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Fresh off the chapter’s August meeting, at Mystic Lake Casino, where they held a mini food show and a four-man Chopped-style mystery basket competition, the Minneapolis chapter announced its 5th annual competition in partnership with The St Paul Farmers Market, to be held September 28-29. The start time is 7 a.m. 

According to its website: ACF’s partnership with the farmers market allows members to showcase the market’s “foodstuffs and show our community how to cook fresh food economically and healthy without ruining their taste buds or budget”—all in a competitive environment.

Star Prairie Trout Farm and Gilbertson Farms are providing the food for both the professional and the student categories.  Professionals will be provided the primary and secondary proteins, starch or grain and vegetables; students are provided trout, starch/grain and vegetables. 

All competitors are responsible for anything else needed for their dishes, i.e. spices, sauce ingredients. No electric or battery-operated tools are allowed. 

This years menu, selected by lead judge Chef Tim Bucci, is the following: Star Prairie Trout, Gilbertson Farms Bone-in Smoked Pork Chops (1” cut), Red Lentils, Sweet Corn, Kale.

Email Chef Keith Huffman, competition chairperson, with questions or concerns relating to this competition at chefclipboard@comcast.net.

Scott Parks, the chapter president, attended the ACF National Convention August 2-9, in Orlando.  Parks, the executive chef at the Hy-Vee Market Grille in Cottage Grove, is also ACF National Certification Commission chairperson and VCC Certification co-chair. 

The chapter also participated at the Toby Tournament fundraiser on August 12, manning a hot dog bar on the 18th hole for the golfers.

 

The Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a local non-profit philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, is accepting application for its micro-grant program, Dame It! Dollars.

Knowing that small amounts of money provided at the right time can have a large impact, these one-time grants aim to provide support to women in the field, including small business owners, food service employees. 

Grants can include but are not limited to:

Business promotion (website, promotional events, social media);

Equipment purchases;

Short-term classes including certification courses;

Industry conference fees;

Business expansion;

Professional development.

Dame It! Dollars Micro-Grants are offered on a competitive basis and normally run about $500. The amount of each grant may vary depending on the request and funds available. Grants may fully or only partially cover the expenses applied for. Grants are reviewed and awarded by a committee assessing the applicant’s goals, leadership qualities and perceived need.

Applications are now open and accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified within 3 months as to the status of their request.

For more information and application forms go to https://mnlesdames.org/scholarships-grants/ 

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