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The official newsletter of  "The Epicurean Club of Boston"  America's Oldest Professional Chef's Association 
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            Jimmy in March 2011
From Our President -
Chef  Jim DiMarzio CEC
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The March Meeting of the E.C.B. was held on March15th at Everett High School. Our host for the evening was Despina Makredes CCE, AAC along with her staff of Culinary Instructors; Carolyn Parmetier, Lauren Bradford, Joanne Lombardi and of course all of their student Culinarians. We were treated to an incredible display of Mediterranean Delights. Her Mediterranean Mezze platters were unending. We had Spanakopita, Tiropites, Dolmathes, Bifteki w/ Tzatziki Sauce, Antipasto Skewers, Imported Cheeses and Olives, Arancini, Mediterranean Shooters with Fava, Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Cheese, Tabouleh, Hummus, Greek Loukaniko Sausage and Butternut Squash Piroskis. Those were just the appetizer platters. It was followed by a buffet dinner of an Arugala, radicchio, Prosciutto, Julienne Fennel and shaved Parmesan salad topped with a Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette. It was followed with a Panko and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Roasted Lemon Potatoes and Haricot Vert beans with Roasted tomato, garlic and herbs. If that wasn't enough Carolyn followed with a dessert buffet of Chocolate espresso mousse and pistachio mousse shooters, and tables full of every mini pastry, cookie and handmade chocolates you could ever have wanted. Needless to say, the meal was superb and completely over the top. It was a culinary event at its best.


          We were also honored to be joined by a special guest, "The First Lady of Greek Cuisine", Chef Argiro Barbarigou. She holds the title of the most successful Chef Appearing on Greek Television. She has also written twelve cook books and was in town on a rare appearance doing a wine and culinary demonstration at the Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington in which Despina was her assistant. I want to thank her for honoring us with her presence that night. We presented her with a Service to the Industry Award that night. What a delightful woman. Thank you Dez for your hospitality and a one of the most enjoyable meetings of the year.


          Our next meeting will be held Multigrains Bakery in Lawrence on a Monday night April 18th.This will be a terrific meeting. Our own Vice President, Douglas Patten CEC,CCA and Multigrains Bakery will be hosting us. I ask you to please take the time and make the ride to Lawrence.

Our host put a lot of time into opening their doors for us and with some of our north shore venues we get a poor turnout. We have to support our hosts with a good member turnout. For those who only make a meeting or two a year, please try and join us. We need to see some new faces! So please make your reservation early by phone (781) 231-1115 or on our reservation web site www.acfecb.com early to attend the meeting. The last few meetings the reservation is being made last minute on the weekend preceding the event and it makes planning very difficult to give the host an accurate count. Remember you can now make your reservation on line and pay for it at the same time with our pay pal system.  It should be a fun night. 



           I also want to remind you to be aware that we are bringing our golf tournament back on May 23rd. after a five-year absence. This is the clubs most important event. It is now the sole fundraiser for our club. This event funds our charitable endeavors and also the very important funds needed to support the scholarships and competitions we support each year. This is the reason we do what we do. We try to support as many students as possible that want to enter the culinary arts field or participate in a culinary competition. You will be able to not only see it on the web site, but I have started mailing out packets to every member. We need golfers, hole sponsors, raffle prizes including gift certificates, sporting event tickets, gift baskets, overnight stays or anything we can use for raffles and silent auction prizes. Any donation to the event will be greatly appreciated. It is always a terrific day of fun and food. Any questions please feel free to call me on my cell at 1-617-314-2217 anytime. I need you all. Please join us!


    I have just returned from the Northeast Conference in Columbus, Ohio. I was joined by five of our members and a competing team from the University of Southern New Hampshire headed by our board member, Coach J.Desmond Keefe III CEC. CCE Congratulations to his team that received a Bronze Medal in the competition. Also our congratulations have to go out to J. Desmond Keefe who won the Northeast Culinary Educator of the Year for the Northeast. He won in a field of eight competitors and will represent the Epicurean Club of Boston and the entire Northeast Region at the National Convention in Dallas, Texas in July for the National Educator of the Year. Good Luck Desmond, We are very proud to have you representing the Epicurean Club of Boston and the entire Northeast. It is well deserved.

