ACF Monterey Bay Chefs in the community

Native American Event in Merced

In November, the Monterey Bay ACF and UC Merced’s Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence hosted a Native American History Month event, “Indigenous Insights: Café Ohlone’s Culinary Journey.” The team from Café Ohlone, which is on the UC Berkeley campus,  shared their poignant story and recipes which were prepared by Monterey Bay ACF members, […]


Strawberry Picker Screening

Inspira Studios based out of Watsonville, CA screened their documentary, Strawberry Picker at UC Merced for Latinx Heritage Month in collaboration with the Monterey Bay ACF and UC Merced’s Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence.  The film is about renowned Chicano artist, Juan R. Fuentes, and chronicles his journey from working in labor camps […]


UC Merced Visit

UC Merced Dining and the ACF Monterey Bay Chefs hosted a food education event, showcasing four remarkable local food speakers that are producing their products within a 30-mile radius of the UC Merced campus.   Danny Royer, UC Merced’s Smart Farm Coordinator took us on a journey into the realm of cutting-edge agricultural innovation.   […]


Local Celebrity Chef Tene Shake at Whalefest

Local Celebrity ACF Chef Tene Shake gives Demonstration of cioppino at  Fisherman’s Wharfin Monterey Bay for Whalefest 2023.

Chef Bruce Staebler teach Bella Care staff some culinary skills

ACF Monterey Bay Chef Bruce Staebler, CEC, AAC, volunteering his time & talent in the community! Photo Credit: Bella Care Home

Chef & Child Event with students from Palenke Arts

Chef Pamala Burns had the great pleasure of working with the students from Palenke Arts, an after school program at Martin Luther King middle school. More than just an afterschool program, It’s really a program for the whole family and the community. Today’s class was all about Valentine’s Day. Chef Pamala brought 60 heart cookies […]

Fundraising for Capitola

Cooking for Capitola was a fundraising event to help raise funds for the restaurant workers displaced by the storms in Capitola Village. 5 local chefs created a 5-course wine pairing dinner at the Shadowbrook restaurant. ACF Monterey bay chapter contributed a donation and silent auction items to the relief fund. Photo Credits: Jared Brick @bhmediaco […]

Chef David Tu Documentary

In ‘Bloodline’–a documentary from the First Kitchen food series by directors-producers James Q. Chan and Santhosh Daniel–Bay Area chef Tu David Phu discovers that the lessons learned in his family kitchen run deeper than his formal training. The film joins Phu just as he returns home to Oakland, California after being a contestant on the […]

February’s ACF Community Outreach Grant Winner

Monterey Bay ACF members (Chefs Anthony Pangelina, Nicole Fleming, Jonathan Gutierrez and myself) continue their volunteer efforts in Merced County. We continue to volunteer twice a month at the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County to teach basic cooking skills to the kids, we made and donated soup to The Empty Bowl Project to […]

Olive Oil Tasting Class

Monterey Bay ACF members, Chef Anthony Pangelina, Chef Jonathan Guitierrez and Chef Lucas Ho conducted an Olive Oil Tasting Class for students and culinary professionals with Corto Olive Oil’s resident olive oil expert yesterday at UC Merced. They also prepared and served a multi-course meal featuring extra virgin olive oil. This is the first of […]