Gala Aids Future Chefs, Farmers
The effects of too much good food and fine wine are long-lasting, and no one knows this better than five nonprofit groups that just received bonus checks, representing proceeds from a gala gastronomic event last fall.
The 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival earned more than $200,000 for good causes, drawing a sold-out crowd of hungry and thirsty patrons. Then on Feb. 4, the festival’s co-chairmen, chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, shared that bounty among the nonprofit groups at a mahalo reception in Kapiolani Community College’s Ka ‘Ikena Restaurant.
Recipients are KCC’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Leeward Community College and two Kaneohe ag projects, Paepae o He’eia and Papahana Kuaola. Many students from KCC and LCC also worked side-by-side with dozens of chefs to make the 4,000-guest festival a success.