    Also please congratulate Executive Chef James Connolly who was nominated for the Chef in Professionalism Award. He did not win the Northeast, but did win a Cutting Edge Award.  Another award that was well deserved. Needless to say the Epicurean Club of Boston has had quite a record the last two years winning regional and National Awards. The National knows who we are and it is because of all the hard work our members do as a chapter. It is good to see hard work rewarded. Thank you all!

Warmest Regards,   

Jim DiMarzio CEC


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Golfers Wanted
Epicurean Club
Golf Fund Raiser
Monday May 23rd 
Sandy Burr Golf Club
Wayland, Ma
We also have a few more opening for Hole Sponsors. 
Sandy Burr golf course
Put your product on on of the 18 holes for exposer to the field of culinary professionals.


All donations are welcome.
Contact our President
Chef James DiMarzio
Golfer Reservations online


Next Meeting
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Monday, April 18th

Our Host 
Multigrains Bakery
Chef Doug Patten CEC, CCA 

ACF members $20

Guests $25

Seniors / Students $10




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Last Meeting
 ACF / Epicurean Club of Boston
Everett High School
Culinary Arts 

Tuesday, March 15th

Our Host was 
Chef Despina Makredis CCE, AAC 
Special Guest

 Everett Collage 


Important Message
Michael Ty
ACF President, Michael Ty CEC.
 will be Joining us at our May Meeting at
Monday May 9th 2011
Be sure that you make a reservation to the

  Tom for Secretary

Dear ACF Member,

     I'd like to take a moment to talk to you about the big picture, because the choice you make this election won't just help to decide whether candidate A or candidate B leads our national office this year; it will also help to determine the very future of our organization.

     I rely on the experience I have as national chair of the American Academy of Chefs for the past four years, more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience and my active involvement with this great organization since 1976. As national secretary, I will commit to serve you professionally, be accountable and be service-oriented. I will use the solid working relationships I have developed throughout the four regions to contribute to our successes.

     I am here to help the members and maintain professional membership while fostering new growth. My goals, if I am elected  would be a five-point focus: 1) Strengthen chapters at the local level, 2) Reinforce certification recognition to complement current experience, 3) Support Senior Chefs through a mentorship program 4) Embrace the five branches of the military and their membership through apprenticeship and certification 5) Encourage young culinarians to retain their membership.

     Meeting the needs of our members is my greatest goal. I am interested in your opinion and open to your suggestions. I believe in keeping the members informed on, concerns, decisions and achievements.


     In closing, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is supporting me during this campaign. Until you actually run for office, you have no idea how very gratifying and rewarding even the smallest words of encouragement can be. So thanks, again, to everyone, everywhere, who is willing to support me and who was willing to send a message on my behalf.


     Your willingness to be an active part of the process is what keeps America great. Thank you for helping build our future by voting. In closing, I humbly ask for your vote for ACF National Secretary.

Tom Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC



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Members News

Experience the Power of Connection:  
ACF Events Series 2011 ACF Northeast Regional Conference

 Chef Educator of the Year

J Desmond pieman Keefe

ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year Winner

J. Desmond Keefe, CEC, CCE, culinary program chair, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston

Cutting Edge Award Winner

James Connolly, CEC, ACE regional foodservice director, Atria Senior Living Group, Nashua, N.H.; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston


ECB Board News 


A Thanks go's out to ECB Board of Directors Member Chef Al McPhee of Mass General Hospital for his service on the Board.  Chef McPhee taking a break and stepping down from the Board to take care of personal issues.  Chef McPhee will still be taking ECB photos at events however.  Say thank you to Al at the next meeting and say thank you. ( Chef McPhee fight real fires when not in the kitchen for the Rockland Fire Department)




Congratulations to Chef Brian Ray CEC, ACE who has been named as our new board member Chef Ray will be taking the recent vacant seat formally held By Chef Al McPhee. Chef Ray will be moving up from the "Sargent of Arms" Position.
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What's on The Table This Month
Golf Fund Raiser
Next Meeting
Last Meeting
Important Message
Member News
Purveyor of the Month
ECB Board & Officers
Featured Chef
Upcoming Events
What You Need to Know
E Newsletter News
ACF Officer Messages

Officers and Board of  Directors

James DiMarzio, CEC 
Vice President 
Doug Patten, CEC, CCA
Jeffrey D. Barr

Financial Secretary 
Rico DiFronzo, CEC,

James F. Connolly CEC

Chairman of the Board
Denise Graffeo CEC AAC

Board of Directors
Doug Corrigan
David Gauvin
Anthony Graffeo CEC
Steven Sharad
Sean "Rory" Gallagher
J. Desmond Keefe III
Brian Ray CEC, ACE
Keefe III

