Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:57 AM
I spent some wonderful time with Chef Huebner at Stratford today and things are looking truly wonderful for the conference.
Stratford has given us a wonderful rate for the conference. Depending on the total number of those attending, I'm estimating the conference will cost approx $125 to $150 per person for Saturday and Sunday (not including rooms at the Marriott). The cost above includes breakfast and lunch each day.
Stratford has offered to prepare us a meal for our Saturday night "feast". I've also contacted a local country club, told them about us and they would also love to host us for the evening. I'm asking everyone to please let me know which you would prefer, Stratford Chefs preparing dinner or the Country Club. Not to try and sway anyone, but I would vote for the Stratford chefs (for a variety of reasons, it provides the students an excellent opportunity to plan a meal, prep, cook, etc; while we would be charged a 20% gratuity, that amount would be put into the school's scholarship fund for the participating students helpers; after a long day in the kitchen it would be nice to not have to get all dressed up to go to the country club - dinner is right there down the hall)
We are also working with several options for Friday, Albert Uster has been contacted to see if they would like to host us as they did in 2010 and I have asked Chef Huebner if she would think about considering hosting us for Friday afternoon as an extra add-on to the weekend. The events are still unfolding and as they develop, I'll post the information here.
Stratford has some confectionery equipment that we can use, they have at least one melter/temperer, scales, and a hot box for sugar (if we're lucky enough to find someone to do a demo); as well as scrapers, spatula's, etc.
I will bring my table top ACMC; I will bring my Hilliard vibrating table; I'll try and bring my JKV-30 (it's big and bulky to move - I'll TRY); what we do need are people to volunteer to bring molds (but PLEASE put your name on them); Steve is going to bring his new airbrush/compressor and I will bring mine as well, and the list can go on, so please let me know what other equipment you think we may need.
I'm still looking for input on the types of things people want to learn so we can work with Joe Sofia -
Pretty Definite Attendees
Chris Hennes +1
mjx +1 (Still in Dangling Mode)
Lior - pending Lottery ticket(s)
Can't Make it