Beef Shines at Disney Resort Taking Center Stage During National Culinary Convention This SummerFri, 01 Sep 2017 11:09:18 CDT
Beef took center stage July 9- 11 at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2017 National Convention held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Beef Checkoff, represented by beef councils from Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa and South Dakota sponsored the event with a foodservice tour, a hands-on workshop and an educational breakout session. Conference attendees included culinary students and instructors as well as professional chefs from across the country who are part of the 17,500-member federation.
Nearly 20 attendees took part in a behind-the-scenes tour of the resort's banquet and kitchen facilities led by Peter Daledda, Chef d' Cuisine for Disney's Coronado Springs Catering. The facility can accommodate meals for 4,000 guests and employs hundreds of workers. The guests on the tour learned about the logistics of coordinating catering efforts at the facility and the various beef menu items offered which included everything from classic hamburgers to up-scale steak dinners.
Following the tour, the attendees participated in a workshop lead by Dave Zino, Executive Chef for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The group learned about Floribbean cuisine and worked in teams to create their own beef dish using flat iron and bavette steaks. While using unique flavor combinations, the chef attendees were allowed to think creatively and develop new beef menu items.
Later during the conference, the Beef Checkoff hosted a morning educational session entitled "Beef: Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond." Over 50 chefs attended the session which highlighted beef breakfast ideas demonstrated by the 2016 ACF Chef of the Year, Patrick Mitchell, Executive Chef for Ben E. Keith in Fort Worth, Texas. Chef Patrick shared information regarding the cuts of beef best featured on breakfast menus and the profit potential beef provides to restaurants.
The Beef Checkoff supports foodservice professionals with updated information on the latest food trends, consumer insights and market data. The ACF National Convention provides access to some of the top culinary professionals in the country and allows them to stay current on the most recent industry topics.
Source - Oklahoma Beef Council
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