ACF-LI CVOID-19 Status Update & Resources

 You are not alone. Watch “If you only look around, you will be found” by – Dear Evan Hansen Cast. As we practice social distancing, quarantine, and in some instances voluntary isolation, know that as a chapter we are connected with each other, keep the faith – do not lose your smile or sight of happier times. Enjoy simple pleasures, little victories, reading an old cookbook and the fact you have people to converse with. In an effort to connect our membership and support one another, live the culinarian’s code, and share, this Monday April 6th we will be hosting two ZOOM meetings @ 6 PM and 730 PM sharing a timely keynote presentation, WTF WHAT THE FORK” by Denise Sutter, Leadership Consultant & Life Coach
With so much time at home for spring cleaning, online shopping and with good intentions to contribute among worthy causes or purchase PPE supplies for your families, please beware of scams. This is a time where bad people pray on others in the community. If the membership receives anything from the board it will either come from the chapter’s constant contact e-mail (John Carr/Rachel Prowler) or, if a direct massage from an officer it will be signed by both name/certification/title example Andrew Whitcomb, CEC Chairman of the Board. We will not solicit money or gift cards, we are not going to be sending out individual emails asking for food, gift cards, and Cheddar-up links will come from the board in this newsletter format only.
You are a special member within the ACF and our Long Island community. Do not forget our mission, vision and impact you contributed to. A pillar annual event the ACF-LI contributes to is The Morgan Center Great Chef’s Fundraiser. This month was to be the 17th annual event. Although it was postponed, Rod Zuch reported the Morgan Center still had a victory, a great achievement to mention as they developed in a week, a virtual classroom curriculum they launched for their students with cancer to learn, and smile.
All members are welcome to ask the Executive Board of Directors questions, provide suggestions or request support, to do so click Here.

ACF-LI THIS MONDAY VIRTUAL MEETINGS | DEMO: WTF ‘WHAT THE FORK?’ Join Zoom Meeting click here            Meeting ID: 886 730 4723  |  Password: 657405Social Distancing put together jointly with the ACF Chefs of Charlotte Chapter, keynote “WHAT THE FORK” by Denise Sutter, Leadership Consultant & Life Coach. 
ACF NATIONAL | From Stafford DeCambera, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC | President Today I write you with a shorter message of motivation and hope. Each of us has their own way of searching for and finding hope. There are motivational moments through words & phrases, poetry, books, religion, food, art, music, dance and many more possibilities. As part of my own culture in Hawaii, in difficult times, I’ve most often found escape, peace and hope, through music.I’ve chosen two YouTube selections for your listening and watching pleasure. You may have already viewed and heard my choices. If you’ve already viewed and listened to these selections, then please listen again… and if not, you’re in for a treat. Join me in listening closely and viewing the powerful messages of hope, comfort and consolation, from Doctor Elvis Francois, Doctor William Robinson, James Corden, Ben Platt and from the cast or Dear Evan Hansen.Dream and imagine with me, a brighter future, our future. Know that you’re not standing alone, we will be found, we will be found! O.H.A.N.A. 

