April 2016 Newsletter
Hello Fellow Club Chefs!
So April is here and Mother Nature decided we had it too easy all winter so she just reminded us about what we missed over the last few months!! But now it seems that Spring is here and that means another busy season is just around the corner!
For those of you that were not able to attend, The Vendor Show was another great success this year. Many vendors that I spoke with were very happy with the turnout and lots of chefs commented on the great variety of products and services on show. The cocktail party was very well attended and the food stations were very well received. Many thanks to Chef Leonard Phillips for all of his hard work organising the cocktail party. A special thank you also to all of our vendors who generously donated product for us to prepare.
We also had a great meeting in March at Scarsdale Golf Club. Chef Victor Zarate hosted us and we were treated to a fantastic Churrascaria style dinner which was absolutely outstanding! Thank you Victor!! Our education was provided by our very own Andrew Howgego. He demonstrated a few Sugar Free desserts and gave us some great ideas on how to replace sugars in our recipes naturally.
We also had a ServSafe Class in March which was hosted by Sleepy Hollow and attended by approximately 16 people. Thank you to Michael Murray at Sleepy Hollow for making the necessary arrangements for hosting us. I presume we will not need any further class until next year. If anybody need a ServSafe book, I have a few left and they can be purchased from the Club Chefs for $85.
Coming up on April 25th we will have a meeting\day trip. We are going to Westtown Brewery, Westtown, NY.
Our itinerary is as follows:
9:30am: Leave from Manursing Island Club
11:00am: Arrive at Black Dirt Distillery
12:00pm: Depart for Westtown Brewery to tour facility and visit a Barley Field
12:45pm: Depart for Westtown Brew Works Tasting Room
1:00pm: Arrive at Tasting Room
1:00-1:30: Club Chefs Meeting
Lunch provided by Westtown Fare Restaurant
Local Purveyor Tables at Westtown Brew Works:
Finding Home Farms: Maple Syrup
5 Spoke Creamery: Cheeses
Jeff Stark Apiary: Honey
4:00pm Depart for Manursing Island Club
This promises to be a great day out and also very educational. Please email me if you wish to attend. We need to get as many participants as possible. John Krall and Austin Braswell have put a lot of hard work into organizing this day for us so please make every effort to attend.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of this great Association. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and I hope I leave the Association in as good a position as I received it.
Many Thanks and Culinary Regards.
“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.” — P. J. O’Rourke”