‘Team Pālamanui’ presents award-winning menu to fundraiser guests

Photo of Team Palamanui.

Team Pālamanui, from left to right: Danielle Drye, Kevin Castillo (Team Captain), Kanani Sadumiano, Sam Varron and Elizabeth Sanchez.

Guests at a fundraiser that will benefit the new Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui campus were treated to a special award-winning meal by current and former students of the Hawai’i CC culinary program in West Hawai’i.

On Thursday, May 2 at the Club at Hōkūli‘a in Kealakekua, “Team Pālamanui” presented the menu that won the Bronze Medal at the American Culinary Federation Student Culinary Competition held at Kapiolani Community College in December 2012. This dinner for 50 guests was a benefit for the Equip the Kitchens campaign that is raising money for Hawai’i Community College — Pālamanui, the new campus planned for Kailua-Kona. The fundraising campaign is run through the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association 501c3 charitable organization.

Team Pālamanui includes four current students and one recent graduate student of Hawai’i Community College — West Hawai’i. All are members of the ACF Junior Chefs of the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association.

Viktor Schmidt, CEC,  the Executive Chef at Sheraton Kona Resort, was the Team Coach, and Jean Hull, CCE, was Team Manager.

It has been a longtime dream of Chef Jean Hull to have students who win a culinary competition deliver the menu as a dinner. The 50 guests at Hōkūli‘a gave the students a long, standing applause at the end of the dinner. They were thrilled with the delectable flavors of each menu item and the flawless presentation.

Hull believes this is the first time students have actually presented the skills, flavors and plate presentations to the public following an American Culinary Federation culinary competition.

Hōkūli‘a, an upscale private residential golf community, is to be applauded for hosting this benefit delivering all of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Equip the Kitchen Campaign for Pālamanui. One guest was so impressed she wrote an additional check for EKCP for $1,000.

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