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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ACF Culinary Passport is this weekend

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM

This Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Julie Penrose Hall (adjacent to St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road), the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) will hosts the 2016 Culinary Passport fundraiser. 

All the necessary info, including price, beneficiaries and what to expect, is included in the following press release:

The expertly prepared foods will include cuisine from the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South America. Attendees will also enjoy beer and wine, fabulous desserts, and a silent auction for a host of items such as weekend stays at local hotels, golf outings, restaurant dining certificates, gift cards, fine wines, etc. Tickets are $45 with reservations limited to 250. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

This year’s Culinary Passport is being presented as a dual fundraiser for the Pikes Peak ACF chapter and Colorado Springs Food Rescue (CSFR). The American Culinary Federation is the primary professional organization for culinarians, offering educational resources and training. CSFR is a two-and-a-half year-old local nonprofit that rescues fresh foods from area grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, specialty food retailers, caterers, and other entities and delivers them immediately to charitable service facilities that have agreed to receive and use the food. Recipients range from homeless shelters to soup kitchens to low-income housing units to senior care centers and youth homes.

click to enlarge Chef Jay Gust of TAPAteria/Pizzeria Rustica serving at last year's Culinary Passport. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Chef Jay Gust of TAPAteria/Pizzeria Rustica serving at last year's Culinary Passport.
Nathan Dirnberger, president of the local ACF chapter, said CSFR was chosen as the partner beneficiary “because of the core values we share, the mission and vision of their organization and the need for our society to use food as a catalyst for social change.”

“Our goal is to raise funds for the Pikes Peak ACF student scholarship fund and operating expenses, and build relationships within the culinary community,” Dirnberger said. “We also want to benefit an amazing nonprofit and have a lot of fun in the process. Food is the one thing every human being has in common throughout the world, and if we can set an example locally on how we can use food to connect with each other and find ways to better sustain our food system, we can help change the world to make it a better place for our children.”

About the American Culinary Federation
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With nearly 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef®, Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator® designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit Find ACF Pikes Peak on Facebook at and on Twitter @ACFpeak.

About Colorado Springs Food Rescue
CSFR has established partnerships with numerous food donor and food recipient entities. The 20+ donors include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Natural Grocers, Asian Pacific Market, La Baguette, Old School Bakery, several local schools, seasonal farm/garden donors, and others. Recipient agencies, numbering 15+, include Marian House, Springs Rescue Mission, Urban Peak, Seeds Community Café, Ecumenical Social Ministries, Greccio Housing, and a number of others. In 2015 alone, CSFR saved and redistributed nearly 240,000 pounds of food and offset over $400,000 in food costs for the recipient agencies it serves. More recently CSFR has begun community-managed grocery programs to increase access to fresh foods in underserved neighborhoods, with student interns receiving high school credit for their managerial experience and increased learning about food systems and food justice. Learn more at

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