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Thursday, January 12, 2017

ACF 2017 Season Kickoff Meeting at Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop

Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop, Naples, FL

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is a professional organization of chefs, cooks, food industry professionals and food enthusiasts. They have about 200 chapters nationwide and 20,000 members. They offer training, accreditation, scholarship, and certification to foster growth in the culinary arts.

The ACF Naples Chefs are the Collier County, FL chapter of the ACF more formally known as the ACF Caxambas Chapter of Naples and Marco Island. In January, they hold a season kickoff meeting in part to schedule upcoming chapter meetings and events; eat some finger food and have a great time. For the past few years at least, the chapter kickoff meeting has been held at Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop (MPS).

MPS is a manufacturer and purveyor of baked goods. These include pies, cakes, tarts, quiches, cookies and other items. MPS is located in Naples, FL. MPS has a retail space on site, but the majority of their business is providing pastries to commercial customers.
Retail section; Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop, Naples, FL
Tarts and cakes,retail section; Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop, Naples, FL
They have quite a brisk commercial business. On an impromptu tour of the shop I counted over 50 custom orders for the past couple of days. I can see why the owner told us they make 80 pounds of buttercream daily in house for all their pastry production.
Custom order board; Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop, Naples, FL
It was interesting seeing the back end of the shop with some of the mixing equipment and ovens.
Mixing equipment

Revolving tray baking oven
This meeting, in contrast to most monthly chapter meeting, is purely social. There were a number of donors that evening kind enough to provide food and beverage for the event.

Landert Bread provided most of the baked goods. These included baguettes, Casareccio bread with olives, farmers bread and lye triangles (sort of a pretzel bread).

Landert Breads; ACF season kickoff meeting

Landert Breads; ACF season kickoff meeting
Boar's Head provided various meats, cheeses, hummus and condiments.

Boar's Head display; ACF season kickoff meeting

MPS provided beverages along with some baked goods including sausage rolls, and spinach/feta in addition to vegetable quiches.

Sausage rolls, spinach/feta and vegetable quiche; ACF season kickoff meeting

Felchin chocolate was provided by Swiss Chalet while red or white Bordeaux blends were furnished by PG fine wines.

Bordeaux Blanc; 50% Semillion/50% Muscadelle; ACF season kickoff meeting

With all this great food, beverage and conversation, everyone was having a great time.

Attendees; ACF season kickoff meeting

Attendees; ACF season kickoff meeting
Many thanks to Landert Bread, Swiss Chalet, Boar's Head Gulf Coast ProvisionsPG Fine Wines and Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop for providing either a venue and/or food and beverage for the evening.

This was, as always, a great night out with Naples ACF Chefs.

Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop
1068 Business Lane
Naples, FL 34110
Mikkelsen's Pastry Shop Website 

Naples ACF Chefs
President Chas Tatigian, CEC, CCA
PO Box 855
Naples, FL 34106

Naples ACF Chefs Facebook Page 

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