Attention: All Food Fans!

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If you love food, restaurants and the culinary environment, then you should definitely attend this fantastic event. Culinary professionals from all areas of the Pima County food scene will be showcasing their talents and products during this informative function. Open to the public, these demonstrations at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus will be of interest to anyone that wants to expand their knowledge of the business, pursue culinary education or just observe the various aspects of the restaurant world at work.

For more information and to volunteer, please contact

Chef Elizabeth Mikesell at or (520) 206-5128.

Upcoming Educational Opportunity!

On Monday, June 15, 2015, ACF Chefs’ Association of Arizona and Shamrock Foods will be hosting an all-day educational conference. The 4th Annual Arizona State Chefs Forum Free Educational Conference will feature demonstrations, seminars, continuing education credits and much more. Free for all culinarians, the event will be held at the Shamrock Foods Distribution Facility in Phoenix. Meals will be provided throughout the day’s schedule.

We hope that you all take advantage of this great opportunity to gain more culinary knowledge.

For detailed information about the conference, please click on the link below:

ACF Seminar

A Goodbye To A Dear ACF-CASA Member

DOUGLAS MARVIN, 94, a beloved husband, father, “Fafa” and friend, passed away March 3, 2015. Douglas is survived by his children: Brian (Liz) Marvin, Karen (Bill) Simms, Jeffrey (Michelle) Marvin; 5 grandchildren: Gregory (Rhonda) Kocis, Jenna (Ryan) Norris, Nicole, Alyssa and Kayla Marvin and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita and infant son, Gregory.


Douglas was born in Croyden, England. Douglas had his first apprenticeship at the age of 17 at the Thames House Restaurant. He joined the Royal Air Force in World War II and was a proud member of the air-sea rescue unit, serving six years in the military. At the age of 26, Douglas told his mum he was leaving to Canada or Australia; he flipped a coin and ended up in Canada. He worked in many different hotels and restaurants across the country, including the Santa Rita Hotel in Tucson where he did the catering for the movie “The Furies”.  Douglas worked in California in the summers of 1949 to 1951 and was employed by the El Dorado Lodge in Tucson in 1951-1952. He became a member of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California in 1950 and continued to be a lifetime member. In 1952, Douglas met his future wife Rita while trying to straighten out his resident-alien status. Rita was the clerk at the office where his bond was handled. Douglas and Rita were married in 1952 and remained together until Rita passed away in 2005.

Shortly after marrying, Douglas and Rita opened their first restaurant, Marrows (1952-1956). Douglas was asked by General Wilson of Davis Monthan Air Force Base to open up a new Officer’s Club on-base and he became the Executive Chef/Manager there for eight months. Later, Douglas was the chef and manager of the Redwood Lodge in Tucson from 1958 to 1960. In 1961, he opened his second restaurant, the Coat of Arms and was the co-owner/chef until 1964. (Blue Fin Restaurant currently occupies that space today.) In addition, he managed the Ghost Ranch Lodge Restaurant around the same time for two seasons. In 1965, Douglas and Rita built the Iron Mask Restaurant on Grant Road. (The KingFisher occupies the same space today.) The husband and wife team worked side by side, Douglas as the chef and Rita serving as the hostess. They were known as the restaurant “where the chef is the owner”. Douglas’ two sons, Brian and Jeffrey, worked side by side in the kitchen with him for many years. Douglas and Rita finally retired in 1993.

Douglas was a founding member of the ACF Chefs’ Association of Southern Arizona. In 1970, he was vice president of ACF-CASA and became president in 1971.

In 1992, at the age of 71, Douglas was inducted into the CASA Hall of Fame. In 1994, Douglas was inducted in the Arizona Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.

Douglas was an incredible chef and charmed everyone with his English accent, gracious demeanor and occasional “Bloody hell”. Douglas was a truly remarkable man: kind, gentle, hardworking and, above all, the best father anyone could ever hope for. We are so thankful and blessed to have so many years of wonderful memories.

The Heat Is On!

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Headshot courtesy of Emma Smith/

Hey guys! It’s official…

Our very own ACF-CASA web services liaison, Jonathan Revies, will once again be competing in the charity cooking competition at the annual Southern Arizona Wine Growers Festival. Last year, he competed in the chili challenge and took home the prize of People’s Choice, beating other professional cooks from all over the country. This year, he is honored to accept the challenge once again and defend his crown.

