President’s Message


Chapter Update July 30th, 2020

Greetings Columbus Chapter Members,

As a reminder, the ACF will be hosting our virtual National Convention from August 3rd through August 5th. The theme will be "Around the World in Eighty Plates." It will feature some great chef demos and speakers. I hope you will be able to attend. Click here for additional details. Register for a free virtual experience or earn CEH's for a very affordable cost. 

In the event you are not aware, I wish to inform chapter members that Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC has voluntarily resigned his position as ACF National President for personal reasons. Following the steps of succession laid out in the ACF By-Laws, the Immediate Past President Thomas J. Macrina, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC will serve as ACF National President. Chef Macrina's role became effective July 21st, 2020, until the next formal election. 

Please join me in thanking Chef DeCambra for his service and contributions over the past thirteen years in wishing him well in his endeavors.

Please recognize and congratulate our chapter's chef and the child committee chair: Chef Sharon Pallas BS, CEPC, CC, AAC. On Tuesday, July 28th, the American Academy of Chefs announced that she received The Joseph Amendola Award. She was elected to receive this prestigious award at the Regional Conference in Nashville in late October, currently planned as an in-person event. I hope you can join me with Chef Pallas in the music city.

Please save the date of Monday, September 21st. We will co-present a virtual pastry demo from renowned Chef William Racin CEPC, collaborating with the Cleveland and Pittsburg ACF chapters at 6:30 pm. 

Here is a link to an article on Chef Will. https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2018/08/07/Duquesne-Club-pastry-chef-Pittsburgh-wins-national-Pastry-Chef-of-the-Year-title/stories/201808080027

Chef Racin will demonstrate three styles of molded truffles. Review the presentation here; Natural Molded Chocolates Demonstration

Our Columbus Chapter will have a call for nominations for the 2021-2024 executive board of directors. We will announce the candidates on or before September. Our elections will take place through our website using our StarChapter platform in October. I am asking you to participate in this election to ensure our chapter's leadership in the years ahead provides continued growth.

In closing, I have a shout out to chapter member Virginia Bistriceanu for here tireless volunteerism during the COVID crisis here locally. Last week she was recognized participating at the Ronald McDonald House in yet another act of kindness by giving her time to others in need.

Our success as a city and nation depends on all of us wearing the mandated masks where applicable, practicing good personal hygiene and maintaining population density everywhere we are publicly.

Please, be kind to each other, stay well, and stay safe.

Sincere Regards,

David Wolf CEC, AAC