J Desmond Keefe

Chef Educator

of the Year

ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year Winner

J. Desmond Keefe, CEC, CCE, culinary program chair, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.; ACF Epicurean Club of Boston


"Coach J.Desmond Keefe III CEC. CCE 

Congratulations to his team that received a Bronze Medal in the competition. Also our congratulations have to go out to J. Desmond Keefe who won the Northeast Culinary Educator of the Year for the Northeast. He won in a field of eight competitors and will represent the Epicurean Club of Boston and the entire Northeast Region at the National Convention in Dallas, Texas in July for the National Educator of the Year. Good Luck Desmond, We are very proud to have you representing the Epicurean Club of Boston and the entire Northeast. It is well deserved." - (Chef James DiMarzio, CEC

President Epicurean Club of Boston)




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Upcoming Events


Mondy April 18th Monthly Meeting

at MultiGrains Bakery Lawrence

Hosted By Exec. Chef Doug Patten CEC, CCA


Friday, April 29th, 2011


The next ACF Certification Exam will be held on Friday, April 29th,2011.


 The first step is to register for the Exam, go to the ACf web  site  

 Go to certification, then practical exam, then to register as a participant. If you confirm your interest in taking the exam, I can forward the form to you. This form must be completed along with employment  verification. CEC/CEPC for example requires a minimum of 3 years experience  supervising a minimum of 3 full time employees. The position title is not as important as the leadership and supervision experience. Your experience must be documented ideally by your former employer on their letterhead.
There is  a registration fee of $ 50 for members and $100 for non-members.



Northeast Regional Vice President Bill Tillinghast MBA CEC AAC

Announces an ACF Educational Workshop

Johnson and Wales University



Date Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Time: 8:00am - 4:00 pm

Location: Johnson and Wales University, Amphitheatre

Harborside Academic Center

265 Harborside Blvd

Providence, RI 02905



Cost: ACF Members $50

Non-Members $75

(Includes Seminars and Lunch)



Contact: To Attend: Email Chef Ray McCue CEC
at rMcCue@jwu.edu , Symposium Co-Chair

Make all Checks payable to the ACF Rhode Island Chapter

When registered, you will receive payment Instructions



May 9th 2011 -Monday

ECB Monthly Meeting

at IrinoxUSA

Join us an have the chance to meet

ACF President

Micheal TY CEC

Mark your calander now.


May 23rd 2011

ECB Golf Tournament
Sandy Burr Golf Club
Wayland, Ma
Reserve the Date on your calander Now!!


Reviled at the National Convention, One thing that maybe of interest to those of you who enjoy receiving the culinary review in print form, if you let your dues expire, when you renew you will only receive it in the electronic form, so its best not to let that happen, if you like the paper form. 

E-Newsletter News
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  As you know by now we appreciate the readership. We know when you open it.


The first person that opens the newsletter
will be given a complimentary   Member Monthly Meeting admission a ($20 Value) for the Next Monthly Meeting. 


If your first and comply to the offer*  I will email or call you to let you know you will be our guest for the Meeting.  Winners will be published in the next newsletter. 

*Offer is exclusive to Epicurean Club Members only.  Prior winners will be eligible again in a six month period.

Unlike the past, We will be happy to include your submissions in future issues.  It's "Easy",

 all you have to do is email us at our new newsletter email address,
 with your content.  the deadline for all submission will be the last Thursday of the month. 


Submissions will be brought to the board for review the first week of the month.  

Submission suggestions are your favorite recipe from your kitchen with a "Photo",

Event Photo's, Upcoming events, or announcements.)  We are liberal, but to a point.

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ACF / Epicurean Club
 of Boston


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ACF Officer Candidate

President Michael Ty CEC, AAC  


Northeast Vice Pres.William Tillinghast CEC, AAC, MBA 


Academy President Tom Macrina CEC,CCE, AAC


National SecretaryDavid Ivey-Soto CEC, CCE, MBA


Western Regional Vice PresidentWilliam Franklin CMC, AAC 


Brad Barnes CMC, CCA, AAC 


Additional officers can submit messages to post by the last Thursday of the Month. for the next "Epicurean Review".


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