Held at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Sonoita, Arizona, the festival features some of the outstanding wines of the southeast part of the state. In addition, there will be food, music, vendors and, of course, the food competition. The dates of the festival are April 18th and 19th, 2015. Due to school and work conflicts, Jonathan will only be competing on Sunday, the 19th. Please come on out, enjoy the festival, support the local charities and vote for him to bring home the trophy once again!

For more event information, follow the link below to the event flyer.

Poster – Chili Cookoff 2015

Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show


Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show is ACF’s reinvented national convention. This year, Cook. Craft. Create. will be held in Orlando, Florida. The event will feature educational programming, to include seminars and cooking demonstrations on culinary trends and techniques. It will also host national culinary competitions and a two-day trade show, as well as networking opportunities. The 2015 American Culinary Classic, North America’s only Worldchefs-sanctioned, international competition with teams from around the world competing, including ACF Culinary Team USA, will also be held at the convention.

The Orlando World Center Marriott will host Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show, July 30–August 3, 2015. The event will offer something for seasoned professional chefs, students new to the kitchen and culinary professionals anywhere in between. So mark your calendars for Cook. Craft. Create. and get ready for this amazing convention in Orlando!

Click to access national_registration.pdf

2015 is here!


A new year is upon us! We hope everyone was able to make the most of 2014, both professionally and personally.

As we move into 2015, we will be actively working to make the Culinary Association of Southern Arizona a much stronger organization. More ACF interactions. More educational and interactive events. More involvement in community projects. More emphasis on culinary training and career building. More camaraderie between all of our friends in the world of food: chefs, culinarians, instructors, enthusiasts and more. The upcoming year promises to be big for the worlds of food and restaurants. We hope everyone has a wonderful time celebrating and we look forward to seeing all the great cuisine that 2015 will bring.

Bon appetit!

The Culinary Isle Mobile

Happy Holidays!


On behalf of all of the board members of the Chefs Association of Southern Arizona, we wish everyone a very happy holiday season. As we draw closer to the end of 2014, enjoy the time spent with loved ones, making wonderful memories and partaking in great meals. No matter if you will be working or relaxing, always remember: these special times are why we labor so hard all year long. We hope that each and every one of you reaches your goals, both personally and professionally, in the coming new year.

Attention: Future Culinarians!


Love cooking and restaurants? Interested in learning how to become a chef or baker? Want to know more about the food industry? Well, our next upcoming event is just what you’ve been looking for. Join prospective Pima Community College culinary students as they enjoy an afternoon of culinary demonstrations, industry information sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities with local food professionals. Also, you can find out information about membership in the American Culinary Federation and our local chapter, the Chefs’ Association of Southern Arizona.

Monday Nov. 17, 2014

 Time: 3pm – 6pm

Location: Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus – D126 (Center for Training and Development Culinary Arts Kitchen), Jumping Cholla Café seating area and east side of the Pueblo Building in the courtyard.

Cost: Free for everyone

(All culinarians, ACF members, current culinary students and potential program entrants are invited.)

Scheduled Demonstrations (list subject to change):

Aquaponics Fish Grill and Garden Walk Around

Ice Carving Demonstration

Garde Manger Demonstration

Cake Decorating

Beef Carcass Identification Demonstration

 Purveyor Demonstrations

Rational Cooking Systems Demonstration

      Sauté and Grilling Demonstration

      Chicken Fabrication Demonstration

     Seafood Fabrication Demonstration (with PCC organic garden and Blessing Seafoods)

   Baking and Pastry Demonstration

        Molecular Gastronomy

This event promises to be both informative and entertaining for all those who attend. If you need further information, please contact Chef Mario Diaz de Sandi, ACF-CASA president, at (520) 301-1300 or Chef Elizabeth Mikesell, PCC Center for Training and Development, at (520) 206-5128.

The Sabroso Ceviche Challenge

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Tuesday, October 28th marked the first-ever “Sabroso Ceviche Challenge” for ACF-CASA. Eight competitors from various restaurants and locations here in Tucson participated in the event. A number of different techniques and culinary styles were used to create some outstanding ceviche presentations. The judges had some hard decisions on their hands, but in the end, three entries stood above the rest.

Stay tuned for a list of the winners as well as more photos from the event…