Our first #ACFUnited Webinar; ACF United: Our Industry & The Future of FoodserviceThe recording is already free of charge on YouTube Link | ACF Online Learning Center (for 1 CEH)  April 8th 2pm EST  Click here to RegisterACF United Panel for Middle & High School Culinary Students – “American Culinary Federation: Covid-19 & the Foodservice Industry”Our panel of Chefs from across the country will address student questions regarding the current challenges in foodservice, how this changes how chefs do business, as well as the future of the industry after this health crisis.Apr 8, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time Click Here to RegisterACF United: Stronger Together; Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit of ChefsNext week’s Panel of Chefs will discuss the mental wellness challenges being faced by the culinary community, how chefs can cope & find support during this difficult time.Apr 15, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time Click here to RegisterACF United: Culinary Education, Best Practices in Challenging TimesThe Panel of Chef Instructors from across the country will discuss the state of foodservice education and the challenges currently being experienced by students and programs. Discussion to include best practices and innovative education solutions for secondary and post-secondary. 
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION RESOURCE CHEFS ON TIK TOK Register hereThursday, April 9: TikTok and Content Cooking for ChefsChef Monti Carlo, co-founder of, and chef Matt Broussard (@acooknamedmatt) will dish
THE MORGAN CENTER | Shared on April 3 From Rod ZUCH | Morgan’s Dad You are wonderful people. Thank you for all of your support. I look forward to seeing all of my chef friends again soon. I wanted to give you a brief update on THE MORGAN CENTER (TMC). We are following the guidelines set forth by New York and Florida and suspended operations until May 1st.Now the good news. Today we launched an online version of TMC program to the delight of our children and their families! We had 13 children in NY and FL attend, all from the safety of their own homes. They got the online program up and running in just one week!Nancy and I learned when Morgan was on cancer treatment that you need to ‘celebrate every victory’. Today was a real victory for the children and families of THE MORGAN CENTER. Please take a moment to celebrate our victory in your own way this weekend (of course while practicing good social distancing!). Nancy and I toast all of you tonight; with both a smile and a tear. I want to thank all of you for your support of THE MORGAN CENTER mission. Together we will continue to make a difference in the lives of young children battling cancer.RIVIERA DONATES 6 PALLET OF PRODUCE | ACF-LI & Ronald McDonaldThis past week 7 restaurants that donate to Ronald McDonald Charities of Long Island/Metro NY received 6 pallets of free produce and helped us #StopFoodWasteNYC 

Photo Credit: Chef Chris LaVecchia

NEED SANITIZER? ACF has available this week for pick-up/drop off from Smithtown @ $2.50 / UnitWe made a purchase of 192 units (bottle may vary). And will order more if needed.E-Mail with your order qty to who is coordinatingPayment will filter through Treasurer & Cheddar-up. Splitting, sharing with friends, or family welcome$2.50 per 2 oz unit. Order minimum $350 per shipping address (continental U.S.) 
HOW RESTAURANTS CAN ACCESS CARES ACT LOANSBusiness owners (fewer than 500 employees per location) are eligible can apply via the Small Business Administration’s website for loans. Full Story: Restaurant Business online 
CURBSIDE PICK-UP, SPECIAL HOURS, & HOME DELIVERYwww.InHarvest.Com or call 1-800-346-7032 to order, 12 lb case minimum Walmart dedicated first hour for At-Risk Seniors Only ShoppingWALGREENS offering At-Risk Seniors Only Shopping Hours Tuesday 8-9 amNewsday Link Here Article: Takeout Delivery Restaurants on Long IslandLong Island Press Link Here Article: Long Island Breweries Offer To-Go and Home Delivery 
RESTAURANTS MAKE THE MOST OF PANDEMIC-ERA MERCHANDISE SALESClosed restaurants scramble to stay afloat during the pandemic, many are counting on online sales of T-shirts and other branded merchandise to bring in at least some cash.New Orleans sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf has raised $14,000 from merchandise salesChicago’s Fat Rice is using revenue from sales of T-shirts and hot sauce to fund a temporary business selling grocery boxes in the community Full Story: The Wall Street Journal 
Crisis Text Line: 741-741 for free, confidential, 24/7 help or call mental health professional, 1-844-863-9314
Unemployment Here to file for NY State unemployment |You may be eligible for full salary for up to 4 months
Qualifying Life Event (QLE) – May Entitle Health Adjustments Go to for moreIf furloughed/terminated or income  was reduced it could make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, allowing you to enroll in health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period. 
JOB PLACEMENT (Hiring or Looking) Email Roland.Iadanza@Lichefs.comAny member who is out of work and uncertain of their job status may submit their resumes in confidence to Roland through email. There are opportunities opening currently and when we get through this pandemic there will be numerous openings to fill.Employers hiring please submit employment requests through email with position, location, and contact information along with any other relevant information (website, start date, & salary)Please spread the word to associates, colleagues etc, Let’s all be prepared and proactive 
Where can I get more information about coronavirus?Here For World Health Organization – WHO Updates and resources to protect yourselfHere To  Centers for Disease Control – CDC Protect Yourself & What TO-DO If You Are SickHere To New York State Department of Health UpdatesHere To  NYC Department of Health UpdatesHere To  Nassau County CVOID-19 Updates Page / Coronavirus Hotline: (516) 227-9570Here To  Suffolk County CVOID-19 Updates PagePlease stay safe and healthy.