N A T I O N A L T R A I N D A Y
THE CELEBRATION BEINGS ON THE RAILWAYS
MAY 12, 2012
NATIONAL TRAIN DAY 2012 MEET AMTRAK'S CULINARY ADVISORY TEAM
Pioneer in California's French Cuisine before moving to Washington, DC, to establish Michel Richard Citronelle Restaurant. Michel has published articles in prestigious culinary publications Food and Wine, Food Arts, Bon Appetit and featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
Winner of the 2007 Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Wine Service at Citronelle and the book "Happy in the Kitchen" won a Nomination, including 2008 Best New Restaurant Award by the James Beard Foundation.
Partner in five of Seattle's Restaurants: "Dahlia Lounge", "Etta's", "Palace Kitchen", "Lola" and "Serious Pie". Featured by the media as the "Seattle's Chef" who has helped to define the Northwest Style which helped win numerous awards and accolades over the past 20 years.
A Student of Northern Montgomery County Technical School and Johnson and Wales University. Member of the American Culinary Federation and serves on the OAC Culinary Arts at Northern Montgomery Technical School. Executive Chef for the Tower Café and recently as National Account Executive Chef for Glaxo-Smith-Kline and McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Prudential Eastern Home Office and Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals. Winning four Gold Medals in the ARAMARK Regional ACE competition.
Served as executive chef in top restaurants both in the United States and in France. Currently corporate chef and global vice president of sales for "Cuisine Solutions" and president of "FIVELEAF".
As the Regional Chef-East for Amtrak, holds an Associates Degree in Food Service Management, including experience from upscale dining to industrial settings has developed both culinary and business management skills in the food and beverage industry.
Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, having 35 years of experience in the food service industry, 13 years designing menus for the airline industry with Dobbs-Gate Gourmet, including eight years with "Cuisine Solutions" as sales manager in the Onboard Services division of Amtrak.
A Red Seal Certification from the Alberta Institute of Technology and chef for over 25 years. Prior Experience working at the Aramark Innovation Center and supported the Aramark Beijing Olympic Project with recipe development and as Senior Executive Chef at the International Broadcast Center in Beijing with a staff of 360 culinarians, serving 16,000 meals a day at the height of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
A culinary graduate of the Hotel-Restaurant Management School and University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Amtrak Executive Chef in culinary product development for long distance service. Prior to joining Amtrak, spent a decade developing global menus for Delta Air Lines.
Executive Chef for the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. In 1984 he was promoted to the Executive Chef position at the Westin La Paloma Hotel & Resort Tucson Arizona. In 1985 Marcel joined Stouffer Hotels as the Executive Chef for the Cottonwood Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona and in 1986 transferred to Los Angeles for the opening of the Stouffer Concord Hotel.
A graduate of both Peter Kumps School of Culinary Arts and Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts. Joined Gate Gourmet in December 2006 as an executive chef on the Menu Design team. 25 years of experience in the food industry, which includes working in both the commercial franchise and private sectors, along with owning several establishments ranging from retail catering to fine dining.
Corporate executive chef for Gate Gourmet, with responsibility to orchestrate teams of talented menu design chefs that primarily assist domestic airlines customers with menu design.
Graduated with honors from Paris’s top culinary institutions. His resume includes stints as restaurateur, culinary consultant, author and teacher in Mexico, Europe and the United States and his 2007 book, ‘Rosa’s New Mexican Table,’ was nominated for a 2008 James Beard Award. He is currently chef and owner of Fonda restaurant in New York City, serves as culinary partner of The Taco Truck in Hoboken and Jersey City. His newest cookbook, ‘Truly Mexican’ is dedicated to essential recipes and techniques for authentic Mexican cooking.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
The national nonprofit rail safety education organization, will celebrate 2012 National Train Day on Saturday, May 12 with activities in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
“Amtrak marks 40 years of operation this year, and Operation Lifesaver’s 40th anniversary will follow next year,” said OLI President Helen M. Sramek. “So on National Train Day, as we do every day, Operation Lifesaver reminds the public to ‘Look, Listen, and Live’ around tracks and trains.”
Operation Lifesaver will participate in Amtrak’s major National Train Day events in:
Smaller Events In Locations:
Alaska Operation Lifesaver will be staffing a booth at the Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage in conjunction with the railroad’s open house.
California Operation Lifesaver will have volunteers and displays at six different Amtrak stations throughout the state, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Oceanside, Martinez and Fresno.
Louisiana OL will have a Safety Town layout at the New Orleans Amtrak station to teach children crossing/walking safety around tracks and trains; OL volunteers will also be at Louisiana State Police Public Safety Expo in Alexandria, LA and at the Kiwanis Kid’s Health and Safety Fair in Baton Rouge.
In Kansas, Operation Lifesaver will be on hand in Topeka at the Amtrak station and at the Emergency Services Showcase with a crashed car on a trailer; they will also be at the Douglas County Fair Grounds in Lawrence.
Wisconsin OL is staffing a safety booth at the Amtrak Depot in Milwaukee.
Ohio OL will participate at Toledo’s Amtrak Station.
In Chicago, Illinois OL will be part of festivities at Union Station.
In Tennessee, OL volunteers will be a part of celebrations at Twin City, Chattanooga and Jackson, as well as appearing at the Central Railroad in Nashville with the TNOL caboose. TNOL will also run safety public service announcements on the big screen at the Jackson Generals minor league baseball game.
In Georgia, OL will be part of celebrations in Toccoa and Dalton’s historic train stations.
South Carolina OL will have a display at the Columbia Amtrak station.
In Florida, OL will be participating at the Amtrak station in Tampa.
Virginia OL will participate at the Washington, DC Union Station events.
In New York State, OL will be at the Rensselaer/Albany Amtrak station.
Vehicle-train collisions have dropped by approximately 80 percent nationwide since Operation Lifesaver began in 1972, due to a an ongoing safety partnership among federal, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, traffic safety organizations, railroad companies and OL.
New England’s activities include Maine, where Operation Lifesaver will have small ‘speeder’ train cars at the Bath station and other activities for children in:
Massachusetts, at Amtrak's Boston South Station and the train station in West Barnstable;
Vermont, Operation Lifesaver will be participating in events at Amtrak’s White River Junction station.
In other Western states, OL will participate at Amtrak Stations in:
Albuquerque, New Mexico;
La Junta, Colorado;
“We’ve made great strides, but preliminary statistics show that pedestrian rail trespass incidents rose nearly 10 percent nationwide in 2010 from 2009, and crossing collisions increased 4.5 percent,” Sramek noted. “Our ongoing mission is to educate people about the importance of putting safety first, whether they’re at a crossing or on or near railroad tracks.”
About Operation Lifesaver