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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana In The Press

ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Toast to good food and wine"

October 5, 2012
By Eloise Marie Valadez
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Tri Kappa presents culinary-themed event"

October 3, 2012
By Eloise Marie Valadez
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"2012 Nazareth Home Gala slated for Oct. 18"

September 28, 2012
By Scott Thunder
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Nazareth Home's gala marks 10 years of helping region children
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September 18, 2012
By Steve Zabroski - Times Correspondent
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Former newsman pitches advantages of grass-fed cattle"

April 14, 2011
By Carmen McCollum
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: 'Chefs Celebrate 15th Anniversary By Honoring Their Own"

February 20, 2011
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: 'Adventures in International Cuisine' a great success"

February 13, 2011
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: Northwest Indiana Chefs are cooking up a feast for Meals on Wheels"

January 30, 2011
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Restaurant Scene: Savoring International Cuisine And A D'vine Affair"

January 29, 2011
By Eloise Marie Valadez
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: Coming Soon"

January 23, 2011
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: Chefs of Northwest Indiana cook up a storm for charity"

January 16, 2011
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"INSIGHT: Chefs come out to raise funds to support March of Dimes"

December 19, 2010
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Dine with the Chefs attracts more than 300"

May 3, 2007
By Marge Kullerstrand and Adele Mackanos
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"A Meal That Matters "

March 12, 2007
By Philip Potempa
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Dine with Chefs Dinner a Well Done Success "

April 26, 2006
By Adele Mackanos
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"SOCIAL SERVICES: Local Chefs Donate Time for Meals on Wheels Benefit"

March 20, 2006
By Jeanne Hovanec
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Life Is Liked with Lots of Chocolates"

January 25, 2006
By Brian Williams
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Post-Tribune
"Chefs Whip Up Honors"

January 23, 2006
By Sandi O'Brien
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Chicago Chefs Pour Their Chocoloate Hearts Our for Tiny Tot"

January 22, 2006
By Marge Kullerstrand
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Chesterton Tribune
"Chef of the Year Appreciation Dinner Celebrated at Sand Creek"

January 18, 2006
By Alexandra Newman
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Beacher
"Lederach Chocolate, A Surprise Steak and Tartufos for Dessert

December 8, 2005
By Carolyn McConnell
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ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana featured in The Times
"Chefs Whip Up Tasty Tidbits to Prevent Birth Defects "

December 11, 2005
By Marge Kullerstrand
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Chapter Community Service

  • Meals on Wheels - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008
  • Taste of Valparaiso
  • Hospice "Care to Share"
  • Chef Dave Siano Wins Community Service Award

    Chef Dave is a true community servant, dedicated to doing good deeds and serving his fellow man! He won the highest employee award given by Horseshoe Casino for community service & received $1000 and a commemorative gift.

    Click here to read Chef Dave's nomination letter from Horseshoe Casino's Communications Manager, Shelby Curry.

    Chef Dave

    Highlights of Annual “Chef Of The Year” Dinner 2007

    January 16, 2007 - Briar Ridge Country Club - Schererville, IN

    Chef Of The Year
    Tim Merkel - Giovanni's
    St John, IN
    Chef

    Tim Merkel - Giovanni's St John, IN Chef/Owner

    Junior Culinarian Of The Year
    Megan Kosina
    Harrah's Casino
    Joliet, IL

    Megan Kosina - Harrah's Casino, Joliet, IL

    Purveyor Of The Year
    Gordon Food Service of Greater NW Indiana

    GFS

    Gordon Food Service of Greater NW Indiana

    John Melby Scholarship
    Recipient Billie Ross
    Blue - An American Restaurant
    Valparaiso, IN

    John Melby Scholarship Recipient Billie Ross

    ACF Membership Recognition Service Pins

    10 Years
    Michelle Meeks
    Alice Piekforel

    10 Years

    Presidental Award Recipients
    Jack Mix - Comforts Catering
    Jim Galligan - Long Beach Country Club

    Presidental Award Recipients

    Jr. Memeber Incentive Program
    Angela Nipple

    Jr. Memeber Incentive Program

    Special Thanks To Chef Host Scott Farrell and Staff at Briar Ridge Country Club!

    Chef Host Scott Farrell and Staff at Briar Ridge Country Club

    Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana to Host 6th Annual Dine with the Chefs Gala 2007

    Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana to Host 6th Annual Dine with the Chefs Gala

    Chefs from across the region will gather Sunday, March 11th, at Avalon Manor in Merrillville to serve a seven-course feast to benefit Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. The 6th Annual Dine with the Chefs Gala begins at 11:00 am with hors d’oeuvres and sunrise cocktails (a.k.a. mimosas and Bloody Mary’s). Guests can peruse the Silent Auction on display while enjoying the musical talents of String Fever. After the featured chefs are presented to the crowd, dinner begins at 12:30 p.m. Event Chairman is Chef Jim Galligan, Executive Chef for Long Beach Country Club, and Times columnist Phil Potempa will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

    Still putting the final touches on the recipes for the day, the featured chefs represent a variety of local country clubs, casinos, restaurants and caterers. Many of the chefs are members of the ACF – American Culinary Federation, Chefs of Northwest Indiana. They donate all the ingredients, time and talent to prepare an epicurean delight! Nearly 85% of the proceeds from the event benefit Meals on Wheels program because of their donations. “The chefs only collaborate on a few occasions throughout the year so this is always a fun event for us,” stated Chef Jim Galligan. “We’re happy to support a local program that so many families are dependent upon.” Some of last year’s dishes included Shrimp Bisque Soup, Australian Lamb Rack and Black Forest Torte. Attendees are warned to come with a very empty stomach to this 3-4 hour feeding frenzy!

