Happy Fall everybody! We have survived another summer! It is so nice to finally feel the kitchens cooling down a little bit, and now we get to enjoy 8 months of amazing weather.
The biggest thing on my mind right now is Saturday, October 15th. What’s happening that day you ask? Well, it’s our 2nd Annual Glenn Humphrey Memorial 5k Fun-run/walk. If you are a Chef, cook, or culinary student in Arizona, there is a good chance you know who Chef Humphrey was. Chef was so important to so many cooks around the Valley, and he was a huge part of Arizona Culinary Institute. Since Glenn passed away we have done a lot around the campus to try to honor his memory. One of the things we created last year was a scholarship in his name to help ACI students in financial need. Since Glenn helped so many of us in our careers, we felt a great way to honor him would be to create a scholarship so that he could still continue to help our students. The primary way that we decided to raise money for this scholarship was to host a fundraiser 5k at the school each October. There is no fee to enter, but we would gladly accept a $20 donation toward the scholarship to participate in the 5k. ALL donations will go directly to the scholarship fund.
This year we will have 3 options for the event: an “elite” wave for running enthusiasts, an “intermediate” wave for more casual runners, and a 2-mile walk for people that want to walk, push strollers, or bring their dogs. All waves will start and finish in the same spot. At the event we will have free food for all participants, and guests! Registration is from 7am until 7:45, and the first wave begins at 8am.
In conjunction with this event we are having our first ever ACI friends and family day. We are opening the campus to current students, alumni, prospective students, and employees to bring friends and family to the campus to show off our school. No catch. No fees. No gimmicks. We just want to host a great day with a positive vibe and bring people together. The event begins at 8am with the 5k and will wrap up around noon. We will have breakfast burritos available the first few hours, then hot dogs and burgers closer to lunch time…and the food is free! Come see us. Bring people. Celebrate the school. There will also be popcorn, cotton candy, a bounce house, and a bunch of great people. Please come show your support of the school, even if you don’t want to participate in the 5k.
That’s it folks! I hope to see you at the school on the 15th. Are any of you up to the challenge of beating me in the 5k? Wouldn’t it be nice to wipe that smug little grin off my face? Bring it on!
Chef Christopher Wolf, ccc, cce, cpi, csw.
Here is the link to register: