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Wednesday, July 11

Come one, come all to the 18th NACUFS Culinary Challenge. Pans will be sizzling, knives will be moving with speed and precision and competition will be fierce, as the six contestants chosen in regional challenges earlier this year face off and race against the clock in this American Culinary Federation-sanctioned contest. The challenge is classified as a Category W - Customized Wildcard Competition.

Individual competitors will face off against the clock to prepare a creative entree, featuring the mandatory combination of Littleneck clams, whole squid, and oysters, to create an appetizing and inviting plate. In addition, the competitors will be judged on two classic knife skills.

Three ACF-approved judges will select the winners. Contestants will be judged on the taste of the finished product, the demonstration of cooking skills and culinary techniques, and the practice of organizational skills, including sanitation principles. 

ACF gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded on competition point totals. All participants will receive certificates.

Be sure to stop by and cheer for your region’s competitor!  Click here for the full list of regional candidates.  

Thursday, July 12

Walk with the President


Start your day off right! Enjoy a morning walk with Patti Klos (NACUFS president, 2017-2018), while conversing with your peers along the city streets and along the water of Providence. It’s a wonderful time of the day for networking! 

Friday, July 13

Yoga with Erin Wachtendonk


Erin Wachtendonk is a 200 hour Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. She is also trained in Yin, Meditation and Kids Yoga. She's been teaching Yoga for 2 years and has been practicing for almost 10 years. She teaches all levels with an energetic and outgoing spirit. Yoga has the power to transform and bring space to the student. And it's about having fun! She teaches a class that is a balance between challenge and fun.

Class description: An All Levels hatha/vinyasa flow with options to modify for beginners to advanced students. Join Erin as she leads a yoga class for all levels of experience. Benefit from the hatha/vinyasa flow with options to modify for beginners to advanced students.

Saturday, July 14

Conference Closing Event & 60th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate our 60th anniversary and join us at Skyline at Waterplace, the stunning, new world-class event venue in Providence, Rhode Island. Perched on the waterfront at the iconic location known as the Gateway to the Renaissance City, the views of the Providence cityscape are simply unmatched. 

Skyline at Waterplace is the ultimate venue of its kind. Skyline also provides a perfect view for Providence’s signature outdoor arts program, WaterFire. This beautiful display of lit braziers along the river is accompanied by rotating music and artists, the perfect spectacle to also celebrate NACUFS’ 60th anniversary.