Mid May, 2013
Thank you Glenn Pruden and the University of Richmond for two wonderful and informative chapter meetings! For those who were unable to attend in April, we learned a great deal about the snakefish (which is currently invading the Potomac River and District of Columbia areas) from PROFISH as well as the sustainable initiatives in place at the university by the culinary services department, the students and the administration as a whole. Also thrown in was a fascinating bit of scanning technology so students can pull up information on their personal, hand-held smart phones. College life, especially at the dining venues, has come a long, long way!! This week, the chapter was hosted at U of R’s new culinary college facility located in the Gayton section of Richmond. It is a vibrant certification program with approximately 3,000 enrollees and flexible, varied learning topics. This facility should become a permanent fixture on the main campus within five years. Chef Pruden, after a long day’s work, enjoys the challenges of teaching a wide range of student and culinary enthusiasts at the facility. The talents of local chefs are also tapped to bring versatility and a vibrancy to the culinary program! Thank you for sharing U of R’s vision for advanced (and very interesting) culinary education. Where does Glenn get all that energy?
Congratulations to the culinary students at Hermitage Technical Center for stellar year-end written and practicum scores! This is a unique opportunity to learn professional culinary arts at the high school level. Also, congratulations Winslow Goodier for your devotion to the students and your skills as a very patient teacher!
On the burner for this summer … in June we shall visit the hydroponic micro greens operation at Windmill Point Farms. July will find us being treated to a private tour of the new chefs’ gardens in Colonial Williamsburg and Chef Kyle will demonstrate brewing techniques in August. Keep checking your website for further details, times and directions! Manakintowne Specialty Growers and Kor Food Innovation are on tap for October and November, respectively!
Also, please remember to exercise your right to vote for our new slate of ACF National and Regional Officers!
We hope to have further information regarding our proposed participation in the Hampton Bay Days very soon. The event is scheduled for the first weekend of September. It is becoming apparent that this chapter must do some fundraising as the portion of dues received from the National Office is not going to keep us afloat. It is only good and right that each professional member of this chapter donate some time to the effort.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Nancy L. Geddes, C.E.C., C.D.M., C.F.P.P.