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Epicurean club of Boston Presidents Message & Review

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

The Epicurean Review, October 18, 2022

Welcome to October.

What does the month of October mean to you?

October begins a season of change and the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant is change.” This October reminds us that our bodies, minds, and surroundings are always changing and developing. We realize the impermanence of life as we watch things in nature die. It reminds us to be grateful for what is in our present moment.

The First Oktoberfest

The first Oktoberfest was on 12 October 1810. The feast was for the wedding of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The feast lasted for 5 days. There was music, eating and drinking. At the end of it there was a big horse-race. The next years they had this horse-race and the feast again, because the people had liked it so much.

Upcoming Events

1st Annual ACF Sanctioned Chopped Competition.

Four ACF chapters will compete. ACF Epicurean Club of Boston, ACF RI, ACF NH and ACF Cape Cod Chapters. Location and date TBD.

Stay tuned for more information coming your way.

October 17th

Epicurean club of Boston Membership meeting was held at 4 Top Hospitality Solutions and E3 Commercial Kitchens Pl. This was a Free joint meeting with ACF RI.

Great Food and Friends enjoyed the evening.

Thank you, Sean Foley for hosting this meeting.

Northeast Regional Symposium

November 5th,2022

8 CHE's 2-day Education Experience

Reserve your spot now.

November 7thThis is our date for the Epicurean Club of Boston's President's Ball. This year's ball will be at the Summerset Club in Boston. Dinner will be prepared by last year's National Executive Chef of the year Michael Shannon CEC . This is going to be a great dinner so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

Ming Tsai Honored by the American Academy of Chefs.

Read more about Ming Tsai below.

2nd Tim Foley Burger Challange was held in NH. See more about the Tim Foley Slider competition below.

ACF Practical Exam

A Practical Exam was held at Assabet High School. I'm happy to say that all three candidates pass two CEC's and one CSC. Congratulations to all who tested.

November Membership meeting

Our next Membership meeting will be held at the Everett High School. Stay tuned for more information on the Everett High school meeting.

This year's Wachusett Fundraiser brought in over 3,500.00 for the ACF Epicurean Club of Boston and ACF RI. All Proceeds will go to Culinary Scholarships: Thank you to all the Volunteers who helped out over the busy weekend in September.

Seasons and Holidays

As the seasons change and the Holidays grow near Embrace the seasons and the cycles of your life. There is magic in Change.

Let's enjoy the Holidays with Family and friends.

Wishing you all Health, Wealth and Happiness.

Chef DiSessa

October Bean and Pumpkin Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 ounces country ham or bacon, diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 cups fresh October or cranberry beans

  • 6 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups fresh tomato sauce or 1 (14-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 6 kale leaves, ribs removed, and chopped

  • 1 (3-inch) piece Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind

Sample Oktoberfest Menu:

Northeast Regional Symposium

Baked Pears with Sauternes Custard

Epicurean Club of Boston's 128 Presidents Ball. November 7th, 2022.

Reserve your tickets soon.

ACF Epicurean Club of Boston and ACF RI at 4-T Hospitality.

Aug 28, 2015 · The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly...

Ming Tsai Honored by the American Academy of Chefs

Ming Tsai Honored By The American Academy Of Chefs.

Ming Tsai receives his Celebrated Chef award

Union Oyster House is the longest continually run restaurant in the country. Set in the cobblestoned section of Faneuil Hall, it’s a time machine into another era, one that valued intricate woodwork and cozy cavernous snugs. The place still holds its own when it comes to food and atmosphere, is popular with tourists and area business people alike, and is a fitting place to honor a chef who is also an industry leader.

Last week, the American Academy of Chefs held a small ceremony at the restaurant to induct Chef Ming Tsai into its Culinary Hall of Fame. Per the academy, “recipients of this honor are trendsetters in the industry and have distinguished themselves in the culinary world.

Tim Foley slider Competition held in New Hampshire with ACF NH

Chef Earle Test Certification Corner, October 10th, 2022

ACF Certification exhibits a benchmark of excellence by demonstrating professional standards in culinary skills and knowledge of the food service industry. Certified chefs attain the well-deserved recognition and respect of their peers.

Upcoming Practical Exam

The Epicurean Club of Boston is once again partnering with Assabet Valley Regional Technical HS in Marlborough, MA to host an ACF Certification Practical Exam on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

To register for the exam you can follow this link

Registering for ACF Practical Exams

• ACF approval is required prior to registering for practical exams.

• Register online or by submitting Practical Exam Candidate Registration Form.

• The practical exam fee is $50 for ACF members and $100 for non-members. Test sites may charge an additional host site fee that is payable to the site hosting the exam.

• Practical exam scores are valid for one year.

We are ready and happy to help you prepare and answer any questions you may have about the certification process.


Recertification enhances continued competence and reaffirms knowledge in food safety and sanitation, nutrition and supervisory management. Learning experiences that enhance the knowledge and skill development of culinary arts professionals are considered continued education hours (CEH).

Upgrading/Adding an Additional Certification

If you are interested in upgrading your current certification or adding an additional certification, please contact the ACF Certification Department prior to applying to verify documentation already on file. Upgrading may be more appropriate for some candidates than recertification, and most of your requirements will be on file.

Maintaining Certification

All levels require 80 CEHs every five (5) years. The requirement of 80 CEHs over a five-year period was determined so that, on average, a chef would complete 16 CEHs per year, keeping them current and up to date on culinary trends and practices.

If you have additional certification levels, your CEH recertification requirements will be as follows:

Two certification levels: 120

Three certification levels: 140

Four certification levels: 160

Earning CEHs

Plan ahead to make the best use of your time and money. You can begin earning CEHs as soon as you have completed the last recertification cycle. Know what you need and begin earning CEHs early to keep up your certification. ACF Certified Members can monitor CEHs on ACF Member Profile Page.

Food Safety and Sanitation must be current (completed no more than five years ago) for every recertification. An 8-hour refresher, state issued sanitation card or ServSafe can be used to fulfill the requirement. Nutrition and Supervisory Management refreshers (8 hour minimum) are only submitted one time for recertification once original 30-hour courses are more than five years old.

25% of your CEH must come from volunteer, leadership, or competition activities effective January 1, 2020 for all levels.

ACF-Approved Learning Opportunities

Online Learning Center

The ACF provides online opportunities to enhance your skills, advance your career and maintain your ACF certification. Take online classes, quizzes and practice written certification exams all in one place. Watch recorded sessions from ACF events if you were unable to attend. ACF members, your continuing education hours will be automatically uploaded to your profile. Many of the classes are free so take a moment and check out all the offerings by following the link above.

Digital Badges

As the premier certifying body for cooks and chefs and America, ACF remains committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. We are pleased to announce the launch of a new way to communicate the ACF credentials you have earned in the ever-expanding online marketplace as well as on social media. At no cost to you!

The ACF has partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This link contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

If you have any questions regarding the certification process please contact Certification Chair, Earle Test, CEC, CCE, CCA at


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