2014 AAC Gala Dinner

Entree course

Entree course


The 2014 AAC Dinner is the second half of a very busy day shooting at the ACF National Convention. The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza hosted this year’s AAC Dinner. We started off with group and individual shots in the lobby of the Marriot. I then jumped in the car and headed to the Intercontinental to get set up there. The guests began arriving as I was finished with my setup. We did some casual shots during cocktail hour. Once the guests moved into the ballroom the busy part of the evening began. The rest of evening was spent covering awards presentations, shooting each food course and doing posed photos. Click the continue reading link to view a slideshow of all the images. Continue reading »

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2014 AAC Fellows Meeting

New AAC Inductees

New AAC inductees taking the pledge


We are in Kansas City, MO this week covering the American Academy of Chefs National Convention being held at the Marriot Downtown. The first event is the Fellows meeting. Click the more link to view a complete slideshow. Continue reading »

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Jazz At Brushwood 2014

140621SprrwJzz233Wow, what an event. Home of the Sparrow kicked off the summer in grand style with their annual Jazz at Brushwood fundraiser. All 600 in attendance had a great time helping to raise money for a really special non-profit.

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Philadelphia Chapter created a spectacular dinner.

Live music from the band Big Ric Rising had everyone up and dancing. There was also a surprise visit from A Cappella Pops, a unique group of a Capella singers. Even the live auction was quite entertaining with auctioneer Jeffry Cadorette’s unique auctioneer style.

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Fifth Annual ACF Philly Food & Wine Festival

ACF Philly Food Wine Festival Photo CollageThe ACF Philly held their 5th annual ACF Food & Wine Festival on April 3rd at The Desmond Great Valley Hotel in Malvern, PA. The event helped raise funds for the ACF Philly’s Charities with proceeds from the event benefitting Home of the Sparrow. Guests were able to sample a wide variety of culinary treats from local restaurants and culinary schools.

It was hard to pick favorites from the wide selection of food and beverage offerings. Chef Dan and Desmond bartender Joe were both seen enjoying the Esposito’s Porchetta sandwiches, a definite crowd favorite. Full Spirited Flavours offered up samples of their amazing Chocolate Razz cake, Limoncello Cake and their signature Amaretto Cake. Cupcakes Goumet provided a… Continue reading »

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Atlantic City

St. Patrick's Day Parade Banner

Bagpipe Player and banner kicking off the 2014 Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

What a great day for the Atlantic City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. It was cold and windy yesterday and snow is forecast for tomorrow night but today it was a breezy, sunny day in the 60’s. It must be the luck of that famous luck of the Irish. The parade started and ended with bagpipers with the typical parade groups in between.

All the local Irish bars were well represented and of course DJ Sparkles was on the Maynard’s float cranking out the AC / DC. The Pic-A-Lilli had repurposed an old fire truck parade. The Ducktown Tavern was its own parade with Continue reading »

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ACF Philadelphia Chapter’s President’s Ball

Table setting at White Manor Country Club

I had a great time working with Chef Drew Smalbach and the entire staff at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, PA photographing the ACF (American Culinary Federation) Philadelphia Chapter’s President’s Ball. White Manor Country Club is a beautiful location in the scenic rolling hills of Chester County’s horse country. Chef Drew and his staff created an incredible dinner. Check out the slideshow below. Continue reading »

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