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American Culinary Federation Caxambas Chapter of Southwest Florida

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We are a nonprofit community of Chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, cooks, students, vendors, farmers, fishers, foragers & culinary enthusiasts. Our mission is to further the Culinary Arts in Southwest Florida through community outreach, education, and professionalism. Our chapter, the 5th largest in the country, currently has over 270 members and continues to grow!

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ACF is the largest and most prestigious professional chefs organization in North America. ACF has more than 17,500 proud members who belong to over 150 chapters across the United States and is recognized as the leader in professional development for the culinary community.

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Chefs Helping Chefs, LLC officially started in 2008, however our name has been used since 2003 when Chef Jeff Rotz began assisting cooks and chefs in their initial ACF Certification and continuing education training. To date, Chefs Helping Chefs, LLC has trained over 3500 Food and Beverage Team Members at over 50 Hotels and Resorts throughout the Southeast United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The team of Chef’s Helping Chef’s is a dedicated group of individuals with various levels of experience and certification to bring you the latest information and developments within the hospitality industry. Each member of their team has no less than 15 years each of experience in the Hospitality industry. All of their team members regularly attend conventions, meetings and trainings to continuously upgrade the education and services that they offer. They aim to keep your staff educated and aware of vital components necessary for a successful food service establishment. For more information, visit their website at https://chefshelpingchefs.com/

Landert Bread is a Premium European Bread & Pastry brand based in Naples. They serve and deliver to first class restaurants and hotels, golf & country clubs and specialized food stores in South Florida. And of course all those who admire superior quality of European Bread & Pastry. Selected, natural ingredients, innovative recipes and tantalizing aromas – this is what makes a product superior.

Their manufacturers guarantee premium quality bakery products that, with their intense, natural and unique taste and textures, will seduce even the most demanding palates. They only use natural and unadulterated raw material in their high-quality bakery products. In addition, their producers use cereals, flour, butter and eggs that are produced in an environmentally and animal friendly way. For more information, visit their website at http://www.landert.us/.

Farmer Mike's Food Service is based in Bonita Springs. Farmer Mike has been growing fruits and vegetables for over 35 years. They work diligently to provide the freshest produce available in Southwest Florida. Farmer Mike’s U-Pick began as a small roadside stand on Rosemary Dr. in Bonita Springs, but it was soon clear that SW Florida was hungry for Farmer Mike and Farmer Jim’s fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables!

The location of the U-Pick soon moved to its current location of 26031 Morton Ave. off of E. Terry St. and as local patronage grew, so have their farms. Farmer Mike and his son Mike Jr. are operating the farm together as 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Farming is in their blood as the previous two generations yielded apple orchard and dairy cow farmers. For more information, visit their website at https://www.farmermikesupick.com/.

Mr Greens is celebrating 10 years in the produce industry. Mr Greens specializes in produce, imported goods, dairy and charcuterie, with second run deliveries so you can focus on what matters most. They service restaurants, hotels, country clubs, retail stores and many more. With deliveries 365-days a year, 7-days a week and multiple runs per day, Mr. Greens has set the gold standard for service. The company proudly grew into the largest privately-owned produce distributor in Florida. For more information, visit their website at https://mrgreensproduce.com/.

Premium Olive Oil, located in Naples, is a family business. It was founded in 2019 and operates solely with the production and standardization extra virgin olive oil, Kolympari Olive oil,  founded in 1980 of protected designation of Origin (PDO) Kolympari Chanion Crete and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Chanion Crete and Organic Olive Oil.

Their Product is certified by both national and international organizations for certification of production standardization, organic products, products of protected designation origin and protected geographical indication. They managed to produce an unalterable olive oil that maintain all its constituents, its golden green hue, its fruity aroma and the flavors from the freshly harvested fruit. This is a result of the short time between harvest and oil processing

Olive Oil extraction is done in our modern olive processing plant the healthiest olive shortly after harvest solely by physical means under strictly controlled conditions in low-temperature (up to 27C) with the minimum required time for mixing (about 30 minutes). Stainless steel tanks are used for the storage and transportation of olive oil according to the terms of Directive 93/43 on the hygiene of foodstuffs. For more information, visit their website at  www.premiumoliveoil.info.

Amex Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is a Naples staple for residential and commercial cooling and commercial refrigeration needs.  Their licensed Amex Air Conditioning and Refrigeration professionals bring 40 years expertise, honesty and integrity to the Naples area, creating loyal and satisfied customers. Quality affordable work and customer service is their focus, stating that their customers are their friends, not just people who pay them money. For more information, visit their website at www.amexacandrefrig.com.

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Chapter President
Scott Ross, CEC, WCEC, CCA

PO Box 855
Naples, FL 34106

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