Important Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings and seminars take place at Commisioner's Hall at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA.

September 4, 2018 3:00 - Board Conference Call

September 18, 2018 - General Meeting 

October 15, 2018 - General Meeting

November 18, 2018 - Holiday Brunch

December 18, 2018 - Casual Dinner

January 15, 2019 - Board Call/Meeting

February 19, 2019 - General Meeting

February 24-26, 2019 - ChefConnect, Atlantic City

March 19, 2019 - General Meeting

April 14, 2019 - Awards Dinner/Event

May 21, 2019 - General Meeting

July TBD, 2019 - 2nd Annual Joint Picnic with Pittsburgh Chapter

August 4-6, 2019 - National Convention, Orlando

Thanks to all that came out for the first ever Joint Summer Picnic with ACF Pittsburgh Chapter and ACF Laurel Highlands Chapter on July 22nd!

Special thatnks to Carol Baier, Regis Holden, and the Board and Officers of the Pittsburgh Chapter for making this event a success. We already plan on making this a joint picnic every year moving forward!

Thanks to all that came to the Beekeeping Demonstration on May 29th!

On May 29th, Nancy Thorne of the Westmoreland County Beekeepers Association hosted us at her home to do a presentation on Beekeeping.


Nancy has been keeping bees for 5 years and has 6 hives. We learned about how to start beekeeping and the process from start to finish up through harvesting honey. We also tasted different varieties of honey with cheeses and breads.

Thanks to the representatives from Smithfield and Chef Schmucker for the BBQ Means the World Presentation and Sampling on April 17th!

Our newest sponsor, Smithfield Foodservice, hosted a presentation on global BBQ. Chapter Vice President, Scott Schmucker, EdD, CEC, CCE prepared three recipes for all to try including Laos Grilled Pork Kabobs, Costillas De Tejas (Texas Ribs), and Pork Belly Skewers in Anticucherra Sauce. Although we forgot to pull the names for the raffle, we picked them afterwards and the winners are:


Joe Weaver, CEC - Yeti Tumbler

Dianne Palmieri - BBQ Set

Deya Hess - Student Membership

Gabriella Maurizio - Student Membership


We will be in touch with the winners soon!


Congrats to the WCCC Culinary Knowledge Bowl Team!

Congratulations to the Knowledge Bowl Team from Westmoreland County Community College for becoming Northeast Region Champs of the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl! They will be moving on to compete for the National Title in New Orleans this July!


This year's team consists of Craig Stahl, Erin Bertuzzi, and Amanda Shriner. Way to go and good luck in July!


Introducing our new partnership with Restaurantware!

Restaurantware is a proud ACF Partner and offers a 10% Discount to ACF Members.


Contact us at 1-800-851-9273 or

How To Find Us:

American Culinary Federation

Laurel Highlands Chapter

145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697


Phone: 724-454-9951

Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, use our contact form. Or, if you are ready to join just click here.

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