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How to Make Money While you sleep as a Chef - Tyler, TX May 7, 2014
Please join the East Texas Chapter as they will have a special presenter at their May Chapter Meeting.  Chef Deb Cantrell of Savor Culinary Services, Arlington, Texas will present "How to Make Money while you sleep as a Chef".  Meeting will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 3-5:30 pm at The Cascades of Texas, 611 Cascades Golf Club Drive, Tyler, TX 75709, 903.525.0000, hosted by Chef Brett Keckiesen. 

Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner - Houston, TX May 18, 2014
AAC Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to ACF/TCA member Chef Bernard Urban CEC AAC HOF, Chef Ambassador, Ben E. Keith Foods, Houston, Texas and the Houston Country Club (1 Potomac Dr., Houston, TX) is the setting and venue for the Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner on May 18, 2014.  "Black Tie" Affair, Reception 6:30, Dinner 7 pm, $150 per person.  Reservation information:  Chef Mark R. Spelman CEC AAC HGT, 915.373.3739, email:

Come cook with Us!  Father's Day, June 15, 2014 - Dallas, Texas
A day of casual and fun activities, the Revel will celebrate the opening of Four Trinity River Corridor Project milestones; Continental Bridge, Sylvan Avenue Bridge, Trinity River Skyline Trail & West Dallas Gateway.  Proceeds will benefit the Trinity Commons Foundation and the Texas Chefs Association Education Endowment.  For more details and to participate, click here

TRA Marketplace - Houston, Texas June 22-23, 2014
TRA Marketplace will be held in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. 
For more info click here. 

TCA State Convention - Waco, Texas July 18-20, 2014
Save the Date

ACF National Convention - Kansas City, Missouri July 25-29, 2014
For more information go to ACF website by clicking here.

Mushroom Festival - Brazos Valley Chapter - October 17-18, 2014
Mushroom Festival will be held in Madisonville, Texas.  For more information contact Alphonso Gonzalez at

AllerTrain provides training in food allergy and gluten-free safety.  This is a certified training class, approved by the American Culinary Federation for 11.0 continuing education hours.  For more info on AllerTrain and contact information click pdf.  Please visit website at
For more information call 888.767.6368 or email 



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American Academy of Chefs

Are you a hardworking, dedicated and qualified chef?  Why not join the Honor Society of the American Culinary Federation, American Academy of Chefs.  The primary mission of the AAC is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to futher their career. 
Learn more about the AAC.

Becoming Certified
Learn more about certification
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Director's Templates
Meeting Roster
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Meeting Minutes
Expense Report
Vendor Product Donation Request
Press Release
Recruiting Example

Breaking Down the Salmon

TCA Scholarships
TCA has scholarships available to members who qualify
   1st Time attendee to TCA Convention
   Certification Reimbursement
   Chef's Relief-Relief fund provided to members in good standing in the event of a personal emergency.  Requests are to made to chapter director  in writing.

Membership Applications
Become a member
Membership Applications:
   ACF/TCA membership application
   TCA only membership application




April Members:
Jeff Bazar - Brazos Valley Chapter - Associate Ben E. Keith
Jack Gresham - Dallas Chapter - Associate Mobile Knife Sharpening
Thomas Preuml - Houston Chapter - TCA Chef
Tram Le - Fort Worth Chapter - Culinarian
Tonya Cottrell - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
C. Gus Katsigris - Dallas Chapter - TCA Chef
Giovanni Escobedo - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Nicole Cowley - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Andrea Saldana - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Rene Cardoza - Dallas Chapter - Stu Cul
Michael Laughlin - Member at Large - Associate Llano Estacado Winery
Sam Kennedy - East Texas Chapter - Associate Ben E. Keith

March Members:
Casey Miller - Fort Worth Chapter - Stu Cul
Lindsay Glasnapp - Fort Worth Chapter - Stu Cul
Ruben Lemus - Rio Grande Valley Chapter - Prof Cul
Erin Salamon - Dallas Chapter - Prof Cul
Betty Hayward - Golden Triangle Chapter - Prof Cul
Juliete Satchell - Heart of Texas Chapter - Stu Cul
Brian Armstrong - Dallas Chapter - Prof Cul
Frankie Marquez - Fort Worth Chapter - A2 DeCoty Coffee
Patrick Brunelli-Guerra CEC - Austin Chapter - Prof Cul
Gregory Martin - Dallas Chapter - Prof Cul
David Holtzman CEC - Austin Chapter - Prof Cul
Joaquin Menendez - Austin Chapter - Prof Cul
Lyndi Modica - Austin Chapter - Prof Cul
Gene Christiano - Dallas Chapter - Prof Cul
Rachael Potts - San Antonio Chapter - Prof Cul

 Certified Culinary Specialist

 There is a certification program for High School Hospitality and Culinary Arts Students.  For more information click here for brochure, page 1 & page 2.  The program is associated with Texas Restaurant Association Pro Start.  For more information about TRA Pro Start click here.

 Publications of Interest

 Web sites of Interest
100 Magnificent Sites for chefs, visit
List your restaurant free
Global Food Safety Resource
Learn more about colleges and University Food Service, visit National Association of College & Univ Food Service at
For food and beverage specialist who like to think out of the box visit 
Ultimate online tool for culinary professionals visit
 Go Texan

GO TEXAN has a new program for restaurants with lots of benefits.

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