The official newsletter of  "The Epicurean Club of Boston"  America's Oldest Professional Chef's Association 
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

Welcome! President`s Message for June 2017
Certification Minute:
Test date(s): TBD and Location TBD as well...
For more info contact Earle M. Test, CEC CCA MBA-
Written Exams can be completed by appointment
 Go to for the ACF Certification Home Page for all of the information you will need! Look at all of the URL offerings and if you have questions reach out to Chef Earle Test
Our Last Meeting!
Hosted by Sid Wainer and Son Company in New Bedford, Mass. This was a joint meeting with our sister chapter ACFRI ( ACF Rhode Island Chefs) with over 85 folks in attendance! We had a great tour of the new state of the art facility, great heavy appetizers and composed salads and libations. As always we had our educational component with two CEH`s awarded for continued education and certification needs. Many thanks to Dr. Henry Wainer for hosting and his hospitality was over and above!  Donna Damiano was sworn in as a professional member from her prior associate membership (Her husband Arthur has assumed the associate membership). One other new member Chef Jeffrey Naro from JAFCO Company was sworn in as well. Welcome Chef`s!
Our Next Meeting!
Will be held on Monday June 5th
Will be hosted by Affinity Group Infusion
20 international Way,
Lawrence, MA 01843
Our host will be Mark Botsch and many thanks to our sergeant of arms Nils Ahlin for setting this up!
Please make reservations so we can give Mark a good estimate of attendance...
No Meetings in July or August!
Enjoy your vacation months and see you in September at Johnson and Wales University in RI with a great demonstration of having a whole hog broken down by a professional butcher. Many thanks to board member Tim Foley of Coregroup Sales for arranging this and getting the pork animal donated! This will be another shared meeting with the Rhode Island chefs!
Golf Outing is Monday, June 19th at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass. Mark your calendars as this is a great time with an exceptional dinner following. Chef Jim DiMarzio will be looking for raffle items and gift certificates for the raffles. This year we as a club will donate $10,000 in the form of 5 - $2000 awards.
The MRA awards dinner hosted  here is a married couple of Chefs that are both HOF  Billy Costa ironically will be on the 12th of June at 5:30 in Danvers, Mass at the Danversport yacht club. This year will be the first year that the club awards the annual Ira Kaplan culinary scholarship included in the $10,000 donations.... We will have a contingent of officers and board members in attendance.
National Conference in July at the Disney Properties in July. We will have representatives from The ECB attending and we will also present checks to two student teams and the AAC for scholarships...
Brews, Blues and BBQ event : ECB and ACFRI will team up again this year for our second annual!
8th Annual BBQFest
Great BBQ, lively music, a beer tent, OysterFest, a Pig Roast and family fun entertainment all combine in this great event! Also enjoy numerous craft vendors, a farmers' market, Scenic SkyRide and more! The event benefits the Greg Hill Foundation.
Presidents Ball:
Will be held at the Colonade Hotel in Boston! Great menu has been planned by one of esteemed members Corporate Executive Chef and Director of F&B Operations Chef Nicholas Calais CEC CCA and we will also have dignitaries from ACF national in attendance. Great meal, awards ceremonies, entertainment with dancing and more!
Denise Graffeo CEC AAC will be inducted as the first woman "Hall of Fame" inductee in AAC history! Second first is a married couple (both chefs) her husband is Anthony Graffeo CEC AAC HOF that are Hall of Fame members.... Denise was also the first and only woman to be president of the Epicurean Club of Boston. Congratulations Denise! We are all proud!
 "Remember it's all about the food!"
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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The ACF / Epicurean Club of Boston 
Monday, June 5th, 2017 
Affinity Group Infusion
20 international Way,
Lawrence, MA 01843
(716) 712-2403

6-7 Ice breaker and social hour
7:00 Meeting 
(Dinner To Follow)
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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 

Warren Frank

Chef's Spot Light
James DiMarzio, CEC, AAC
Past President, ACF Epicurean Club of Boston
Retired Executive Chef, Brigham & Women's Hospital
For those of you who have been involved with the ECB at any point in the last 20+ years, you have met Jim.  Once you have met Jim, you immediately understand that he has been a dedicated and hardworking Culinarian for over 4 decades.  After a long career, Jim is finally able to enjoy the retired life.  Everyone at the ECB is extremely happy and proud of the work Jim accomplished.   Always a consummate culinarian and mentor, Jim has effected all our careers in one way or another.  Congratulations!
As a longtime member of the ECB, Jim has held just about every position on the Board of Directors (some of them multiple times), including President and Chairman of the Board.  The one position that Jim puts the most effort into and takes the most pride in is the annual Golf Tournament, which as of this year and for good reason has been renamed the "James DiMarzio Sr. ECB Golf Classic." 
Every year Jim pours his heart, soul and sweat into producing this tournament solely to raise funds for the scholarships the ECB awards each year to students attending higher education institutions so they can realize their career goals within the industry.  Over the years this event has raised funds approaching $100,000.  It has been and continues to be the effort of Jim that makes this so successful for the ECB and the students. 
Having been a part of this event for the last several years, I have seen firsthand how much it has grown.  This is always a great day, filled with food, fun, competition and comradery.  It is not often we get to take a break from our daily operations and relax for a few hours, but this is one of those times.  As we know in this industry, we never really stop working and in this case, you will be working on recruiting.  By participating in this event, you will be working to strengthen the up and coming work force, the young men and women that will be entering your operations very soon to help you realize your own business and career goals.  
I know Jim has already reached out to many of you for assistance in producing this year's tournament, for those who have already pledged their support, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!  Jim's biggest goal is always to have as many golfers as possible.  With that said, if you enjoy the game, no matter what level, and would like to support the next generation of professional's (your, not too distant, future employees), then the best way to help Jim reach his goal of 144 golfers is to sign up today.    

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