    Still facing a $650,000 deficit for their new facility located at 8446 Virginia Street in Merrillville, Meals on Wheels has designated their proceeds from the fundraiser to benefit the Building Campaign. Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to elderly, ill and disabled clients throughout Northwest Indiana, including meal service to adult and child day care centers. “Our Chefs Gala offers a great opportunity to partake in an incredible meal that will ultimately provide nourishment to others,” stated Melissa Castle-Kirincic, MOW Community Relations Director.

    Ticket price is $100 per guest and sponsorships are available. Platinum Sponsorship of $1,500 includes a table of 8 tickets and a full page ad in the recipe keepsake program. Gold Sponsorship includes 4 tickets, a half page ad in the program and is valued at $1000. Diamond Sponsorship of $500 includes 2 tickets and an acknowledgement in the program. Sponsors to date include Horseshoe Casino, NIPSCO, Strack & Van Til, MainSource Bank, The Wease Family Foundation, Centier Bank, St. Anthony Medical Center, First Midwest Bank and Rohder Machine.

    For more information, call Melissa at 219/756-FOOD. Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc., is a member agency of the Lake Area United Way. In 2006, Meals on Wheels prepared a total of 298,727 meals and served nearly 1,200 people daily with the help from 825 volunteers.

    Featured Chefs for the event are the following…

    Jim Galligan and Mitch Hogge, Long Beach Country Club

    David Siano and Diego Burgos, Horseshoe Casino - Hammond

    Glenn Brooks, Genesis Center

    Pete Jeschke, Harrah’s Casino – Joliet

    Jack Mix, Comfort’s Catering

    Joe Trama, Center for Visual and Performing Arts

    Joshua Barth, Michael Haas and Mike Zubay, Resorts East Chicago

    Polo Sanchez, The Avalon Manor

    Cheryl Molenda, The Inn at Aberdeen

    Nico Luna, Villa de Bruno

    Scott Farrell, Briar Ridge Country Club

    Tim Merkel, Giovanni’s Restaurant

    Elida Abeyta, Terry Zych and Jo Anne Garvey, Ivy Tech State College

    Ivy Tech is also represented by Instructors Rick Delby, Dawn Hartman and Beverly Seleb and Culinary Students.

    3rd Annual ACF Chefs of NWI Golf Outing

    September 18, 2006
    Turkey Creek Golf Course - Merrillville

    Sponsors

    Silver Sponsors
    Strack & VanTil
    Sysco Foods
    Mazur Distributing
    AJ Distributing

    Bronze
    American Savings Bank
    Ronwaz Transportation
    William Padula
    Joe Costanza

    Food
    Meals on Wheels
    Classic Snacks

    Raffle Donors
    Villa Catering
    Giovanni's
    Calumet Breweries
    North Coast Breweries
    Marlin
    Long Beach Country Club
    ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana
    US Food Service Bensenville
    GFS
    Hammer's Restaurant

    Highlights of Annual “Chef Of The Year” Dinner 2006

    10 Year Anniversary Celebration Of The Chefs Of Northwest Indiana
    January 16, 2006 - Sand Creek Country Club - Chesterton, IN

    Chef Of The Year
    Junior Culinarian Of The Year
    Purveyor Of The Year

    Jack Mix - Comforts Catering St John, IN Chef/Owner
    Bill Mix - Comforts Catering St. John, IN
    Sysco Foods - Chicago (Accepting Dave Bernacchi)

    John Melby Scholarship
    Recipient Lisa-Jackson Austin - Ivy Tech State College, East Chicago Campus

    Congratulations To New Board Of Directors 2006-2007 Term
    President - Peter Jeschke CCC
    Vice President - Glennard Brooks
    Secretary - Cheryl Molenda
    Treasurer - Jim Galligan
    Sargeant At Arms - Jack Mix

    Sysco Chicago
    bernacchi.david@chi.sysco.com

    ACF Membership Recognition Service Pins

    10 Years
    Michael Clindaniel
    Cathy Smith
    David Sylinski
    Frank Kwiecien
    Elida Abeyta

    15 Years
    Jim Galligan
    Jack Mix

    Presidental Award Recipients
    Terry Zych - Ivy Tech State College, Michigan City
    Amy Cushway - Sand Creek Country Club

    Click here to read press coverage highlighting this fabulous event!