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Welcome! President`s Message
Just a few bullet points on what`s happening with the club...
Certification Minute:
2017 ACF Certification Practical Exams
Test date(s): March 11, 2017 | May 6, 2017
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts / Epicurean Club of Boston
215 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1213
For more info contact Earle M. Test, CEC, CCA -
Written Exams can be completed by appointment
Our Last Meeting!
Hosted by Acosta Food Brokerage in their Burlington, Mass office. Wow! dinner was an up-scale burger bar with different blends of beef including: Brisket and Short rib, Chuck and Sirloin and a great "Steak Burger" blend. Candied Bacon. Caramelized Onions, BBQ Pulled Pork, Shaved Black Pastrami and many more toppings and sauces..... Even dessert was burger shaped and delicious....
Special Thanks to Dan Flynn and his team for a great meal, presentation and uncommon hospitality....
Our Next Meeting!
Will be hosted by "Red`s Best Seafood" with Chef Claude Whiting CEC. This will be an interactive meeting with several members having the opportunity to show off some skills in a seafood mystery basket competition.
Winner takes home a giant lobster!
Reds Best
37 Boston Fish Pier
Boston Mass 02210
Phone # 617-830-1672

Sunday, February 26-Tuesday, February 28, 2017
New York Hilton Midtown
New York, New York 
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Several members of the board of directors and myself will be attending and representing the ECB at the regional conference in NYC from Sunday to Tuesday. Opportunities for networking as well as educational forums with live demonstrations by some of the best chef`s in the country. Also new this past year is a large "Job Fair" for the recruitment on premier chef positions by some of the elite employers in the USA.
In Closing:
"Remember it's all about the food!"
Respectfully, Chef Jim
James F Connolly CEC CCA AAC
Certified Executive Chef and Culinary Administrator
Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs
President of the Epicurean Club of Boston

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6-7 Ice breaker and social hour
7 to 7:15 Business Portion
7:15 until adjourn demonstrations, contest and dinner
Sr./Jr. 10. Mem 20. Guest 25.
Reserve and Pay CLICK HERE
Phone: 617-830-1672


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ACF Signature Series

2017 ChefConnect

ChefConnect: Chicago 

Sunday, February 5-Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Online Registration |  PDF Registration Form 

ChefConnect: NYC 

Sunday, February 26-Tuesday, February 28, 2017
New York Hilton Midtown
New York, New York
Online Registration |  PDF Registration Form 
ACF Nominations and Elections Committee Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for elected committee positions on the Nominations and Elections Committee. Each committee has five open positions--one representative from each region and one national chairperson. All current ACF professional culinarian members have the opportunity to serve on these committees. If you would like to run for one of these positions,  please review the required information, complete the nomination form and return to the ACF national office by mail, fax or email. 
Voting will take place during ChefConnect: Chicago and ChefConnect: NYC, respectively, and elected committee members will serve for two years.  
Thank you for supporting this very important committee!
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What's on ECB's Table This Month
Member News
2016-2017 Board
Upcoming Events
Chef of the Year
Renew Dues Now
What You Need to Know
Deferred Dues Forms
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The  2017
Officers and Board  
James Connolly, CEC, CCA, AAC

Vice President
John DiSessa, CEC, AAC

David Gavin

Douglas Corrigan

Financial Secretary
Rico DiFronzo, CEC, CCA, AAC 

Board of Directors
Rory Gallagher
Anthony M. Graffeo, CEC, AAC, HOF
Denise Graffeo, CEC, AAC
Tom Trump
Christine Frye
Tim Foley
James DiMarzio, CEC, AAC

Chairman of the Board
Douglas C Patten, CEC, CCA, AAC
Sargent At Arms
Nils Ahlin 

This month, we take a moment to feature the accomplishments of member of ACF Rhode Island, Chef Joseph Leonardi, CEC. Chef Leonardi has been a very busy culinarian over the last few months. Most notably, he was team USA's manager at the International Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) "the Culinary Olympics", in Erfurt Germany. Chef Leonardi led the team to 2 gold medals and a 4 th overall ranking in the world.
Chef Leonardi is the Director of Culinary Operations at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, MA. Prior to this, he spent 9+ years as the Executive Chef at the Somerset Club in Boston, MA.
Outside of the kitchen, Chef is a dedicated and proud father of 3. He also is an avid outdoors man who has a passion for hunting and fishing.
Congratulations Chef, on all your accomplishments. You are a true mentor to many and a role model to us all.

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