ACF High Sierra Chef’s Association Education Fund (ACFHSCAEF) is a strong supporter of our ACF Accredited AACT program, as well as scholarships for these students and post-secondary students attending Culinary programs nationwide.

Speaking of scholarships, it is that time of year, where we start seeing applications, for scholarships from local students to attend culinary/hospitality schools. This year, I am pleased to announce that we have a new scholarship designed for graduating seniors from AACT, that was possible with a new relationship with Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine. Amanda Burden secretary for the ACFHSCAEF has been instrumental in the development??? Of the fundraising opportunities that allow us to raise these funds.

In fact, on June 7th at the Elm Estate ACFHSCAEF and Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine are putting on the annual fundraising event Good Spirits. Which raises monies for scholarships and support to our chapter.

It is election time for ACF National, please be on the lookout for your ballot and VOTE! Every vote count and we cannot enact change unless we vote. This year’s national convention is in Orlando Florida August 4-8, 2019 at the Marriot World Center. I will be attending this year and I will keep you updated with pictures and news.

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Thank you,

Jay Rathmann CEC, CCA

President of the High Sierra Chefs Association